There’s a great deal to be said about quiet dignity. It is a quality that can go unnoticed but never unappreciated. When Sir Edmund Hillary, accompanied by Tenzing Norgay, stepped onto the summit of Mt. Everest wearing an Oyster Perpetual he unintentionally created an icon of quiet dignity. The direct descendant of that watch, the Rolex Explorer, will forever be associated with this first successful expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest The watch worn by Hillary was on loan to him from Rolex with the purpose of using the expedition as an intense R and D opportunity meant to push the watch to previously unknown limits. In a time when such adventures were a solitary endeavor, not to be instantaneously shared via social media with tens of thousands of people, there was a quiet dignity that encompassed the men who pushed the boundaries of adventure. No other watch can boast such a feat, but the Explorer is far from a boastful watch. Refined and subtle just like those who first climbed Mt. Everest, this watch carries with it a history of quiet dignity that will live on through future generations. Launched in 2010 as reference 214270 this example, produced in 2011, has has a 39 mm case, a new type of shock absorber, an in-house, Parachrom hairspring and a new Oysterlock folding clasp. This dignified classic comes complete with original box and papers.