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Rolex Explorer Ref. 6298


Vintage Rolex 36mm Explorer, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 6298

The Rolex Explorer was first introduced in 1953, following Sir Edmund Hillary’s successful climb of Mount Everest. It was designed specifically for exploration and mountaineering, with features like a highly legible dial, robust construction, and resistance to extreme temperatures and pressure changes. Over the years, the Explorer has undergone several updates and refinements, but it remains a popular choice among adventurers and watch enthusiasts alike.

The vintage Rolex Explorer 6298, a timeless classic from 1953, is a highly collectable model with great charm.  This iconic timepiece, affectionately known as the ‘Canadian Explorer,’ has a striking black dial, with gold hour markers and hands that are housed in a robust 36mm stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal. What sets this Canadian Explorer apart is its rarity—it includes its original and distinctive box and hangtag, adding a unique touch to an already remarkable timepiece. Under the hood, the self-winding A296 caliber movement ensures precise timekeeping, a hallmark of Rolex craftsmanship. The elastic stainless steel Oyster bracelet provides both comfort and style, making it an ideal companion for any adventure.  This early Rolex Explorer 6298 is a vintage treasure that captures the spirit of exploration and timeless sophistication.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet



Box and Papers






Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size





Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





35mm – 39mm


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Item ID0006345
Model #6298
Model NameExplorer
Year Producedca. 1953
Serial Number9XXXXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.