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    Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    Hi all,

    In the market for one of these over the next few months (all going to plan).

    Was wondering what everyone’s thoughts were on the two references? I know the primary differences between them but don’t really know if anything pushes one in front of the other.

    So disregarding price, as whatever one I get for the best price may end up being the deciding factor, what one do you think I should be searching for and setting my sights on?

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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    The 114270 has SELs, a more modern movement and a super luminova dial. All that for not a whole lot more than the 14270. The five digit reference has a tritium dial, but it’s kind of negated by the painted numerals. So any patina might look odd. The only time I would prefer a 14270 is if you can get one of the earlier ones with drilled lug holes in excellent shape. Good luck in your search. If I had the funds I’d pick up a 114270 myself.
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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    114270 for me if I was buying one. Always pick the newest edition there is.
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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbert_is_fat View Post
    114270 for me if I was buying one. Always pick the newest edition there is.

    Maybe even this one.

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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbert_is_fat View Post
    114270 for me if I was buying one. Always pick the newest edition there is.
    Personal preference for me, but I'd rather have newer than vintage.
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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    Quote Originally Posted by 5959HH View Post

    Maybe even this one.
    Quote Originally Posted by draperfish View Post
    Personal preference for me, but I'd rather have newer than vintage.
    I agree with you two gents as I would buy the 214270 if I wanted one. However as always, I was answering strictly to the topic, i.e. 14270 vs 114270.
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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulsky View Post
    The 114270 has SELs, a more modern movement and a super luminova dial. All that for not a whole lot more than the 14270. The five digit reference has a tritium dial, but it’s kind of negated by the painted numerals. So any patina might look odd. The only time I would prefer a 14270 is if you can get one of the earlier ones with drilled lug holes in excellent shape. Good luck in your search. If I had the funds I’d pick up a 114270 myself.


    Nothing more need be said. Our friend here has nailed it at the first attempt.
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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbert_is_fat View Post
    I agree with you two gents as I would buy the 214270 if I wanted one. However as always, I was answering strictly to the topic, i.e. 14270 vs 114270.
    Yep and think the consensus here would be for the OP to go with the 114270 over the 14270 with overall improved features at close to the same cost. At one time I had late models 114270 and 14060M but traded up both for 214270 and 114060. If I could go back in time, I would definitely have held onto the 14060M with its unique case design, including drilled lugs.

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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    I went for the 114270 - most recent example and in best condition that I could find.

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    Re: Explorer 14270 vs. 114270

    Looks like I agree with everyone else. 114270 for sure

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