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Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM27,213
Seller
Chronorelojes, S.L.
9
ES
Rolex Explorer II black dial
Rolex Explorer II black dial
RM28,255
Seller
Knight Watch & Jewelry Co.
 
US
Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
RM62,237
Seller
Northeasternclassics
TH
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm “Polar” White Dial Random Serial...
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm “Polar” White Dial Random Serial...
RM28,195
Seller
WX Watches
 
US
Rolex 1655 Explorer II Steve Mcqueen Straight Hand
Rolex 1655 Explorer II Steve Mcqueen Straight Hand
RM88,929
Seller
S.Song Ltd.
MY
Rolex Explorer II , Year 2009, Ref 16570. Rehaut. Engraved Bezel.
Rolex Explorer II , Year 2009, Ref 16570. Rehaut. Engraved Bezel.
RM20,575
Free shipping
Seller
WatchPlanet
 
US
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
RM22,331
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM18,457
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
RM31,800
Seller
Wing Wah Watch Shop
MY
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM39,044
Seller
Chronorelojes, S.L.
9
ES
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM34,242
Seller
SWISSTIME.DK
 
DK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM37,397
Seller
Watches of Sussex Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM19,800
Free shipping
Seller
Skywatches Enterprise
MY
Rolex Explorer II Black/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Rolex Explorer II Black/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
RM30,838
Free shipping
Seller
WatchShopping.com Inc.
15
US
Rolex Explorer II 42 mm Orange Hand 216570 Box/Papiere 12/2012...
Rolex Explorer II 42 mm Orange Hand 216570 Box/Papiere 12/2012...
RM28,864
Seller
uhrenlieferant - Frank Schneller
18
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16550
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16550
RM23,945
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Fullset LC-EU
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Fullset LC-EU
RM22,717
Free shipping
Seller
Tradeluxe Uhrenhandels GmbH
47
AT
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
RM29,500
Seller
Wing Wah Watch Shop
MY
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
RM20,819
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM34,242
Seller
SWISSTIME.DK
 
DK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II White Dial - 16570
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II White Dial - 16570
RM32,655
Free shipping
Seller
Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
109
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II White Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II White Dial
RM30,052
Seller
Guardian Of Time
535
UK
Rolex Explorer II White/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Rolex Explorer II White/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
RM29,989
Free shipping
Seller
WatchShopping.com Inc.
15
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 mit Papieren LC100
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 mit Papieren LC100
RM22,007
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
RM84,749
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II - Full Set
Rolex Explorer II - Full Set
RM24,136
Seller
PASSIONE VINTAGE
84
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM116,820
Seller
Tarrytown Jewelers
25
US
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
RM26,498
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM22,243
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
80
IT
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 16570
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 16570
RM31,188
Seller
CWC GmbH
71
DE
Rolex Explorer II, Ref 16570, GMT, Stainless Steel, Black, 1995
Rolex Explorer II, Ref 16570, GMT, Stainless Steel, Black, 1995
RM19,180
Free shipping
Seller
Estates Consignments
42
US
Rolex EXPLORER II 16570
Rolex EXPLORER II 16570
RM23,190
Free shipping
Seller
Icône Watches
317
ES
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Rail Spider Dial von 1984 Box & Papiere
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Rail Spider Dial von 1984 Box & Papiere
RM59,158
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
RM29,326
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II  - ROLEX-Box - von 03-04
Rolex Explorer II - ROLEX-Box - von 03-04
RM20,346
Seller
TempUhra
39
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM19,800
Seller
Swiss Hour Timepiece
MY
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM30,052
Seller
Guardian Of Time
535
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM30,317
Seller
Material Good
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Stahl "Hand Gravur" 16570
Rolex Explorer II Stahl "Hand Gravur" 16570
RM42,546
Seller
CWC GmbH
71
DE
Rolex Explorer II 2 GMT Edelstahl/Weiss 40mm
Rolex Explorer II 2 GMT Edelstahl/Weiss 40mm
RM25,320
Seller
LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
35
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570 S/s 40mm "t" Series Vintage Auto Watch
Rolex Explorer II 16570 S/s 40mm "t" Series Vintage Auto Watch
RM25,466
Seller
R&R Watches, Inc.
11
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 „Full Set“ LC110
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 „Full Set“ LC110
RM22,007
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
RM25,559
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
RM111,161
Seller
European Watch Company
125
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM21,626
Seller
Tarrytown Jewelers
25
US
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 216570 - LC200
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 216570 - LC200
RM28,391
Seller
maxwatches.eu
423
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM18,694
Seller
Private Seller
GR
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM25,828
Seller
Twenty4time
 
UK
Rolex A Limited Edition Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch...
Auction
Rolex A Limited Edition Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch...
RM121,267
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570
Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570
RM24,483
Seller
LUXURY SOCIETY
 
CH
Rolex Explorer II mit Box
Rolex Explorer II mit Box
RM21,292
Seller
TempUhra
39
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
RM30,402
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1998 LC100 B+P „Tritium“
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1998 LC100 B+P „Tritium“
RM25,509
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Rolex Explorer II NOS 16570
Rolex Explorer II NOS 16570
RM42,778
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
156
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM24,075
Seller
Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
34
CH
Rolex 2003 Rolex Explorer II 42mm steel Black
Rolex 2003 Rolex Explorer II 42mm steel Black
RM16,977
Seller
Private Seller
US
Rolex Explorer II GMT 42mm | LC100 | Random-Series
Rolex Explorer II GMT 42mm | LC100 | Random-Series
RM30,526
Seller
LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
35
DE
Rolex Explorer II Polar Stainless Steel Men's 16570 - W4937
Rolex Explorer II Polar Stainless Steel Men's 16570 - W4937
RM25,263
Seller
Xupes.com
114
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
RM19,877
Seller
Gioielleria Antonio Pezzuto
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Polar Ref. 16570
Rolex Explorer II Polar Ref. 16570
RM22,196
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
110
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A Robust Tool Watch: The Rolex Explorer II

The Rolex Explorer II is a robust and reliable tool watch. Its additional 24-hour hand can be used to display a second time zone or as a day/night display. Its design means it is easy to read at a glance.

5 Reasons to Buy a Rolex Explorer II

  • Additional 24-hour display
  • Possibility to display a second time zone
  • Date display with Cyclops lens
  • Water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft), stainless steel Oyster case
  • Practical Oysterlock clasp with the Easylink extension system

The Explorer II – a Tool Watch with an Additional 24-Hour Display

The Explorer II is a member of Rolex's Oyster Perpetual family. The manufacturer designed the watch with a specific group of explorers and scientists in mind. When the Explorer II premiered in 1971, it was the perfect tool for spelunkers. Spending long hours in underground labyrinths without any sunlight can cause you to lose a sense of whether it's night or day. Regular watches, whose hour hands don't distinguish between AM and PM, aren't much help in this situation. This can be a problem in polar regions during the winter as well, as the sunless polar night can be disorienting.
Rolex developed a watch to solve this exact problem. The Explorer II has an additional hour hand that makes one full rotation a day and works in combination with a fixed 24-hour bezel. The GMT-Master II also features a second hour hand, but has a rotating bezel. The rotating bezel makes it more appropriate for travel across different time zones. However, because the extra hour hand can be set separately in both models, the Explorer II can also display the time in another time zone.

How much does a Rolex Explorer II cost?

Model Price (approx.) Size Caliber
Ref. 1655 43,900 USD 40 mm 1570 / 1575
Ref. 16550 22,300 USD 40 mm 3085
Ref. 16570 7,400 USD 40 mm 3185 / 3186
Ref. 2165700 7,900 USD 42 mm 3187 with a Parachrom hairspring
Vintage Explorer II models with the reference number 1655 are especially highly sought-after. Known among watch fans as "Steve McQueen" or "Freccione" , this line was part of Rolex's catalog from 1971 to 1975 and differentiates itself from later models mainly in its dial and bezel design. It has printed line indices on the dial, and the numerals on the bezel are markedly thinner than those found on the models that followed. What's more, the numerals on earlier models were separated by triangles, which were replaced by lines on later models. This watch also lacks the Mercedes hands that are so common today, and its orange glow-in-the-dark 24-hour hand has a large, arrow-shaped tip. Depending on the year of production, this timepiece is powered by either the caliber 1570 or 1575. Expect prices of around 43,900 USD for a never-worn ref. 1655. Pre-owned models cost an average of 20,400 USD.
Its successor model, the ref. 16550, is also quite popular. It was with this watch that Rolex first introduced the round applied hour markers we still see today. Those on the 16550 were white gold and filled with luminous material. The indices at 6 and 9 o'clock were bar-shaped, while the 12 o'clock marker was an upside down triangle. Sapphire glass, Mercedes hands, and a red 24-hour hand with a thinner arrow tip were also new to this timepiece. Furthermore, it was the first Explorer II to come with the option of a black or white dial. The caliber 3085 ticks away in both Explorer II and GMT-Master pieces from this time period. Over time, the dials on the white editions have turned more ivory in color. These are referred to as "cream dials" and are especially coveted by collectors. Prices for never-worn pieces start around 22,300 USD. On the other hand, you can get a pre-owned model with a black dial for as little as 9,500 USD.

The Explorer II Since 1989

The ref. 16570 followed in 1989 and was almost identical to its predecessors. Models with white dials featured indices trimmed in black as well as black hands. The caliber 3185 powered these watches until 2007 when it was replaced by the 3186. You can recognize later models by their lugs, which were no longer drilled through, and by the Rolex engraving on the rehaut. Plan to spend about 5,600 USD on a pre-owned Explorer II ref. 16570. Never-worn models demand an additional 1,900 USD.
The Explorer II experienced its biggest update with the introduction of the ref. 216570 in 2011. Its stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter and feels significantly heftier. This model was given a maxi dial with enlarged glow-in-the-dark indices and marked a return to the large orange arrow-shaped 24-hour hand found on the original model. Its movement was also overhauled. The caliber 3187 now powers this timepiece. It features an anti-magnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and the Paraflex shock protection system. These watches cost 7,900 USD new. You can save a few hundred euros if you purchase a pre-owned model.

Caliber 3187: A Parachrom Hairspring and Paraflex Shock Protection

Rolex uses the caliber 3187 in the current generation models with reference number 216570. This automatic movement beats at 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz) and has a 48-hour power reserve. This is truly a high-precision movement. It deviates from the reference time by a maximum of only two seconds a day. The caliber is COSC-certified, meaning the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tested the caliber's accuracy and awarded it a certificate confirming its high performance. The 3187 is derived from the 3135, a movement that is used in a number of Rolex watches, including the diving watch Sea-Dweller Deepsea.
The 3187 features a blue Parachrom hairspring. Rolex introduced this important balance wheel component in 2005 after a five-year period of development. The hairspring is made of an anti-magnetic zirconium-niobium alloy and is ten times less affected by jolts than regular hairsprings. The Explorer II is even more protected, though, as its Paraflex shock protection system shields it from shocks and extreme conditions.

How the Explorer II's 24-Hour Display Works

When used as intended, the 24-hour display on the Explorer II functions as follows: At 6 AM, the extra hour hand is at the three o'clock position, pointing to the six on the bezel. At noon, it's at the six o'clock position, which corresponds to 12 on the bezel. At the beginning of the evening at 6 PM, the hand moves to the nine o'clock position, corresponding to 18 on the bezel. Six hours later at midnight, the hour hand reaches the final point of its full rotation: the 12 o'clock position corresponding to 24 on the bezel.

Water Resistant to 100 m: The Twinlock Crown and Oyster Case

Both the case and three-piece link bracelet on the Explorer II are made of 904L stainless steel. This type of steel is especially corrosion and scratch resistant. The practical Oysterlock clasp has been part of the bracelet since the ref. 216570. Thanks to its Easylink extension system, extending the bracelet by 5 mm couldn't be simpler. This is especially useful when you are exercising or in warm temperatures, as the wrist can swell slightly.
The screw-down Twinlock crown is equipped with two gaskets to protect it against water and dirt. The gasket system and the screw-down case back ensure waterproofness to a depth of 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft). Thus, you can wear your Explorer II while swimming and snorkeling without any problems.

Dials Protected by Scratch-Resistant Sapphire Glass

The dial is available in two colors: black or white. The hour indices are available exclusively as symbols instead of numerals. The eight circles, two lines, and triangle at 12 o'clock are filled with a luminescent material, Chromalight, which emits a blue glow. Even the hands are filled with Chromalight. Other manufacturers use Superluminova, which glows green. Rolex previously used Superluminova, but have discontinued their use of it. Scratch-resistant sapphire glass protects the dial from above. A magnifying Cyclops lens sits atop the date display at 3 o'clock. This lens is a hallmark of a number of other Rolex models, including the Submariner.

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