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Rolex SS 40mm Explorer ll White Dial - 16570 Original Box &...
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Rolex SS 40mm Explorer ll White Dial - 16570 Original Box &...
R 73,167
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
149
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570 chicchi di mais
Rolex Explorer II 16570 chicchi di mais
R 90,137
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex 2010 ENGRAVED Rolex Explorer II Black PVD Stainless...
Rolex 2010 ENGRAVED Rolex Explorer II Black PVD Stainless...
R 85,360
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 64,598
Seller
Gioielleria Antonio Pezzuto
 
IT
Rolex Explorer 2  LC100  Ref.216570
Rolex Explorer 2 LC100 Ref.216570
R 85,630
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Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 84,128
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
124
DE
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet and...
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet and...
R 195,276
Free shipping
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Crown & Caliber
10
US
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
R 71,163
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II Reference 16570  Independent Seller
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Rolex Explorer II Reference 16570 Independent Seller
R 65,906
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Stainless Steel Black Automatic 216570BK
Rolex Stainless Steel Black Automatic 216570BK
R 94,118
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
36
HK
Rolex RARE MINT Rolex Explorer II 16550 Fat Font Stainless...
Rolex RARE MINT Rolex Explorer II 16550 Fat Font Stainless...
R 81,406
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
R 84,113
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II 42 mm Orange Hand 216570 Box/Papiere 12/2012...
Rolex Explorer II 42 mm Orange Hand 216570 Box/Papiere 12/2012...
R 91,624
Seller
uhrenlieferant - Frank Schneller
17
DE
Rolex Explorer II white dial 216570
Rolex Explorer II white dial 216570
Price on request
Seller
Watch Trading Company
7
US
Rolex Explorer 16570 full set, 3186 movement
Rolex Explorer 16570 full set, 3186 movement
R 87,132
Seller
Premium Watch
 
FR
Rolex Explorer II unworn LC 137 box and papers
Rolex Explorer II unworn LC 137 box and papers
R 97,633
Seller
Watch-Lounge.de
220
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
R 95,342
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
R 342,098
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Stainless Steel White Automatic 216570WT
Rolex Stainless Steel White Automatic 216570WT
R 94,118
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
36
HK
Rolex 2011 UNPOLISHED ENGRAVED RANDOM Rolex Explorer II 16570...
Rolex 2011 UNPOLISHED ENGRAVED RANDOM Rolex Explorer II 16570...
R 91,450
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Explorer II, Ref 16570, GMT, Stainless Steel, Black, 1995
Rolex Explorer II, Ref 16570, GMT, Stainless Steel, Black, 1995
R 57,911
Free shipping
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Estates Consignments
30
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 60,827
Seller
watch-dealer24
13
DE
Rolex Explorer II #16570 RRR Card 3186 Full-Set Just Serviced
Rolex Explorer II #16570 RRR Card 3186 Full-Set Just Serviced
R 79,621
Seller
Orologi & Dintorni Vintage S.r.l.s.
50
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 66,019
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Bonds of Brentwood
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II White Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II White Dial
R 93,893
Seller
Guardian Of Time
466
UK
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
R 107,602
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex S/S O/P White Dial Red Hand Explorer II NOS B&P 16570
Rolex S/S O/P White Dial Red Hand Explorer II NOS B&P 16570
R 136,325
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 61,594
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
R 91,639
Seller
Mall of the Watch
568
MC
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
R 79,270
Seller
OCWG Inc.
28
US
Rolex Explorer II RRR 3186 Never Polished
Rolex Explorer II RRR 3186 Never Polished
R 81,123
Seller
Gianni Simei
47
IT
Rolex Explorer II Full Set Serviced
Rolex Explorer II Full Set Serviced
R 61,443
Seller
COMERZIA
150
ES
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 84,881
Seller
David Mellor Family Jewellers
5
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 93,893
Seller
Guardian Of Time
466
UK
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
R 83,081
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II - Never worn
Rolex Explorer II - Never worn
R 93,141
Seller
La Clessidra Orologi S.r.l.
48
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 59,340
Seller
Private Seller
GR
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
R 91,639
Seller
Mall of the Watch
568
MC
Rolex Explorer II 16570 V serial rolex card 2011 never polished
Rolex Explorer II 16570 V serial rolex card 2011 never polished
R 79,471
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taradani di tarantello giovanni
10
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
R 102,029
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Explorer II mit Rolex Box von 2002
Rolex Explorer II mit Rolex Box von 2002
R 63,081
Seller
watch-dealer24
13
DE
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref. 16570 Vintage...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref. 16570 Vintage...
R 79,546
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
544
DE
Rolex Explorer II GMT 42mm | LC100 | Random-Series
Rolex Explorer II GMT 42mm | LC100 | Random-Series
R 96,897
Seller
LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
29
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
R 74,336
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 67,603
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
570
NL
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 58,589
Seller
Private Seller
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 81,124
Seller
Royal Watches
21
SE
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570
R 85,480
Seller
Chronometrie Pietzner GmbH
95
DE
Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand NOS
Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand NOS
R 93,455
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II White Dial - 16570
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II White Dial - 16570
R 103,657
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
106
CH
Rolex Explorer II black dial 40mm NOS
Rolex Explorer II black dial 40mm NOS
R 100,403
Seller
Watchattitude
13
CH
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Price on request
Seller
The Cheshire Watch Company Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
R 270,077
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik Ref : 16570 von 1997 - Box
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik Ref : 16570 von 1997 - Box
R 60,076
Seller
Watch-auktion
52
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 72,110
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II White Dial
Rolex Explorer II White Dial
R 87,117
Seller
Watch Center London
610
UK
Rolex Explorer Freccione 1655 - full set - garanzia traforata
Rolex Explorer Freccione 1655 - full set - garanzia traforata
R 428,150
Seller
Stella Dial the watch company srl
42
IT
Rolex Explorer II 216570 2013 ( rolex  serviced 2017)
Rolex Explorer II 216570 2013 ( rolex serviced 2017)
R 89,168
Seller
JPA Watch Company Ltd
29
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 65,189
Seller
Royal Watches
21
SE
Rolex 40mm Rolex Stainless Steel Explorer II Watch with White...
Rolex 40mm Rolex Stainless Steel Explorer II Watch with White...
R 59,803
Seller
Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
US
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Explorer II: The Nocturnal Rolex

The Explorer II is a reliable outdoor companion anytime, night or day. A 24-hour bezel and an extra hour hand set this robust, stainless steel watch from the Swiss manufacturer Rolex apart.

Highlights

  • Fixed bezel with 24-hour graduations
  • Additional hour hand makes a full rotation once a day
  • Date display
  • Waterproof to 100 m (10 bar)
  • 42-mm stainless steel case

Designed for Exploring Caves

The Explorer II is a member of Rolex's Oyster Perpetual family. The manufacturer designed the watch specifically for a special group of explorers and scientists. When the Explorer II premiered in 1971, it was the perfect tool for spelunkers. Spending long hours in the underground labyrinths without any sunlight causes you to lose sense of whether it's night or day. Is it 10 AM or 10 PM? 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.
Therefore, Rolex developed a watch to solve this problem. The Explorer II has an additional orange hour hand which makes a full rotation once a day and works in combination with a fixed 24-hour bezel. The GMT-Master II also features a second hour hand, but it has a rotating bezel in contrast to the Explorer II's fixed bezel. The rotating bezel makes it more appropriate for travel through different time zones. However, because the second hour hand in both models can be set separately, the Explorer II can also display a second time in another time zone.
When used as intended, the Explorer II functions so: 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.

Buying Advice for the Rolex Explorer II

Are you searching for a robust watch from a top Swiss brand to assist you on your travels? The Explorer II offers quality and prestige from the most famous watch brand in the world. Its stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter and waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). A crown guard protects the double sealed crown from damages, and the dial is available in white or black. Thanks to the watch's Chromalight indices, you can also easily read the time in the dark.
The second hour hand makes one rotation every 24 hours. It's incredibly useful while traveling: Even when you're not at home, you can keep track of the time there.
An unworn Explorer II costs a bit over 7,000 euros. Newer, well-maintained models can be purchased for about half of that, while the prices of vintage models move in the opposite direction, costing over double. Early Explorer II models can cost much more than 10,000 euros, depending on their scarcity value. You should keep an eye out for an older Explorer II model if you find the 42-mm size too large, as earlier models were only 40 mm in diameter. A comparable watch is the Ingenieur Dual Time from IWC.

Buying Tips

  • Price for an unworn Explorer II: 7,000 euros
  • Rarer, sought-after models from the 1970s for over 10,000 euros
  • Vintage Explorer II with reference number 1655, newer Explorer II with reference number 216570

Waterproof Thanks to the Twinlock Crown

When the extra hour hand and 24-hour bezel are not taken into consideration, the Explorer II offers the traditional display: central seconds plus an hour and minute hand. In addition, there's a Cyclops lens over the date display at three o'clock.
Both the case and three-piece link bracelet are made of type 904L stainless steel. This type of steel is regarded as especially corrosion and scratch resistant. The watch is a bit larger than the average medium-sized watch with a diameter of 42 mm, but it still looks good on smaller wrists.
The screw-down Twinlock crown is equipped with two gaskets to protect it against water and dirt. The system and the screw-down case back ensure waterproofness to a depth of 100 m (10 bar). Thus, you can wear your Explorer II while swimming and snorkeling without any problems.

Black or White Dial and a Cyclops Lens

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 the 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 usually 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. The glass above the date display is domed in order to magnify the numbers. This so-called Cyclops lens is a characteristic sign of other Rolex models, such as the Submariner.

Coveted Faded Hands

In the 1970s, when the Explorer II was still a new addition and bore reference number 1655, a rumor went around that actor Steve McQueen was the owner of such a watch. This was never confirmed; in various photos from this time, you can only see McQueen with a different Rolex model, the Submariner. However, the rumor was enough to propel the Explorer II away from its slow start and turn it into a desired watch. A few watches from the early phase have a recognizable, yet accidental, characteristic. The second 24-hour hand, either once orange or red, has faded significantly over the years, as the material wasn't UV resistant. The Explorer II was, after all, designed with spelunkers in mind. Rolex has since replaced the faded hands, but they've become a characteristic of the vintage models and are not treated as a defect, but rather as a price-raising feature. An early 1655 can cost significantly over 10,000 euros, double the price of a new Explorer II.

Precise, COSC-Certified Automatic Movement

In the newer-generation models with reference number 216570, Rolex uses the caliber 3187. It's an automatic movement beating at 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz) with a power reserve of 48 hours. Thus, this is a movement that performs its job very precisely. It deviates from the reference time by 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 which is used in many different Rolex watches, such as 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 a non-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 situations.

Robust Outdoor Watch

The Explorer II is a robust, sporty stainless steel outdoor watch. Thanks to its waterproofness to 100 m and its crown guard, it can withstand harsh conditions unharmed. Unlike its older sibling the Explorer, it has an extra hour hand and a fixed 24-hour bezel. The Explorer, in comparison, is more minimalist in design and a bit smaller. The Explorer II has long outgrown its original role as a watch just for spelunkers: You can set the second hour hand to a second time zone, for example, so you know what time it is at home when you're on vacation. Well-maintained vintage models with reference number 1655 sell for five-figures.

Further Details

  • In-house caliber
  • Certificate from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC)
  • Flat three-piece link stainless steel Oyster bracelet
  • Cyclops lens over the date window

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