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Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550
R 150 720
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
417
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
R 136 486
Verified Dealer
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex 42mm Stainless Steel Explorer II White Dial Watch #216570
R 125 870
Verified Dealer
9
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
R 122 837
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
119
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex 1655 Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655 Freccione c. 1973...
R 417 040
Verified Dealer
346
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Polar Swiss only Dial
R 90 326
Verified Dealer
1176
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II
R 326 178
Verified Dealer
6
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
R 112 329
Verified Dealer
10
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
R 90 326
Verified Dealer
95
ES
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
R 435 098
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
417
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II neu fullset
R 167 254
Verified Dealer
11
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 T
R 91 999
Verified Dealer
8
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
R 97 017
Verified Dealer
98
IT
Rolex Explorer II White
Rolex Polar Explorer II 16570 V Serial White Dial 3186...
R 130 814
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
18
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
Rolex Explorer II 16570, Strichindizes, 2007, Gut, Gehäuse...
R 110 733
Verified Dealer
6
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Orange
Rolex Mint Rolex Explorer II 42mm 216570 Black Orange Stainles...
R 122 731
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
208
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial on Bracelet MINT
R 121 305
Verified Dealer
142
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White from 2009 cal 3186 B + P NEW ROLEX...
R 149 707
Verified Dealer
559
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
R 312 815
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
417
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
R 100 848
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
595
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black
R 102 035
Verified Dealer
1176
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
R 88 654
Verified Dealer
209
IT
Rolex Explorer II 42mm White
Rolex Polar Explorer II 216570 White Dial 42mm Random Serial...
R 135 500
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
18
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II "Full Set"
R 100 362
Verified Dealer
374
ES
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Full Set
R 117 090
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex 2016 UNPOLISHED Rolex Explorer II 42mm 216570 Black...
R 109 841
Verified Dealer
78
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Cream / Panna rail dial B + P NEW ROLEX SERVICE
R 450 795
Verified Dealer
559
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet...
R 103 123
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
403
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 40mm Bamford
R 118 396
Verified Dealer
232
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer 2 16570 Stainless Steel White Polar GMT 40mm Watch
R 97 375
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
272
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer Ii 16550 White Dial Stainless With Box Unpolish...
R 136 410
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
89
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
Rolex Explorer II 16570, Strichindizes, 2005, Gut, Gehäuse...
R 113 075
Verified Dealer
6
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
R 97 017
Verified Dealer
209
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II white polar Dial
R 98 239
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
24
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex 16550 Explorer II, White Polar Dial, 1987 +Box
R 150 527
Verified Dealer
501
LT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black 3186 RRR from 2011 B+P NEW ROLEX SERVICE
R 127 962
Verified Dealer
559
NL
Rolex Explorer II Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570 M Serial Black Dial 3186 Movement Box...
R 130 814
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
18
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Black Dial - Box & Papers 2015
R 138 207
Verified Dealer
232
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
R 120 562
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
595
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black Tritium Dial - L-Series
R 91 999
Verified Dealer
612
MC
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Vintage Explorer II Steve Mc Queen Ref-1655 Stainless...
R 314 135
Verified Dealer
226
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm
Rolex Explorer II 216570, Strichindizes, 2012, Sehr Gut,...
R 126 289
Verified Dealer
6
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer Ii 16550 White Dial Stainless Steel Box &...
R 151 575
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
89
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik mit Rolex Box von 2000
R 95 328
Verified Dealer
118
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II 216570 NEW
R 143 184
Verified Dealer
180
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial 16570
R 91 999
Verified Dealer
604
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Orange Hand 1655 Steve McQueen
R 478 395
Verified Dealer
88
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Stainless Steel Black Dial GMT SEL...
R 87 836
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
272
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel
Rolex Explorer II
R 102 980 248
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 42mm / LC100 / NOS VERKLEBT
R 148 871
Verified Dealer
51
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 39mm
Rolex Explorer II 16550, Strichindizes, 1987, Gut, Gehäuse...
R 131 977
Verified Dealer
6
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer Ii 16570 Stainless Steel Black Dial
R 84 849
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
89
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione MK IV Steve McQueen + Expertise
R 309 451
Verified Dealer
151
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II
R 151 342
Verified Dealer
 
CH
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
R 110 399
Verified Dealer
8
FR
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Steel GMT Black Dial 216570
R 142 552
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
613
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II NUOVO MAI INDOSSATO by OroPuro Chiavari
R 116 253
Verified Dealer
39
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex 2004 Explorer II, Steel, 16570, Box & Papers
R 107 969
Verified Dealer
143
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Index schwarz Stahlband - 1655 INKL. GARANTIE -
R 248 564
Verified Dealer
756
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 39mm
Rolex Explorer II 16550, Strichindizes, 1985, Gut, Gehäuse...
R 128 631
Verified Dealer
6
DE
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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 is a Rolex Explorer II?

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

Detailed Price Information

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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