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Rolex Explorer II White
Rolex Explorer II White
Rs. 368,880
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
822
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rs. 1,829,461
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
269
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 1,978,349
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
367
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rs. 329,725
Seller
Orologi360
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570,  LC100, NEUWERTIG
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570, LC100, NEUWERTIG
Rs. 539,924
Seller
exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
49
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 541,573
Seller
Herbert Mayer - Vintage
78
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 449,250
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial Watch 216570
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial Watch 216570
Rs. 545,059
Free shipping
Seller
Avi & Co NY
101
US
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Automatic Black Dial Steel Case 42mm
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Automatic Black Dial Steel Case 42mm
Price on request
Seller
SORELLE RONCO
1027
IT
Rolex Explorer II White
Rolex Explorer II White
Rs. 527,560
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
822
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
Rs. 545,629
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
269
UK
Rolex Explorer II - Black - 16570
Rolex Explorer II - Black - 16570
Rs. 392,131
Seller
Hoboken Watch
16
US
Rolex Explorer 2 White 16570 M serial 3186 Mvt. parachrome
Rolex Explorer 2 White 16570 M serial 3186 Mvt. parachrome
Rs. 458,053
Free shipping
Seller
fitzroviawatches.co.uk
158
UK
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Black Dial
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Black Dial
Rs. 552,037
Seller
Kara's Watches
181
US
Rolex : Explorer II :  16570 :  Stainless Steel : black...
Rolex : Explorer II : 16570 : Stainless Steel : black...
Rs. 329,260
Seller
Bernard Watch Co.
290
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 531,681
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II very good conditions U-Series B+P
Rolex Explorer II very good conditions U-Series B+P
Rs. 403,830
Seller
Rosenauer Handelsbetrieb
86
AT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 453,926
Seller
Rivewatch UK
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Random Serie NEW Old Stock
Rolex Explorer II Random Serie NEW Old Stock
Rs. 700,665
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
822
NL
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rs. 664,842
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
269
UK
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Stainless Steel Polar White Dial W/box...
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Stainless Steel Polar White Dial W/box...
Rs. 472,448
Free shipping
Seller
M & B Watches
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Automatic White Dial Steel Case 42mm
Rolex Explorer II Automatic White Dial Steel Case 42mm
Price on request
Seller
SORELLE RONCO
1027
IT
Rolex Explorer II 216570 White Dial NEW
Rolex Explorer II 216570 White Dial NEW
Rs. 573,842
Seller
Kara's Watches
181
US
Rolex Explorer II - Full Set - black Dial - 2018
Rolex Explorer II - Full Set - black Dial - 2018
Rs. 572,814
Seller
LUXUS-PORT
71
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 449,250
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” Service 8/2018
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” Service 8/2018
Rs. 403,913
Seller
Watchplanet
60
DE
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
Rs. 1,373,732
Seller
European Watch Company
191
US
Rolex Explorer II - Black - 16570
Rolex Explorer II - Black - 16570
Rs. 413,937
Seller
Hoboken Watch
16
US
Rolex : Explorer II :  216570 :  Stainless Steel : black...
Rolex : Explorer II : 216570 : Stainless Steel : black...
Rs. 553,854
Seller
Bernard Watch Co.
290
US
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rs. 584,602
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II "Caliber 3186" with Box and Papers
Rolex Explorer II "Caliber 3186" with Box and Papers
Rs. 476,393
Seller
Charles Fish
110
UK
Rolex Explorer II steeve Mc QUEEN
Rolex Explorer II steeve Mc QUEEN
Rs. 1,978,349
Seller
recup'or
13
FR
Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570 Stainless Steel Black Dial W/box...
Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570 Stainless Steel Black Dial W/box...
Rs. 435,742
Free shipping
Seller
M & B Watches
 
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 548,167
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rs. 421,831
Seller
Charles Martin Watch Company Ltd
7
UK
Rolex Explorer II - Black dial - Like new
Rolex Explorer II - Black dial - Like new
Rs. 351,157
Seller
Quality Time
116
HU
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 16570 - 93150 Bracelet - T-series
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 16570 - 93150 Bracelet - T-series
Rs. 370,858
Seller
maxwatches.eu
590
DE
Rolex : Explorer II '3186' :  16570 :  Stainless Steel : black...
Rolex : Explorer II '3186' : 16570 : Stainless Steel : black...
Rs. 523,690
Seller
Bernard Watch Co.
290
US
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rs. 491,066
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Steel  Bracelet & White Index Dial
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Steel Bracelet & White Index Dial
Rs. 581,110
Free shipping
Seller
Gold Watch Co
43
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rs. 346,211
Seller
Orologi360
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 42mm Ref.216570 Bj.2012...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 42mm Ref.216570 Bj.2012...
Rs. 559,625
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
808
DE
Rolex Explorer II LC 200 wie Neu5800
Rolex Explorer II LC 200 wie Neu5800
Rs. 478,101
Seller
Juwelier Exklusiv
11
DE
Rolex 1984 TIFFANY Rolex Explorer II 16550 Fat Font Black...
Rolex 1984 TIFFANY Rolex Explorer II 16550 Fat Font Black...
Rs. 1,089,900
Seller
Collectors Coins of Lynbrook LLC
16
US
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 216570
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 216570
Rs. 988,350
Seller
CWC GmbH
133
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” LC110
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” LC110
Rs. 403,913
Seller
Watchplanet
60
DE
Rolex : Explorer II :  16570 :  Stainless Steel : black dial
Rolex : Explorer II : 16570 : Stainless Steel : black dial
Rs. 460,455
Seller
Bernard Watch Co.
290
US
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Rs. 563,969
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex 16550  Explorer II   Cream Dial
Rolex 16550 Explorer II Cream Dial
Rs. 1,029,566
Seller
Juwelier Wilfart
33
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 488,735
Seller
Leihhäuser Max Walther KG
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref. 16570 Vintage...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref. 16570 Vintage...
Rs. 494,175
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
808
DE
Rolex Explorer II SEL White Dial 40MM Z Ser 16570
Rolex Explorer II SEL White Dial 40MM Z Ser 16570
Rs. 396,856
Seller
Luxury Watch Buyer
52
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 370,116
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
696
BE
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm Stainless Steel Watch White Face...
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm Stainless Steel Watch White Face...
Rs. 581,110
Seller
Sam's Watches
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1993 “Full Set”
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1993 “Full Set”
Rs. 444,304
Seller
Watchplanet
60
DE
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm Watch White Face Box & Papers...
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm Watch White Face Box & Papers...
Rs. 581,110
Free shipping
Seller
Gold Watch Co
43
US
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rs. 444,298
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II 42mm White Polar Dial On Orange Rubber B &...
Rolex Explorer II 42mm White Polar Dial On Orange Rubber B &...
Rs. 544,768
Seller
Element iN Time NYC
181
US
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
Rs. 401,023
Seller
Private Seller
 
CH
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.16570 Vintage...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.16570 Vintage...
Rs. 477,194
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
808
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 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

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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