A few words have lost all meaning when discussing Rolex watches. At this point, “underestimated”, “sleeping” and “underestimated” may not be completely meaningless, but we are quickly reaching that goal. Social media and frankly, articles like this haven’t helped any enthusiast hunters there, but you’ll be surprised how many people I’ve met who know nothing about Explorer II. In this article, I will introduce the Explorer II reference. 16570 is a 40mm version produced for 22 years from 1989 to 2011. ExplorerII 16570’s low-key design, dual time zone function, nearly indestructible appearance and tenacious not luxurious attitude may be the best choice for modern Rolex sports watches out there replica rolex watches .
Of course, I am a little biased towards Explorer II. I’ve always been my favorite Rolex sports watch. In fact, the first Rolex I bought was a 216570 black dial (for this I made a positive comparison with Submariner here). Submariner, GMT-Master II and Daytona have attracted much attention, while Explorer II has been Rolex ’s low-key utility watch and has been a true travel watch for decades. Explorer II is the scum of the Rolex sports watch family and is the Prince Prince of GMT-Master II (this is interesting because I think Harry is wearing the Polar Dial Explorer II)
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Introduced as a cave explorer’s watch, the Explorer II design has more functionality than form. The darkness in these caves makes it impossible to distinguish between day and night, which is why the 24-hour hands and fixed bezel. And the original Explorer II reference. 1655 does not mean to be a travel watch at all, but 16570 introduced a separate hour hand, which functionally makes the watch a dual time zone travel watch.
Fully refurbished Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16550 was produced between 1985 and 1989 and is considered the “transition” model between the original 1655 and 16570 seen in this article. Compared to 16570, they are harder to find and more expensive. For better or worse, the 16550 brings Explorer II to the Rolex sports watch line. The sapphire crystal, the new Mercedes hands, the hour markers and the 24-hour hand are reminiscent of the then GMT Master. It is also equipped with Calibre 3085, which adds the aforementioned independent hour hand function.
The 16550 also features a black or white (aka Polar) dial, introducing two dial options that are still available today. The Polar dial model has a paint defect that causes the dial to slowly turn milky white, making it popular with collectors. In fact, these products usually cost more than the old Ref. The price is high. Also known as “Steve McQueen” in 1655. I was shocked when I saw the cream dial 16550 selling for more than 1655, but this is not uncommon.
Fast forward to 1989 and Rolex released the Explorer II Ref. 16570 had been running for almost 22 years before 216570 was released in 2011. The 16570 iterates on the 16550, adopts the new 3185 movement, and makes minor but substantial changes to the extreme dial model. By replacing the silver-contoured hands and graduations with black, and by really accentuating the white dial, readability is greatly improved. Again, the font used on the border numbers changed between 16550 and 16570, which is just a problem.
Explorer II 16570 is water resistant to 100M, 40 mm wide, 12.2 mm thick, and 47 mm ear-to-ear, making it an ideal size for smaller or larger wrists. Wearing it on a 7.5-inch wrist, my complaint was zero and I found the size to be just right. I personally do tend to be a bit bigger, so I prefer my 216570, which is 42mm wide, 12.5mm thick and 50.1mm lugs. An advantage of Explorer II compared to Submariner or GMT-Master is that the 24-hour bezel tilts downwards, making the case look slimmer.
The 16570 movement is equipped with the 3185 movement (the model after 2006 slightly updated the 3186 movement), which was introduced in 1988 for the Explorer II and GMT-Master II. This is the first time that Rolex has adopted an independent hour hand movement, and it also has a seconds function. The 3185 has 31 jewels, runs at 28,800 vph, and has a power reserve of 50 hours. Of course, considering how many Explorer II watches containing this movement were produced in 22 years, the need for maintenance depends on the specific situation.
Although they are actually the same watch, for years, Explorer II 16570 watches have various serial numbers, with slight differences between these serial numbers. The polar dial model you see in this article is the Y serial number, while the black dial is the F serial number.