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Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Nuovo 2020
NZ$ 16,405
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9
IT
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White
Rolex 2005 Rolex Explorer II 16570 White Dial SEL Stainless...
NZ$ 10,864
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45
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 216570
NZ$ 18,553
Verified Dealer
49
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II - "Freccione" or " Steve McQueen"
NZ$ 29,510
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UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 12,955
Free shipping
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233
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black
NZ$ 10,845
Verified Dealer
1454
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550
NZ$ 16,179
Free shipping
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552
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer Camouflage Kalaschnikow Engraved Graviert Unikat
NZ$ 20,045
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147
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 14,676
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MY
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black
Rolex 216570 Explorer II 42mm - Box & Certificate
NZ$ 15,365
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165
UK
Rolex Explorer II 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial 16570 40mm T Serial 1996 - Excellent
NZ$ 10,530
Verified Dealer
45
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570
NZ$ 16,882
Verified Dealer
49
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655
NZ$ 35,543
Verified Dealer
15
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 10,322
Free shipping
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233
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex - Explorer II
NZ$ 13,665
Verified Dealer
150
SE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black
NZ$ 11,392
Verified Dealer
1454
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II mint 2007 TIMEELEMENT
NZ$ 14,246
Verified Dealer
22
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
NZ$ 46,707
Free shipping
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552
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex 216570 Explorer II 42mm - Box & Certificate
NZ$ 16,179
Free shipping
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165
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex EXPLORER II BLACK – STAINLESS STEEL – 216570 - NEW UNWORN
NZ$ 16,271
Verified Dealer
65
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570
NZ$ 16,882
Verified Dealer
49
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White 42mm 216570
NZ$ 13,615
Free shipping
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226
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 14,710
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233
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 10,345
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HK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
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Rolex Explorer II Syria untouched. Service
NZ$ 78,378
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 39mm Black No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II GMT Ref. 16570
NZ$ 10,918
Verified Dealer
7
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer II 40mm In Acciaio Ref. 16570
NZ$ 12,668
Verified Dealer
127
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Polar White Patina SS L serial 40mm -...
NZ$ 10,212
Verified Dealer
11
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II NEW
NZ$ 17,043
Verified Dealer
1454
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570
NZ$ 16,882
Verified Dealer
49
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black 216570 New 2019
NZ$ 14,836
Free shipping
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226
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White UNWORN - 2017 stickers with box + papers
NZ$ 16,131
Verified Dealer
933
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 14,125
Verified Dealer
444
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex 16570 Explorer II Dial Stainless Steel Watch
NZ$ 10,021
Verified Dealer
16
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Orange Hand 1655 Steve McQueen 1978
NZ$ 43,563
Verified Dealer
98
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 40mm In Acciaio Ref. 16570
NZ$ 11,119
Verified Dealer
127
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570 White Dial Stainless Steel
NZ$ 16,298
Free shipping
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5
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex II 216570 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet and Stainless
NZ$ 16,499
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359
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 216570
NZ$ 13,706
Verified Dealer
49
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Polar White 216570 2019 Unworn
NZ$ 15,371
Free shipping
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226
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 12,211
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UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 - White Dial - Box & Papers
NZ$ 13,228
Verified Dealer
221
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II | 16550
NZ$ 14,400
Verified Dealer
83
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 42 mm White UNWORN / STICKERS 2019 B + P
NZ$ 16,678
Verified Dealer
933
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Cream Dial 1986
NZ$ 28,919
Verified Dealer
23
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Steel GMT Black Dial 216570
NZ$ 15,045
Free shipping
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1097
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II card
NZ$ 12,212
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IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 216570
NZ$ 18,553
Verified Dealer
49
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 14,236
Verified Dealer
69
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 42mm In Acciaio Ref. 216570
NZ$ 17,316
Verified Dealer
127
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Champagne No numerals
Rolex Explorer II cream rail
NZ$ 34,268
Verified Dealer
70
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Polar Explorer Fully serviced By Rolex
NZ$ 13,228
Verified Dealer
43
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White from 2012 complete with box and papers
NZ$ 14,309
Verified Dealer
933
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 15,858
Verified Dealer
17
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 11,451
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
19
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex 2003 Rolex Explorer II Polar White Stainless Steel 40mm...
NZ$ 11,691
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
540
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 216570
NZ$ 18,553
Verified Dealer
49
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Ref.16570 Papiere Box 2002
NZ$ 14,928
Verified Dealer
98
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Full Set 2010
NZ$ 15,311
Verified Dealer
456
ES
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer 2 Mk2 Frog Foot Dial 1655
Price on request
Verified Dealer
15
NL

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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