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Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 6,229
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Osta Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 6,637
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Watermark Watches
 
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Rolex Explorer II scat/gar art. Re352
Rolex Explorer II scat/gar art. Re352
NZ$ 7,314
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Stroppiana SRL
226
IT
Rolex Explorer Steve Mc Queen Mark IV SERVICE DIAL 1655
Rolex Explorer Steve Mc Queen Mark IV SERVICE DIAL 1655
NZ$ 20,897
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69
IT
Rolex Explorer II  Freccione -Full Set  Garanzia  Expertise
Rolex Explorer II Freccione -Full Set Garanzia Expertise
NZ$ 61,821
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PASSIONE VINTAGE
70
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 Black Dial (SEL) Mint Condition
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 Black Dial (SEL) Mint Condition
NZ$ 6,229
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Explorer II RRR ref. 216570
Rolex Explorer II RRR ref. 216570
NZ$ 9,839
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Eorologi
220
IT
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 9,055
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Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 7,140
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ANNIBALI&CO
63
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 8,602
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Osta Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Explorer II 42mm ,Nero,black
Rolex Explorer II 42mm ,Nero,black
NZ$ 10,274
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ROSSI OROLOGI s.r.l
26
IT
Rolex Explorer II SEL Scat/Gar art. Re782
Rolex Explorer II SEL Scat/Gar art. Re782
NZ$ 7,836
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Stroppiana SRL
226
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 10,545
Seller
Time Piece Trader Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II 42MM Orange Wh Dial Mint Condition
Rolex Explorer II 42MM Orange Wh Dial Mint Condition
NZ$ 9,484
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The Watch Collector NY
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Steve mc queen . Mk 2  dial . With rare frog...
TOP
Rolex Explorer II Steve mc queen . Mk 2 dial . With rare frog...
NZ$ 35,177
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Private Seller
 
BE
Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655
Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655
NZ$ 26,818
Seller
Eorologi
220
IT
Rolex Explorer II Schwarz Black Full Set LC100 Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Explorer II Schwarz Black Full Set LC100 Oyster Perpetual
NZ$ 9,543
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LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
51
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 7,362
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Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 6,229
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Osta Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570
NZ$ 7,627
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
95
IT
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570 (RO 4079)
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570 (RO 4079)
NZ$ 11,319
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Cavour Orologi Srl
76
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 8,533
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
63
IT
Rolex Explorer II ,RRR, Cal 3186, random serial,alfanumerico,N...
Rolex Explorer II ,RRR, Cal 3186, random serial,alfanumerico,N...
NZ$ 9,578
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ROSSI OROLOGI s.r.l
26
IT
Rolex 16570 Explorer II Sammlerstück / Neu/ Randoms./Kal. 3186
Rolex 16570 Explorer II Sammlerstück / Neu/ Randoms./Kal. 3186
NZ$ 17,371
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C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex stainless steel Explorer II
Rolex stainless steel Explorer II
NZ$ 7,119
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
47
US
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White Dial T Series
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White Dial T Series
NZ$ 6,822
Seller
Sea Wave Diamonds
78
US
Rolex Explorer II White Dial
Rolex Explorer II White Dial
NZ$ 6,093
Seller
Watch Center London
429
UK
Rolex Explorer II Fullset-LC100
Rolex Explorer II Fullset-LC100
NZ$ 9,839
Seller
watchagent24
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570
NZ$ 8,516
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
95
IT
Rolex Explorer II 16570 GMT Mens Swiss Made Stainless Steel...
Rolex Explorer II 16570 GMT Mens Swiss Made Stainless Steel...
NZ$ 9,210
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GMTSKY
211
US
Rolex Explorer II Quadrante Bianco - 216570
Rolex Explorer II Quadrante Bianco - 216570
NZ$ 10,779
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
75
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 7,488
Free shipping
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il duca orologi srl
16
IT
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
NZ$ 8,359
Seller
Bonanno Gioielleria
69
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 2 216570 Black Dial Orange Hand
Rolex EXPLORER 2 216570 Black Dial Orange Hand
NZ$ 8,750
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Explorer II Bracciale SEL 16570
Rolex Explorer II Bracciale SEL 16570
NZ$ 7,749
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Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
131
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 2 II  216570 2017 Like NEW  3837
Rolex EXPLORER 2 II 216570 2017 Like NEW 3837
NZ$ 10,447
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2214
IT
Rolex Explorer II " Arab Crest" ref. 1655
Rolex Explorer II " Arab Crest" ref. 1655
NZ$ 40,053
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Eorologi
220
IT
Rolex MEN'S ROLEX EXPLORER II Black Dial,STAINLESS STEEL...
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Rolex MEN'S ROLEX EXPLORER II Black Dial,STAINLESS STEEL...
NZ$ 7,401
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
NZ$ 7,341
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
176
US
Rolex Explorer II Polar Stainless Steel Gents 16570 - W3604
Rolex Explorer II Polar Stainless Steel Gents 16570 - W3604
NZ$ 8,943
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Xupes.com
62
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 10,971
Free shipping
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il duca orologi srl
16
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 216570
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 216570
NZ$ 11,232
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Juwelier Eupen
76
DE
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16550 Creamy Rail Dial with Box and Paper
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16550 Creamy Rail Dial with Box and Paper
NZ$ 31,886
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Alex Pig Timepieces
38
HK
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
NZ$ 7,575
Seller
Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
131
IT
Rolex EXPLORER II Ref-216570 Stainless Steel Box Papers...
Rolex EXPLORER II Ref-216570 Stainless Steel Box Papers...
NZ$ 10,083
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Steel, 40mm
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Steel, 40mm
NZ$ 7,737
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Taleda
268
CH
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 10,449
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 7,401
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Uhrencenter Berlin
236
DE
Rolex 16570 Explorer II SS Black Dial (26830)
Rolex 16570 Explorer II SS Black Dial (26830)
NZ$ 8,157
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European Watch Company
74
US
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Ref. 16570 (Only Box)
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Ref. 16570 (Only Box)
NZ$ 6,616
Seller
Watch Center London
429
UK
Rolex EXPLORER II 2 Stainless Steel White Dial
Rolex EXPLORER II 2 Stainless Steel White Dial
NZ$ 10,973
Seller
Avi & Co NY
36
US
Rolex Explorer II 42 216570
Rolex Explorer II 42 216570
NZ$ 10,971
Seller
Bonanno Gioielleria
69
IT
Rolex 216570 Explorer II White 42mm [NEW]
Rolex 216570 Explorer II White 42mm [NEW]
NZ$ 9,974
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moibotime.com
 
HK
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 16570
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 16570
NZ$ 7,471
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CologneWatchCenter
130
DE
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel Gents 16570 - W4354
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel Gents 16570 - W4354
NZ$ 14,912
Seller
Xupes.com
62
UK
Rolex Explorer II scat/gar art. Re350
Rolex Explorer II scat/gar art. Re350
NZ$ 7,314
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
226
IT
Rolex Vintage Explorer II Orange Hand Steve McQueen Ref-1655...
Rolex Vintage Explorer II Orange Hand Steve McQueen Ref-1655...
NZ$ 25,878
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 12,712
Seller
Watcheclock
42
IT
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570
NZ$ 7,802
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
95
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
NZ$ 7,836
Free shipping
Seller
il duca orologi srl
16
IT

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