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Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 8,950
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Explorer II White
Rolex Explorer II White
AU$ 7,146
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
814
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
AU$ 35,343
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
263
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 38,323
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
356
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
AU$ 6,387
Seller
Orologi360
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Black Dial
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Black Dial
AU$ 10,689
Seller
Kara's Watches
180
US
Rolex Explorer 2 White 16570 M serial 3186 Mvt. parachrome
Rolex Explorer 2 White 16570 M serial 3186 Mvt. parachrome
AU$ 8,849
Free shipping
Seller
fitzroviawatches.co.uk
154
UK
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570,  LC100, NEUWERTIG
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570, LC100, NEUWERTIG
AU$ 10,459
Seller
exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
46
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 8,703
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II 1655 "Steve McQueen" 1979 Mark IV
Rolex Explorer II 1655 "Steve McQueen" 1979 Mark IV
AU$ 25,389
Seller
Chrono Finland
62
FI
Rolex Explorer II Black
Rolex Explorer II Black
AU$ 7,489
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
814
NL
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
AU$ 12,844
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
263
UK
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
995
IT
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
AU$ 6,707
Seller
Orologi360
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II 216570 White Dial NEW
Rolex Explorer II 216570 White Dial NEW
AU$ 11,111
Seller
Kara's Watches
180
US
Rolex : Explorer II :  16570 :  Stainless Steel : black...
Rolex : Explorer II : 16570 : Stainless Steel : black...
AU$ 6,375
Seller
Bernard Watch Co.
286
US
Rolex EXPLORER II 2 Stainless Steel White Dial Watch 216570
Rolex EXPLORER II 2 Stainless Steel White Dial Watch 216570
AU$ 10,554
Free shipping
Seller
Avi & Co NY
99
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 10,299
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial top condition LC 170 box papers
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial top condition LC 170 box papers
AU$ 8,781
Seller
Watch-Lounge.de
294
DE
Rolex Explorer II Random Serie NEW Old Stock
Rolex Explorer II Random Serie NEW Old Stock
AU$ 13,573
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
814
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
AU$ 10,541
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
263
UK
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
AU$ 26,599
Seller
European Watch Company
189
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 11,162
Seller
Horando Deutschland GmbH
68
DE
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 216570
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 216570
AU$ 19,146
Seller
CWC GmbH
128
DE
Rolex : Explorer II '3186' :  16570 :  Stainless Steel : black...
Rolex : Explorer II '3186' : 16570 : Stainless Steel : black...
AU$ 10,140
Seller
Bernard Watch Co.
286
US
Rolex Explorer II "Caliber 3186" with Box and Papers
Rolex Explorer II "Caliber 3186" with Box and Papers
AU$ 9,203
Seller
Charles Fish
108
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 10,619
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II Automatic White Dial Steel Case 42mm
Rolex Explorer II Automatic White Dial Steel Case 42mm
Price on request
Seller
SORELLE RONCO
995
IT
Rolex Explorer II White
Rolex Explorer II White
AU$ 10,220
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
814
NL
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” Service 8/2018
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” Service 8/2018
AU$ 7,824
Seller
Watchplanet
59
DE
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 16570 - 93150 Bracelet - T-series
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 16570 - 93150 Bracelet - T-series
AU$ 7,184
Seller
maxwatches.eu
584
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 8,769
Seller
Rivewatch UK
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Straight Hand Mk1
Rolex Explorer II Straight Hand Mk1
AU$ 38,187
Seller
CHRONO.dk
64
DK
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial Mens 40mm...
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial Mens 40mm...
AU$ 7,389
Seller
Jewels in Time
67
US
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
AU$ 9,850
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 8,703
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 7,505
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
49
IT
Rolex Explorer II steeve Mc QUEEN
Rolex Explorer II steeve Mc QUEEN
AU$ 38,323
Seller
recup'or
13
FR
Rolex Explorer II with Box and Papers
Rolex Explorer II with Box and Papers
AU$ 10,975
Seller
Charles Fish
108
UK
Rolex 1984 TIFFANY Rolex Explorer II 16550 Fat Font Black...
Rolex 1984 TIFFANY Rolex Explorer II 16550 Fat Font Black...
AU$ 19,693
Seller
Collectors Coins of Lynbrook LLC
14
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” LC110
Rolex Explorer II 16570 von 1999 “Full Set” LC110
AU$ 7,824
Seller
Watchplanet
59
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 10,679
Seller
CHRONO.dk
64
DK
Rolex Explorer II black dial 40mm NOS
Rolex Explorer II black dial 40mm NOS
AU$ 11,319
Seller
Watchattitude
37
CH
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
AU$ 11,294
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Steel  Bracelet & White Index Dial
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Steel Bracelet & White Index Dial
AU$ 11,252
Free shipping
Seller
Gold Watch Co
41
US
Rolex : Explorer II :  216570 :  Stainless Steel : black...
Rolex : Explorer II : 216570 : Stainless Steel : black...
AU$ 10,724
Seller
Bernard Watch Co.
286
US
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 8,940
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II
AU$ 8,303
Free shipping
Seller
SC Amanet Gold Services SRL
124
RO
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione 1973 full set
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione 1973 full set
AU$ 55,888
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1998 LC100 B+P “Tritium”
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1998 LC100 B+P “Tritium”
AU$ 8,607
Seller
Watchplanet
59
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
AU$ 7,170
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
683
BE
Rolex Explorer II Stahl "Hand Gravur" 16570
Rolex Explorer II Stahl "Hand Gravur" 16570
AU$ 14,355
Seller
CWC GmbH
128
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
AU$ 8,946
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex 42mm Explorer II Watch 216570 Black Face
Rolex 42mm Explorer II Watch 216570 Black Face
AU$ 9,845
Free shipping
Seller
Gold Watch Co
41
US
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
AU$ 10,189
Seller
OCWG Inc.
98
US
Rolex 1655 Explorer II straight hand (Freccione)
Rolex 1655 Explorer II straight hand (Freccione)
AU$ 38,004
Seller
THE WATCHGUY GmbH & Co. KG
6
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel Black Dial 42mm 2018 Box/Papers Watch...
Rolex Explorer II Steel Black Dial 42mm 2018 Box/Papers Watch...
AU$ 10,766
Seller
Jewels in Time
67
US
Rolex EXPLORER II STAINLESS STEEL – BLACK DIAL – 16570T
Rolex EXPLORER II STAINLESS STEEL – BLACK DIAL – 16570T
AU$ 7,352
Seller
Uk Specialist Watches ltd
8
UK
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1993 “Full Set”
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1993 “Full Set”
AU$ 8,607
Seller
Watchplanet
59
DE
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm Stainless Steel Watch White Face...
Rolex Explorer II 216570 42mm Stainless Steel Watch White Face...
AU$ 11,252
Seller
Sam's Watches
 
US
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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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