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Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Php 1,432,360
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 1,513,657
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
286
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 309,038
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Just in Time Orologeria
 
IT
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Php 335,225
Seller
BRAND SHOP LIPS
11
JP
Rolex Explorer II White/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Rolex Explorer II White/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Php 439,837
Seller
CKLY Trading Limited
17
HK
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
Php 1,068,967
Seller
European Watch Company
170
US
Rolex Explorer II - Ref: 16570 - aus 2005 - Rolex Box&Papers
Rolex Explorer II - Ref: 16570 - aus 2005 - Rolex Box&Papers
Php 378,414
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mostwantedwatches MWW GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570 never polished
Rolex Explorer II 16570 never polished
Php 327,896
Free shipping
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Silvestri Watches & Diamonds
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Tiffany
Rolex Explorer II Tiffany
Php 1,324,387
Seller
Rsquared2 - Fine Watches
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
Php 427,195
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
Rolex Explorer 2 NOS
Rolex Explorer 2 NOS
Php 473,018
Seller
Gold & Watch Time Srl
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 406,795
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Php 291,373
Seller
BRAND SHOP LIPS
11
JP
Rolex Explorer II 216570 NEW
Rolex Explorer II 216570 NEW
Php 416,349
Seller
Kara's Watches
160
US
Rolex Explorer II Black/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Rolex Explorer II Black/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Php 450,326
Seller
CKLY Trading Limited
17
HK
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Php 448,734
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Php 403,642
Seller
Mall of the Watch
866
MC
Rolex Explorer II - Ref: 16570 - aus 2001/02 - Service 08.18
Rolex Explorer II - Ref: 16570 - aus 2001/02 - Service 08.18
Php 324,806
Seller
mostwantedwatches MWW GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 520,532
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 389,214
Seller
Labelle Jewelry
51
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 343,726
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
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
771
IT
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Stahl Automatik Zweite Zeitzone...
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Stahl Automatik Zweite Zeitzone...
Php 352,556
Seller
Juwelier Rieger
326
DE
Rolex Explorer II "Cream Dial" R Serie
Rolex Explorer II "Cream Dial" R Serie
Php 788,300
Seller
TimeSelect Watches
 
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Php 305,139
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 258,520
Seller
Watch Planet
 
LT
Rolex 16550  Explorer II   Cream Dial
Rolex 16550 Explorer II Cream Dial
Php 787,732
Seller
Juwelier Wilfart
26
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 271,197
Seller
Just in Time Orologeria
 
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II
Php 299,578
Seller
Mercarus GmbH
175
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 343,726
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand Full Set
Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand Full Set
Php 1,615,443
Free shipping
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M J GILLAN LTD
10
UK
Rolex Explorer II 16570 T Stahl Automatik Zweite Zeitzone 2
Rolex Explorer II 16570 T Stahl Automatik Zweite Zeitzone 2
Php 295,794
Seller
Juwelier Rieger
326
DE
Rolex Explorer II Automatic White Dial Steel Case 42mm
Rolex Explorer II Automatic White Dial Steel Case 42mm
Price on request
Seller
SORELLE RONCO
771
IT
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Php 347,859
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 326,172
Free shipping
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WatchBox
330
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 315,345
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
100
IT
Rolex Explorer II Zifferblatt weiß
Rolex Explorer II Zifferblatt weiß
Php 419,346
Free shipping
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Juwelier Fabritz GmbH, Groß - und Einzelhandel mit hochwertigen Markenuhren
23
DE
Rolex 2008 Explorer II, 3186 Calibre, 16570, Unpolished, B&P
Rolex 2008 Explorer II, 3186 Calibre, 16570, Unpolished, B&P
Php 380,168
Seller
Pomerance Boutique
74
UK
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Transitional Full Tritium aus 1987
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Transitional Full Tritium aus 1987
Php 598,525
Seller
Bechle Uhren seit 1869
5
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Price on request
Seller
Bragioielli Srl
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 293,271
Seller
Watch Planet
 
LT
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
Php 353,124
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Php 450,529
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II  X-Serial LC-EU Serviced
Rolex Explorer II X-Serial LC-EU Serviced
Php 346,880
Free shipping
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Tradeluxe Uhrenhandels GmbH
57
AT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 305,341
Seller
Radcliffe
107
US
Rolex Explorer II SEL 2002 Mint Condition
Rolex Explorer II SEL 2002 Mint Condition
Php 280,594
Seller
Uhrentreff München
46
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II White Dial - 16570
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II White Dial - 16570
Php 435,176
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
132
CH
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 396,704
Seller
Edmund Arnold Juwelen und Uhren seit 1880 Ges.m.b.H
69
AT
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel Black Dial 16570 MINT
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel Black Dial 16570 MINT
Php 273,820
Seller
Stein Diamonds
75
US
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
Php 453,626
Seller
OCWG Inc.
83
US
Rolex 16570 Explorer II – 2002 – Full Set – £4,450
Rolex 16570 Explorer II – 2002 – Full Set – £4,450
Php 319,499
Seller
Oakleigh Watches
61
UK
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Php 347,859
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White Dial T Series
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White Dial T Series
Php 268,612
Seller
Sea Wave Diamonds
174
US
Rolex EXPLORER II 1655 STEVE MCQUEEN STREIGHT HAND
Rolex EXPLORER II 1655 STEVE MCQUEEN STREIGHT HAND
Php 1,324,450
Seller
Premium Watch
 
FR
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione MK2 Steve McQueen 1978
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione MK2 Steve McQueen 1978
Php 1,229,847
Seller
Perusia Watches
116
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Php 324,806
Seller
Orologeria Duomo Milano
87
IT
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 42mm Ref.216570 Bj.2012...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 42mm Ref.216570 Bj.2012...
Php 428,806
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
729
DE
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial 16570 MINT
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial 16570 MINT
Php 282,317
Seller
Stein Diamonds
75
US
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
Rolex Explorer Ii 216570 Stainless Steel
Php 459,272
Seller
OCWG Inc.
83
US
Rolex Explorer II Box and papers Swiss Only
Rolex Explorer II Box and papers Swiss Only
Php 353,187
Seller
gioielleria righi s.r.l.
61
IT
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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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