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Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
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Rolex 2007 Unpolished Explorer ll White Dial w/ Box & Papers...
Php 379,320
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Austins Watches Inc.
274
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
TOP
Rolex Explorer II 2 Steve McQueen 1655 Steel 40mm 1974 Watch...
Php 1,200,328
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WT Time Pieces
57
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White Dial 216570
Php 463,936
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 382,549
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Just in Time Orologeria
10
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550
Php 545,292
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
325
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex M216570-0001 EXPLORER II
Php 449,873
Seller
時尚站 COHERNTHK
5
HK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 293,584
Seller
MUST'S srl
20
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 458,664
Seller
Labelle Jewelry
82
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II + Rolex service
Php 290,619
Seller
Ticino Watch Lab Sagl
132
CH
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570 N.O.S.
Php 474,480
Seller
MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
72
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel Black
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570, LC170, 11/17, FOLIEN
Php 448,383
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exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
61
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 421,760
Free shipping
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
TOP
Rolex 16570
Php 310,995
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Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570
Php 320,274
Seller
Nautilus Watches
6
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 340,044
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
442
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 308,412
Seller
MUST'S srl
20
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 483,376
Free shipping
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Edle Zeitmesser Worldtime KG
95
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
Php 606,279
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 281,722
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TopHorloges.EU
220
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 1655 straight hand mk1
Php 1,245,509
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Dimidium BV
12
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 Cal 3186 White Dial Serial G-NOS...
Php 639,361
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LAURENTI
71
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II
Php 1,423,438
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
536
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Box & Papers MINT
Php 332,136
Seller
Alward Luxury Watches
32
IE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 266,302
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
866
BE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer II 16570 White Dial / SEL / No Holes / 2002
Php 313,750
Seller
Watchplanet
89
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 polar white 1993/ S
Php 274,018
Seller
Vintage & Prestige
36
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black
Rolex 216570 Explorer II - 42mm Orange Hand
Php 428,689
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Watch Club
70
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex 2010 ENGRAVED Rolex Explorer II 16570 Stainless Steel...
Php 329,183
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
106
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II Black Dial Stainless...
Php 331,345
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Sumpters Jewelry
23
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Ref 216570 NOS 2014
Php 437,707
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LAURENTI
71
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex EXPLORER II - Box & New Service
Php 272,233
Seller
Westside Watches
76
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Index schwarz Stahlband - 1655 INKL. GARANTIE -
Php 881,346
Seller
MyChronograph
676
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer II Transitional
Php 284,688
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Moveno Watches
212
SK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial 40MM Automatic Steel Oyster Watch...
Php 361,132
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ElegantSwiss
33
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Steel (some Factory stickers still in place)
Php 479,788
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ChronoEdge
216
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer II White Dial 16570
Php 311,377
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
517
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex 1999 Rolex Explorer II 16570 Stainless Polar White Swiss...
Php 321,117
Free shipping
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
106
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 366,404
Seller
WatchBox CH
70
CH
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Straight Hand Mk1
Php 1,417,948
Seller
CHRONO.dk
97
DK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570 black 01.12.2018 Like new B&P
Php 415,170
Seller
Lo Smeraldo di Andrea Mattioli
182
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II - Black Dial - Very Good Condition 16570
Php 290,619
Seller
Monaco Watch Company
449
MC
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm
Rolex 216570 Explorer II 42mm - Freccione Full Set
Php 445,150
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
70
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 - Watch Only - 12-Month Warranty
Php 298,367
Seller
Bloombar Watches
108
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II Roestvrij Staal 216570 - W5948
Php 446,545
Seller
Xupes.nl
21
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 533,789
Seller
Watcheclock
80
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial, Ref: 16570
Php 332,662
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
130
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II mit Box
Php 355,800
Seller
TempUhra
97
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 322,196
Seller
CHRONO.dk
97
DK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 39mm Black No numerals
Rolex 1655 Explorer II Steve McQueen MK 1, 1973
Php 984,486
Seller
SwissOnly
299
LT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II GMT Red Hand White Dial 39mm
Php 288,905
Seller
Watches 24 Seven, LLC
69
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1993 “Full Set”
Php 385,515
Seller
Watchplanet
89
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Circa 2001
Php 260,520
Seller
Ponti
72
CH
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II Oyster Perpetual Date Polar White Dial...
Php 463,672
Seller
The Sutor House
47
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II RRR ref. 216570
Php 385,515
Seller
Eorologi
348
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 16570
Php 342,811
Seller
Uhrenworld München Center GmbH
232
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Perfect-Explorer II Black Dial Steel 42mm 216570BK
Php 436,769
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PERFECT WATCH COMPANY LIMITED 正大鐘錶
 
HK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 216570
Php 429,997
Seller
Juwelier Eupen
157
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial (With Rolex Paperwork), Ref: 16570
Php 377,246
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
130
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570 - Mint from March 2019
Php 446,117
Seller
CHRONO.dk
97
DK
Rolex Explorer II Steel
Rolex EXPLORER 2 FULL SET 2005 16570 BLANCHE
Php 367,722
Seller
Select Time SARL GTB PRESTIGE
 
FR
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 360,098
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Stephen Hughes Limited
13
UK
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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 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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