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Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Vintage Explorer II 'Orange Hand' / Steve McQueen from 1978
Php 1,611,443
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49
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Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
Rolex Explorer Ii "steve Mc Queen" Réf.1655
Php 1,054,974
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8
FR
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550
Php 529,333
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431
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570 NEW Full Stickers 2019
Php 495,027
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164
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex 216570 Explorer II White Dial Stainless Steel Men's Watch
Php 500,241
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23
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 T, 2003 Mint
Php 359,214
Verified Dealer
145
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black
Php 353,590
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1203
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II | 16550
Php 457,928
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44
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White Dial "Ref 16570" Serial Y
Php 358,227
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90
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 426,566
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130
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer Ii Réf.16570 Calibre 3186
Php 515,894
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8
FR
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Php 1,098,615
Free shipping
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431
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570 NEW Full Stickers 2019
Php 489,761
Verified Dealer
164
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex 216570 Explorer II Black Dial Stainless Steel Men’s Watch
Php 437,098
Free shipping
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23
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex 16570 Explorer II, G-Serie, Kal. 3186, LC 100, NOS
Php 637,042
Verified Dealer
39
DE
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White
Rolex 2005 Rolex Explorer II 16570 White Dial SEL Stainless...
Php 342,253
Verified Dealer
21
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Black Dial - Box & Papers 2015
Php 485,388
Verified Dealer
240
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 341,997
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IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White Cal. 3186 Rehaut Engraving
Php 373,878
Verified Dealer
1203
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
Rolex Explorer Ii "steve Mc Queen" Réf.1655 Mark I
Php 1,327,412
Verified Dealer
8
FR
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 T
Php 318,811
Verified Dealer
8
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer II White Dial 40mm
Php 336,776
Verified Dealer
310
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Stainless Steel White Dial
Php 418,667
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23
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black Tritium Dial - L-Series
Php 315,912
Verified Dealer
631
MC
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 350,205
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
622
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II cal 3186 serial M
Php 501,661
Verified Dealer
32
CH
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex 2016 Rolex Explorer II 42mm Box And Card Full Set...
Php 439,732
Verified Dealer
25
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II RRR 3186 Nero Black unpolished, mint G ser
Php 492,707
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77
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 216570 LC100
Php 495,606
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198
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex 2007 UNPOLISHED Rolex Explorer II Stainless Polar White...
Php 363,055
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305
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 16570 - V Serie - Cal. 3186 - LC413
Php 423,091
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1001
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II "Nice Patina" Full set
Php 432,688
Verified Dealer
52
JP
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black Full Set
Php 399,496
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136
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Php 466,063
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622
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II
Php 1,130,329
Verified Dealer
6
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II 42mm White Polar Dial On Orange Rubber B &...
Php 468,433
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310
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 316,765
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194
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550 aus 1987 mit perfekter Patina
Php 521,111
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10
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Swiss Only Black Dial 1999
Php 307,218
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190
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex エクスプローラーII 16570
Php 291,703
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252
JP
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Polar White 216570
Php 479,176
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US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Stahl Automatik Stainless Steel...
Php 318,231
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490
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 355,472
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622
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II with Box and Papers
Php 382,784
Verified Dealer
228
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Polar White Dial Orange Hand
Php 509,509
Verified Dealer
310
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial
Php 387,790
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150
ES
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex 16550 Explorer II, White Polar Dial, 1987 +Box
Php 452,074
Verified Dealer
536
LT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Top Conditions Full Set WMD
Php 347,793
Verified Dealer
7
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570 "LC100"
Php 440,480
Verified Dealer
1285
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 SEL Y Full Set Unpolished
Php 365,183
Verified Dealer
190
IT
Rolex Explorer II White
Rolex Polar Explorer II 16570 V Serial White Dial 3186...
Php 454,266
Free shipping
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23
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Php 418,667
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
622
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex エクスプローラーII 16570
Php 359,766
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
252
JP
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 40mm Black Dial A Serial With Papers 2000
Php 348,889
Verified Dealer
310
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Champagne No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 1,209,266
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CH
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Polar Explorer Fully serviced By Rolex
Php 432,788
Verified Dealer
29
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Like New WMD
Php 417,352
Verified Dealer
7
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Full Set 10/2018
Php 440,538
Verified Dealer
63
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Deep Patina 1987
Php 492,707
Verified Dealer
190
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
Php 454,079
Verified Dealer
52
JP
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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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