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Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
฿495,000
Seller
Northeasternclassics
TH
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 in Steel
Auction
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 in Steel
฿395,055
Estimated price
Seller
Fortuna
 
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
฿863,877
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
222
UK
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570
฿226,466
Seller
exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
33
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Transitional Full Tritium aus 1987
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Transitional Full Tritium aus 1987
฿367,378
Seller
Bechle Uhren seit 1869
5
DE
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
฿247,757
Seller
Mall of the Watch
823
MC
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II
฿183,882
Seller
Mercarus GmbH
168
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570 S/s 40mm "t" Series Vintage Auto Watch
Rolex Explorer II 16570 S/s 40mm "t" Series Vintage Auto Watch
฿187,651
Seller
R&R Watches, Inc.
19
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿231,498
Seller
ChronoTimepieces
25
BG
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Full Set 1985 Heavy Patina Papers
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Full Set 1985 Heavy Patina Papers
฿376,948
Seller
Awad Watches, Inc
15
US
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16550 in Steel
Auction
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16550 in Steel
฿197,528
Estimated price
Seller
Fortuna
 
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
Rolex Explorer II Steel Gents 16570
฿257,648
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
222
UK
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
Rolex 16550 Explorer II with RARE Transitional Cream Rail Dial...
฿688,054
Seller
European Watch Company
159
US
Rolex Explorer II  X-Serial Fullset & Serviced
Rolex Explorer II X-Serial Fullset & Serviced
฿224,530
Free shipping
Seller
Tradeluxe Uhrenhandels GmbH
56
AT
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570,  LC100, NEUWERTIG
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570, LC100, NEUWERTIG
฿245,822
Seller
exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
33
DE
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
฿247,757
Seller
Mall of the Watch
823
MC
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
฿238,079
Seller
MCW COLLECTION
 
BE
Rolex Explorer II 216570 NEW
Rolex Explorer II 216570 NEW
฿250,037
Seller
Kara's Watches
149
US
Rolex Explorer II  ZB schwarz 216570 perfektes Fullset aus 2014
Rolex Explorer II ZB schwarz 216570 perfektes Fullset aus 2014
฿235,757
Seller
TimeElements
29
DE
Rolex Explorer II Alphanumeric NOS 3186 card
Rolex Explorer II Alphanumeric NOS 3186 card
฿348,409
Seller
At Your Wrist Watches
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿245,822
Seller
Guardian Of Time
756
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿189,689
Seller
RUZ JOYEROS
61
ES
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿181,947
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
41
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿249,306
Seller
ChronoTimepieces
25
BG
Rolex Explorer II 16570 from 2001, Box, Papers
Rolex Explorer II 16570 from 2001, Box, Papers
฿204,981
Seller
Classic Watches GbR uhrenfreund.com
79
DE
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Stahl Referenz 216570  BESTZUSTAND
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Stahl Referenz 216570 BESTZUSTAND
฿238,079
Seller
Uhren Struck
129
DE
Rolex 2008 Explorer II, 3186 Calibre, 16570, Unpolished, B&P
Rolex 2008 Explorer II, 3186 Calibre, 16570, Unpolished, B&P
฿229,285
Seller
Pomerance Boutique
68
UK
Rolex Explorer II 16570 ZB schwarz  F-Serie aus 2005
Rolex Explorer II 16570 ZB schwarz F-Serie aus 2005
฿197,045
Seller
TimeElements
29
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿249,693
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial (With Rolex Paperwork), Ref: 16570
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial (With Rolex Paperwork), Ref: 16570
฿190,529
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
112
UK
Rolex Explorer II 16570 B/P (Chicchi di Mais)
Rolex Explorer II 16570 B/P (Chicchi di Mais)
Price on request
Seller
Lo Time
10
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿985,992
Seller
Tarrytown Jewelers
85
US
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial Bezel 42mm 216570
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel White Dial Bezel 42mm 216570
฿259,913
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Noble
13
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570 from 2000, Box, Papers
Rolex Explorer II 16570 from 2000, Box, Papers
฿204,981
Seller
Classic Watches GbR uhrenfreund.com
79
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
฿690,669
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿228,401
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
99
IT
Rolex Explorer II MkI 1655 Freccione "vintage"
Rolex Explorer II MkI 1655 Freccione "vintage"
฿762,628
Seller
Turelojya SL
204
ES
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿210,981
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II White/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Rolex Explorer II White/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
฿250,169
Free shipping
Seller
WatchShopping.com Inc.
262
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
฿181,947
Seller
Chronogermany Miri Luxusuhrenhandel
223
DE
Rolex Explorer II - Paper - Like new - Swiss only dial
Rolex Explorer II - Paper - Like new - Swiss only dial
฿181,173
Seller
Quality Time
104
HU
Rolex Explorer II "Caliber 3186" with Box and Papers
Rolex Explorer II "Caliber 3186" with Box and Papers
฿216,294
Seller
Charles Fish
84
UK
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial (With Papers), Ref: 16570
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial (With Papers), Ref: 16570
฿214,346
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
112
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿193,560
Seller
carpediem snc
23
IT
Rolex Explorer II, 40 mm Stainless Steel,  Black Face, Papers
Rolex Explorer II, 40 mm Stainless Steel, Black Face, Papers
฿195,881
Seller
Luxsly
36
US
Rolex Explorer II
TOP
Rolex Explorer II
฿216,749
Seller
Private Seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿210,981
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Explorer II Black/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
Rolex Explorer II Black/Steel Ø42 mm - 216570
฿251,156
Free shipping
Seller
WatchShopping.com Inc.
262
US
Rolex Explorer II White
Rolex Explorer II White
฿166,462
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
728
NL
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 216570
฿245,307
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿230,570
Seller
CAPE INTERNATIONAL
 
HK
Rolex Explorer II  Steel Black Dial Bezel 42mm 216570 NEW
Rolex Explorer II Steel Black Dial Bezel 42mm 216570 NEW
฿256,654
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Noble
13
US
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial (With Rolex Paperwork), Ref: 16570
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial (With Rolex Paperwork), Ref: 16570
฿203,520
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
112
UK
Rolex Explorer II Oyster Perpetual Date 40mm White Dial
Rolex Explorer II Oyster Perpetual Date 40mm White Dial
฿158,681
Seller
SwissOnly
99
LT
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen MK1 Full Set
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen MK1 Full Set
฿1,161,363
Seller
Vip Chrono Watches SL
113
ES
Rolex Mens 40mm Stainless Steel Rolex Explorer II Black Dial...
Rolex Mens 40mm Stainless Steel Rolex Explorer II Black Dial...
฿296,291
Seller
Jewelry Unlimited
12
US
Rolex 216570 Explorer II - 42mm Orange Hand
Rolex 216570 Explorer II - 42mm Orange Hand
฿248,987
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
41
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
฿197,432
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
99
IT
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
Rolex Watch Explorer II 16570
฿205,685
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 16570 NOS
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 16570 NOS
฿292,276
Seller
Juwelier Eupen
126
DE
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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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