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Rolex Explorer II
6,500 
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68
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Rolex Explorer Ii Ref.16570 Box&paper Cal.3186
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127
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497
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12,950 
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17
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10,985 
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5,450 
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AT
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4,290 
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Erma Consulting SA
75
CH
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6,633 
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69
CH
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7,175 
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239
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
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47,497 
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68
UK
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4,967 
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CH
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5,672 
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23
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II 16550 Transitional vanilla Patina from 1987
9,290 
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7
DE
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4,590 
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389
DE
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5,450 
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AT
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II - Full Set - black Dial - 2019
7,180 
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105
DE
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
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7,500 
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Erma Consulting SA
75
CH
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 42mm
Rolex 216570 Explorer II Black Dial SS / SS (30740)
7,355 
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European Watch Company
239
US
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Rolex Explorer II 16570 White Dial / SEL / No Holes / 2002
5,290 
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88
DE
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
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Rolex Explorer II
9,476 
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US
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5,866 
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16
US
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Rolex 16570
5,324 
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US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II Index schwarz Stahlband - 1655 INKL. GARANTIE -
14,860 
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MyChronograph
652
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
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5,490 
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Juwelier Rieger
389
DE
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II black dial model 216570
7,378 
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Harley's Time LLC
331
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 42mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II Steel White 216570
6,591 
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ChronoEdge
212
UK
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 39mm Steel
Rolex 1655 Explorer II Steve McQueen "Albino" Circa 1974 (30409)
17,599 
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European Watch Company
239
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex stainless steel Explorer II Maker: Rolex Model: Explorer...
4,873 
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
92
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 von 1993 “Full Set”
6,500 
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Watchplanet
88
DE
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
Rolex M216570-0001 EXPLORER II
7,591 
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時尚站 COHERNTHK
 
HK
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione Mk2 rivetti bracelet top quality
19,800 
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L'ORA DEL GALLO
52
IT
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 42mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.16570 Vintage...
5,995 
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
927
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 42mm Steel
Rolex 2018 Mens Stainless Steel Rolex Explorer II Date Black...
7,125 
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Sumpters Jewelry
23
US
Rolex Explorer II 40mm Steel
Rolex EXPLORER 2 1655 MK1 Straight Hand with Box and Paper
31,136 
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Alex Pig Timepieces
70
HK
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex 16550 Explorer II RAIL-SPIDER DIAL - Unpolished
8,890 
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Peierl Uhren & Schmuck
67
AT
Rolex Explorer II new Steel
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570, LC100, 02/18
7,560 
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exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
55
DE
Rolex Explorer II new 40mm Steel
Rolex 16570 Explorer II, G-Serie, Kal. 3186, LC 100, NOS
10,990 
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time4watches GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Black Dial / SEL / No Holes / 2003
5,290 
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Watchplanet
88
DE
Rolex Explorer II new 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II 16570 D Serial NOS Full Set
7,200 
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IL CUSTODE DEL TEMPO
146
IT
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II SEL 16570 white dial full set
6,100 
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L'ORA DEL GALLO
52
IT
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II 216570 w
7,220 
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Luxury Bazaar
71
US
Rolex Explorer II new 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II
8,961 
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Royal Watches
33
SE
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
Rolex Stainless Steel Black Automatic 216570BK
7,821 
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
100
HK
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Stainless Steel Rolex Explorer II Date Chronometer White...
4,950 
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23
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
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7,550 
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Vintage Watches Avellino SRLS
13
IT
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex stainless steel Explorer II Maker: Rolex Model: Explorer...
4,693 
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
92
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref. 16570 Vintage...
5,995 
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
927
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II 16570 D Serial No Holes with Papers
5,450 
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IL CUSTODE DEL TEMPO
146
IT
Rolex Explorer II new 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II 16570 White Nos New 2007 Full Set
7,600 
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D. & E. Luxury Watches
162
IT
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel 16570 - W6042
6,229 
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Xupes.nl
16
NL
Rolex Explorer II new 42mm Steel
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7,250 
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255
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
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5,410 
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16
US
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 42mm Steel
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6,994 
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83
US
Rolex Explorer II 40mm Steel
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16550 White Dial with Creamy Lume Rail Dial
15,162 
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70
HK
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
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5,290 
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Peierl Uhren & Schmuck
67
AT
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 39mm Steel
Rolex 1655 Explorer II Steve McQueen MK 1, 1973
16,999 
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SwissOnly
271
LT
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 16570 - Rolex Revision 05/2018
4,699 
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maxwatches.eu
709
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 42mm Steel
Rolex EXPLORER 2 II 216570 WHITE Dial 06/2017 4872
7,039 
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3316
IT
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
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7,590 
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time4watches GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Orange Hand 1655 Steve McQueen
28,600 
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Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
73
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
Rolex Explorer II40mm DLC 16550 TEW
5,200 
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TE Watches
22
DE
Rolex Explorer II pre-owned 40mm Steel
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5,280 
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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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