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Rolex Explorer II 16570 NOS Calibre 3186 RRR with 5 years...
10,500 
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MMC RIVIERA
6
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Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm
Rolex Explorer II 216570
10,143 
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Messina Jewelers
36
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II White
4,990 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1028
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
17,000 
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2GTime
 
CH
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16550
9,256 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
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7,218 
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120
UK
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Rolex Explorer II 16570 NOS Calibre 3186
10,769 
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Time Icons London
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White No numerals
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7,899 
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
3433
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
6,397 
Seller
Hamra Jewelers
37
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570
5,750 
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
282
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570
6,853 
Seller
Messina Jewelers
36
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black
6,200 
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1028
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 Cal 3186 White Dial Serial G-NOS...
10,780 
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LAURENTI
74
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II
24,000 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
569
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
7,218 
Seller
Iconic Watches
120
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
8,271 
Free shipping
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Nashville Watch LLC
69
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II, 16570. Box & Papers 1989
6,514 
Seller
Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
TOP
Rolex 16570
5,391 
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570
5,850 
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
282
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 16570
7,767 
Seller
Messina Jewelers
36
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Rolex Explorer II Transitional
4,750 
Seller
Moveno Watches
220
SK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex Explorer II
5,450 
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Orange Hand 1655 Steve McQueen
28,600 
Seller
Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
78
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer Stahl 42mm LC 100
6,900 
Seller
OTWG
23
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
Rolex EXPLORER 2 1655 MK1 Straight Hand with Box and Paper
31,529 
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
72
HK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II, 216570.
6,927 
Seller
Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Freccione
18,700 
Seller
Gold Diggers LTD
 
BG
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm White
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570
7,500 
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
282
NL
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm
Rolex Explorer II 216570
9,595 
Seller
Messina Jewelers
36
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570 Stainless Steel Black Dial 3186...
6,393 
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M & B Watches
26
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Stahl 16570
8,990 
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CWC GmbH
160
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex MINT 2000 Rolex Explorer II 16570 Stainless Black Date...
5,387 
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
137
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II
5,450 
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 Black Dial (No Hole Case) FULL SET
5,346 
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
72
HK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II, 16570. Box & Papers 1999
6,112 
Seller
Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial, Ref: 16570
5,647 
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Tempvs Ltd
139
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Ref 216570 NOS 2014
7,380 
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LAURENTI
74
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 216570
7,036 
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Messina Jewelers
36
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel Black
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570, LC100, 03/13
6,990 
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exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
66
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
5,500 
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confidentielwatchs
12
BE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II NOS STICKERS
8,300 
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il duca orologi srl
52
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II
19,500 
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16550 White Dial with Creamy Lume Rail Dial
15,353 
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
72
HK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II, 16570. Box & Papers 2002
6,694 
Seller
Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
5,895 
Seller
Continental Coin & Jewelry Co.
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
4,490 
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
901
BE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm
Rolex Explorer II 216570
9,595 
Seller
Messina Jewelers
36
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Automatik 16550 - LC160 - Mint
9,999 
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maxwatches.eu
803
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 40mm GMT Cal. 3186 Black ADLC PVD Coated...
8,179 
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WatchMen
73
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II Full Set
6,299 
Seller
Ro-Times Luxury Watches e.U.
150
AT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II
7,300 
Seller
Zerrillo preziosi S.r.l.
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Ref.16570 Papiere Box 2004
6,450 
Seller
Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
78
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm No numerals
Rolex Explorer II, 16570. Box & Papers 2004
6,811 
Seller
Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 - Black Dial - 2002
5,704 
Seller
Miltons Diamonds
54
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm Black No numerals
Rolex Explorer II - No holes case - Just serviced
4,890 
Seller
Quality Time
139
HU
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm
Rolex Explorer II 16570
6,671 
Seller
Messina Jewelers
36
US
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer II 16570 D Serial No Holes Box and Papers
5,700 
Seller
IL CUSTODE DEL TEMPO
155
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel 42mm Black
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Black New
7,500 
Seller
Rovari Orologi & Gioielli
154
IT
Rolex Explorer II Steel White
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 216570, LC100, 09/12, SERVICE 12/18
7,100 
Seller
exclusiveworld, Anja von der Weppen
66
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40mm White No numerals
Rolex Explorer 2 II Ser. W 1995 16570 40mm 4638 JUST SERVICED
4,899 
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
3433
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 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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