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Rolex Explorer II, Steve McQueeen
Rolex Explorer II, Steve McQueeen
Rp. 215,992,000
Seller
John Lydon Luxury Watches
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rp. 93,146,552
Free shipping
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LABELLE JEWELRY
 
US
Rolex Explorer II - Men's - 2001
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Rolex Explorer II - Men's - 2001
Rp. 77,504,408
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand 1655 Steve McQueen
Rolex Explorer II Orange Hand 1655 Steve McQueen
Rp. 254,311,328
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willi rothfuss
58
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steve mc queen . Mk 2  dial . With rare frog...
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Rolex Explorer II Steve mc queen . Mk 2 dial . With rare frog...
Rp. 296,988,992
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Private seller
 
BE
Rolex Explorer II Black Edition JRH Stahl DLC schwarz Automati...
Rolex Explorer II Black Edition JRH Stahl DLC schwarz Automati...
Rp. 159,852,832
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 Black Dial Full Set (NOS)
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 Black Dial Full Set (NOS)
Rp. 109,345,952
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Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rp. 73,173,696
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Humberstones Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II NEW
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II NEW
Rp. 104,146,552
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Filipucci Juweliers
264
NL
Rolex Explorer 2
Rolex Explorer 2
Rp. 96,719,040
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watch for friends
5
DE
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rp. 98,883,832
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Toner Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Explorer II 42 mm Ref. 216570
Rolex Explorer II 42 mm Ref. 216570
Rp. 104,792,416
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Uhren2000 GmbH
206
DE
Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II - 16570 - Men -...
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Rolex - Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II - 16570 - Men -...
Rp. 62,972,332
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Explorer II Quadrante Bianco - 216570
Rolex Explorer II Quadrante Bianco - 216570
Rp. 99,948,392
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CONCEPT LUXURY
40
IT
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 40mm Ref.1657...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 40mm Ref.1657...
Rp. 95,233,544
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Rolex Explorer II 16570 GMT Mens Swiss Made Stainless Steel...
Rolex Explorer II 16570 GMT Mens Swiss Made Stainless Steel...
Rp. 88,489,216
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GMTSKY
158
US
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Steel, 42mm
Rolex Explorer II 216570 Steel, 42mm
Rp. 90,571,184
Seller
Taleda
225
CH
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570
Rp. 73,952,120
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex stainless steel Explorer II
Rolex stainless steel Explorer II
Rp. 86,396,800
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
38
US
Rolex 216570 Explorer II White 42mm [NEW]
Rolex 216570 Explorer II White 42mm [NEW]
Rp. 85,561,504
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moibotime.com
 
HK
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rolex Explorer II 16570
Rp. 70,238,376
Seller
Oreficeria Lupetta Srl
111
IT
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 White Dial with Box and Paper
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 White Dial with Box and Paper
Rp. 65,472,576
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex - Explorer II Chicchi Di Mais - 16570- Men - 1990-1999
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Rolex - Explorer II Chicchi Di Mais - 16570- Men - 1990-1999
Rp. 79,926,416
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Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 42mm Ref.216570 Box&Pap....
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 42mm Ref.216570 Box&Pap....
Rp. 109,620,296
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Rolex Explorer 2 II Ser Z 1991 16570 40mm 3386 JUST SERVICED
Rolex Explorer 2 II Ser Z 1991 16570 40mm 3386 JUST SERVICED
Rp. 75,066,248
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2092
IT
Rolex ExplorerII
Rolex ExplorerII
Rp. 80,733,760
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Watcheclock
35
IT
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570T SEL
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570T SEL
Rp. 78,796,144
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II 42mm Black dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II 42mm Black dial
Rp. 101,563,064
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Timepiece Bank
201
BE
Rolex Oyster Explorer II Steel Black Dial 40 mm (Full Set)
Rolex Oyster Explorer II Steel Black Dial 40 mm (Full Set)
Rp. 79,119,088
Seller
Kleen Edelmetalen
109
NL
Rolex Freccione Mark II 1655/3742xxx Steel, 40mm
Rolex Freccione Mark II 1655/3742xxx Steel, 40mm
Rp. 257,779,520
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Taleda
225
CH
Rolex Explorer 2   216570
Rolex Explorer 2 216570
Rp. 104,146,552
Seller
watch for friends
5
DE
Rolex - Explorer II RARO CHICCHI DI MAIS" - 16570 - Men -...
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Rolex - Explorer II RARO CHICCHI DI MAIS" - 16570 - Men -...
Rp. 85,577,784
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex 16570 Explorer II Sammlerstück / Neu/ Randoms./Kal. 3186
Rolex 16570 Explorer II Sammlerstück / Neu/ Randoms./Kal. 3186
Rp. 161,063,856
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C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II Whte Dial 40mm Ref: 16570 (Only Box)
Rolex Explorer II Whte Dial 40mm Ref: 16570 (Only Box)
Rp. 62,956,188
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Watch Center London
307
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II 16570
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II 16570
Rp. 59,384,300
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Phigora
63
US
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570
Rp. 72,337,448
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer II scat/gar art. Re352
Rolex Explorer II scat/gar art. Re352
Rp. 67,816,352
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Stroppiana SRL
208
IT
Rolex S/S Steve McQueen Orange Hand Explorer II Vintage...
Rolex S/S Steve McQueen Orange Hand Explorer II Vintage...
Rp. 357,168,224
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Explorer II REF 16570 WD+CAL 3186+THIN FRAME+ WIE NEU
Rolex Explorer II REF 16570 WD+CAL 3186+THIN FRAME+ WIE NEU
Rp. 104,630,952
Seller
hm-exclusive-watches
55
DE
Rolex Explorer II
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Rolex Explorer II
Rp. 64,587,008
Seller
Private seller
 
IT
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570
Rp. 87,999,792
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Steiner Maastricht
49
NL
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rp. 72,660,384
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
54
IT
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Ref. 16570 (Only Box)
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Ref. 16570 (Only Box)
Rp. 60,550,320
Seller
Watch Center London
307
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
Rp. 68,623,696
Seller
Uhrencenter Berlin
178
DE
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570T
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570T
Rp. 78,796,144
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer II ref 16570 Stainless Steel men's Watch....
Rolex Explorer II ref 16570 Stainless Steel men's Watch....
Rp. 79,647,048
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FeelGoodWatches, Inc.
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II NEW
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II NEW
Rp. 104,146,552
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
264
NL
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 40mm Ref.1657...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 40mm Ref.1657...
Rp. 88,726,400
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 with Black Dial Mint Condition
Rolex EXPLORER 2 16570 with Black Dial Mint Condition
Rp. 56,697,900
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rolex Explorer II 216570
Rp. 95,265,840
Seller
Mall of the Watch
346
MC
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Black Dial 216570
Rolex Explorer II 42mm Black Dial 216570
Rp. 94,496,496
Seller
Sea Wave Diamonds
53
US
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 (RO3744)
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 (RO3744)
Rp. 85,577,784
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
71
IT
Rolex 216570 Explorer II Black 42mm [NEW]
Rolex 216570 Explorer II Black 42mm [NEW]
Rp. 85,561,504
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moibotime.com
 
HK
Rolex Explorer II  Watch  16570
Rolex Explorer II Watch 16570
Rp. 73,952,120
Seller
della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
79
IT
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel 16570
Rolex Explorer II Stainless Steel 16570
Rp. 60,734,248
Seller
Phigora
63
US
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570
Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570
Rp. 72,660,384
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Steiner Maastricht
49
NL
Rolex Freccione Mark II 1655/2908xxx Steel, 40mm
Rolex Freccione Mark II 1655/2908xxx Steel, 40mm
Rp. 271,713,536
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Taleda
225
CH
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.16570 Vintage...
Rolex Explorer II Stahl Automatik 40mm Ref.16570 Vintage...
Rp. 103,258,472
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Oyster Perpetual - 216570
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Oyster Perpetual - 216570
Rp. 89,096,696
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
65
CH
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White Dial T Series
Rolex Explorer II 40mm White Dial T Series
Rp. 62,097,700
Seller
Sea Wave Diamonds
53
US

Explorer II: The Nocturnal Rolex

The Explorer II is a reliable outdoor companion anytime, night or day. A 24-hour bezel and an extra hour hand set this robust, stainless steel watch from the Swiss manufacturer Rolex apart.

Highlights

  • Fixed bezel with 24-hour graduations
  • Additional hour hand makes a full rotation once a day
  • Date display
  • Waterproof to 100 m (10 bar)
  • 42-mm stainless steel case

Designed for Exploring Caves

The Explorer II is a member of Rolex's Oyster Perpetual family. The manufacturer designed the watch specifically for a special group of explorers and scientists. When the Explorer II premiered in 1971, it was the perfect tool for spelunkers. Spending long hours in the underground labyrinths without any sunlight causes you to lose sense of whether it's night or day. Is it 10 AM or 10 PM? 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.
Therefore, Rolex developed a watch to solve this problem. The Explorer II has an additional orange hour hand which makes a full rotation once a day and works in combination with a fixed 24-hour bezel. The GMT-Master II also features a second hour hand, but it has a rotating bezel in contrast to the Explorer II's fixed bezel. The rotating bezel makes it more appropriate for travel through different time zones. However, because the second hour hand in both models can be set separately, the Explorer II can also display a second time in another time zone.
When used as intended, the Explorer II functions so: 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.

Buying Advice for the Rolex Explorer II

Are you searching for a robust watch from a top Swiss brand to assist you on your travels? The Explorer II offers quality and prestige from the most famous watch brand in the world. Its stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter and waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). A crown guard protects the double sealed crown from damages, and the dial is available in white or black. Thanks to the watch's Chromalight indices, you can also easily read the time in the dark.
The second hour hand makes one rotation every 24 hours. It's incredibly useful while traveling: Even when you're not at home, you can keep track of the time there.
An unworn Explorer II costs a bit over 7,000 euros. Newer, well-maintained models can be purchased for about half of that, while the prices of vintage models move in the opposite direction, costing over double. Early Explorer II models can cost much more than 10,000 euros, depending on their scarcity value. You should keep an eye out for an older Explorer II model if you find the 42-mm size too large, as earlier models were only 40 mm in diameter. A comparable watch is the Ingenieur Dual Time from IWC.

Buying Tips

  • Price for an unworn Explorer II: 7,000 euros
  • Rarer, sought-after models from the 1970s for over 10,000 euros
  • Vintage Explorer II with reference number 1655, newer Explorer II with reference number 216570

Waterproof Thanks to the Twinlock Crown

When the extra hour hand and 24-hour bezel are not taken into consideration, the Explorer II offers the traditional display: central seconds plus an hour and minute hand. In addition, there's a Cyclops lens over the date display at three o'clock.
Both the case and three-piece link bracelet are made of type 904L stainless steel. This type of steel is regarded as especially corrosion and scratch resistant. The watch is a bit larger than the average medium-sized watch with a diameter of 42 mm, but it still looks good on smaller wrists.
The screw-down Twinlock crown is equipped with two gaskets to protect it against water and dirt. The system and the screw-down case back ensure waterproofness to a depth of 100 m (10 bar). Thus, you can wear your Explorer II while swimming and snorkeling without any problems.

Black or White Dial and a Cyclops Lens

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 the 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 usually 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. The glass above the date display is domed in order to magnify the numbers. This so-called Cyclops lens is a characteristic sign of other Rolex models, such as the Submariner.

Coveted Faded Hands

In the 1970s, when the Explorer II was still a new addition and bore reference number 1655, a rumor went around that actor Steve McQueen was the owner of such a watch. This was never confirmed; in various photos from this time, you can only see McQueen with a different Rolex model, the Submariner. However, the rumor was enough to propel the Explorer II away from its slow start and turn it into a desired watch. A few watches from the early phase have a recognizable, yet accidental, characteristic. The second 24-hour hand, either once orange or red, has faded significantly over the years, as the material wasn't UV resistant. The Explorer II was, after all, designed with spelunkers in mind. Rolex has since replaced the faded hands, but they've become a characteristic of the vintage models and are not treated as a defect, but rather as a price-raising feature. An early 1655 can cost significantly over 10,000 euros, double the price of a new Explorer II.

Precise, COSC-Certified Automatic Movement

In the newer-generation models with reference number 216570, Rolex uses the caliber 3187. It's an automatic movement beating at 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz) with a power reserve of 48 hours. Thus, this is a movement that performs its job very precisely. It deviates from the reference time by 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 which is used in many different Rolex watches, such as 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 a non-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 situations.

Robust Outdoor Watch

The Explorer II is a robust, sporty stainless steel outdoor watch. Thanks to its waterproofness to 100 m and its crown guard, it can withstand harsh conditions unharmed. Unlike its older sibling the Explorer, it has an extra hour hand and a fixed 24-hour bezel. The Explorer, in comparison, is more minimalist in design and a bit smaller. The Explorer II has long outgrown its original role as a watch just for spelunkers: You can set the second hour hand to a second time zone, for example, so you know what time it is at home when you're on vacation. Well-maintained vintage models with reference number 1655 sell for five-figures.

Further Details

  • In-house caliber
  • Certificate from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC)
  • Flat three-piece link stainless steel Oyster bracelet
  • Cyclops lens over the date window