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Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16550


Pre-owned Rolex 40mm Explorer II Ivory Dial Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 16550

Rolex dedicated the Oyster Perpetual Explorer to polar explorers and all those pushing the boundaries of exploration. While the updated Explorer II was introduced in the mid 1980s, this reference 16550 was produced for only about four years, making it a less common model from this era. What’s more, Rolex offered this Explorer II with both a black and a white dial, with the black dial being the more popular.  It is generally believed that earlier batches of the white dial had a propensity to turn cream or ivory, although it is possible that the dial came from the factory with the cream color.  Regardless, this Rolex Explorer II with its ivory colored dial is quite uncommon.  The dial has an even, ivory color that is extremely attractive.  The updated Explorer II includes a sapphire crystal and hour markers surrounded in white gold on its glossy dial. Another nuance of the Ivory dial Explorer is the hands are fully white metal where the next generation, true white or “Polar” dial model has black trimmed hands. Note that on this watch, the Oyster bracelet appears to be a newer bracelet.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel



Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Band Type

Bracelet, Oyster Bracelet





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size







Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color



40mm – 42mm


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Item ID0004704
Model #16550
Model NameExplorer II
Year Producedca 1986
Serial Number937XXXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise. For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt. The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch. Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain. From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation. The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor. Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial. Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity. Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.