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Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570


Pre-Owned Rolex 42mm Explorer II, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 216570

The Rolex Explorer II was first introduced in 1971 as a tool watch designed for cave explorers and adventurers who needed a timepiece that could withstand extreme conditions. The initial model, the Ref. 1655, featured a 24-hour bezel and an orange 24-hour hand, which made it easier to distinguish between day and night in environments where sunlight is scarce. Since then, the Explorer II has undergone several updates and improvements, including the addition of a new movement, a larger case size, and a more refined design. Today, it remains one of Rolex’s most iconic and sought-after models, known for its durability, accuracy, and distinctive style.

The Rolex Explorer II 216570 is a rugged 42mm stainless steel watch with a fixed 24-hour bezel. Its black dial features luminous hands and hour markers, a dedicated GMT hand and a date reference. The bold, oversized Mercedes handset and the 24-hour hand are both filled with Rolex’s Chromalight lume, while maxi-style indices are filled with ultra bright blue lume, ensuring impeccable legibility in any lighting condition. The base of the Mercedes handset and the iconic bright orange 24-hour hand are polished, which creates the impression that the hands are floating above the dial. The date aperture at three o’clock has the famed Cyclops magnifier. Both the top of the lugs and the fixed steel bezel are brushed, whereas the sides are polished to a mirror finish, which provides a nice contrast and heightens the overall feeling of quality. This Explorer II reference 216570 was the first watch from Rolex to utilize their then new Caliber 3187, which included a Parachrom hairspring, Paraflex shock absorbers, Breguet overcoil and superlative chronometer certification. The stainless steel Oyster bracelet with folding Oysterlock clasp ensures a secure fit. With its 42mm case in robust 904L stainless steel Oyster case and 100m of water resistance, the Explorer II is a testament to an unwavering spirit of exploration and accomplishment.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet


24-Hour, Fixed

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size





Date, GMT/World Time


Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





40mm – 42mm


2-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0006235
Model #216570
Model NameExplorer II
Year Producedca. 2010
Serial NumberGXXXXXX


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.