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Rolex Explorer II Ref. 226570


Pre-Owned Rolex 42mm Explorer II, White Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 226570

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.

This latest Explorer II model features a 42mm stainless steel case paired with a fixed 24-hour bezel, allowing for precise time tracking over extended periods. While the previous reference 216570 watch is also 42mm-wide, for this new version, Rolex changed the geometry of the case in a number of small ways that make it fit more comfortably and appear more proportional.  The polar white dial enhances legibility, complemented by luminescent hands and hour markers that ensure readability in any lighting condition. Rolex uses entirely new dials and hands for this latest generation Explorer II watch, even if it isn’t immediately noticeable. Small differences in the dials such as the no-longer-glossy hands and hour markers on the white-dial version make this new reference more like the early Polar dials.

A standout feature of the Explorer II 226570 is its dedicated GMT hand, providing a second time zone reference, and a date display located at the 3 o’clock position. This watch is powered by Rolex’s self-winding 3285 caliber movement, known for its precision and durability.

The Explorer II is fitted with a stainless steel Oyster bracelet, offering both comfort and a secure fit.  The latest model includes the Oyster-style bracelet with a new clasp that closes a bit more securely and is also thinner on the wrist. This particular piece comes complete with its original box and papers, dated 2023, ensuring its authenticity and adding to its collectible value.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet


24-Hour, Fixed

Box and Papers

Box and Papers





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size





Date, GMT/World Time


Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





40mm – 42mm


Factory Warranty

Item ID0006890
Model #226570
Model NameExplorer II
Year Producedca. 2023
Serial Number4XXXXXXX


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.