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Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570


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

Rolex dedicated the Oyster Perpetual Explorer II to polar explorers and all those pushing the boundaries of exploration.  This watch is in excellent condition, with very tight bracelet, and nice crisp case edges. It also has its original Rolex hang-tag with matching serial number.  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.  The base of the Mercedes handset and the iconic bright orange 24-hour hand are painted black, 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 sides are polished to a mirror finish, which provides a nice contrast and does heighten the overall feeling of quality.  This Explorer II Ref.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.  With its 42mm case in robust 904L stainless steel Oyster case and 100m of water resistance, the Explorer II continues to serve as a robust tool for modern adventurers.


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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel


24-Hour, Stainless Steel

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers

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Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size





Date, GMT/World Time



Crystal Material


Dial Color





40mm – 42mm


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Item ID0004273
Model #216570
Model NameExplorer II
Serial Number2G31XXXX


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 its success.