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Tools 21 January 2008 04:00 AM

The Rolex Explorer II
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Explorer II Reference Numbers: 1655, 16550, 16570, 216570

Date of production: 1971 until present.

Movement: 1575, 3085, 3185/3186 - 216570, 3187

Case Size: 40mm - 216570, 42mm

Weight: 126 grams

Power Reserve: ~48 hrs


White Explorer II--D series

White Dial - P serial
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Last of the 16570's, G serial.
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reference 1655, 5 mil. 1575 movement, luminous dot on seconds hand.
(Photo curtesy of Mike)

216570 (Rolex Press Kit photo)
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Rebel 28 August 2009 12:53 AM

I'd love me one of those Steve McQueen Explorer IIs.

greekbum 15 September 2009 04:41 AM

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uberman20 22 September 2009 07:16 AM

I am hoping to get a 16550: and this thread is super helpful! Thanks all!

paultran37 28 February 2010 01:40 PM

Had one but sold it.

sea-dweller 28 February 2010 02:59 PM

Great photos and info.

not_a_doctor 14 March 2010 06:55 AM

I know the current 16570 is waterproof to 100m, but does anyone know if the Explorer II has had different waterproof certifications throughout its run?


Tools 14 March 2010 08:17 AM


Originally Posted by not_a_doctor (Post 1714023)
I know the current 16570 is waterproof to 100m, but does anyone know if the Explorer II has had different waterproof certifications throughout its run?


The Explorer II has always had a 100meter waterproof Oyster case.

not_a_doctor 14 March 2010 09:29 AM


Originally Posted by Tools (Post 1714151)
The Explorer II has always had a 100meter waterproof Oyster case.

Thanks for the info!

rfknauss 14 March 2010 10:02 AM

Larry, the Explorer II is a true classic Rolex ......... personally I prefer the white dial. :thumbsup:

Dr. Robert 14 March 2010 02:41 PM

The Explorer II...........the stealth Rolex!

risico 14 March 2010 05:08 PM

Thanks Tools for this excellent review, the white dial explorer is really something!

Poom 14 March 2010 07:12 PM

I hv 10 Rolex sport, you named it, but just bought Ex II Black yesterday, I feel EX II is the most comfortabe watch to wear and the beauty will gradually shine up to be one of the most beautiful Rolex sport watch, once you look at its dial for 1 minute, this is great watch which I think will be the colletable item in near future. I love ex II.

faingator 14 March 2010 11:15 PM

just got the white dial explorer II and loving it. It's my new to me work watch. Amazing fit and finish

DOUBLE 0 SE7EN 14 March 2010 11:19 PM

Everyday I love my polar more and more...

teeva3333 24 March 2010 12:15 AM

Orange Hand

Originally Posted by Dr. Robert (Post 1715078)
The Explorer II...........the stealth Rolex!

Dr. Robert, is that orange hand 5 million series? The font on bezel looks thinner than the older version. Correct me if I am wrong.


kingblackbolt 24 March 2010 01:13 AM

Great thread here! I started a recent one for pics and information here if anyone wants to see some good shots...

Cru Jones 24 March 2010 09:42 PM

thanks for the nice pictures and reference material!

question: i notice some people refer to the dial being white, and some people say there a preferred term? a correct term? :thinking:


Lol-x 24 March 2010 09:54 PM

Polar white is the colour of the dial. Some say white and some say polar, its all the same, unless it is cream :banghead: :banghead:

Cru Jones 25 March 2010 11:33 PM

Link to another forum thread with an informative overview of the Explorers:

Dr. Robert 27 March 2010 02:58 AM

You got a great Rolex. The Rolex Expl. 2...............the stealth Rolex! You can swim w/ it....I don't wear watches in bath, shower, hot tub, steam room or sauna......but swimming...fresh or salt water no problems....I have 2 1655 Expl. 2's, both purchased new and they're bulletproof!
Had them renovated in 2005....
1973 Expl. 2 # 1655
1974 Expl. 2 #1655

Mr. Greene 9 April 2010 01:09 PM

I have an Explorer II orange hand and love the look. i should be getting it back from Rolex after some TLC in about another week. :cheers:

brigadoonb 6 May 2010 03:43 AM

I love the classic!

Roley 18 May 2010 12:58 AM

I'm still looking for a 1655 with a straight second hand! :thumbsup:

E.Peynado 18 May 2010 03:11 AM

I love mine !
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3.0 M serial , all original

Roley 19 May 2010 07:33 AM

WOW!! :wow: Very nice E.Peynado!. :thumbsup:

Roley 19 May 2010 07:59 AM


Originally Posted by E.Peynado (Post 1863192)
3.0 M serial , all original

OOPS!! Forgot to quote...but I'll compliment your 1655, straight second hand again. :thumbsup:

Mr. Greene 20 May 2010 06:57 AM

I just got my orange hand back from Rolex after some desperatly needed work I know I probably lost some collector value but the watch was in pretty bad shape and I had them replace the hands and dial, along with the servicing and replacement of the bracelet. but it looks extremely good, like I assume it looked when my Uncle bought it originally. I just wish he saved the box. now I have the daily dilema of which watch to wear, the Exp, or the Sub.

tep663 10 August 2010 10:57 PM

my dad has a rolex explorer II orange hand and somebody tokk it in his house... waaaaahhhh!!!!! missed that watch.....most rolex lovers liked it compared to my M series explorer II hahaha...

Brich436 17 August 2010 01:06 PM

Explorer 2
Hello everyone,

I have a question. I just received a new Explorer 2 white face as a gift and I noticed that my Exp 2 does not have the ROLEXROLEXROLEX inscribed on the inside of the inner ring of the dial. The photograph on Rolex's website shows this feature on the Exp 2.

Does anyone know when Rolex added this feature? My Exp 2 was purchased new from an AD in June of 2010.


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