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Old 1 May 2020, 06:11 AM   #1
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Review: Rolex Explorer II - 16570 - Black Dial

Hi all,

Iíve been a lurker on here for a while, I couldnít just lurk anymore - I feel I have to take part on such a great forum. Iíve read so much on here, I thought it was only fair to contribute.

Brand: Rolex
Model: Explorer II - 16570 - Black Dial
Year: 2000
Caliber: 3185

So, to start this off - all I can say is this watch has been my fascination since I first got into watches with a passion. I acquired this only 4 months ago and for the 4 months itís lived on my wrist day and night. This has lead to my Omega Seamaster 2254.50 gathering dust.

I am an outdoors person, so what better companion to have beating away (frequency rate of 28,800 beats per hour) on your wrist and flourishing on full moving mechanical charge, other than an expedition qualified, tool tested, modern vintage...Explorer II...

First of the super-luminova (didnít want tritium/patina)
Lug holes (classic)
Solid end links (no rattles)
No rehaut markings (classic)
P serial

As you can see, I am quite passionate about this watch - itís not for investment, keeping in a safe or anything of a kind - this watch will live the life it was made for.. it goes hiking/sea swimming//desk diving and globe trotting.

The Explorer II also doesnít look like a typical Rolex either, not to the untrained eyes anyway.. it goes with any attire and just flies under the radar - the black dial was a must have for me, personally - I love the understated dial and I do love a black dial anyway, I didnít even consider the polar - which most probably think is strange.

The 16570 wears beautifully on the wrist, the fixed bezel gives the feel of a 38-39mm. The fixed, domed bezel also letís the rucksack shoulder straps pass over the watch without getting stuck on the bezel (always an issue for me with a bulky dive bezel). The tapered, lightweight bracelet almost letís you forget you have anything on the wrist (total watch weight 126 grams) and to finish on design, the fairly slim oyster case allows the watch to fit under most sleeves, which is great for protection - only exposing the watch for timing checks.

Having a brushed finish throughout the case and bracelet really does help maintain a tool feel with the watch looking consistent even when scratched. There is nothing fancy or show boating about this model, itís utilitarian down to the core, you cannot buy this watch to show off the brand, as it will 99.9% go unnoticed.

They have increased in price over the last few years, but to be still priced so far under the GMT Master for the sake of a rotating bezel...I thank the markets for giving me a bargain for the better piece.
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Old 1 May 2020, 03:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to TRF!

16570 is a definite classic. Enjoy!
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Old 2 May 2020, 11:52 PM   #3
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Nice write up, and a really under rated piece.
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Old 28 May 2020, 02:39 AM   #4
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Enjoy every day you wear it!
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Old 28 May 2020, 02:00 PM   #5
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Beautiful, looks like you got a nice unpolished one. I never cared for the polar either.
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Old 6 June 2020, 01:59 PM   #6
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I agree with your observations. Mine is the current model. It goes wherever I go.
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Old 7 June 2020, 04:24 PM   #7
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Thank you for the comments all. I look forward to doing an update in the future when the watch is a bit more weathered on the wrist and an update on observations.
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Old 9 June 2020, 12:35 AM   #8
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Thank you for the comments all. I look forward to doing an update in the future when the watch is a bit more weathered on the wrist and an update on observations.
I am looking forward to your update.
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Old 9 June 2020, 12:37 AM   #9
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The 16570 was my first Rolex sports watch - amazing value for money, and an underrated watch. Wear in good health.
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Old 14 June 2020, 05:57 PM   #10
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You’re right about the comparison vs the equivalent GMT Master. With the only difference being the rotating bezel, the Exp II seems an excellent buy.

I personally have the Polar, and love it for everything that it is. In either dial, an exceptions, watch and it seems prices are climbing.
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Old 13 July 2020, 11:29 AM   #11
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Look forward to have this model in the future
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Old 16 July 2020, 06:58 AM   #12
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Always preferred the black dial


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Old 22 July 2020, 02:40 AM   #13
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I've been thinking about picking up one of these lately - actually pretty much the exact one you have (drilled lugs & luminova). The polar gets more attention these days, but the black is a true under-the-radar classic. Thanks for the review.
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Old 6 August 2020, 12:52 PM   #14
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i can feel a genuine love and passion. great review, thanks
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Old 18 September 2020, 10:05 AM   #15
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Very nice, I like my 2002 model. It's currently running +1 spd, amazing. Not a great photo, but here it is exploring Montana this summer.
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