With the new Oyster Perpetual Explorer II timepieces (ref. 216570), Rolex reinvented its tradition. Saving the iconic design of its predecessor, these high quality watches that celebrate 40th birthday of the original Explorer II, from 1971, present brand’s latest-patented technologies. More durable mechanism, larger case and increased readability open the new world of possibilities for professional explorers, even in the most demanding situations.
Specially designed to be reliable tool for professional cave and polar explorers (also worn by volcanologist Haroun Tazieff), the first Explorer II was presented in 1971. After a big success of Explorer watches from 1954, the new product was the answer to specific needs of professionals, who had required a time device to distinguish AM from PM. The problem was solved with addition of the 24-hour hand that ensured a GMT function.
Even the latest variation is actually a successor of the Explorer II (ref.16570) that has been a member of the Rolex watch collection from 1989, it makes a aesthetic come-back to its origin, preserving the highly legible dial, the all orange 24-hour hand and the fixed graduated bezel.
Innovative In-house Calibre 3187
However, its technology is the thing that makes difference. The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II 216570 timepiece features the innovative Calibre 3187 self-winding movement, completely crafted in-house. This automatic mechanism, which oscillates at frequency of 28’800 vph and has 48 hours of power reserve, incorporates brand’s cutting-edge technology – the PARAFLEX shock absorbers and the non-magnetic PARACHROM hairspring that guaranties perfect reliability and high resistance to mechanical shocks. The “jumping” hour hand is made to be set independently, ensuring a GMT function (second time zone), in cooperation with the 24-hour hand and the fix bezel.
Once again, Rolex used the super hard 904L steel to craft the extraordinary tough case that could stand different kinds of extreme situations. This alloy is also very resistant to corrosion and it’s polished so fine that almost has the luster of white gold. This time, case is unusually robust, with a diameter of 42 mm, which is significantly larger that the origin, with 39 mm case.
Change in case size provides even better readability, because the dial got the extra space for longer hands and over-sized indexes. There are two dial’s variations – white and black and both come with the magnifying Cyclops eye and the date window at 3 o’clock. Watch face is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II is available with the steel Oyster bracelet, which incorporates Oysterlock folding clasp, with safety catch easylink that can be extended. The limit for under-water operation is on depth of 100 meters (300 feet). This amazing tool watch is available for around 7,750 dollars.