Definitely the ROLEX Explorer II is a typical example for the special look of the 70's and moreover was created as a true working-tool for cave explorers. For this reason and due to a low demand
of this model the production ceased in 1985. The fact, that this model is undoubtfully rare and the charismatic Steve Mc.Queen chose it as one of his favourite watches, causes today in a strong
demand for this timepiece from Geneva. It should also be noted, that Explorer I and Explorer II have never been produced in gold.
- reference 16550
- year of manufacture ca. 1986
- stainless steel case
- stainless steel Oyster bracelet
- acrylic glass
- movement: caliber 3085 - automatic
- serviced and guaranteed by Rolex Geneva
price upon request
The Rolex Explorer II is amongst today collectors watches the one with the most recent history and technically close related with the GMT-Master. Both models have an additional arrow-shaped-hand
which takes 24 hours for one full rotation.
Whilst the GMT-Master has a bidirectional bezel to allow the reading of two time zones at a glance, is the bezel of the Explorer II fixed; the Geneva engineers wanted to create with this
timepiece an instrument which allows to see on the first sight if it is for example 2AM or 2PM. This was especially very useful for cave explorers not to loose far from daylight the sense for the
The first Explorer II appears on the scene in 1971; these early models have one significant difference towards all successors of this reference. The seconds hand does not bear the Rolex typical
luminous dot; among connoisseurs these watches are nicknamed "straight hand". In 1972/73 this special seconds hand is replaced against the well known with the typical dot. Apart from that remains
the reference 1655, up to few slight dial modifications, unchanged. Also the movement, caliber 1575GMT, was used without any modification during the whole production period.
The Explorer II offered here was manufactured in 1986. She is in extraordinary beautiful condition and very well maintained. In it's fully original condition, freshly serviced and guaranteed by
Rolex in Geneva.