Both vintage and contemporary versions from the Explorer II with white-colored dials are frequently known as the Rolex Polar. Rolex introduced the Explorer II in 1971 using the ref. 1655, however, it had been only accessible having a black dial. The Explorer II references – 16550, 16570, and 216570 – that came following the original ref. 1655 were created having a white-colored dial option. Ideas check out a brief history and evolution from the UK Rolex Explorer II Polar watches.
Rolex Explorer II ref. 16550
A transitional reference between your ref. 1655 and also the ref. 16570, the Explorer II ref. 16550 was just created from 1985 – 1989, which makes it an infrequent vintage Rolex to locate. Apart from its rarity, this specific Rolex ref. 16550 has lots of other details that will interest vintage Rolex collectors. First, its original white-colored dial within its 40mm stainless situation has really switched right into a creamy ivory shade as a result of paint flaw, which Rolex eventually fixed. However, what began out like a flaw has become a scare aesthetic detail that’s prized by collectors. Second, this dial is one particualr “rail” dial because the two “Cs” in “Chronometer” and “Certified” fall into line perfectly. And finally, this unique Explorer II ref. 16550 is outfitted using the original hard-to-find “fat font” bezel in which the numerals are thicker than future bezels.
Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570
Rolex adopted in the Explorer II ref. 16550 using the ref. 16570 in 1989. It stored its 40mm size and stainless Oyster situation and Oyster bracelet construction. However, a new comer to the dial was the black outlines from the hour markers and from the awesome white-colored dial, the luminescent indexes really pop. Also a new comer to the Explorer II ref. 16570 was the movement. Early types of the 16570 are outfitted using the Rolex Caliber 3185 automatic mechanical movement, while later versions are operated by the Rolex Caliber 3186. Also located on the later versions from the ref. 16570 may be the “ROLEX ROLEX ROLEX” engraving around the rehaut being an anti-counterfeit measure. This specific ref. 16550 goes back to 1997/1999 so it’s operated by the Caliber 3185 and doesn’t incorporated the rehaut engraving.
Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570
This Year, Rolex ushered inside a new generation Explorer II using the ref. 216570 with it came a number of significant changes. The 40mm size was boosted to 42mm and also the movement was substituted for the brand new Rolex Caliber 3187. Also, the 24-hour hands from the ref. 16550 and also the ref. 16570 was crafted in red, as the ref. 216570 came back towards the original orange color which was around the first Explorer II, the ref. 1655. The ref. 216570 may be the contemporary type of the Explorer II.
Whether choosing a classic or modern form of the Explorer II Polar, these Rolex sport watches really are a real take two. Robust stainless along with a awesome white-colored dial along with a vibrant 24-hour hands creates an ageless luxury sports watch which brings out one’s adventurous side. Both exceedingly practical because of it is time, date, and GMT-hands functions, and impeccably designed, the Explorer II Polar is really a Rolex to not be missed.