Explorer II Tritium Polar
Rolex introduced the Explorer II with reference 16570 in 1989, the watch was manufactured for 22 years and as such, this particular reference underwent several changes over the course of its production run. The Explorer II we’re offering here is a 16570 ‘Polar’ from 1991 and nicknamed this way due to the crisply white dial. That white Swiss-T<25 dial features Tritium filled indices with also the original Tritium hands-set to match, both show a wonderful off-white/eggshell toned patina.
In our humble opinion these early examples of the 16570 Explorer II with pinhole case, Tritium indices and hands, and the previous style Oyster bracelet are the best ones to look out for if you’re interested in buying a neo-vintage, Rolex sports watch. Considering that the Explorer II celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, it’s probably not a bad idea to pick one of these early Tritium bad boys up. Right now the Explorer II is about the most ‘affordable’ five digit sports Rolex in 40mm compared to a Submariner or GMT for instance, and prices will only continue to increase. Our Rolex Explorer II “Tritium Polar” features a nice and fat case with strong lugs and a very well conditioned 78360 Oyster bracelet with hardly any stretch. By the way, we left the bracelet, clasp, case and bezel unpolished as they all show sharp lines and original characteristics. The white Polar dial is spotless and all the hands, date-disc and 24 hour stainless steel bezel are original to the watch. As mentioned, the tritium inside the indices is showing an attractive off-white/eggshell colour, enough so to create a wonderful contrast with that dazzling white, Polar dial.
This true Rolex Toolwatch was fully serviced and will be sold with a 24 month warranty. We’d like to invite you to our showroom so you can view this Explorer II with your own two eyes – Coffee’s always on!
case number: X-serial
year of production: 1991
case diameter: 40mm
movement: automatic, Rolex caliber 3185
box and papers: Including the original Rolex inner and outer boxes.