Explorer II 226570

  • Collection: Explorer II
  • Model reference: 226570
  • Case/Size: Oystersteel, 42mm
  • Dial: Black
  • Movement: Automatic-winding
  • Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display.
  • Condition / Year: Brand new / 2022
Manufacturer’s International Warranty

All the watches we offer come with a 2 year warranty but this timepiece enjoys a guarantee covered by the manufacturer, valid internationally at any flagship store or official retailer carrying the respective brand. If you wish we are happy to assist you handling this task. Scope of coverage subject to manufacturer’s policy, please contact us for more information.

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Description

Rolex has been testing modified versions of oyster perpetuals on Himalayan expeditions since the 1930s for performance under extreme conditions such as temperatures as low as -50 degrees F and oxygen below 70% than that at sea level.
The 1953 historic event of the successful conquest of the Mount Everest summit by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay wearing one such modified Rolex officially proved that the watch was capable of accompanying the ‘explorers’ to the world’s ends.

Rolex marked this event with the launch of reference 6298, which was the precursor to Ref: 6350 and 6150 – the first two models with “Explorer” writing on the dial. Only difference between the two was that 6350 was chronometer certified.
Then came the Ref: 6610 released in 1959, which clearly differentiated the collection from the Oyster Perpetual line. With a short production run, these are pretty rare to find.
This was succeeded by Ref: 1016 (made from 1963-1989), which is commonly known as the ‘vintage Explorer’.

Transiting into the modern era were Ref: 14270 (1989 – 2001) and 114270 (2001 – 2010).  In 2010, the ‘Crown’ launched the Ref: 214270 with a 39mm case and the new in-house Caliber 3132.

But this was not the first Explorer to feature a 39mm case.

In 1971, Rolex launched the Ref: 1655 Explorer II as the elder, or rather the larger sibling to the original Explorer. A more practical version, this 39mm model had a date window, and an extra hand which was coupled with the hour hand, and pointing to the fixed 24hr bezel (technically a day/night indicator, and not to be mistaken as a dual time function which was an upgrade on the future Explorer II models).

Today, this is a very sought after reference, and like with almost all Rolexes, has a nickname: “Freccione” (Italian for Arrow) in reference to the arrow-tipped hand. It is also called as the “Steve McQueen Rolex”.

This collection evolved into Ref: 16550 (1985-1989) with a 40mm case, a sapphire crystal and Mercedes hands making it look sportier. It also came with Caliber 3085, now with an independent 24hr hand, changing the day/night function to a GMT function, appealing to a more adventurous globe-trotting audience.

Then in 1989, the new Ref: 16750 was launched in two versions – a black and a white dial, with a new caliber and some cosmetic changes. The white dial version went on to earn the nickname, the “Polar Explorer”.  This reference was made for 22 years (with several upgrades over the years) until 2011.

 

The present model (reference 226570) was launched in 2021. Paying homage to the original reference 1655 aka the “Freccione”, this reference features a similar orange arrow-tipped GMT hand.

It has an entirely new and a robust appeal, with a 42mm case and bigger, more legible hands and lume pots filled with chromalight lighting them up with a blue hue which can last up-to eight hours.

Keeping the Explorer II tradition alive, this reference too is made exclusively in stainless steel, on an oyster bracelet, with 100m water resistance, a fixed 24hr bezel and an extra GMT hand.

Our watch is offered brand new with a complete original set.

 

 

Rolex – bio

Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, initially as Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd. Renamed Rolex by 1908 and moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.  Their success is due to their innovation namely the legendary “Oyster” case – first water resistant watch and their extremely reliable movements.
The most famous models are Datejust, Day-Date, Daytona, Explorer, GMT-Master, Submariner and many more.
The company is owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a family private trust.
One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, recounts that the name came from the French words “horlogerie exquise”‘è, meaning “exquisite clockwork”.

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Accompanied by Rolex Guarantee card, green card holder, product literature, large presentation box and outer packaging.