Rolex Explorer II ref: 16570 F series
Someone asked me "How come you have a number of Rolex watches but you never write a review on any of them?" This is because Rolex is such famous watches with so many reviews on forums, magazines, and with so many truly experts.
I break my silence for a dear friend, who is looking for a new 16570. It will be a birthday present for the father. Being real honest, I always think that Rolex watches are overpriced. No doubt, Rolex watches has superb quality and built; it will serve you for ages provided you take a good care of it; It is accurate and you can easily sell it off in time of emergency.
Explorer II is a truly timeless classic. It has been in production since 1971 with reference no 1655, 16550, 16570 and the newly launched 216570. Among all, the most famous one will be the Steve McQueen 1655 with the orange hand. The below is just a picture I downloaded from a forum, a watch like SM 1655 is out of my league.
Explorer II lives up to its name which emphasized on sport and adventure endeavored. It gives you an image of toughness and sophistication. Below are some advertisement on Explorer II; see for yourself what Rolex has to say on this watch.
Throughout ages the Explorer II is 40mm in case size. Only the latest model 216570 increased by 2mm. The solid 904L stainless steel Oyster case has crown guards just high enough to engulf the Twinlock crown. The Explorer II is waterproofed to 100m. There is also a fixed 24 hours engraved bezel and sapphire glass.
Like most of the Rolex watches, Explorer II deployed Rolex own in house movement of 1575, 3085, 3185/3186 and the latest 3187 (for 216570). Time has proven the reliability of the 31 jewels Rolex 3185 movement. This high beat 28,800bph has a power reserve of 48 hours. 3185 movement which enables the user to move the small 24 hours hand independently - an important convenience when travelling from one time zone to another. The 24 hours hand is painted red and is always easy to read. The date of 16570 is considered quick set as one can alter the date by moving the 24 hours hand clockwise. The watch comes with oyster bracelet with a double deployment oysterlock. The bracelet is very comfortable to wear on the wrist.
All Rolex sports model watches are superb and can function normally even under extreme environment. If you want an adventurous watch that can be used as a dress watch, Explorer II will be high on your list.
If I ever have the chance, I would love to have one of the 216570 in white dial... look at it, isn't she a beauty...... Damn, you can never have enough of ROLEX.