The Classic Replica Rolex Explorer II was first introduced in 1971. It is a watch designed for cave explorers. It is a supplement to the existing Explorer collection, rather than a direct replacement for the chronograph that has existed since 1953. It adds both a date display and a 24-hour hand. The Explorer II was created to provide a clear reference of day and night time – even you are in total darkness, operating deep on the surface of the earth.
The high-end Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570, produced between 2011 and 2021, is a 42mm stainless steel sports watch with a date display and GMT function. Although it is very similar to the current production version of Rolex’s iconic speleologist’s watch when it first appeared on Baselworld 2011, the ref. 216570 represented a major turning point for the collection and now it occupies an important part in the history of this model. If you have been considering adding one of these Rolex Sports Watches to your collection, here is everything you need to know for the reference 216570 Explorer II which is very popular with young men and women in the UK.
Key Features of EXPLORER II 216570
- Reference Number: 216570
- Production Years: 2011 – 2021
- Case Size: 42mm
- Materials: Oystersteel (904L Stainless Steel)
- Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display, GMT-Functionality
- Dial: Black or White (“Polar”) w/ Luminous Hour Markers (Chromalight)
- Bezel: Fixed. Stainless Steel w/ 24-Hour Scale
- Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)
- Movement: Rolex Caliber 3187
- Water Resistance: 100 Meters / 330 Feet
- Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet
New Fake Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570 History
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Explorer II collection in 2011, the exact Rolex replica manufacturer released an updated version of its specially-built outdoor watches for adventurers. This new watch called the reference 216570 uses a larger 42mm case, which is the unexpected first case in the collection because since the second generation of replica watches came out in the mid-1980s, the diameter of this case has been kept at 40mm.
Although the new luxurious Explorer II 216570 represents a major turning point for the model and brings an updated and improved list, the cheap fake Rolex ref. 216570 retains many of the core elements that have defined the collection for more than a quarter of a century. Just like the previous Explorer II reference 216570 is exclusively available in stainless steel and an optional black or white dial. In addition, just like its 40mm predecessor, the 12-hour and 24-hour hands are independently adjustable, allowing the ref. 216570 to display two different time zones at the same time and use it as a GMT watch.
The production of the best 1:1 copy Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570 lasted for a full ten years and was not discontinued until 2021, which marked the 50th anniversary of the birth of the series. Replacing the reference 216570 is the updated the reference 226570, which features a New Swiss ETA Movement but is largely similar to its direct predecessor. The popularity of the reference 216570 has continued to increase throughout its production process, and although it was easily available at the retail level when it was initially released, it has remained part of the brand catalog for the past few years and has therefore become completely unavailable. Like all stainless steel Rolex sports watches, the demand for the Explorer II reference 216570 far exceeds the supply, and the waiting list for the model was several years in length before the model was discontinued.
A Closer Look At The Rolex Explorer II 216570 Replica Watch
It is often said that the design and development method of replica Rolex watches is one that can be considered evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. The pursuit of perfect progressive improvement is the way of Rolex, but this often means that there are many visual similarities between different generations of top Rolex models. In order to fully appreciate the various nuances of a given reference, it often requires careful study. The following is a breakdown of the main functions of the affordable Rolex Explorer II 216570.
Designer Rolex Explorer II 216570 Case
Although the earliest Rolex Explorer II (the ref. 1655) had a 39mm case, every subsequent model before the reference 216570 had a regular 40mm case diameter. Marking a major turning point in the collection, the new reference 216570 at the time was larger than any other Explorer II watch at 42mm in diameter. In addition, although the lug width of all previous Explorer II watches is 20mm, the updated reference 216570 has a slightly larger 21mm lug to better match its larger case. Although the larger Oyster case still provides users with a water resistance of 100 meters (330 feet), the increase in its size results in a significantly larger overall presence on the wrist, immediately distinguishing it from many other Swiss fake Rolex models with 40mm case. We usually list it as one of the absolute largest models in the brand’s collection. But it was still on hot sale in the UK pre-owned market.
High-quality Explorer II 216570 Bezel
Perhaps the most iconic element of the clone Rolex Explorer II is the brushed stainless steel bezel engraved with a black 24-hour scale. Unlike the 24-hour bidirectional rotating bezel of the Rolex GMT-Master series, the bezel of all Rolex Explorer II replica watches is fixed. However, in addition to the first Explorer II reference, the independently adjustable hour hand on the watch can be used with the 24-hour bezel to display two different time zones at the same time.
Upgraded Rolex Explorer II 216570 Dial
Although the first-generation Explorer II was only equipped with a black dial, every subsequent version of it had a black dial or a white “Polar” dial – this trend continues to now. The nickname “Polar” is a completely informal nickname, but you will often see the word “Polar Explorer” connected to the white dial, especially in the collecting circles. On the white and black dial with the reference 216570, the name “Explorer II” appears in bright orange letters to match the 24-hour hands, and the hour markers are filled with Chromalight – Rolex’s proprietary blue-glowing luminous material. However, the only difference between the black and white Explorer II 216570 dials is that the markings applied on the white dial are surrounded by black, while the markings on the black dial remain in the natural state of high-polished 18k white gold.
The Limited Explorer II 216570 Hands
In addition to the larger case size, the most discussed aspect of the ref. 216570 is the model’s large, bright orange, arrow-shaped 24-hour hand return. As we all know, Rolex never produces vintage or heritage pieces, although the brand occasionally acknowledges its various design elements in the past. Although the hour, minute, and second hands are basically larger versions of the style found on the most expensive Rolex sports watches, the 24-hour hand on the ref. 216570 is a replica of the version on the first Explorer II watch in the 70s.
In addition, another point worth mentioning is that the hands found on the white “Polar” dial example are black (except for the orange 24-hour hands) to match the black finished hour markers, while the hands mounted on the black dial example are polished white gold, only has a black finished base, which gives them a “floating” appearance. Similarly, on the black and white dial version with the ref. 216570, the bright orange 24-hour hands are not exactly the same, and the 24-hour hands mounted on the black dial model also use a black finished base part to match the hour and minute hands with similar styles.
Explorer II 216570 Movement Swiss Made
The Rolex Explorer II 216570 has the in-house Caliber 3187 movement, which is only found inside the reference 216570 watch. The evolution of the Caliber 3186 provided power to its predecessor, the imitation Rolex Carl. 3187 is a certified Swiss chronometer, which benefits from modern Rolex technology, such as blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers to improve resistance to shock and temperature fluctuations. The brand new Rolex Caliber 3187 Movement provides users with a 50-hour power reserve and features like all modern Rolex movements, the brand’s status as the ‘Superlative Chronometer’, the Carl. 3187 promises that the daily timekeeping accuracy is within -2/+2 seconds.
Vintage Rolex Explorer II 216570 Bracelet
Like Rolex’s other sports and tool watches, the Oyster bracelet is the only official choice for the Explorer II ref. 216570. With this in mind, the reference 216570 found on the bracelet represents a dramatic improvement of the Oyster-style bracelet installed on its predecessor. Different from the previous bracelets, the stainless steel oyster bracelet on the ref. 216570 uses a completely solid link (including the solid end-links) and a redesigned oyster lock safety clasp, which includes the brand’s Easylink extension system, allowing users to change the bracelet expand or contract by 5mm, completely in flight, without using any tools.
Buying A Replica Rolex Explorer II Reference 216570 Online
Since the official suspension of production in 2021, the Rolex Explorer II reference 216750 is no longer in production and is completely unavailable at the retail level. This means that the second-hand market is now the only place where you can find one for sale. In view of this, considering that the knockoff Rolex Explorer II 216750 has been in production for a full ten years, the black and white “Polar” dial version is still available on the secondary market at any time.
What Is The Rolex Explorer II 216570 Price
The price of the Rolex Explorer II reference 216570 may vary depending on its age, dial color, overall condition, and whether the watch still retains its original box and paper. As of June 2021, the price of the ref. 216750 watch can be between US$10,000 and US$14,000, which is much higher than the original retail price of the ref. 216570, but it is still at a lower level compared to the current price of modern stainless steel Rolex sports watches in London.
It is also worth noting that although the retail price of the black and white dial example of the Explorer II 216750 is the same, the open-market prices for the “Polar” models are significantly higher. Some collectors are willing to spend a few thousand dollars more to buy a piece of the same original with a watch with a white “Polar” dial. In addition, this trend is not limited to the reference 216570. Almost all “Polar” Explorer II fake watches, regardless of reference, are more valuable than the classic black dial.
What To Look For When Buying A Rolex Explorer II 216570
As for what to look for when buying a cheap Rolex Explorer II, all the usual rules when purchasing a second-hand Rolex still apply. Rolex is the most famous luxury brand in the world and a popular target for counterfeiters. It is estimated that there are more fake Rolex watches out there than real, which means that now more than ever, it is more important to buy only from trusted and reputable sources. The old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is” always applies if you have ever seen an Explorer II sold for thousands of dollars less than the other you see on the market, there is very likely that the watch is not authentic.
In addition, you can look for one thing when trying to know how to spot a fake Rolex which is an independently adjustable hour hand. On all Rolex Explorer II reference 216570 watches, the 12-hour hand can be adjusted independently of the 24-hour hand, instead of jumping the date forward like most top brand watches, turning the winding crown in the second position will take one hour. The increments jump forward or backward by 12 hours. This feature is difficult and expensive to manufacture, and most counterfeit Explorer II watches do not provide this feature.
For most of its history, the AAA Rolex Explorer II has been one of the most underrated and overlooked replica Swiss watches in the brand’s entire catalog. However, in the past few years, this situation has completely changed. As Rolex’s other sports watches such as blue Submariner, Daytona, and GMT-Master II continue to be completely unattainable at the retail level, buyers have turned to other collections and the global popularity of the ref. 216570 Explorer II has sky-rocketed. Today, the price of the Rolex Explorer II watch is as high as the price of other sports watches of the brand, and because of the overall appearance of the ref. 216570 is very similar to the current-production model, the demand (and the prices for sale) is likely to continue to be strong. It will only become more difficult and expensive for men and women, adding one of these adventure-ready watches to your collection.