Quick Facts:

  • 42mm diameter, 13mm thickness, 15mm bracelet width
  • 3187 certified Swiss chronometer, automatic movement
  • Water resistant to depths of 100 meters/330 feet, with a Twinlock double waterproofing system
  • Great for all kinds of travel and adventures, with the 24 hour bezel and two-time zone feature
  • Scratch-resistant crystal and shock-resistant movement can withstand tough environments
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The Rolex Explorer II is meticulously designed to take you all around the world in classic style.

The case and bracelet are made of Rolex's Oystersteel, a proprietary 904L stainless alloy produced in their in-house foundry. 904L alloys are low-carbon steels with nickel, chromium, copper, and molybdenum. These alloys are commonly found in the aerospace and chemical industries, where their durability and corrosion-resistance are necessary for precision operations. While Oystersteel is expensive to produce and difficult to shape, it is exceptionally rugged and can take on a higher polish than other steel alloys.

The Explorer II also has an unusual 24 hour bezel, with a dedicated hand that indicates the time on a 24 hour cycle, instead of the traditional 12 hours. This 24 hour function differentiates day from night, and is a great feature for the explorers the watch is named for. A 24 hour hand is necessary for world travelers who may lose track of time zones, or for adventures where it can be hard to tell day from night, like the depths of a cave or at extreme polar regions. An independent hour hand also lets you keep track of two time zones, another great feature for travelers.

As you would expect from a Rolex, every feature of the Explorer II is crafted with care, precision, and superb quality, from the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to the 18 carat gold hour markers on the dial. This chronometer can go anywhere that your adventures take you, crafted for superior style, reliability, and accuracy.

Features

  • Type and power reserve: Automatic self-winding chronometer with up to 48 hours power reserve
  • Case: Oystersteel screw-down case back and winding crown. Oystersteel is a proprietary steel developed by Rolex for maximum corrosion resistance and a beautiful finish, even in harsh environments
  • Bracelet: The Oystersteel bracelet is robust and comfortable. The folding clasp is secure, and the Easylink system allows you to increase the bracelet length by 5mm for adjustable comfort
  • Crystal: The dial window is made of scratch-resistant sapphire, with a cyclops lens over the date indicator
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter, 13mm thickness, 15mm bracelet width
  • Display: Highly legible, detailed display. The Rolex Explorer II not only displays the current time, but it also has a 24 hour hand to track a second time zone. It also has an instantaneous date indicator
  • Bezel: It has a 24 hour bezel to distinguish day from night in any conditions
  • Movement: Rolex 3187 movement. The 3187 is a certified Swiss chronometer, having passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute tests and proven its reliability and accuracy The self-winding movement of this watch is equipped with Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers, for greater durability and resistance
  • Dial: Rolex faces are made by hand, with the style and precision that sets these watches apart. The white face ensures readability, while 18ct gold hour markers resist tarnishing
  • Luminescence: It has Rolex Chromalight technology for long lasting luminescence after dark
  • Water resistance: Water resistant to depths of 100 meters/330 feet, with a Twinlock double waterproofing system.

Pros

  • Great for all kinds of travel and adventures, with the 24 hour bezel and two-time zone feature
  • Bracelet can be quickly adjusted for comfort, another excellent feature for travelers
  • Oyster steel offers the corrosion resistance and durability of precious metal, with the polish and style of steel
  • Scratch-resistant crystal and shock-resistant movement can withstand tough environments
  • Date advances instantly at midnight

Cons

  • Expensive, but then, it’s a Rolex

Summary

The Rolex Explorer II has all the ruggedness, durability, and accuracy to go on any adventure, but with a refined style and exceptional quality that goes equally well in the board room. It’s an instant classic, with refined updates that make it an even better example of merging fashion with function as only a Rolex does.

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