Introduced during BaselWorld 2011 and often discussed already, the Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570 has been out for delivery to dealers. In The Netherlands, Precision Watches (sponsor of Fratellowatches) is the first to have one in stock already.

The large orange 24-hour hand refers to the first model Explorer II in 1971 (a.k.a Freccione or Steve McQueen Explorer) with reference 1655 and I think Rolex did a neat job on their ‘homage’. Rolex aficionados all over the world have been discussing the broad hour and minute hands and whether this was either good or bad. There is no verdict yet, let the sales numbers do the talking. Personally, this would be the modern Rolex I’d buy if I was in the running for one, I love the satin brushed bezel and orange hour hand.

Price is 6,500.- Euro over at Precision Watches. Keep an eye on their stock.

Robert-Jan Broer
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Robert-Jan Broer

Founder & Editor at Fratello Watches
Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • PR

    I can not find the new Explorer on the website of precision watches. How come?

    • Send Precisionwatches an email. He advertised with a black dial version today, he has a high turnover so you have to either act quick or put one on order.

  • Anky

    I just bought one – black dial 216570 at Amsterdam Airport Rolex shop on 7 Sept for Euro 5,140.-. I was the first person who bought this watch as they claimed the two watches just arrived.I had struggle a while in the choice between black or white dial. I am wearing it with joy!

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