*Unpolished* 1995 Rolex Explorer II (Ref. 16570) "Polar" Dial

It seems as though every reference and iteration of the Rolex Explorer II has details that set them drastically apart from one another, making it the Rolex reference that has seen the most drastic evolution through its tenure. From the first and original "orange hand" matte dial ref. 1655, to the modern 42mm produced today and everything in between.

The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570  was introduced in 1989, directly succeeding the transitional ref. 16550 with some subtle cosmetic and internal upgrades. The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570 employs the updated and robust cal. 3185 jumping hour movement, the black paint on the hands and marker surrounds is now standard on the white or “polar” dial variants, and the bezel font has been slightly modified from the previous reference. 

Stock # RLXEXP216570-3
Brand Rolex
Style Explorer II
Model 16570
Serial W6XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial White "Polar"
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 501B End Pieces



The gently worn and extremely crisp unpolished case retains sharp factory finishing and chamfers down the lug with honest signs of previous use. The unpolished fixed 24hr stainless steel bezel is also impressively crisp and retains all of its factory black enamel while showing gentle signs of use throughout. The case back retains its factory finish with gentle wear present. The original Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces retains 12 links that show virtually no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.


The original white dial with black marker surrounds is in flawless condition, showing no age or damage. The tritium lume plots have achieved a charming eggshell patina that slightly contrasts the bright white dial for a stunning aesthetic effect, under U.V. light inspection the dial lume exhibits no degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the minute hand displays the faintest superficial crack that is invisible to the naked eye and remains stable, the hour, minute, seconds, and 24hr hand exhibit no degradation.


None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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