1996 Rolex Explorer II (Ref. 16570) "Polar Dial"

Rolex Explorer 2 16570
The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570  was introduced in 1989 and was the predecessor to the Rolex Explorer II ref. 16550. The Rolex Ref. 16550 and Ref. 16570 look very similar but do have some big differences. The Explorer II reference 16570, featured a newer type of movement the caliber 3185 and later the 3186 which offered the jumping hour hand. It also only had one obvious visual change from its predecessor, the use of black hour marker rings and hands on the white dial version as opposed to the previous white-dial model which had white gold hour markers and hands like the Submariner and GMT-Master. It is said that beneath the black paint of the white dial Ref. 16570, the hour markers and hands are still white gold.
The white dial and fixed stainless steel bezel are not only handsome in looks but also extremely functional. The cal. 3185 movement with its jumping hour hand and accompanying GMT hand make this an ideal piece for the frequent traveler as it's easy to set and track dual time zones. The white dial makes a statement without being overly flashy and it looks just as good on its Ref. 78360 Oyster bracelet as it does on a leather strap or nylon Nato.
Stock # RLXEXP296
Brand Rolex
Style Explorer II
Model Ref. 16570
Serial T1XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial White
Millimeters 40mm
Bracelet Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 501B End Pieces



The case is believed to remain unpolished with strong factory finishing and chamfers, showing honest wear from use. The fixed stainless steel 24hr bezel remains unpolished as well, showing light wear with the enamel in the numerals fully intact. The Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces is in great unpolished condition exhibiting light wear and almost no stretch from use.


The flawless white "polar" dial is handsome and distinguished. The tritium lume remains bright white in coloration and exhibits no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation or lume loss when inspected under U.V. light. 


None. The watch was just received a full service and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping