Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the 1655 Explorer II, Rolex has announced the new model which features a series of changes over the outgoing Explorer II. The new series (ref: 216570) is available with a black or white dial, features an all orange GMT hand, and houses the new 3187 Rolex calibre in a larger 42mm case (last gen was 39mm). Rolex has made this new chronometer movement entirely in house and and it features some of their cutting edge technology including Paraflex shock absorbers and a non-magnetic Parachrom hairspring for excellent timekeeping and durability.

This movement allows the GMT hand to be independently set apart from standard timekeeping and is read using the 24hr fixed bezel. The all orange GMT hand is noteworthy as it follows the style of the original Explorer II from 1971. The new 42mm case is made from 904L stainless steel which is standard on Rolex sport models and is matched with a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and a cyclops for date magnification.

Water resistance is unchanged at 100m but Rolex has updated this new model with its signature chapter ring that repeats “rolex” around the circumference of the dial, this is really the only change we aren’t wild about as it is quite flashy for what once was a tool watch. The outgoing generation was due for an update and Rolex had teased the possibility of an all orange GMT hand on a future explorer at Basel 2010. We haven’t seen a price listed yet but it is expected to be a little higher than the $6325 USD that the outgoing model was listed at.

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  1. I’m not sure how I feel about the bigger case and branded chapter ring. I’ve always been a fan of the Explorer and Submariner due to their understated elegance and simplicity. By contrast I was never to big of a fan of the Sea Dweller. I wouldn’t turn one down if I was given one, but it’s a bit too big and loud for my tastes. I’ll have to see this new Explorer in person to really know if I will like it or not.

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  2. Wow ! This is a very nice Rolex model. Shame it’s only waterproof to 200m though.

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  3. Oops, I mean 100m.

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  4. any idea on pricing?

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  5. Unfortunately the big orange hand it’s the only issue this Explorer II has from the 1971 model. Missing the wonderful dial with the broad index at 12.

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  6. It looks beautiful! I love the 24 hr bezel. I’m definitely putting it on my list. 

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  7. does anyone know what rolex is planning or working on for next year? I’d love to see a reasonably priced Stainless Steel Yachmaster II with the signature blue bezel

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  8. I had the old model in 1994 and sold. Later I got the Yatch master platinum and know have my eyes on this one for my birthday!

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  9. Personally I like the “Rolex Rolex Rolex” around the dial!  I returned my V series EXP II because it had a scratch from the jeweler and am anxiously awaiting to pickup a G Series enroute from another store.  I’m always surprised that they keep their value so well.  I’m getting a brand-new EXP II for 6,000, or I can buy one that is 6-10 years old and only save like 20%.

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  10. may rolex po ako…. sira na po… gosto ko pong ipagawa…. saan kaaya dapat ko ipagawa po dahil…. ayaw ko pong sa tabitabi lang ang mag aayos nito….. sana po tolongan ninyo ako? saan ba dapat

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  11. I own an original ’71 Steve McQueen. Just an amazing watch!!!

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  12. Great review James. I really like the large face on this one.

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