In the first quarter of the year at the Baselworld 2011, the new Explorer II model 216570 was introduced. The watch only started to bee seen in US at stores by the last quarter of 2011 due to the fact of later release and availability. The design is pretty much the same apart from a few key differences and features.
The first striking difference is definitely the size, now boasting a 42mm case making it another XL watch to the Rolex collection. Even though it is a fairly big watch it is very comfortable and not that heavy on the wrist since they kept the thickness of case at 12mm.
On the face of the watch you will notice bigger marker dots. The luminescence dots are not only bigger but brighter when they glow. They also last longer than its older counterpart model 16570 due to the Chromalight lumes. You will also notice Explorer II written in orange which looks really cool.
While Rolex modernized the watch in the size department and bigger markers they also have given it a retro look with the GMT hand in orange like the classic Explorer II “Steve McQueen” or Flechon as other Aficionados would call it.
The recemt model will come with newer style Oyster bracelet with all solid stainless steel links and new Oyster Deployment buckle. The crown still uses the Twinlock system unlike the Submariner which comes with Rolex new Triplock crown. The watch is still good for 100m or 330ft which I think is more than enough. The good news is that the crown is a little bigger, which was the only thing that I was not fond of the model 16570.
Under the hood you will find Rolex new in house caliber 3187. Compared to the 3186 it is an improved shock resistant model. It is also less affected by changes in temperature and magnetism. In simple words it is the state of the art among movements.
The Explorer II model 216570 comes in black and white color faces at a retail of $7.750. While the watch is not a big change in design compared the older model, it does have really nice new features. Again the size is the biggest change in this model as the Explorer II 16570 felt somehow outdated in terms of size . If you are looking for a big and Sporty watch yet not heavy and bulky like the Deepsea then this is your watch. Down below you will find some important specs comparing the new model 216570 and 16750.
Rolex Explorer II Specs Comparison
|Case Size||42 mm||40 mm|
|Approx. Weight||161 grams||127 grams|
|Case thickness||12 mm||12 mm|
|Water Depth||100 Meters||100 Meters|