Exploring Rolex Part II: Explorer II
The Rolex Explorer II was revealed in 1971 and is the natural successor to the Explorer I. The reliability of the Explorer I was complemented in this new version by additional functionality – a date window, a distinctive orange 24-hour hand and graduated bezel were added.
The Explorer II shows a clear evolution from its predecessor. The demands of exploration could be met by this modified movement that allowed you to indicate day or night in low light areas.
For those of you who are not planning any Arctic explorations, this has the added and more practical value of being able to show the time in a second time-zone simultaneously.
The Explorer II is arguably more of a tool and a companion to the budding explorer with its classical style and more robust 42mm case. It also comes with a choice of white or black dial.
One element that remains the same is the large hands and markers that make visibility ideal. Each model has a high-contrast Chromalight display designed to stay luminous for an incredible eight hours.
Rolex Explorer II Specifications:
- Case – Oyster, 42mm 904L Steel, Sapphire Crystal
- Bezel – Fixed, 24-Hour Graded
- Movement – Calibre 3187, Manufacture Rolex, 24-Hour Hand
- COSC Certified
- Bracelet – Oyster, flat three-piece links, 904L Steel
- Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
- Water Resistance – 100 metres
- Dial – White or Black
Rolex released the Explorer I back in 1953. Find out more below: