Explorer II "Polar" dial, reference 16570T, a stainless steel automatic wristwatch with a 24hr indicator, Circa. 2005
Explorer II "Polar" dial, reference 16570T
A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with a 24hr indicator, Circa. 2005
Calibre: cal. 3185 automatic, 31 jewels
Case: stainless steel oyster, screw down back
Case number: F'118'296
Closure: stainless steel folding clasp
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex, wallet, booklets, wallet and presentation case.
Case: Case is in overall good condition with signs of wear and surface scratching throughout. Case consistent with previous use, case bands with visible surface scratches to the naked eye. minor dents to top right lug. bracelet with equivalent wear.
Dial: Overall excellent condition
Movement: time and date functions operating.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
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The Rolex Explorer II was first introduced in 1989. It was in production for over 20 years and is a testimony of the transition from the vintage to the modern production.
As an example, it went from tritium to luminova and superluminova as luminescent material.
The present lot is an attractive example of the last period of production with no holes in the lugs (T reference), allowing its owner to enjoy it both as a neo-vintage piece and a daily wearer.
Extremely reliable and the perfect companion, it is no surprise that the 16570, especially in its Polar version, has gained lots of attention from the market in the recent years.