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White Dial Steel Case Rolex Explorer II Replica Watch Ref.16570

Rolex Explorer II Replica Watch is a family of luxury watches to be reckoned with. If you can show me another watch brand that has as much variety and solidity in its stable as Rolex, I’ll eat my Explorer II. Well, OK, maybe I won’t. It’s too nice on the wrist to sacrifice on a plate. And those hollow middle links just wouldn’t go down easy.

Wait—what? Did he just say ‘hollow links’? On an Oyster bracelet? Yup. The Rolex Explorer II 16570 (since superseded by the 216570) had a three-link stainless steel bracelet in which the middle link was hollow. Why? Because the Explorer II had to be light as well as tough. And actually, you wouldn’t even know it, when you put it on. This is an Oyster bracelet, after all. It’s been famously comfortable since the 1930s. And if it’s good enough for generations of professional explorers, it’s good enough for me.

The Rolex Explorer Replica was made available with two dials: black and white. The white dial, also known as the ‘Polar’ dial, is extraordinarily legible, thanks to an excellent decision made by Rolex’s experienced design team. They lumed darkly polished indices and hands, making a contrast on the face that renders the indications as clear and legible as the fresh tracks of a polar bear.

Rolex is one of the few luxury watch manufacturers that has managed to create tool watches with true boardroom sensibilities. You can wear your Explorer II 16570 at the very extremes of the earth. But you can also wear it at the Explorers Club bar. Or in the wilds of London’s Financial District. And no-one would bat an eyelid, unless they were doing so to acknowledge your fine taste in watches. This is, in other words, the kind of piece you can wear to reveal your adventurous side, no matter how often that adventurous side actually gets let out to play.

The Rolex Explorer II 16570 has a 40 mm case, pretty standard for an Oyster Professional, and a sapphire crystal. That hollow-middle-linked bracelet is secured with a folding clasp. And the movement behind the dial, in addition to its GMT function, powers central hours, minutes, seconds, and a date window at 3 o’clock. Look after yours, it’s a classic of the adventure-watch style. And do it a favour: take it cave diving once in a while.

Of course, the Explorer can’t hit the depths a Sub can: reference 16570 is only water resistant to 100 m. But the chances of dropping it deeper than that when you’re halfway up a mountain, or in a little-known cave network, are pretty slim. Instead, the Explorer concentrates on two things: telling you whether it’s night or day (useful when you are cut off from a view of the sky or are working in Polar environments), and being incredibly difficult to break.

The GMT hand circles the dial once every 24 hours, rendering day and night as clear as—well, as clear as day actually. In the right circles, that hand is probably the most famous in Rolex Replica Watch long and distinguished history. A massive, heftily-lumed triangle at the end of a bright red stalk, it reaches with impeccable measurements right to the edge of the inner bezel. A micron more metal at the tip of the arrow, and it would score its own groove in the steel. This intentional length means it’s instantly easy to tell the difference between the 24-hour hand and the hour hand when you are, say, stuck in an ice storm and visibility is low. If you’re timing a safe duration to be out of your tent in the long polar night, this ability could mean the difference between life and death.

 

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