Rolex Explorer II 16570 Y Series Black Dial w/ Papers - SEL/Lug Holes - SOLD
The Rolex Explorer debuted in 1971 as what is now a legendary vintage sports watch, the 1655. It offered a robust steel case, an easy-to-use GMT function with a fixed steel bezel, and a date. It made sense to develop that platform further as a specialized tool for "speleologists, volcanologists and polar and jungle explorers". Speleologists can spend days at a time exploring deep in caves and caverns, often losing their sense of time and of day and night, and the GMT function allows these explorers to keep track of 24-hour time with the fixed bezel keeping the setting secure.
The formula has consistently worked, seeing as Rolex continues to produce the model today, albeit in a larger and slightly "blingier" style. The 16570 is an under-appreciated Rolex sports model and a perfect example of the ethos of Rolex: creating tools best suited for specific jobs.
The example offered here is a Y series, indicating circa 2002/03 production, and features both a solid end link bracelet and a case with lug holes, only produced for a short time. This watch is in incredible condition as seen in the photos, appearing like new, was freshly serviced this year, and comes with the original warranty papers, serialized hang tag, and chronometer tag.
Condition as follows:
Case: Outstanding condition 40 mm stainless steel case. The case is very sharp with crisp edges, thick lugs and bright polished surfaces along with crisp radial brushing on the steel bezel. Serial and reference numbers are both clear between the lugs.
Dial/Hands: Original gloss black dial and hands free from any defects.
Caseback: Excellent condition original caseback as pictured.
Crystal: Original sapphire crystal in excellent condition free from scratching or chipping.
Movement: Rolex 3185 Automatic GMT movement keeping excellent time. All functions work as they should. Movement keeps chronometer time and received a service in 2022.
Bracelet/Strap: Original 78790A solid end link bracelet in fantastic condition as pictured. The bracelet comes with 13 links.
Accessories: The watch comes with the accessories shown in the photos. The original warranty papers, serialized green hang tag, and red chronometer tag are all included.