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Rolex Explorer II (226570)

Rolex Explorer II (226570)


The Rolex Explorer has its origins deeply rooted as the go-to watch for adventurers. The first “Pre-Explorer” accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their successful mission to become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1952.

The Rolex Explorer II was born in 1971 as an addition to the Rolex sports watch collection, featuring a 24-hour bezel and 24-hour hand. Its sturdy steel case and legible dial were not only suitable for explorers but also those wishing to discover the oceans too.

Today, this reference 226570 still has the traits of its predecessors. The 42mm steel case is water resistant to 100m and features a Twinlock crown for increased waterproofness. The polar white dial has proven to be more popular than the black dial version, and is highlighted with an orange 24-hour hand. Rolex’s “Chromalight” luminescent glows blue in low light. 


Powering the watch is a Calibre 3285 automatic movement, offering an impressive 70 hours of power reserve.

We are excited to present this 2022 watch in a very good, unpolished condition, giving a nod to its exciting history having travelled the world on the wrist on a much-loved musician. It comes supplied with its full set of box and papers, including a Rolex warranty to January 2027.



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  • Case

    42 mm, steel. Water resistant to 100m

  • Movement

    Automatic - Manufacture Rolex 3285 with GMT function. 70-hour power reserve

  • Bracelet

    Steel Oyster bracelet with Easylink clasp

  • Box & Papers

    Yes - Presentation box, International Guarantee card, Guarantee Manual, instruction manual, purchase receipt, 2 x swing tags

  • Age

    January 2022

  • Case Condition

    Scratches to the side of the case and on the bracelet bracelet. Very few scratches on the bezel. No marks on the crystal.

    The watch has been left unpolished (to give a nod to its interesting past) but there is an option to have it refinished if you wish.

    Additional photographs and videos of the condition are available

  • Warranty

    5-year Rolex warranty to 2027

  • Movement Condition

    Tested and running to specification

  • Model Reference


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