Everything about the this Explorer II intrigues. The updated design, the new movement and the improved luminescence are just a few of the things that make it more appealing and functional than the previous versions. Since its debut at the Baselworld 2011 show, this timepiece stands out as the quintessential explorer’s watch.
The innovative red second time hand, the Paraflex shock mechanism and its refined aesthetics are the highlights of this very stylish sports model. The brand has invested much research and creation work into this watch with the clear goal of manufacturing a product with a strong identity. Unlike other Rolex sports watches, the Explorer Two focuses on a simple white matte dial that creates high contrast against the oversized hands and hour markers. Its maxi-dial is a statement of extreme legibility as it is very easy to read even in the dark. Its luminescent material called Chromalite is the key ingredient. The hands and hour markers are covered with this powerful lume which shines in a bright blue color while the margins are painted with black color to improve visibility.
The 40 mm diameter Oyster case is manufactured from a solid block of stainless steel and it features a metallic screw-down case back which has the brand’s logos and markings. On the right side of the case there is the winding crown which enjoys the Twinlock system, an exclusive Rolex waterproof system that makes the watch resistant to depths of 100 meters.
A couple of the most notable particularities of the Explorer II are the polished edged bezel with black embossed markers and the raised scratch resistant sapphire crystal that has the iconic 2.5X Cyclops lens over the date window. The 24 red hours hand is also an innovative detail that offers extra utility. By being larger and in a bright red color it is more visible at night and easier to differentiate from the minutes hands.
At the inside of the watch there is a 3185 Calibre mechanical automatic movement manufactured exclusively by Rolex that includes the trademarked Paraflex balance staff shock protection. This feature is supposed to reduce shocks by 50% over other similar devices used within the industry. Other highlights offered by this high end mechanism are the 24 hours display, the second time zone with independent rapid setting of the hour hand, the paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring oscillator and the hacking mechanism for precise time setting.
The Rolex Explorer II Oyster bracelet is easy to recognize due to its flat three piece links manufactured from 904L steel. The stainless steel bracelet is completely polished enhancing the sporty look of the watch. To offer extra comfort and versatility, the band is fitted with the folding Oysterlock safety clasp that has the Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link.
With an understated elegance, extensive legibility and a restless spirit, the Explorer II is an exceptional timepiece that evokes classic perfection and amazing functionality.