The Explorer II is one of the most popular Rolex watches, a design that inspires modernity, boldness and adventure. It is the ideal companion for contemporary men with an unstoppable desire to conquer the most thrilling parts of the world. Exploring distant lands, discovering fascinating cultures or climbing the highest peaks of the world, these are just a couple of the memorable adventures during which the Explorer II will prove its invaluable functionality.
As the name suggests, Rolex Explorer was one of the first timepieces developed and manufactured exclusively for exploration. The brand intended it as an instrument for varied terrains and new lands. This was back in 1961 when there were no quartz watches available and explorers needed a durable and precise device that was also able to offer complicated functions.
Over the decades, the Explorer II became a multipurpose sports watch that is just as appropriate for extreme expeditions as it is for business occasions. It is a great fit for both situations. This modern travelling companion offers all the useful complications of a state-of-the-art functional timepiece. Features such as the 24-hours bezel and the second time zone are just a few of its highlights.
This 42 mm case diameter sports watch is a dedicated adventurer who knows how to impress with a sophisticated design. The imposing brushed stainless steel case is waterproofed to depths of 100 meters and its 12 mm height makes it stand bold on the wrist. The sleek black dial is nicely contrasted by the white large Chromalight hour markers which in the dark glow with a bluish light. The novelty of the Explorer II is the “Mercedes” second time zone hour hand that has a special arrow design meant to clearly differentiate it from the minute hand. This type of dial layout is called maxi-dial and it offers high legibility in all sorts of low light conditions.
The Rolex Explorer II is equipped with the in-house 3187 calibre which is one of the most reliable and accurate mechanisms produced by the brand. This movement is COSC chronometer certified and it is extremely easy to use even though it has several complications such as the date window and the second time zone function. The latter one is nicely put in motion by the large orange GMT hand which cleverly indicates to the black embossed 24 hour markers from the bezel.
Just like the majority of today’s Rolex sports models, the Explorer II features the unique Oyster bracelet that is completely brushed and is incredibly comfortable on the wrist. This type of bracelet has been designed to be easy adjustable due to its screws that allows you to remove either full or half links. The clasp comes with a 5 mm easy link extension that makes it possible to extend or shorten the bracelet by 5 mm.
Even though it has numerous classic design features, the Rolex Explorer II is very modern and attractive from so many points of view. Its imposing size, interesting aesthetic details and clever functions make it such a great choice for stylish travellers and sophisticated city men.