The Rolex Explorer II is a modern, durable and highly refined time keeping device that has its own personality. First released in 1971, the watch offers unique features and a remarkable design. It is the top choice for some of the most renowned volcanologists, speleologists and jungle explorers.
The spirit of the Explorer II is brave, sophisticated and challenging. It is the ideal companion for extreme conditions. It is the timepiece that inspires fierce modern men to follow their passion for adventure, unexplored parts of the world or even social galas. There are no limits for what an Explorer can achieve in terms of style and functionality.
In 2011, the Explorer II celebrated four decades of adventures. To mark this milestone, it was enhanced with impressive aesthetic and technical improvements. One of the most appreciated changes is the size of the case which was increased from 40 mm to 42 mm in diameter, a detail that has also enhanced the dial’s legibility. For a better readability the hands have been enlarged as well, the orange 24-hour hand has been redesigned as to end in an arrow- a detail that was also available on the original 1971 Explorer II.
Some of the most important features of this contemporary timepiece are the 24 hours bezel, the independent 12 hours hand, the twinlock system and the Chromalight display. The 24 hours display on the Explorer II’s bezel is unique and very useful. It implies a dedicated hand that rotates around the dial in 24 hours indicating to the fixed bezel that has 24 hours markings. The utility of this feature is to separate the hours of the day from the hours of the night. The independent 12-hours hand shows a second time zone which is very useful for travelers who need to be in sync with their home time. Rolex is famous for its Twinlock system which seals the case perfectly to ensure water resistance to depths of 100 meters. The innovative Chromalight display offers improved legibility even in the darkest environments. The hour markers and hands have a blue glow that lasts twice as long as most standard luminescent materials.
The Rolex Explorer II comes with a Calibre 3187 automatic mechanical movement that was exclusively designed and produced by Rolex. This mechanism comes with Paraflex shock absorbers and a Parachrom hairspring that offers superior resistance to extreme conditions and shocks. This in-house perpetual movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute and it represents one of the most reliable and accurate movements currently available on the market.
No matter if you prefer vintage designs or functional timepieces, the Rolex Explorer II will fascinate you at first sight. This contemporary watch with a rich sense of adventure knows how to combine subtle elegance with functionality, and stir your interest for spectacular designs.