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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 16570
    Case No: Y441’829
    Model Name: Explorer II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78790A”, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped “D19”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 9th February 2008 stamped by Doha retailer, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    With a rich history in conquering the most extreme conditions, the Explorer II sports in two dial variations, the white polar, and a black dial like the present example. Featuring a stainless steel 24 hour indication bezel, a rich black dial and bright red GMT hand, this professional timepiece is extremely legible and robust and is ready for action. Offered in an extremely attractive condition, this is a perfect opportunity to acquire what is considered to be one of the most undervalued models by the firm within the watch community.

  • Artist Biography

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 16570
A fine stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with center seconds, date, 24-hour indication, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2008
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$45,000 - 65,000 
€4,800-7,000
$5,800-8,300

Sold for HK$94,500

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021