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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 16570
    Movement No: 7’757’028
    Case No: U191’025
    Model Name: Explorer II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78790”, endlinks stamped “501,B”, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “Z9”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Jaeggi & Co dated October 1997, instruction manual, product literature, hang tag, 1997-1998 calendar card, green card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1989, the Rolex Explorer II ref. 16750 features the upgraded cal. 3185 with later examples fitted with the cal. 3186. While much of its aesthetics remain similar to its previous model ref. 16550 such as its 24-hour bezel, the ref. 16570 was in production for a much longer period of time, approximately 22 years before it was replaced by the ref. 216570.

    During its lengthy production run, the ref. 16570 was offered with a few dial variants including a tritium dial for its earliest examples. “Tritinova” examples can be seen on late “U” serials indicating its production date for the second half of 1997. Later examples featured a Luminova dial emitting blue light.

    The present example Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570 with black dial from circa 1997 belongs to the latest batch of the early tritium dials before the transition to “tritinova”. Offered in attractive overall condition, the present timepiece is also complete with its full set of accessories.

  • Artist Biography


    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 and attractive stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with center seconds, date, 24-hour indication, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1997
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$35,000 - 50,000 

Sold for HK$94,500

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022