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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2014
    Reference No: 216570
    Case No: 6492H842
    Model Name: Explorer II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3187, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Khimji Ramdas LLC Sultanate of Oman dated 1st March 2014, product literature, green card holder, Sultanate of Oman outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 2011, the Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570 replaced the long-lived ref. 16570. As an informal celebration of the 40th anniversary if the Explorer II line, the ref. 216570 was modernized in many ways. Having gone through Rolex’s “maxi treatment”, the case was pumped up to 42mm diameter instead of 40mm diameter, it featured thicker lugs as well as larger luminous plots on the dial and now features the “EXPLORER II” inscription in bright orange to match its luminescent orange 24-hour hand. Equipped with the firm’s in-house cal. 3187 very similar to the cal. 3138, the movement was made slightly larger just to fit in the 42mm diameter case.

    The present example Rolex Explorer II ref. 216570 with a white dial from circa 2014 is offered in “new-old-stock” condition with its full stickers intact. With a “Khanjar” engraved caseback, the present example sold through the Sultanate’s retailer Khimji Ramadas was made as a gift to the Sultanate’s dignitaries and servants. The present lot is complete with its original guarantee and box with its outer packaging stamped with the emblem of the Sultanate of Oman.

  • 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. 216570
A fine, rare and “new-old-stock” stainless steel dual-time wristwatch with center seconds, 24-Hour indication, date, bracelet, engraved caseback, guarantee and presentation box, made for the Sultanate of Oman

Circa 2014
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$252,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021