Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1990
    Reference No: 16570
    Movement No: 5’706’874
    Case No: E699’579
    Model Name: Explorer II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “78360”, endlinks stamped “501B”, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “P2”, “78360”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex guarantee stamped Laings Limited Scotland, 1990-1991 calendar card, hang tag, green leather holder, instruction manual, product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Part of the continuation of the Everest conquest, the Explorer II ref. 16570 was launched in 1989 and had an impressive run of nearly 22 years of production before welcoming its successor 216570. Two variants were available, a black dial and a white polar dial like the present example.

    Acknowledged amongst the collectors to be one of the most undervalued sleeper by Rolex, the ref. 16570 not only boast an altitude of technical prowess but fine aesthetics with a salute to the passion for adventures.

    The present example of the Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570 with an E serial from circa 1990 is amongst the early batch of production right after the discontinuation of the ref. 16550 in 1989. Featuring beautifully aged luminous plots that have developed an attractive creamy hue, the dial interestingly carries a soft grey hue on the suppose white dial that is rarely seen, known as the Polar. Well-preserved, the ref. 16570 is powered by the caliber 3185 corresponding to early production of the reference. Boasting a strong case and bezel, the present timepiece is accompanied with its full set accessories. With the most recent launch of the new 42mm diameter Explorer II ref. 226570 in year 2021, the present 16570 boasting a classic proportion is a fantastic opportunity for collectors to acquire a discontinued exploration icon.

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

Circa 1990
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$78,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$100,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)