Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2006
    Reference No: 16570
    Case No: Z184’806
    Model Name: Explorer II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3185, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet endlinks stamped 78790A, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "OP7"
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Beyer Chronometrie AG Zurich dated 14th April 2007, 2007-2008 calendar card, instruction manual, green wallet, cloth, outer packaging and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Replacing the reference 1655 also known as the “Freccione” which at the time performed poorly in sales, Rolex had to come up with a solution to the issue and introduced the reference 16570. The new reference similarly featured a solid 24-hour stainless steel bezel and was introduced with a black dial initially with an additional red hour hand for the second time zone. Since its discontinuation in 2011, the reference has become a sought after model for vintage Rolex Sports watch collectors.

    The present example of a Rolex Explorer II reference 16570 with a black dial is presented in excellent overall condition and further charmed by the full set of accessories that came with the watch.

  • 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 sweep center seconds date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2006
40mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$39,000 - 55,000 

Sold for HK$52,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019