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    • Circa 1994

    • 40mm diameter

    • Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1994
    Reference No: 16570
    Case No: S457’632
    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 “S11”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Artland Watch Co., Ltd. and dated 28th May 1994, instruction manual, product literature, hang tag, green card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Explorer II is one of the most popular luxury sports watches among collectors. Debuted in 1989, the ref.16570 houses the upgraded cal. 3185, with later examples, fitted with the cal. 3186. In production for over two decades, the present model adheres to the original ref.16550’s design language with the iconic 24-hour bezel, before it was replaced in 2011 by the ref. 216570.

    Boasting a beautiful black dial, the present Explorer II is an exemplary example offered in an attractive overall condition with its original accessories. This discontinued icon with classic proportions is sure to be an excellent addition to any collection.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

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

Circa 1994
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$32,000 - 64,000 
€4,000-8,000
$4,100-8,200

Sold for HK$63,000

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong
Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
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Thomas Perazzi
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Head of Jewels, Hong Kong
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