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    • Circa 1995

    • 40mm diameter

    • Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: 16570
    Movement No: 387’595
    Case No: N419’743
    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 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "78360", "I4"
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Monreal Tiendasoro Spain dated 19th September 1995, product literature, 1995-1996 calendar card, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released to replace its predecessor in 1989, the Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570 featured newly upgraded cal. 3185 for earlier productions with later examples bearing the cal. 3186. While adhering to its original design DNA with a solid 24-hour bezel and an additional GMT hand, the ref. 16570 is fitted with a white dial that features luminous indexes with black surrounds instead of white gold as per its predecessor, the ref. 16550. The present reference was produced for approximately 22 years before it was discontinued and made way for the new ref. 216570 in 2011. During its long production run, various luminous materials were used with earlier examples of the reference featuring a “SWISS-T<25” dial with tritium and later examples bearing a “SWISS” with Luminova. The present Rolex Explorer II is a ref. 16570 with an N serial from circa 1995, offered in excellent overall condition with its original guarantee stamped by a Spanish retailer.

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

Circa 1995
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 64,000 
€5,000-8,000
$5,100-8,200

Sold for HK$75,600

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