After all, the Explorer II is a list of tools invented for highly specific cave exploration or cave exploration tasks. With the 50th anniversary of the Explorer II in 2021, they have now updated it with some new models 226570.
Let’s look at some of the differences: the black and white model now looks a lot like the black and white 216570 that appeared ten years ago. the differences are there, they are just subtle. Whereas the previous 42mm version was already a wider and relatively thinner watch, the 226570 continues to exist. It is thinner than the ref 1655 at 12.5 mm. the Explorer II is where it all began.
The update is fairly consistent with that of last year’s update of the Submariner. Its main distinguishing factors are the redesigned case and narrower lugs, and the arrival of an enhanced Rolex automatic movement with Chronergy escapement, which guarantees a longer power reserve.
The upgraded GMT movement is the same cal. 385 that appears in the current GMT-Master II, with a more efficient Chronergy escapement, which means a longer power reserve of 70 hours, compared to 48 hours for the cal. 2 387 in the previous version. It also features a Paraflex damping system, a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and a rotor mounted on ball bearings.
The dial is also different between the Polar and black watches. From the black dial, the hour, minute and 24-hour hands jump out. They are now all white gold. On the Polar version, you will notice a drop in the shine of your hands. Both new versions have a small crown at 6 o’clock between “Swiss” and “Made”.
The prospect of upgrading from the 216570 is confusing, especially considering how much more difficult it will be to find the 226570 at retail than it was ten years ago. If you can find the Explorer II at retail, in either configuration, it will cost you $8,550.
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