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  • MAN REF 16570
  • YEAR 2010
  • BOX / PAPERS Box & Original Papers
  • CASE Steel
  • BRACELET Steel with Fliplock
  • MOVEMENT Automatic


This authentic Rolex Explorer II is quite unusual as it is fitted with a CAL 3186 movement not the usual 3185. Being made at the end of this model's production lifecycle, some watches were fitted with this updated movement as would be found in the new ceramic models. This particular example has been in a collection and is unworn, coming with the original plastic films on the case and a bezel protector. Retailed in 2010 on a G** this watch comes with original Rolex warranty card and box. Classic GMT Masters fitted with this later movement are selling for significant premiums over the more common 3185 and it is only a matter of time for Explorer II 3186 to follow suit. This example also has the more desirable black dial.


  • SIZE 40mm
  • BRACELET Max 180mm
  • CONDITION Unworn


The Explorer II was initially conceived as a tool watch for speologists. Given the relatively limited market, the model has also attracted interest from businesspeople, those who travel or work in different timezones, as the GMT second hand allows for easy reading of a second time zone. Considered, and certainly by us at Vintage and Prestige, as an attractive alternative to other sports Rolex, given the subtle bezel design, this model has a blend of elegance and durability whilst being eminently usable day to day. The early models are also known as Steve McQueens or Freccione and the latest incarnation is often to be seen on Price Harrys wrist.