The new Rolex Explorer II, first introduced in 1971, is an improved version of the original Explorer series. It sports the same spirit of the mountaineer as the original version, with the stability and strength of a risk-taking adventurer. As with many Rolex watches, the Explorer II was structured to meet the demands of a specific innovative group of individuals – cave explorers.
When the Explorer II was first introduced, the most distinguishing feature of the watch was the orange 24-hour hand that enabled cave explorers to keep track of time in the deepest and darkest moments of their trek.
In 2011, Rolex released a new line of the Explorer II series, bringing back some classic features as well as implementing new ones to continue on the reliability and strength of the watch.
The 24 Hour Hand
Rolex brought back the classic orange, arrow-shaped 24-hour hand that was originally found in the 1971 version of this watch. The Explorer II also has a second hand to broadcast a second timezone independent from the 24-hour one. The hands on this watch are larger and bolder, providing an easier way for adventurers to observe the time just by a simple glance.
The most recent version of the Explorer II has the latest movement technology – calibre 3187, ensuring only the most reliable mechanism. It also has Paraflex shock absorbers and the Parachrom Hairspring (also found in Explorer I series) that ensure the watch is unaffected by the most extreme conditions.
The Explorer II series currently actively manufactured by Rolex is of a large size – 42mm. This is larger that the size found in the Explorer I series. This unparalleled size of the watch symbolizes its strength and durability – giving individuals that extra push needed to explore with no boundaries.
The dial features the chromolight display – a unique element that ensures the best visibility in low-light environments. The signature blue glow lasts up to 8 hours with a uniform luminosity – almost twice longer than that found in the conventional glow-in-the-dark watch mechanisms.