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1997 - Swiss T<25 Black Dial - Rolex Explorer II - Ref. 16570 - Box and Papers

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Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 40mm with a black Tritium 'T<25' dial - 1997 watch with box and papers

With its highly legible dial, tough, durable and corrosion resistant Oyster case in steel with the solid link Oyster bracelet and waterproof capacities, the Rolex Explorer II is a reliable, high-performance timepiece -  even in the toughest of conditions hence the 'Explorer' name.

This pre-owned Rolex Perpetual Explorer II (Model Reference Number 16570, from 1997) is a self-winding automatic men’s wrist watch with a 40mm stainless steel case encompassing a stunning black dial with the signature Rolex Mercedes style hours hand and steel engraved bezel with beautiful sunburst finish. 

This particular 40mm version was produced for 22 years by the brand, between 1989 and 2011, and is famed for its low-key design, dual time zone functionality and near indestructibility - truly a timepiece for the most extreme conditions.

The watch is powered by the robust Rolex 3185 self-winding movement, offering a 50-hour power reserve and COSC-Chronometer Certification. This movement also allows the wearer to easily and independently configure the hour hand. If you’re jumping between time zones, all you need to do is unscrew and pull the crown out to its first position to change the hour forwards or backwards without disturbing the minutes and GMT hands. 

What’s on offer:

As photos should show, this watch is in excellent condition. There is hardly any evidence of it having been worn on the case body itself, and the watch has been well cared for as is also evidenced by the completeness of the box set which even includes the original calendar!

It is sold with its original box, booklets, calendar card, service and instruction booklets etc. It will also be supplied with a handmade leather presentation pouch from us, along with a 12-month warranty.

Additional information

Made from

Case: Steel

Crown: Screw-down crown. 

Dial: Black.

Crystal: Sapphire Crystal. 

Bracelet: Steel Oyster link, with folding clasp. 


Date, GMT (dual time zone). 

Technical specifications

Winding: Self-winding. 

Movement type: Automatic.

Calibre: 3185

Jewels: 31. 

Waterproof: 100 metres. 

Power reserve: Approximately 50 hours. 

Purchase details

Condition: Stunning condition, like new. 9/10

Model Reference: (Rolex): 16570. 

Date of issue: 1997.


Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee.  


Width: 40mm.

Lug width: 20mm.

Lug height (lug to lug): 47mm

Wrist size: Adjustable.