Don’t know how to pick a watch, an article to make you read the Rolex brand

In the era of mechanical watches in the 20th century, Rolex has always been a leader in the global watch industry, and its superior craftsmanship and technology still keep Rolex at the forefront of the watch industry with Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget.

Brand positioning

replica Rolex watches is a symbol of excellence and reliable performance. Rolex watches have always been the world’s leading brand in the field of watchmaking, with Swiss quality standards. Rolex watches are highly valued for their “stable, suitable and unobtrusive” design style, and their durability makes Rolex an exceptional value.

Rolex watch type

diary type

The classic, sedate Rolex Logbook was born in 1945 and was the first watch to have a date display on its face. A few years later, the watch’s crystal face was fitted with a small, convex lens (Cyclops eye), which has since become a symbol of Rolex for a generation.

Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.
Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.

explorer type

The Oyster watch became a symbol of accurate and reliable quality. To mark this momentous occasion, Rolex launched this commemorative watch in 1953: the Rolex Explorer. The watch is equipped with a sturdy all-steel strap and a new double-clasp winding crown with a double waterproofing system. The Explorer is the first Rolex watch specifically designed for professional use. In this way, the explorer type has established its unprecedented symbolic status.

Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.
Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.

Submariner

Born in 1953, the Rolex Submariner, popularly known as the Water Ghost, was the world’s first watch to be water-resistant to 300 metres, and the Oyster Constant-Speed Submariner is a model of rugged durability. Whether underwater or at a dinner party, the Submariner model is a rugged, reliable and comfortable sports timepiece.

Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.
Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.

Oyster type constant motion deep sea type

The success of the Rolex Oyster DEEPSEA is due to a number of groundbreaking technological innovations, including the new Rolex case construction, the Ringlock System, which ensures that the watch can withstand the intense pressure in deep water. Designed especially for the very demanding professional diver.

Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.
Rolex is a famous Swiss watch manufacturer, formerly known as Wilsdorf and Davis, which was run in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdof.

Greenwich type

While the Rolex Greenwich is specifically designed for professional use, its unparalleled functionality and design make it popular with travelers as well. In addition to the different time zones, Greenwich’s sturdy material and easy-to-match exterior make it ideal for traveling around the world and attending any occasion.

a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.
a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.

cosmological type

The Rolex Dittona is a professional racing watch that can be described as “the watch of legends”. The short-distance chronograph movement of the watch is accurate to 1/8th of a second and the tachymeter scale on the outer ring reads the speed data immediately after a certain distance travelled, making it a must-have for drivers. It is a popular choice for those who seek speed and elegance.

a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.
a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.

Yachts

It’s a series specifically designed for yachting events (Rolex is obsessed with sporting events and extreme sports) and is similar in function to the Submariner series, but with more female users, it’s sized to accommodate female wearers.

a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.
a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.

Cellini type

The only collection that doesn’t use the traditional Oyster case design, if you want to buy an understated and simple model that’s sturdy and stable at the same time. Cellini would be a very good choice.

a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.
a German, in partnership with Alfred Davis, an Englishman, and registered as ROLEX in 1908.

Rolex’s overall strategy is more conservative, as evidenced by the fact that the majority of its models are designed with an oyster case and are relatively simple and functional. Each generation of watches is an upgrade and improvement in detail. The advantage of doing so is that Rolex watches are strong enough to last, and are relatively stable in price on the secondary market, so Rolex watches are very well preserved.

Rolex Explorer II 16570 watches

In discussing Rolex watches, a few words have lost all meaning.” ‘Underrated’, ‘sleeper’ and ‘undervalued’ may not be completely meaningless at this point, but we are moving fast. Social media and frankly, articles like this one don’t do the audiophile out there any favors, but you’d be surprised how many people I’ve met who are fairly ignorant about the Explorer II. In this article, I’ll take a look at the Explorer II Ref. 16570, a 40mm version that was produced for 22 years from 1989 to 2011. With its understated design, dual time zone functionality, near invulnerability, and doggedly unluxurious attitude, the replica ROLEX Explorer II watches 16570 watches is probably the most affordable modern Rolex sports watch on the market today.

Rolex Explorer II 16570 watches
Rolex Explorer II 16570 watches

Of course, I’m a little partial to the Explorer II. It has always been my favorite Rolex sporty watch. In fact, the first Rolex I bought was a 216570 with a black dial (I’ve compared it to a Submariner here). While the Submariner, GMT-Master II and Daytona get all the attention, the Explorer II has been a low-key Rolex tool watch and a true travel watch for decades. A dark horse in the Rolex sports watch family, the Explorer II is the Prince Harry of Prince William of GMT-Master II (which is funny because I think Harry is wearing the Explorer II with the Polar dial).

As a watch for explorers, the Explorer II is designed to be more functional than formal. The darkness in some caves makes it hard to tell if it’s day or night, which is why the 24-hour hands and fixed bezel are so important. While the original Explorer II Ref. 1655 was not intended to be a travel watch at all, the 16570 introduced a separate hour hand, making this a dual time zone travel watch in terms of functionality.

Rolex Explorer II 16570 watches
Rolex Explorer II 16570 watches

And the fully revamped Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16550 was produced between 1985 and 1989 and is considered a “transitional” model between the original 1655 and the 16570 in this article. These watches are harder to find and much more expensive than the 16570. For better or worse, the 16550 brings the Explorer II into the Rolex family of sports watches. The sapphire crystal, the new Mercedes-Benz hands, the hour markers and the 24-hour hands are all reminiscent of the GMT Master Series watches produced that year. It is also equipped with the Caliber 3085 movement, which adds the previously mentioned independent hour hand function.

The 16550 also came with two dial options, still available today in black or white (aka Polar). The polar dial model has a paint flaw that causes the dial to slowly turn a milky white and is therefore sought after by collectors. 1655 aka “Steve McQueen”. I was shocked when I saw the cream-colored dials sell higher at 16550 than 1655, but that’s not uncommon.

Rolex Explorer II 16570 watches
Rolex Explorer II 16570 watches

Fast forward to 1989, when Rolex released the Explorer II Ref. 16570, a watch that had an impressive run of nearly 22 years before the 216570 was released in 2011.The 16570 has been upgraded from the 16550 with a new caliber 3185 and small, refined changes to the polar dial model. By replacing the silver contoured hands and hour markers with black, the white dial is really accentuated and the legibility is greatly enhanced. Also, between 16550 and 16570, the font on the bezel’s numeric hour markers has changed, which is a matter of personal taste.

The Explorer II 16570 is waterproof to 100M, 40mm wide, 12.2mm thick and 47mm in diameter, making it a fairly ideal size for small or large wrists. Wearing it on my 7.5 inch wrist, I have no complaints and find the size just right. Personally, I’m more partial to larger, so I prefer my 216570, which is 42mm wide, 12.5mm thick and 50.1mm stud to stud. The advantage of the Explorer II over the Diver or GMT-Master is that the 24-hour bezel tilts downward, giving the case a slimmer look.

The 16570 houses the caliber 3185 (a slightly newer caliber 3186 for the post-2006 model), which was introduced in 1988 for the Explorer II and GMT-Master II. The caliber was the first Rolex movement to have an independent hour hand, as well as a hacked seconds hand. the 3185 has 31 jewels and runs at 28,800vph with a power reserve of 50 hours. Of course, considering how many Explorer II watches with this movement have been produced over the course of 22 years, whether or not they need to be repaired depends on the circumstances.

Although they are almost identical watches, the serial numbers of the Explorer II 16570 have varied over the years, mostly with subtle differences. The polar dial model you see in this article is the Y series, while the black dial is the F series. While both models have solid tail links, the polar dialed Y series has drilled lugs for easy strap or strap changes, while the black dialed F series does not. I think a lot of people would choose.