Rolex Explorer II "Polar"
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Why We Love It
“What’s the Deal with Rolex Prices!?” If you close your eyes you can almost imagine Seinfeld saying. We hear you. As the prices of Submariners, GMTs, and even Explorers continue to rise higher and higher what’s a collector to do? Well allow us to re-introduce you to the Explorer II Ref. 16570 with Polar White Dial.
A full-size sport Rolex with GMT function, and legitimate brand heritage – really! While early Explorer II’s have skyrocketed due to alleged connections to Steve McQueen the reference 16570 has been overlooked. The somewhat crowded design of early Explorer II dials was cleaned up and re introduced in 1989 and was not changed until 2011 – which is impressive continuity.
The 16570 also comes equipped with the Rolex caliber 3185 with hacking hour hands and seconds – a real charm not found on earlier models.
Like we said, A full-size sport Rolex with GMT function, and legitimate brand heritage – and all for a lot less than $10k. What’s not to love.
The Explorer line traces its origins to the famous mountain and Sir Edmund Hillary's successful ascension of it in 1953, but numerous historic moments were marked by the presence of the Explorer and its descendent, the Explorer II. Ed Viesturs, the only American to climb all 14 of the globe's eight-thousand peaks (and the fifth person to ever do so without supplemental oxygen); Jean Troillet, the Swiss/Canadian who set the speed record for climbing the Matterhorn (at 21-years-old nonetheless) and was the first person to snowboard down Everest; and Alain Hubert, world-renowned Polar explorer who achieved a world-record cross of the Antarctic continent, all proudly wore the Rolex Explorer II on their expeditions.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Rolex Explorer II "Polar"