Rolex Explorer II “Polar” 42mm
Pre-owned, with box/papers as pictured. Purchased originally 4/15/2015. Serviced January 2016. Unworn after service. This watch is a steal!.. seeing as the new price is over $8000 plus from Rolex Dealer. This watch at 42mm has a wider case than the 40mm Submariner or GMT II; The Explorer II is also a bit longer as well, making for an all around bigger an easier to read watch. The orange 24hr-hand is a throwback to the classic versions of this watch–originally designed for cave experiments.
From the Rolex Website:
Explorer II – ex • plor • er • two – An intrepid chronometer built to accompany explorers in extreme challenges.A distinctive orange hand displays the time in 24-hour format to distinguish between night and daytime, even when journeying to the centre of the Earth or through polar nights.The patented Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers guarantee precision in the toughest environments.Engineered to venture as far as courage allows.The Rolex Way.
Extreme environments, such as the polar regions, have always been real-life proving grounds for Oyster watches. The Explorer II is natural heir to the Explorer as a reliable guide, a tool and a companion for explorers, speleologists and vulcanologists. When it was launched in 1971, the Explorer II set new standards for chronometric precision, strength, autonomy and clarity. It features a distinctive 24-hour hand, an invaluable aid to distinguish daytime hours from night around the poles and beneath ground.
For its 40th anniversary in 2011, the Explorer II received an extensive technical and aesthetic makeover. The most obvious innovation is the size of the case, increased from 40 mm to 42 mm in diameter, opening up the dial for better legibility. The hands have also been enlarged, enhancing their visibility. But the signature feature of this new version is its larger, orange 24-hour hand ending in an arrow, mirroring the original Explorer II of 1971.
Oyster, 42 mm, steel
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Fixed, 24-hour graduated
Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, 24-hour hand
3187, Manufacture Rolex
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Oyster, flat three-piece links
Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Highly legible Chromalight display with long- lasting blue luminescence
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)