About this watch

This excellent Rolex Explorer dates from 1989, the introduction year of the reference 16570 which came with the improved caliber 3185 automatic movement and the striking black surround to the hour markers which improved the dial legibility. Early examples of this model used tritium as the luminescent material on the hour markers and on some examples these markers have aged to a stunning cream colour, which earned them the nick name Chichi de Mais as the colour is like fresh grains of corn.

Hopefully, our images and video do this piece justice as not only is the dial is very striking but the 40mm stainless steel case and oyster bracelet are in equally fantastic condition.

Some collectors prefer the White dial explorer over the black dial option, simply based on the fact that the white dial is unlike any other Rolex sports watch currently in their watch box. The black surrounds add immense character while enhancing the visibility of the dial. 

The explorer and explorer II are without doubt one of the fastest appreciating Rolex sports watches at the moment, for many years they went under appreciated but that is no longer the case, the combination of Sports utility with a flutter of understated individuality has made the once undervalued watches climb in value and yet currently, they remain excellent value for money.

The 40 mm case, Polar dial and GMT hand make them a standout against the rest of the Rolex range, and they wear incredibly well. As with all Rolex’s condition is paramount and this is one of the best out there.

Both a sure-fire investment and a great wearable sports Rolex, which you are highly unlikely to see on anyone else’s wrist. This watches successor the 216570 is owned and worn daily by Prince Harry, there isn’t much better endorsement than a Royal one.

A fantastic watch, and in our opinion one of the best examples out there, and comes complete with Rolex box, booklets and tags.

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