You know, we released the latest generation of the new Rolex Explorer II model 226570 watch here. Today, I got hands-on with the black and white dial replica Rolex Explorer II reference 226570 models, which refine the recipe of the classic sports watch, but don’t revolutionize it. Rolex has completely updated the dial, case, movement and bracelet, but the shape is much the same as the outgoing 216570 Explorer II. Does this watch feel different on the wrist?
In short, while the latest generation Explorer II 22657o watch is clearly fresh and generally an improvement over the outgoing model, many will barely notice the difference between the two. This may be good news for owners of the current 42mm wide Explorer II who may feel emotionally compelled to upgrade. These folks may get the latest and greatest by swapping their own model for the new one, but they won’t get a substantially different wearing experience. That said, if you’ve been holding out on buying an Explorer II watch, Rolex may have addressed some of the grievances that some people had with the previous generation 216570 Explorer II model
For instance, I’m glad that Rolex decided to replace the slightly glossy black hands and hour markers of the white plate model 216570 with the matte-finish hands and hour markers of the white plate model 226570. This brings the look of the Explorer II back to the earlier 40mm wide 16570 Explorer II, which is still very popular with enthusiasts even today. In refining the first generation of 42mm wide Explorer watches, Rolex seems to have been encouraged by that early Explorer II’s focus on practicality and readability.
The Rolex Explorer II has a 42mm wide case, mostly brushed steel, water resistance to 100 meters, and a sapphire crystal on the dial. Rolex has historically been timid about using anti-reflective coatings, and the latest generation of the Submariner is actually the first fake watch to have a more modern anti-reflective coating applied. I’m not sure if this has translated to the Explorer II, but I will say that the lower level of glossy elements on the dial certainly helps to make the dial easier to read.
The GMT hand can be used to indicate a second time zone, although Rolex intended for the GMT-Master II or Sky-Dweller to be their more traveler-friendly swiss replica watches. The Explorer II has 24-hour markers on its fixed bezel, which serve as AM/PM indicators when the GMT hand is synchronized with local time. the 226 570 model retailed the classic style orange GMT hand that Rolex had revived in the previous generation 216570 model. In any case, the Rolex Explorer II 226570 model has the same GMT movement as the GMT-Master II watch, a Rolex in-house automatic caliber 3285 that operates at 4Hz and has a three-day power reserve. For those who don’t know, the Explorer II is all about knowing the time of day without seeing the sun.