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Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch 16570

$8,316

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Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch 16570. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex coronet on the crown. Stainless steel bezel. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal with cyclops magnifying glass. Black dial with white luminous inlay hour markers and Mercedes hands. Date window at 3 o'clock aperture. Stainless steel oyster bracelet with flip lock clasp. Fits 7.5" wrist. Excellent condition.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    2003-2004
  • Condition
    Excellent condition.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 449091stDibs: LU1362116722902

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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Rolex

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its aforementioned commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

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