ROLEX Explorer II 16570 White Dial “Polar”

Item Number: ROLEX103

$10,417.36 AUD
Brand: ROLEX
Model: Explorer Ⅱ
Ref: 16570
Serial: D71xxxx
Year: 2005
Movement: Automatic Cal.3185
Case: 40mm
Material: Stainless Steel
Lug Width: 20mm
Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet 78790 (Clasp Code OP2)
Bracelet Length: 12+1 Links (-18.5cm)
Includes: Boxes,Instruction,Red Tag,Guarantee(2007)


The Explorer I was introduced in 1953 and featured a very simple design with 3/6/9 Arabic numerals and no date display.

The first model was born in 1971 as a top-tier model with increased functionality and robustness of the Explorer I. The Explorer II was the first model to be launched in 1971.

It was designed to be used in extreme conditions, such as polar regions and cave exploration, where it was impossible to distinguish between day and night, and its most distinctive feature was its 24-hour bezel and 24-hour hand.

The design was significantly redesigned in 1988 for the second model, which is the basis of the current model. It also featured a GMT function and was able to display the time in two different countries.

This watch is the third model of the Explorer II, Ref. 16570.

It was a long seller, sold from 1991 to 2011, and was the last model with a 40mm case size.

The movement has been changed from the second model, and the accuracy and stability have been improved further.

The dial is now available in two colors: black and white.

The next model, Ref.216570, is also the current model, and the case has been enlarged to 42mm, so we recommend this model up to 16570 for people with thin arms.

“Polar” is the nickname given to the white dial of Ref.16570 and the previous model, Ref.16550, which means “South Pole”.

It is not clear how the watch was so called, but it is likely that it was so called because Rolex advertisements at the time claimed that the watch was worn by an Antarctic explorer, and because of the white dial, like the one on the Antarctic continent.

The luminous paint is luminova because it was made in 2005, and the case is a type without side holes in the lugs, and the sapphire crystal has a watermark of the crown at 6 o’clock.

The movement, Cal. 3185, a highly maintenance-friendly and stable, was also used in the GMT Master II 16710 of the same period.

The oyster bracelet has 12 links and 1 additional link.

It comes with outer box, inner box,instruction,red tag and guarantee paper showing sold in 2007.


The watch would be completely serviced by our watchmaker after your order.
It takes about 4 weeks to complete. Comes with 1-year warranty.

[Payment Method]
1. Credit Card (Visa/Master/Amex)
2 Wire/Bank Transfer
*We have U.S bank account and European bank account. So you don't need to transfer internationaly.

Shipped via FedEx International Priority.
Normally,Item will be shipped in 1-2 working days after payment received.

Tracking number will be provided, and insurance will cover if the item is damaged or missing in the shipping process.

[Custom Duty]
International buyer has a responsibility to pay import duties, taxes or charges. (ex VAT/GST)

We do not accept to declare lower value on shipping label or invoice.We will declare full value of them.

If you would like to know how much it will be, please check approximate cost below.
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These costs normally collected by courier when you pick up item or after your receive.

We accept return in the case of shipping mistake or item defect in 14 days after your receive.

  1. Can I check the actual item at the store?
    -Yes, You can check it at the store.

  2. Can I ask reserve the watch?
    -No, we do not reserve a watch until payment completed because we also sell our products on online store.

  3. Can you adjust my bracelet? 
    -Yes,If you indicate your approximate arm circumference when you place an order, we will adjust it and send it to you.
    (*Riveted bracelets and Folded bracelets need to be adjusted by our watchmaker, so please allow a little time for this.)

  4. How long does it take for "delivery after service"?
    -Please allow approximately 1month to 1.5 months from the time of order.
    (*It may take a little longer depending on the schedule of the wacthmaker and the number of customers.)

  5. Is there a payment deadline? (Bank transfer)
    -If we cannot confirm your payment within 2 days of your order, we will cancel your order.

  6. Can I order by cash on delivery?
    -No, we do not accept cash on delivery.
  7. Do you accept installment payments or BNPL(Buy Now Pay Later)?
    -No, We do not support installment payments or BNPL.
  8. Do you ship internationally?
    -Yes, we ship via FedEx International Priority.
    (*Customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer, so please pay them upon or before receiving the package.)
About Service
Service(Overhaul) is the process of disassembling a mechanical product down to its component parts, cleaning, and reassembling it to bring it back to the state of performance when it was new.

The overhaul procedure is roughly explained as follows
Separate the case and movement.
Disassemble the movement
Inspect each part for wear and tear and perform a preliminary cleaning.
Cleaning by a special machine
Lubrication and assembly
6. Water-resistance inspection (water-resistance function guaranteed)
7. Adjustment and running test
This is the process of the watchmaking process.

Some movements consist of several hundred parts, which are disassembled piece by piece, inspected, cleaned, and reassembled in an extremely precise process.

Without overhaul, just like a car, the oil deteriorates and the risk of wear and tear on the parts increases, causing a loss of precision or, in serious cases, the inability to run.

We recommend an overhaul every two to three years to ensure economical and long-lasting use of your watch.

About new finishing (polishing)

Vintage watches have been used for decades, and even the stainless steel used in many watches has become rounded at the corners, or has many small scratches on the surface that should be beautiful with a mirror finish.

At Albitro, we believe that our watches should be purchased in beautiful condition and used for a long time, so we sell them with a new finish.

Especially for dress watches with gold cases, we finish them to bring out the best of the precious metal case.

The watches sold at Albitro that have been newly finished are photographed in very high resolution, so you can see the edges are sharp and the mirror finish reflects the light.

Some cases and bracelets have a mixture of mirror and hairline finishes, but not many craftsmen are able to distinguish between them and finish them at a high level.

The "thinning of the case" is another area that is highly dependent on the skill of the craftsman. A watch with skinny lugs is far from its original design, and its appearance is unbalanced.

It is a very meticulous process to reduce the thinness of the case as much as possible while eliminating scratches and dents to bring the watch closer to its original finish.

Of course, in some cases, it is better to leave the watch in its original condition as it is, as it is the history of the watch and the original condition is important.

We look at each watch individually and decide whether it is best to finish it before selling it.

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