The perfect replica Rolex Explorer II is a Fratello team favorite. I know Robert-Jan, Ben, and Rob all like the Explorer II a lot. Rob wrote about the Explorer II as one of the three Rolex watches he was considering before ending up with his Oysterdate Precision 6694. One of his difficulties with the watch is its 42mm size, and it’s one of the reasons I love it. I am quite a bit taller than Rob. That’s why his question is my answer when it comes to the Explorer II. And I love the understated presence that has just enough zing with the orange GMT-hand and orange printing to bring it to life.
I also love the Explorer II ref. 216570 because it reminds me of my favorite vintage Rolex, the best fake Explorer II ref. 1655. Yeah yeah, I know the dial of the ref. 1655 is a pain to read because there is so much going on. Just like Rob, I also think that is what makes it such a quirky and cool watch in the first place. And before legibility becomes an actual issue, the chances I’ll be spending the necessary 25-30k on a ref. 1655 are getting slimmer by the day. But that’s a dream I’ll put to rest in a different article.
There is one problem with the current Explorer II, however. The chances of you getting one at your local AD are slim to none. The good thing, however, is that you will not have to look for a different watch. Current pre-owned prices have not skyrocketed, so this might be my best chance of owning a current model Rolex I actually like. It’s a miracle!