Explorer II copy watches, many of them have a 24-hour hand that appears to be yellow or all white. Both the original orange hand and the later red hand tend to discolor badly. This new replica Rolex Explorer II is definitely no re-edition or replica of the very first ref.1655 nor does it claims to be one. The large orange 24-hour marks and hands are merely a wink to its 1971 forefather. With its new 42mm case, Oyster bracelet with Easy-Link systemand safety clasp, brand new Swiss ETA 2836 movement and blue luminous dial and hands, and surely with afford able price. It can be regarded as a perfect replica sport watch. Caliber 3187 is Rolex current movement for sports watches with an extra time zone. It uses the patented Parachrome hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. It doesn’t differ that much from its predecessor, caliber 3185. There have been a lot of comments on other new models, like the polished center links of the GMT-Master IILN or the new Explorer 214720 with hands that are just too short. This Explorer II just seems to be good to go as it is. Although it has a diameter of 42mm, it certainly doesn’t appear to be too big, like some are complaining about the Rolex Deep-Sea Sea-Dweller.
The watch is a replica of special edition Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655, it was named “Steve McQueen Explorer” because he usually wore Explorer II appearing in movie scene. The watch is fully made of 316L stainless steel, it is a special project raised by a watch factory that specilized in manufacturing vintage replica watches. The Paul Newman 6241 I introduced before was also made by this factory. The replica was made according to a genuine Explorer II, the factory tore watch parts down and research every of them, finally completed such perfect imitation.
The bezel has 24-hour engraving that corresponds to the orange GMT hand on dial, which is black. The dial is my favorite place of the watch, especially the lume hour markers, which is applied with brownish luminescence. Orange GMT hand is also eye-catching and could be adjusted independently through the crown, which is tightly inserted into the case and protected by crown guards. The dial features white printing as well as “T SWISS < 25 T”, this is an iconic feature of those vintage Rolex watches. There are too much things worth talking about this vintage dial, people who are fond of vintage watches should find more interesting details on it.
The Rolex Explorer II will probably never become a popular model like the Submariner or GMT-Master, perhaps a reason for you to buy one.