Off to New Heights: Rolex Explorer II

This article was initially featured in the January/February 2022 Issue of the WatchTime print magazine. Photos captured by Marcus Krüger.

In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Explorer II, Rolex has unveiled a refreshed version adorned with a new movement and subtle design tweaks. We delve into the latest iteration to unravel what it brings to the tables of collectors, explorers, and adventurers alike.

Leading up to last year’s Watches and Wonders in April, speculations surrounding the anniversary edition of the Explorer stirred anticipation. Would it adopt a ceramic bezel? Could we expect a distinctive green hand or other elements in the iconic Rolex anniversary color? Perhaps a shift in the case diameter? Surprisingly, none of these materialized. The alterations to the new Explorer’s aesthetic are discreet, with even seasoned watch enthusiasts struggling to pinpoint the changes, except for the discernible wider bracelet evident only in a side-by-side comparison.

Is this lack of significant changes disappointing? Interestingly, not at all. Rolex’s commitment to design continuity is a key factor contributing to its enduring success and stability in value. While other watch brands opt for a biennial overhaul of their less popular models, Rolex takes a different approach by enhancing the technology across its entire collection, even for those models with less demand. Until a few years ago, the Explorer II was considered one of Rolex’s sport models available at a discount from select jewelers. Those days are now a thing of the past. The updated model, with its minimal visual adjustments, has garnered substantial popularity. Yet, this appeal goes beyond the surface changes, owing much to the introduction of the new caliber, which has swiftly become a hallmark within the Rolex portfolio.

In the realm of replica watches, the allure of this commemorative Explorer II echoes beyond its authentic counterpart. Enthusiasts and collectors seeking the essence of Rolex’s timeless design and innovation may find satisfaction in high-quality replica Rolex Watches that capture the spirit of the original. The subtle modifications to the Explorer II’s appearance, coupled with the technological advancements represented by the new caliber, create a captivating narrative for replica watch aficionados. As the boundaries between authenticity and replication blur, the quest for the perfect replica becomes a pursuit of craftsmanship and precision, mirroring the ethos of the renowned watchmaker. Whether an authentic collector or a connoisseur of replica Rolex watches, the Explorer II’s enduring legacy is poised to captivate the hearts of horology enthusiasts worldwide.

Despite the presence of crown guards, the unscrewing of the crown is a straightforward process. In its first position, the crown functions predictably by winding the mainspring. Transitioning to the second position allows for the adjustment of the hour hand in convenient hourly increments, particularly valuable when crossing into different time zones. The 24-hour hand serves as a reliable indicator of home time. Notably, if the hour hand crosses the date line, the date adjusts accordingly, demonstrating a seamless and almost quickdate-like mechanism that operates effortlessly in both forward and backward directions.

Moving to the third position facilitates the advancement of the minute hand, alongside adjustments for the 24-hour and standard hour hands. The Oysterlock clasp, ensuring a secure closure, proves user-friendly. A safety bar, easily lifted over the spring-held lever, opens the robust folding clasp. Additionally, the practical Easylink extension, capable of extending up to 5 mm, can be effortlessly unfolded from the clasp, enhancing the overall comfort and adaptability of the timepiece.

Which factory makes the best replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual? EW, Clean or VS?

Recently, the market has been abuzz with news about the competition in replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches between Clean and VS. Both factories have coincidentally released replicas of the Oyster Perpetual watches in the past two months, making the competition between them fiercer than ever. The 126000 in 36mm and 124300 in 41mm are the models that feature prominently in the competition, with each factory claiming to have the best quality. The watches come in a variety of colors, including silver, blue, green, yellow, and tiffany blue.

While VS and Clean are well-known factories in the market, EW has been making the most complete collection of replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches. However, many people overlook EW when selecting a super clone. This is unwise because EW makes good quality Rolex, and some specific models are even better than VS and Clean. Therefore, if you need a super clone of Rolex 126000 or 124300, don’t hesitate to consider EW.

When it comes to the movement, VS claims to have the best Dandong 3235 movement, which boasts a 72-hour power reserve. However, one client tested it and found the maximum power reserve to be 60 hours. Furthermore, the Oyster Perpetual 36mm and 41mm models that do not have a date function require the wearer to pull out the crown to the third position when setting the time. This gives the wearer a poor user experience.

Clean uses the Shanghai 3230 movement, which is stable and has a power reserve of 48 hours. The wearer can wind the watch by pulling out the crown to the first position and set the time directly by pulling out to the second position. This movement has a gen-similar time adjustment.

EW uses the 7 series automatic movement made by Hangzhou Watch Factory, which has a power reserve of up to 80 hours. The finish of the watches is another important factor to consider. Clean has a better finish, especially on the dial, than VS. However, EW’s flagship model – the one with the Tiffany blue dial – has a case shape that is very close to genuine, and the Tiffany blue color is the most accurate. This makes it highly recognized among watch fans.

In summary, if you’re looking for your first Rolex replica watch in the Oyster Perpetual line, I suggest buying an EW one. If you already have a collection of replica watches and only buy super clones, then I recommend Clean. If you have a specific model in mind, such as the Tiffany blue color, then I only recommend EW.