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New for 2011. Rolex Explorer II 40th Anniversary

The brand new watch from Rolex is larger in size than its predecessor and is out to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Rolex Explorer II. The latest and reinvented version of the Explorer II comes with 42mm case, 3187 calibre along with Paraflex shock absorbers and Parachrom hairspring.Rolex has been known to move at a glacial pace when it comes to upgrading their sports models as the saying goes (if it aint broke don’t fixit). This is especially true over the past few years as they have gradually introduced new upgraded/improved versions of their ever popular sports models such as the GMT II, Submariner, Sea-dweller and the Explorer I. Each year at the Basel fair,  Rolex lovers from all over globe hold their breath in anticipation of the unveiling of a new Sports model from Rolex.2011, being the 40th anniversary of the launch of the 1655 Rolex Explorer II, has been widely expected to be the year of the Explorer II andRolex certainly did not disappoint. Across the world, Rolex fans were pleasantly surprised when the Rolex finally unveiled the new Explorer II (Reference 216570).The 216570 breaks new ground for Rolex in so many ways. the case which was enlarged from the traditional (for Rolex) 40mm diameter to 42mmdiameter. This makes the new Explorer II the second biggest watch in Rolex’s Sports line, the largest being the DeepSea which measures a whopping 44mm in diameter. As part of the upgrade the 216570 also gets the latest movement, caliber 3187, which comes with the non-magnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and the Paraflex anti-shock mechanism. Another first for Rolex is the introduction of a anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal of the watch. In addition the new Explorer II also received the upgrades  such as the maxi-dial, orange 24 hour hand and the longer lasting Chromalight lume.

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