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Rolex
Explorer II Cream Rail Dial Stainless Steel 16550

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  • Xupes Reference COM003095
  • Age 9th June 1987
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  • This item is currently being lovingly prepared in our service centre.

    We take tremendous pride in the quality of the watches we sell and every watch will undergo a full quality control inspection. This includes an evaluation of both the exterior condition and the performance of the movement. Servicing and refurbishment, when required, will also be completed. Images are illustrative only and additional images can be requested from our team should you be interested in reserving this watch.

    A full condition report will also be available shortly. For details of when this watch will be available, please enquire or call our team on +44 (0)1279 704 142.

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  • Xupes Reference COM003095
  • Manufacturer Rolex
  • Model Explorer II
  • Model Reference 16550
  • Age 9th June 1987
  • Gender Men's
  • Box & Papers Rolex Box, Cardholder, Calendar, Translation Booklet & Guarantee
  • Dial Cream Baton
  • Glass Sapphire Crystal
  • Movement Automatic
  • Water Resistance To Manufacturers Specifications

    If you require the exact water resistance specification please contact us.

  • Case Stainless Steel
  • Buckle Material Stainless Steel Deployant
  • Strap Stainless Steel Oyster
  • Case Size 40mm
  • Strap Length Adjustable up to 20.0 cm
  • Strap Width At Case-20mm / At Buckle-16mm

Our Opinion

Offered here are a stunning example and full set of the rare “White/Cream Rail Dial” Rolex Explorer II 16550 manufactured circa 1987.

Rolex only produced the 16550 for about four years, from 1985 to 1989, making it a rather rare model amongst others in the sports line up, this White/Cream dial variation with white gold hands and hour marker surrounds was produced in lower numbers than the black dial option, however that’s not the only distinctive feature of this Explorer II, the “Superlative Chronometer; Official Certified” wording on the bottom half of the dial, called a "Rail Dial" is very rare and was only offered in the initial stages of the Ref 16550's offering.
The two lines of text Superlative “Chronometer; Official Certified” line up vertically whereas the typical or more common "Non-Rail" dial text is offset.
The Rolex Explorer models were watches designed and intended for adventurers. While the Explorer I was marketed to mountain climbers, the Explorer II with its 24-hour graduated bezel and its large, luminescent 24-hour hand arrow, was intended for those spending extended time in dark environments, such as cave explorers known as spelunkers.

DETAILS AND DESCRIPTION

This example has the correct “White/Cream Rail Dial” for its 937---- serial number range. The 16550 Explorer II has become a truly impressive Neo-Vintage icon.

The overall condition of this Explorer 16550 is excellent. The case has been lightly polished in the past but retains very strong equal lugs and crown guards along with the brushed finish to the top edges and chamfers remaining very well defined, the stainless-steel bezel with its 24-hour engraved markers has no major dings or scratches and enhances the overall appearance of this Explorer II.

The White/Cream gloss dial is in flawless condition along with the white gold surrounds and the tritium hour plot markers and hands that have all taken on a beautiful rich brown patina and are matching in colour.

The sapphire glass is the correct flat type inclusive of the Cyclops date window for this model, it is also free of any detrimental scratches or marks.
The watch comes on its original Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet and 583 end links, it is date stamped K4 dating this bracelet to April 1987. The bracelet is showing only very light wear and minimal stretch.

As you can appreciate this rare Explorer II Rail Dial is accompanied by all its original Rolex accessories inclusive of its inner and outer boxes, manuals/booklets, hang tags, booklet wallet, original sales receipt and all-important punched paper guarantee dated June 1987.

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