|Model Name:||Explorer II 16550|
|Serial/Year:||9,5XX,XXX - 1986-1987|
|Condition: (What's This?)||II|
|Features:||Automatic 3085 movement w/ date, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, waterproof screw-down crown|
|Case:||Recently polished in Excellent condition|
|Dial:||Original Cream "rail" dial w/ tritium handset, silver surrounds|
|Bracelet:||Stainless steel 93150 Oyster w/ 501 end-links|
|Box & Papers:||Original Rolex box, booklet, and papers|
|Comments:||This Rolex Explorer comes w/ Bob's 3-day satisfaction guarantee and one year warranty|
The Rolex Explorer Reference 16550 is a transitional model that is often overlooked by collectors, despite its charm and unique functionality. This watch is a definite upgrade from its predecessor, ref 1655. The new and improved reference features an independent hour hand which can track a second time zone. It accomplishes this by utilizing the same caliber 3085 movement as the GMT Master Ref 16760. The watch resembles the GMT Master in many ways, minus its stainless steel bezel. Over its production period, there were a few different variations which are likely to cause its value to go up in the future.
This reference is typically divided into two classes: the black dial and the white dial. The black dial version is more common and typically less valuable than the white dial. Its glossy finish contrasts nicely with white gold hands and hour marker surrounds. The white dial also features white gold hands and hour marker surrounds and may feature rail wording on the bottom half of the dial. A paint defect has caused many original white dials to turn a charming cream color, making them more unique and rare. Though typically overlooked, this unique watch is well worth the time.
*All Pre-Owned Rolex watches are guaranteed to be 100% genuine and certified authentic. All watches are shipped to fit the average size wrist (7 1/4" - 7 1/2" for men and 6 1/4" - 6 1/2" for women). Additional links can be purchased if needed.