Today, it is time to start our another vintage project, after making a success in introducing Paul Newman Daytona, a lot of blog readers here asked me to review more vintage watches, so today, I picked this watch from my supplier and took some photos to share with you guys. The outlook of this vintage Explorer II is very close to modern Rolex Explorer except some dial details. Here I will give you a detailed introduction of this Explorer II replica.
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.
Here come the specifications of this replica Rolex Explorer II:
Movement: Genuine Swiss ETA 2836-2 Automatic
Case: 40mm*12.5mm, 316L Stainless Steel, 24-Hour Engraved Bezel
Dial: Black, Lume Hour Markers and Hands
Crystal: Plexi Plastic
Band: Steel Oyster Folding Bracelet
Water Resistant: Yes