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1986 Rolex Explorer II - Ref. 16550


The Watch

The Rolex Explorer II Reference 16550 is an interesting reference as it is known as a "Transitional Reference", meaning it features specs that become the future of the model. This had the 40mm case, sapphire crystal, updated Cal. 3085. It also had a makeover with the dial, which is the most interesting part of this watch with its creamy lume! This reference of the Explorer II was only made from 1985 until 1989, making it a very short production run, so I suspect there aren't an awful lot of them out there, especially in this condition, at this price!

Points of Mention

This watch is sold as watch only and comes with no box or guarantee, however the watch does come with Rolex Service history from 1998 / 2002 / 2006 with the most recent being November 2018, therefore the watch is still within its 2 year Rolex Service Guarantee. The dial is the original tritium dial from 1986, however the hands have been replaced with Super Luminova service hands in the most recent service. The bracelet is an original Rolex oyster bracelet with spare links. The watch is in great condition.

Personal Note

The Explorer II has always been seen as the "Affordable GMT-Master II", though I think that has changed a lot in the past few years! The option of a white dial makes it incredibly attractive and also a great value proposition for a GMT watch! This model even more so, only 4 year production! Also I am excited to announce with confidence that this is one of the VERY best priced white dial Ref. 16550 on the market right now!

16550 / 901****
Rolex Cal. 3085
Specific Age
Case Size
Case Thickness
Lug to Lug
Box & Papers
None. Rolex Service History from 1998 / 2002 / 2006 & 2018
Case Material
Stainless Steel
Service History
November 2018 by Rolex

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