What's new in the Rolex Explorer II 226570? Most importantly, there is a new movement and there are some updates, but only small details, on the dial and hands. The glass is different and the case is also different, which has been reworked, with slightly thinner lugs, but the diameter remains 42mm.
Starting with the case, the new Rolex Explorer II 226570 retains the 42mm diameter of the previous generation as well as the brushed top surfaces and polished strap. The crown, again with the Twinlock system, always guarantees a water resistance of 100 meters. The Oystersteel case has been slightly redesigned, with thinner lugs and more tapered straps, in line with the 2020 Submariner.
One of the hallmarks of this watch is also retained, its brushed radial bezel with 24-hour scale. The font of the numbers is identical and the inverted triangles are still there as well. We somehow expected a ceramic bezel to be part of this update, but apparently, Rolex still believes in steel for the Explorer II.
For the dial, the new 226570 retains its two classic white or black lacquered dial options. While the so-called "maxi" layout has been maintained, with oversized hands and indexes and, some slight evolutions are noted, especially on the edition with white dial, where the hands are in white gold with a matte black PVD coating to avoid reflections and improve readability. The black dial edition retains the indexes and hands in polished white gold. Rolex claims that the indexes and hands now benefit from an optimized Chromalight display. In daylight, these display elements also have a brighter white hue, and the intensity of the blue glow emitted by the indexes and hands now lasts longer.
An iconic element of the Explorer II, this new 226570 retains its oversized orange-coated central GMT hand. It can not only work as a day-night indicator, but also as a second time zone. On the dial is a sapphire crystal, which now features an anti-reflective coating. The emblematic magnifying glass above the date is still present.
The main update concerns the movement, which is part of the 32xx generation and is shared with the GMT-Master II. This caliber 3285 features the Chronergy escapement and the blue Parachrome hairspring. It beats at 4Hz and stores up to 70 hours of power reserve. As mentioned, it is a dual time movement, in which the hand corresponding to the local time can be adjusted independently.
As for the bracelet, no major updates, it is yet made of Oystersteel, fully polished and equipped with an Oysterlock safety folding clasp and an Easylink comfort extension link (approx. 5 mm). The Rolex Explorer II reference 226570 will be priced at 8.150 EURO , with black or white dial.