What's new in the Rolex Explorer II 226570? Above all, there is a new movement and there are some updates, but only small details, on the dial and hands. The glass is different and different is also the case that has been reworked, but in very small proportions. All in all, this is an updated model and not a real new model.
Starting with the case, the new Rolex Explorer II 226570 maintains the diameter of 42 mm of the previous generation, as well as the brushed upper surfaces and shiny strap. The crown, always with Twinlock system, always guarantees a waterproofness of 100 meters. The Oystersteel case has been slightly redesigned, with thinner gashs and tapered straps, in line with the 2020 Submariner.
One of the distinctive elements of this watch is also maintained, its radial bezel brushed with 24-hour scale. The character of the numbers is identical and the inverted triangles are still there as well. Somehow we 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 black or white lacquer dial options. While the so-called "maxi" layout has been maintained, with oversized hands and indices and, note some slight evolutions, especially on the edition with white dial, where the hands are in white gold with an opaque black PVD coating to avoid reflections and improve readability. The edition with black dial preserves the indices and hands in glossy white gold. Rolex says 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 indices and hands now lasts longer.
An iconic element of the Explorer II, this new 226570 retains its oversized orange-coated central GMT hand. Not only can it function as a day-night indicator, but also as a second time zone. On the dial is a sapphire glass, which now has anti-glare 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 exhaust and the blue Parachrome spiral. It beats at 4Hz and stores up to 70 hours of power reserve. As mentioned, it is a double-spindle movement, in which the hand corresponding to the local time can be adjusted independently.
As for the bracelet, no major upgrades, it is still made of Oystersteel steel, fully polished and equipped with an Oysterlock safety folding buckle and an Easylink comfort extension connection (about 5 mm). the Rolex Explorer II reference 226570 will have a price of8,150 euros, with black or white dial.