When it was released at Baselworld way back in 2011, the cheap Rolex Explorer II Ref.216570 fake watch was the first watch from Rolex to utilise their then new Calibre 3187. It was an exciting and innovative movement, and to this day, it still offers a hell of a lot in terms of technicality, benefiting from a Parachrom hairspring, Paraflex shock absorbers, Breguet overcoil and superlative chronometer certification. That last point is a doozy, whichever way you want to look at it – a mechanical movement with an accuracy rating of +/- 2 seconds a day is mightily impressive. In my week-and-a-half of wearing the Explorer II, it easily stayed within those accuracy parameters, which is quite the feat.
I was also particularly fond of the independent “rapid setting” hour hand. I’m sure it would come in very handy indeed, especially if you were travelling a lot. The hacking seconds function was also very welcome. All Rolex fake watches come with a 5-year warranty these days, and when I was selling them, Rolex advised us that, while shorter intervals are recommended, thanks to the development and utilisation of new lubricants in the movements, service intervals could be anywhere from 7-10 years apart. Now that’s very handy – the last thing you want to be thinking about while traversing an arctic glacier or perilous mountain ravine is, “Jeez, I hope my watch doesn’t need a service soon.” The only real criticism I can make about the 3187 is the power reserve – 48 hours falls short of many modern calibres in this day and age, especially considering that Rolex’s own Calibre 3285, which is found in the watchmaker’s GMT-Master II lineup, offers 70 hours of power reserve.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous and iconic bracelet design of all time, Oystersteel bracelet replica Rolex Explorer II is a tri-linked piece of engineering and design brilliance. I cannot praise it highly enough, it’s the best in the game. Period. And the way Oystersteel feels on the wrist … it hits different. I challenge anyone to name a bracelet that feels better fastened to your wrist. The Explorer II’s Oyster bracelet is finished with vertical brushing on both its front and back, while the flanks are highly polished to a mirror finish that complements the side of the case and lugs. Interacting with the gorgeous bracelet is also a complete and utter joy, thanks to it being paired with Rolex’s Oysterlock deployant clasp with Easylink extension, which allows wearers to micro adjust the bracelet up to 5mm. Every single other watchmaker in existence should pay attention to Rolex’s bracelets – they are the absolute benchmark in the business. End of discussion.
On the wrist
This is going to sound very corny, but I found myself actually encouraged to explore while wearing the Rolex Explorer II replica watch with Swiss automatic movement. I wanted to go on hikes more, check out state forests and just generally get off the beaten track. It paired well with pretty much everything I wore, and it’s one of those watches that just feels versatile, wieldy and rock solid. Like I alluded to earlier, some people wish this watch was 40mm rather than 42mm and, to be honest, I think I agree – it’s just a touch too big for my regular tastes in watches. But it’s not a deal breaker, and if I was ever lucky enough to own one of these watches, I think I’d very quickly get over the extra few millimetres.