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    Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    So, as many of you may have seen, I have been considering some GMT and Explorer II options.

    I have decided that the price point of the Explorer II is more would I be willing to pay, though there still is a range and I just don't know enough about the condition of these watches to be able to make an educated decision.

    On another group that I frequent, it came up that I was considering an Explorer II, and somebody reached out to me who had just picked up a different Rolex who might consider selling their polar Explorer II. It is a 2000 model, he says in excellent condition, with box, papers, even hang tags. It looks good to me, but maybe you see over polishing, or over refinishing, replacement parts of some sort that I don't see.

    What do you think of this example and what would be a fair offer for me to make if the consensus is that it is a good example?

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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    Looks nice!
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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    Quote Originally Posted by dantan View Post
    Looks nice!
    Any reservations on the condition or whether it's been overly refinished?



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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    Quote Originally Posted by 41Mets View Post
    Any reservations on the condition or whether it's been overly refinished?


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    The bracelet does look quite polished.

    I think that it looks fine overall, though - condition and polishing.
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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    They have been going up in value for sure. If you can touch one for under $5k, I’d say likely a great buy.
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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    Looks OK- clearly polished and recently by the looks of it.
    Is it a 2000 model or purchased in 2000? I think the “Swiss” transition pieces were 98/99 - in 2000 it switched to “Swiss Made” with super luminova. Could also be a service dial- has it been serviced?
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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    Quote Originally Posted by VanAdian View Post
    Looks OK- clearly polished and recently by the looks of it.
    Is it a 2000 model or purchased in 2000? I think the “Swiss” transition pieces were 98/99 - in 2000 it switched to “Swiss Made” with super luminova. Could also be a service dial- has it been serviced?
    Not sure if service but paperwork must say 2000 so that makes sense.

    How about this... A different one? Also full box and papers and service history.



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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    I am a fan of SELs (solid end links), which the second 16570 has. I’d probably focus on that. I’m not an expert, but I didn’t see anything that would dissuade me from pursuing the later version... nothing particular with the first 16570, just I’d pass on the non-SEL bracelet.



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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    Beautiful watch—wearing one now! If you can pick it up for around $4800, you’re in great shape


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    Re: Thought on this Rolex polar Explorer II Circa 2000

    Both watches look okay to me (not over polished) but you’re not getting a 16570 polar dial in good shape with box and papers for $4,800. Not anymore. It’s closer to 6 or even a bit more. Unless you’re incredibly lucky or stumble on someone who’s desperate to sell. I had one two years ago that I foolishly let go in a trade. Would have appreciated by 50% in the meantime.
    If you go for the black dial 16570 you could maybe pick one up for under 5.
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