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But I decided to try out something else lately instead:



 

This. All day long. Excellent choice. I've got the black dial, which personally I prefer, but I see what you mean about the indices, and you've really caught them beautifully in that photo. If money  were no object I could convince myself to get the white dial as well as the black.

 

It's such a great watch. I wear mine pretty much every weekend and it's just so pleasing in so many ways. Good heft, but not too big. Useful GMT function. Nice date/Cyclops. Great as a sports and holiday watch. Perfectly good for swimming, snorkelling, etc. A real 'luxury beater'. Looks great for your wrist size - I'd say my wrist is probably a fraction smaller than yours but I've never felt the watch too big.

 

Also, I hardly see any others around. I've had mine a couple of years and I've probably seen less than five in the wild during this period.

 

Tear the stickers off and enjoy. :fistbump: 

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Thanks; it's funny that it took me this long to really check it out. The last time I looked at one, I ended up going with the white-dialled Daytona instead (there wasn't a white Exp II on hand), but the 216570 has its own unique appeal.

I'm noticing a big difference in how it sits on the wrist compared to the Sea-Dweller — I prefer its slimmer profile compared to this:

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Glad to hear you're enjoying yours! I'm still in the infatuation phase, but I can easily see this being a favourite — and in casually-dressed Norway, not just for weekends.
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I like this one best.

Though I like that 1680 the best, too, I'm not as anti-modern as I used to be. Surprisingly, I'm finding that there isn't a single thing that bugs me about the current Explorer II.

My plexi GMT isn't at risk of losing its most-favoured status, but I think there's something to appreciate with the newer stuff.

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What is it - Twatters awayday or something? I didn't get the memo. Where is everyone?

:rotflmao:   Yesterday, I was thinking the same thing.  

 

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Always good to hear of your continued positive experience with the 15202, and others'. Since meeting someone wearing an A-series 5402ST about five years ago, any version of the Jumbo is still something I'd love to get. Great design for sure.

But I decided to try out something else lately instead:



Though I'd thought about it previously, I started seriously considering the 216570 Explorer II again after the recent discussion with @Winot. I'd previously seen the black dial and didn't love it, but I hadn't taken a close look at the white-dialled version. Those black-edged indices on matte white are irresistible.

I think it compares favourably to other sports models:
(that's a fellow addict's 1680)

Though I haven't decided 100% whether to keep it, I'm pretty sure those stickers will be coming off soon. It hugs the wrist perfectly and has a suprising amount of charm for a modern watch. It seems to be built for fun; I'm looking forward to going places and doing things with it! smile.gif

Yes, definitely still in love with my 15202.  With some pieces, you can be very excited about them because they are the newest watch in your collection, but after the newness wears off it just falls into a regular rotation.  This isn't my newest watch and after almost three years it still sees more wrist time than almost any of my other watches...hence my comment that if I had to be a one watch guy, this could be it.

 

Congrats on the 216570 Ex2 !!!  It was a serious contender for my last watch purchase.  At the time the AD had a white one and I liked it, but I really liked images I had seen of the sort of floating or ghost hour hand of the black dial.  In addition, having the last gen 16570...I really wanted a GMT function watch with a rotating bezel, so I went for the BLNR.  If I were to add another Rolex at some point, it could very well be a 216570...but now the dilemma would be dial color.  I do love the black dial version and I don't have a Rolex with a matte dial, but seeing your white dial, I have a lot to think about.   I really like how the orange hand pops off the dial and the black indices very look cool.  Good thing I have made a "Frills" like pledge to behave for the rest of the year.  Oh well, it gives me time to consider future options;).  Anyway, great watch...hope it brings you many years of enjoyment!  :cheers:  

 

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Tear the stickers off and enjoy. 

+1   Do it !!!  

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I really like 4-digit Rolexes, but cannot stand any 6-digit Rolexes due to their applied markers. For example, the white gold surrounds on the 5min markers on the Subs/GMTs/SDs look really cheesy. The shiny black surrounds on the Polar 216570 looks like plastic. Rolex was perfect when they had big plots of tritium. Just IMO.

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This. All day long. Excellent choice. I've got the black dial, which personally I prefer, but I see what you mean about the indices, and you've really caught them beautifully in that photo. If money  were no object I could convince myself to get the white dial as well as the black.

It's such a great watch. I wear mine pretty much every weekend and it's just so pleasing in so many ways. Good heft, but not too big. Useful GMT function. Nice date/Cyclops. Great as a sports and holiday watch. Perfectly good for swimming, snorkelling, etc. A real 'luxury beater'. Looks great for your wrist size - I'd say my wrist is probably a fraction smaller than yours but I've never felt the watch too big.

Also, I hardly see any others around. I've had mine a couple of years and I've probably seen less than five in the wild during this period.

Tear the stickers off and enjoy. fistbump.gif  

Same experience. I have the Polar Explorer II too and love it to pieces. One other note is that's a very easy watch to wear; it doesn't sit too high on the wrist and is very comfortable. I've seen maybe 3-4 others in the past couple years, and they're usually the older models. I prefer the revamped version for its slightly larger size but especially the larger hands, which I find functional and good looking.
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I'd been puzzling as to why the Ex2 wears so well for its size, but looking at that SD from that angle I can see it's because the Ex2 has a flat (or just sloped a bit), integrated bezel, which gives it a more streamlined shape in a very subtle way.

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I recieved this bad boy yesterday, Rolex Datejust 116200 iced. I love it! This will be my everyday watch/beater. I might by the tuxedo dial and an oyster. That's it! No more flippin' around. 

 

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Looks absolutely gorgeous.
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F-ck it's going off around here - Rolex-kop-tastic.

 

If someone asked me if I wanted a Datejust with diamonds on the indices I would say no way, but looking at it I actually really like it.

 

Hope you enjoy.

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F-ck it's going off around here - Rolex-kop-tastic.

 

If someone asked me if I wanted a Datejust with diamonds on the indices I would say no way, but looking at it I actually really like it.

 

Hope you enjoy.

 

Idem. So far, it's one of the few use of diamonds that I don't find too bling or repulsive. I quite like it actually.

 

But that's where I draw the line. Diamonds or semi-precious stones on the dial, bezel, lugs, etc., not my cup of tea!

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The diamonds take away from the otherwise clean dial imo. But if you had to have diamonds on the dial, that's a solid way to do it.
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

I wasn't even planning on buying anything earlier this week; I was just checking the Norway price for Winot since he'd been interested. The local shop happened to have it in the window, and when I had a look, I thought: "Holy cråp, this thing is fantastic!" So I feel it's partly his watch. :|

I love the older matte/tritium look, and I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of the white gold surrounds on most modern Rolex dials — though I certainly don't hate them or anything. However, rather than looking plastic-y, I find that the no-BS-styles black surrounds around the large markers are a bit like the modern equivalent of the vintage dials, and definitely one of my favourite features about the Explorer II. They're also extremely legible. I normally don't care much about "lume", but I gotta say that the blue glow is pretty striking against the white background, too.

Anyway, good to hear from a few other folks who are enjoying theirs. I'm finding that the Sea-Dweller is looking a bit sterile by comparison, so even though I have no complaints about it, its days may be numbered.
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I think the white dial is probably more legible than the black, which can get a little confusing at a glance - it isn't so crisp. And Dino mentioned the 'floating hands', but in real life that feature doesn't really do much for me one way or the other. I think actually it reduces the legibility a little.

But I still love the black dial overall as a complete look.
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Idem. So far, it's one of the few use of diamonds that I don't find too bling or repulsive. I quite like it actually.

 

But that's where I draw the line. Diamonds or semi-precious stones on the dial, bezel, lugs, etc., not my cup of tea!

Not my cup either. I think this is perfect, a bit spicy but not to much.

 

My friend noticed my new watch and inspected it for five minutes or so. Later on i asked him about the what I think is the discrete diamonds.

- What diamonds? He replied.:lol: His not into watches.

 

 

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F-ck it's going off around here - Rolex-kop-tastic.

 

If someone asked me if I wanted a Datejust with diamonds on the indices I would say no way, but looking at it I actually really like it.

 

Hope you enjoy.

Oh snap. My girlfriends mac sucks. A wall of text is gone...

 

A short summary:

 

I totally love it and I would never have imagined owning this watch for a dailywatch a year ago. I bought it from a friend/forum member after a GTG and he was never supposed to sell it, so I ordered a new 116200 with the tuxedo dial. But a week after that everything changed, he was weak.:fistbump: The AD was holding my money, so he used them and bought a new Milgauss. A fair deal for everyone.

 

What makes it so even more special is that this dial usually only comes with the fluted bezel and is not for sale as a loose dial.

 

Good night :)

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Yeah, it's probably the least blingy implementation of stones you'll see. That said, I'd go with the white Roman dial; my favorite of all their offerings. Though I recently saw the silver Roman dial on your watch and it looked pretty damn sweet.
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