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Rolex Explorer II ref 16570 Tritium circa 1996 Box and Papers

$11,500.00

A very desirable tritium lume Rolex Explorer II ref# 16570 circa 1996 complete with inner and outer box, papers, #’d hang tag and booklets. Featuring a very clean previously polished 40mm case with fixed 24 hour bezel, sapphire crystal, and with original heavy Oyster ref 78790 bracelet with 501B end pieces and matching date code.

Powered by self winding caliber 3075 movement with independently set hour hand for quick change of time zone without disturbing minutes setting. In excellent operating condition and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

Note on Neo Vintage and Tritium Lume: As most of you may be aware, this watch falls into the so called “neo vintage” category of sport Rolex models. Unlike the vintage pieces with acrylic crystals, the “neo vintage” designation usually refers to 5 digit reference # sapphire crystal models, but which retain their original tritium lume on the dial and hands. Tritium lume dials can be identified by the SWISS T<25 designation at the bottom of the dial. Luminova introduced in 1998 is designated by SWISS only, and Super Luminova introduced in 2000, by SWISS MADE signature at the bottom of the dial.

Tritium lume  can age to a light ivory or cream, and sometimes even darker more vintage look. Unfortunately, we don’t know precisely about the conditions for change in lume color; there are opinions about the effect of sunlight, moisture, chemistry of the tritum,, and even the lack of sunlight.  We don’t know for sure. Sometimes the color shift it is very subtle, and sometimes quite pronounced.

We are frequently asked if the tritium lume on watches purchased today will continue to age and develop patina. While we do not know for sure, our experience suggests that the aging of the lume occurs in the first 10-20 years, and is typically more pronounced on the early 80’s Subs, Seadwellers, and Explorers, but once again, some do, and some don’t!  Those of us who are fans of vintage, certainly prefer those that do, over those that don’t!

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Crown-Pushers

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Excellent

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
RANDOM201+