The ginger prince chooses an orange hand Explorer II

Harry and his Exp II

Harry and his Exp II

Here we see young Harry Wales, brother of the Duke of Cambridge (Wills) sporting his lovely “polar” dial Rolex Explorer II in 42mm.

It’s an excellent choice for a young man on-the-go such as Harry with all his wounded warrior charity work, military service and active lifestyle. The hour hand is independently adjustable for travel to a new local time while the orange “GMT” or reference time hand goes once around in 24 hours, kept in check with the non rotatable 24 hour bezel.

The orange hand Explorer II is a tribute to the old Explorer II from the early until late ’70s that also sported a distinctive orange hand but only came with a black dial.

Explorer II model 1655

Though the 1655 vintage models are highly collectible,  I think the latest generation (model 216570) is much more useful, functions-wise and a lot more solid in so many ways. Glad I have one. In white, too though it also comes with a black dial 🙂

My Explorer II "polar"

My Explorer II “polar”

Below is a lovely billboard that greets visitors and skiers that get out of the cattle car cable car at the top of the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland. Relevant product placement in advertising is important!

Rolex billboard - Klein Matterhorn

Rolex billboard – Klein Matterhorn




A special edition PAM21 in Pt950 (on right, with vintage Rolex pocket watch movement) posing with its big brother, the original deal from the ’40s. Spotted in Hong Kong many years ago. I believe both are six figure watches now…if you can find one

PAM 21 movementVintage Radiomir and re-issue