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By-Tor
07-03-2007, 07:24 AM
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u214/tp2112/ex_title2.jpg

What the hell? Didn't I just review an Explorer II?

Yes I did. The review is available HERE. (http://www.rwg.cc/members/Review-of-replica-Rolex-Explorer-2-t26569.html) So you can call this part #2.

My white ExpII developed a problem. The seconds hand got stuck with the minute hand once every 24 hours or so. Naturally Precious Time replaced it without any problems whatsoever.

I've never been a fan of the black Explorer II and I still think the white version has more character. Rolex produces so many black dial watches and black Explorer II doesn't really offer anything original on the table. So it would be only natural to get another white ExpII to replace the defective one, right?

But as always, we have our short honeymoons with the new reps, and during that honeymoon the flaws don't bother us so much. I'm not too anal about small flaws, but as excepted the weird grey hour markers on the white dial version started to bother me after a while. Most of the time they look correct, but when the light hits them from certain angle they simply look... well... grey.


http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u214/tp2112/w_dial.jpg

I should have listened to bklm1234, who owns the black version. The dial of the black version is a beauty. The print is extremely crisp and the finish is lovely. Strange that the GMT hand on my new black version now has the correct red color as well. Looks like the GMT hand is now a bit shorter too, but not enough to bother me. The EXPLORER II font is a bit off on all reps, but it's very difficult to notice without zoomed pics and straight comparison with the gen.


http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u214/tp2112/dial-3.jpg

The rep of the black version is very close to the genuine article. The only "noticeable" difference is the 6'o'clock marker which is placed a bit too low. However, there was a production run of this rep which has it placed correctly. The crown guards and winding crown aren't 100%, but close enough.


http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u214/tp2112/3-1.jpg

HERE (http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u214/tp2112/comp2.jpg) you can see a pic of the genuine for comparison.

I got lucky with this rep. Unlike my white version it even has the beautiful "bevel" on the lugs (as per genuine). Once again we'll see that these watches have subtle differences, even when they come from the same factory.


http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u214/tp2112/1.jpg

I don't really bother going to the details with this review, because I already did it with the previous review of the white version. All I can say that this rep is most likely going out of production, since the correct hand stack GMT Master II has already disappeared. The movement apparently has 2 different versions: Good and bad. Or to be frank: "Working" and "non-working".

The hand problem on my white version was somehow related to this modification, I'm sure. I'm again crossing my fingers with this one. I was willing to take another risk, because the rep is remarkably good and accurate. I seriously doubt the factories can surpass this replication, especially now that the correct hand stack modification seems to be a dying breed in the rep world.

This "mini-review" took only about 2-3 hours to put together (including the pic post-processing). It's a record, and not bad considering that Puggy has now used a year to put his IWC Guide together. :) All pics were shot in one "take". I'm getting fast.

Let's end this with a "pair shot". ExpII poses with another nice (although not quite as accurate) rep I recently reviewed: The "TW Best" GMT Master. (http://www.rwg.cc/members/index.php?showtopic=35969)


http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u214/tp2112/pair.jpg

J-C
07-03-2007, 07:56 AM
Thanks for sharing By Tor. As I read these, I go s l o w l y because I dont want them to end. I could read a book of these reviews.

Very nicely done as always By-Tor. Great job

By-Tor
07-04-2007, 06:33 AM
Thanks JCF. Glad you liked it... this was just a quick one.

f5mando
07-05-2007, 06:50 PM
Great review, there. Thanks for doing that review with (obviously) so much passion for the watches and the craft, Mr By-Tor.
If I'm not mistaken (which can so often be the case when having only photo's on which to comment), the issue of the low-placed number 6 marker seems to be in keeping with the rest of the markers' position: To my eye they all appear to be placed too "close to the edge".
That said..I can't find one even this accurate in my search so far, so I'd be well chuffed to find one as good as yours appears to be! Most of the others seem to have 'chunky' bezel number etchings.

Cheers, lad..

TXTurbo930
07-26-2007, 04:30 AM
Fantastic review!

AllergyDoc
07-26-2007, 08:20 AM
Damn good pictures!

By-Tor
07-26-2007, 09:05 AM
Thanks guys. ;)

@Doc: Glad you liked the pics. I agree... they turned out ok. I've finally found perfect lighting setup. It took a while, but shooting decent pics is very easy now.

stevie7s
07-26-2007, 12:48 PM
Another great review!!! I thought that I was all done with Rolex reps because after the Pam bug bit me...they just seem too small on my wrist. Now after reading this and seeing the black face Expl II...I want in.

Thanks again By-Tor for putting together a great review for us.

markg35
10-26-2007, 03:30 AM
Just came across this review,another great review.Beautiful pictures also..Thanks for the good work!!

By-Tor
10-26-2007, 03:06 PM
Thanks Mark. Nice that members read these writeups from my section (and find them useful).

I traded my black Explorer II a while back, and I have requested it again from Precious Time. I definitely want this one back, it's very underrated and classy Rolex rep.

TA8088
10-29-2007, 04:18 AM
Thanks your reviews are full of great information for a new member like me.

scdude
12-16-2007, 08:10 PM
Are the latest explorer IIs any better since your review. Thanks

By-Tor
12-16-2007, 08:23 PM
Are the latest explorer IIs any better since your review. Thanks

No. This is the new (and inferior) version. Apparently you didn't read my last ExpII writeup (http://www.repgeek.com/showthread.php?t=8016).

Please read it properly. It will answer all the questions.