Rolex Explorer 2 vs Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE245 vs Rolex 216570 Explorer II
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Rolex vs Grand Seiko is an east-west battle of the best! Today on Versus, Tim Mosso evaluates the Rolex Explorer II 216570 against the limited edition Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SGE245. Swiss watches vs Japanese watches isn’t the only decision point; this match includes a showdown between Rolex’s “Superlative Chronometer” with Seiko’s legendary Spring Drive quartz/mechanical hybrid. Two times two time zones starts now!
The Rolex Explorer II debuted in 1971; never quite a star on par with the Rolex GMT Master, the Explorer 2 has become an offbeat Rolex for collectors who take the path less chosen And it’s an imposing Rolex at 42mm in diameter. This case size launched at Baselworld 2011, and the plus-sized Rolex Explorer has remained a controversial watch ever since. Slim at under 12.5mm thick, the 216570 is a rare Rolex complication that flies below the radar and the shirt cuff.
Rolex fits its fixed-bezel expedition watch with a stainless steel Oyster bracelet and clasp. The deployant clasp includes both clamshell and trigger locking technology. Inside, a Rolex Easylink adjustment system and three anchoring options ease sizing to suit most wrists. The case, clapsp, and bracelet are finished primarily in satin brushed surfacing. Two dials are available on the Explorer II: there’s the white “polar” dial, and then there’s the black “Steve McQueen” dial seen on today’s example.
A Rolex in-house caliber 3187 automatic movement provides two independent time zones and a 48-hour power reserve. COSC chronometer certification, a Breguet overcoil hairspring in Parachrom Blue antimagnetic alloy, a free sprung balance, and a full balance bridge round out the refinements. Thanks to the Rolex Twinlock crown, the 216570 is water resistant to 100 meters.
Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive GMT SBGE245 is based heavily on the existing SBGE215. However, the 600-piece limited edition 245 features fewer yellow gold accents than the 215 while adding an extraordinary sunburst red/burgundy metallic dial case. Grand Seiko believes that the dial evokes the mahogany decks of yachts, but no comparison is necessary; this red sunburst dial is gorgeous as a standalone statement. A bi-directional GMT bezel permits calculation of a third time zone, and its surfaces is covered by a cambered sapphire.
Both the sapphire bezel and dial of this Spring Drive GMT employ Seiko Lumibrite paint for legibility in the dark. By day, the dial is graced by handsome applied indices, meticulously detailed hands, a power reserve indicator, and hands for local 12-hour time and a reference time zone in 24-hour format. A date display resides at 3 o’clock.
The Spring Drive GMT is crafted from Zaratsu-polished stainless steel with a 44mm case diameter. A matching stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp keeps the watch securely anchored to the owner’s wrist. Inside the case, which endows 200 meter water resistance, a Grand Seiko caliber 9R66 spring drive automatic movement keeps the time.
Precision of +/- 15 seconds per month is assured, and a 72-hour power reserve easily surpasses the 48 of the Rolex. Hacking seconds, an independent second time zone, and the characteristic “smooth” sweep of the Spring Drive seconds hand are among the features of this caliber.
Grand Seiko vs Rolex starts now!
The Grand Seiko Sport Collection Spring Drive GMT Limited Edition SBGE245 is encased in 44mm of stainless steel surrounding a brown dial on a stainless steel bracelet. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve indicator, and GMT. The watch also measures 14.7mm in thickness and 52.7mm from end-link-to-end-link.
The Rolex Explorer II 216570 is encased in 42mm of stainless steel surrounding a black dial on a stainless steel bracelet. Functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date, and GMT. The watch also measures 12.4mm in thickness and 53.emm from end-link-to-end-link.
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