Editor's note: If you could wear only one watch for the rest of your days, what would it be? You'd need something legible, with a reliable movement and maybe a date. You'd need something that you can dress up or dress down, that came on a bracelet but you could also wear on a well-made leather strap. And if you were being really picky, you might want a GMT function too, just to make international travel that bit more comfortable. When you add up all of those things, you can come up with a handful of great watches, but none potentially greater than the Rolex Explorer II. Let's take a closer look at what this polar watch is like on the wrist, and why it might be the only watch you ever need.* Back when I was shopping for my first Rolex, I was offered a 'new old stock' Explorer II 16570 by the local boutique at a decent discount. I brushed it off at the time due to a fixation with the Submariner (which ironically ended up as a Datejust) and also the limited knowledge that it was a past model and recently replaced by an improved 216570 in…

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