1994 Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 "Everest without oxygen." Advertisement

1994 Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 "Everest without oxygen." Advertisement

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1994 Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 "Everest without oxygen." Advertisement

1994 Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 "Everest without oxygen." Advertisement

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Page Dimensions

Approx. 6 5/8" x 10" (16cm x 25cm)

Story and Details

A head-on shot of the black dial Explorer II Ref. 16570 takes center stage, along with a miniature schematic of the waterproof Twinlock crown, and a once solid bar of steel from which three Oyster cases have been cut out.

An ever-present theme of Rolex advertisements is featuring men of action. At the top of this ad, you see the silhouette of a lone climber against soaring, snowy Himalayan peaks. Perhaps this is Stephen Venables, one of four expert mountaineers on an 1988 expedition to climb Everest without oxygen. Only Venables would make it, becoming the first Brit in history to achieve such a feat.

The closest most of humanity will ever get to Everest is watching YouTube videos or documentaries. It takes a special breed of individual and tons of climbing experience (and financial resources) to attempt summiting the most-famous mountain in the world. And according to this brilliant ad, it also takes a watch built as tough as a seasoned climber - namely a Rolex. A vital piece of equipment “they can’t do without.”

Back to that watch… As unlikely as your are to bump into someone on the street who has faced Everest - and won. You’re just as unlikely to come across a black dial Explorer II in an ad. Of the dozens of Rolex Explorer II advertisements created since the introduction of the Ref. 16550, I’ve only come across a handful featuring the black dial. And it seems once the Ref. 216570 was introduced, the black dial version is no longer shown.

I’d say this has something to do with the “Polar” dial being more photogenic - aesthetically tying in so well with the icy imagery and winter scenes typically blanketing Explorer II ads. But also, it may be because the Explorer II with a white dial is simply more-distinguishable from other sports models, making it clear, even at a quick glance, you’re looking at an Explorer - not a GMT or Sub.

Condition

Pre-owned original magazine advertisement. Image shown is exactly the ad that you'll be receiving.

Framing

Framing is handcrafted in Chicago, IL, using acid-free materials for art preservation. The UV-protected, anti-reflective glass ensures optimal viewing. Frames are solid wood featuring a wire for easy hanging and felt pads for wall protection.

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Free Shipping for all continental US orders.

Unframed orders ship by the next business day. You’ll receive an email with tracking info!

Framing is custom. Please allow me up to 2 weeks to finish your framing project. Before I start, I’ll email you to confirm the design and provide an estimated completion and shipping date.

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Returns are accepted for unframed ads, if they are in new condition as you received it, within 30 days of purchase.

As all of my ads are highly curated, individually custom framed, and personalized, all sales for framed ads are final.

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framing

Framing is custom-designed and done by hand in Chicago, IL. Acid-free materials are used to preserve your art. Glass offers UV-protection and is anti-reflective for best viewing. Frames are solid wood with wire on back for easy hanging and felt pads to protect wall. 

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  • Arvin S.
    Verified Buyer
    1970 Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 "racing a 12 meter..." Advertisement
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    1970 Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 "racing a 12 meter..." Advertisement
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    38 minutes ago
    Fantastic service!

    I’m in love with all the vintage ads I’ve bought from AdPatina (going on 4 now!). Quality is great and everything ships so fast. The personalized note from the owner is the cherry on top!

  • Nick
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    1996 Omega Speedmaster MK40 w/ Schumacher Advertisement
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    1996 Omega Speedmaster MK40 w/ Schumacher Advertisement
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    What a find, just wow!

    I am so glad I found Ad Patina and had the pleasure of working with Nick. The level of attention and care Nick has for his customers is unfortunately rare in todays e-commerce experience. He truly brings his passion to what he does and it shines through. The selection of ads here is just incredible!

    I was working on creating an ad wall in my home office and was delighted to find this specific ad. I personally have a connection with this ad (my first good watch was this exact model (3520.53.00)). I actually purchased it second hand from a Tourneau in the mid 00’s which makes the ad even more special (the ad I purchased was specifically a Tourneau advert).

    Nick, thanks for helping me make my vision a reality and making it a special experience!

  • Emanuel
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    1987 Ranger Rover "most beautiful vehicle..." Advertisement in Black Wood Frame
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    1987 Ranger Rover "most beautiful vehicle..." Advertisement in Black Wood Frame
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Incredible customer service & friendliness, make shoping ad Ad Patina a delight!

    From the very first contact, Nick was super friendly and helpful, offering me to track down the ad that was currently out of stock. Within 2 weeks, he was successful and after a very uncomplicated payment process sent me the ad well packaged and it arrived in germany 2 days later. Well done! I will for sure be returning to this awesome site and ship again. You can feel Nicks love for what he does all the way! Thank you again!

  • Michael
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    1966 Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512 "Skate, the Shark, or the Nautilus..." Advertisement
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    1966 Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512 "Skate, the Shark, or the Nautilus..." Advertisement
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Great guy, great products

    I’ve purchase a few vintage watch ads from Nick of the years and it has always been an enjoyable experience. Nick is fantastic to deal with and his products are always top notch. Highly recommended to anyone looking for something special!

  • Matt
    2013 Rolex "Why This Watch?" feat. Picasso Advertisement
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    2013 Rolex "Why This Watch?" feat. Picasso Advertisement
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Excellent from start to finish

    I’ve had the pleasure of being a customer of Ad Patina for 6 years, not quite since the start but I’d like to think Nick and I go a ways back now. He’s done several jobs for me and every single time he outdoes himself. It’s been incredible watching his business grow and look forward to many more years of patronage!

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