Classic finish remains
There was a lot of speculation that the Rolex Explorer II will be given the matte Cerachrom-bezel treatment, but there’s no ceramic here. You’ll still find the radially brushed steel bezel with 24-hour gradations, which is a hallmark of the Explorer II.
The oversized 42mm case was retained, and the watch is still brushed on flat surfaces, while the case bands are polished. If there was any change with the finish, it’s that the sapphire crystal and Cyclops lens now come with anti-reflective coating on the inner surface.