Rolex Celebrates 40 Years of The Explorer II

New Rolex Explorer II by Eric J. von Hofen

New Rolex Explorer II Watch


Rolex has done it again…they have designed another instant classic. The new Stainless Steel Explorer II Oyster is bigger and bolder than its 40 year old cousin. This new classic watch has increased the case size from 40 mm to 42 mm with the same scratch proof Sapphire Crystal that looks like a picture window. The dials come in Black or White and that is it. The new Explorer II boasts a stunning orange 24-hour hand that jumps out at you when you see it in person. The old Explorer had a red 24-hour hand which looks great with a white dial. Rolex does not make the 40 mm size anymore so hold on to one if you have it.

New Rolex Explorer II next to the old Explorer II by Eric J. von Hofen

New Rolex Explorer II next to the old Explorer II


This picture shows just how much bigger the new watch is. Its bigger and more expensive, if you can find one. The new Explorer costs around $8,000 which is $1,500 more than its older cousin. Rolex has controlled the release of this new watch with the same precision it takes to build one. Thousands of people bought and paid for their new watches and walked out of the store empty-handed. Rolex released and shipped all of the purchased watches at the same time around the world in early October. They used this tactic to prevent the second-hand market from ruining the demand and pricing of this instant classic. Now that Tiger Woods is back on the payroll at Rolex, I’m sure this is what he will be wearing off of the links. For more history and fun facts on Rolex watches stop by Jakes Rolex World. Its the best Rolex site I have ever seen. Check it out.

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Turfunderground’s Top Five Places To Eat In Miami

Prime 112 on Miami Beach and Eric von Hofen

Call ahead for sure! Or eat at the bar.

If you are heading to Miami this Spring or Summer, I suggest stopping by any of these places on this list and you won’t be let down.  First of all don’t come to Miami tired, you will leave exhausted for sure, but bring your appetite. Also don’t think you are going to eat dinner at 6 pm, we eat after 9:30 pm down here and love it. Many restaurants open their doors after 7pm and fire up the stove around 8pm. Dinner in Miami on any day of the week is an experience. Remember that you want to eat great food, be seen, and people watch for sure. Miami has every dish and price point you can think of. Miami is truly an international city and just like NYC, it has so many places to eat and drink that you could go out to eat every meal every day for years and you will not eat at the same place twice. I have put this list together for you of the my favorite places that I take my guests from out of town to.

TurfUnderground’s Top Five List for Miami

1. Prime 112 in the Browns Hotel Miami Beach. Bring your camera for sure. This place is on their list also.
2. Joe’s Stone Crab.  This is not the chain in the midwest.  This place has been in Miami for over 98 years and serves hundreds of people every night.
3. Barton G. Out of the park food presentation and service.
4. Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink.  Located in the trendy Design District this place rocks out every night so call ahead.
5. STK in the Gansevoort South. Just like the STK in NYC, it’s a must see.  Great music, flowing drinks and kick ass steaks.

That should take care of you while you are here so you won’t starve to death. Enjoy and let me know if you check them out. Bring a fat wallet.

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