RolexExplorer II 1655

Model: 1655

Product overview

  • Box:Yes
  • Papers:No
  • Age:1980
  • Movement:automatic
  • Case Size:39mm
  • Case:Stainless Steel
  • Dial:Black Baton
  • Bracelet:Stainless Steel

Lot overview

  • LOT: #00024
  • Location:Milan, Italy
  • Seller:
    (private) Sold by an individual
  • Currency:GBP

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In 1971, Rolex unveiled the iconic Explorer II as the larger sibling to the original Explorer I wristwatch. The inaugural reference was the Explorer II reference 1655, sporting a 39mm stainless steel case and matching steel bracelet. Because these watches were created specifically for spelunkers, or cave explorers, there are a few key features such as the 24 hour hand that made it particularly practical for them. The watch is sometimes referred to as ‘Freccione’, derived from the Italian word for arrow, “freccia,” which references its famous, orange arrow-tipped hand.

The watch is in good overall condition, and is a Mark IV iteration with original dial. The bezel is thought to be a "referenza" service part, which appears marginally different compared to the Mark IV original, lending the piece a unique character.

This 1655 was purchased in March 2020 from Luxury Watch Management a verified Italian reseller on Chrono24 for 19.440€. It has been serviced by the reseller and runs smoothly and is accurate. Holistically there are light scratch marks to the case, bracelet and clasp, commensurate with age and authenticity. Two certificates of authenticity, one from Luxury Watch Management, 2020, and one from I Signori del Tempo, from the previous purchase in 2004 are included. Luxury Watch Management also conducted a waterproofing test in 2020, "good" outcome. The box is in good condition and correct to the period.

This is an opportunity to own one of Rolex’s coolest vintage pieces, something so highly wearable, which represents huge collectability, is a rare thing indeed.

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