Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch  Explorer II, Ref: 1655, Circa 1973

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Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch
Explorer II, Ref: 1655, Circa 1973

Sold for £ 20,062 (US$ 26,271) inc. premium
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch
Model: Explorer II
Reference: 1655
Date: Circa 1973
Movement: 26-jewel Cal.1570 automatic, adjusted to 5 positions & temperature, No.D37****
Dial: MK1 black, luminous baton hour markers, outer minute divisions, magnified date aperture at 3, white pointed baton hands with luminous inserts, centre seconds, orange tipped dual time zone hand
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, screw down back and crown, MK2 24-hour indication to bezel, No.350****
Strap/Bracelet: Brushed folded 7836 Oyster link, 580 end links
Buckle/Clasp: Signed folding clasp, stamped 3 72
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 39mm
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Footnotes

  • The Rolex Explorer II 1655 first appeared on the market in 1971 and continued the tradition of the earlier Explorer models which were first introduced in 1953. The watch was originally developed to accompany speleologists on their cave exploration expeditions and as such was designed with extreme durability in mind. It features a bright orange luminous 24-hour triangle tipped hand providing optimum legibility even in bad lighting situations. Due to its limited commercial success and short production period, the reference 1655 is today one of the more sought after Vintage Rolex models.

    The current example features the highly desirably MK1 dial and early straight seconds hand. Two of the components that epitomise a perfect early Explorer II.
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Rolex. A stainless steel automatic calendar bracelet watch  Explorer II, Ref: 1655, Circa 1973
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