Rolex Explorer II Ref 1655 Orange Hand

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Year of issue:

Reference number: 1655

Serial number: 6,0XX,XXX

Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Wow! What a crisp example of one of the most iconic sports watches of the 1970s! This example of the iconic "Freccione" is the epitome of what collectors look for in a vintage piece. Sharp edges, beautifully patina'd indexes and hands, and a beuatiful bright 24 hour hand. Handled carefully its entire life, the watch is accompanied by an original Explorer booklet in Japanese, as well as various service documents kept by the original owner.


A beautiful case with sharp edges and thick lugs. Original and correct "thin number" bezel and narrow chamfers. The bezel has a few small marks as shown, as does the case but about as close to pristine as you can get.


Original matte tritium dial with creamy indexes. Dial is near mint condition with no apparent damage. Hand and dial luminous matches perfectly.


Watch comes on a 783360 oyster band with little to no stretch and 580 end pieces. There are 12 links total.


Eric Ku


Rolex presented the Oyster Perpetual Explorer II, dedicated to polar explorers, speleologists, and all those pushing the boundaries of exploration. The watch featured a distinctive 24-hour hand, an invaluable aid around the poles and beneath ground when you can't tell night from day.