Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 Orange Hand “Top Quality”

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Year of issue: 1980

Reference number: 1655

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Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

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We're gonna go out on a limb here and say that aside from a NOS one that we had many years ago, this is by far the best Orange Hand Explorer II that has crossed our paths. A ridiculously beautiful patina, matched with an untouched case make this Freccione truly a pleasure to own and wear.


We hate to use the word unpolished, but we'll let the lugs talk for themselves. Amazing. Thick. Wow. Bezel shows original factory finish and is nearly flawless except for some very small wear near the "20".


Flawless dial with beautifully matching hands. Orange hand is vibrant and rich, luminous is a very beautiful yellow tone.


Comes on a 78360 oyster band with 13 links. 580 endpieces and "VF" date code. No stretch and mint. S/N 6,2XX,XXX


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.