Rolex The steel Freccione ref. 1655

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1974
Reference number: 1655
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Very clean and crispy example of Rolex Explorer ref.1655, manufactured in 1974.  Affectionately called “Freccione”, it is one of the most recognizable Rolex models and it represents a great example of the creativity of Rolex during the 1970’s.  Reference 1655 was launched in 1971 and remained in production until 1985.  It was an eminently professional timepiece, created to match the needs of speleologists: the abundance of luminous details was ideal for the very low light conditions of a cave, and the bright orange 24-hour hand was added to help explorers keep track of the day/night cycle, when spending extended amount of time in a sunless environment. Case n: 3.804xx Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570 Diameter: 37mm Box & Papers: None Manufactured in: 1974


Corrado Mattarelli


Rolex on Everest's first ascents
Inspired by knowledge gained from this fascinating chapter of human adventure, the Oyster Perpetual Explorer, launched in 1953 to celebrate the victorious ascent of Everest, immediately acquired iconic status.


In 1953, Sir John Hunt’s expedition, in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, was equipped with Oyster Perpetuals.


In the early 1950s, Rolex developed professional watches that served as tools and whose functions went far beyond simply telling the time. These watches were intended for professional activities, such as deep-sea diving, aviation, mountain climbing and scientific exploration. The watches generated lasting enthusiasm and became known as the watches of achievers.