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Rolex Explorer II "Freccione" 1655 MKI

Rolex Explorer II "Freccione" 1655 MKI


Brand: Rolex
Typology: Vintage diver watch
Year: 1972

In 1971, Rolex introduced the very first version of the Explorer Il: the reference 1655. At the time of its release, Rolex watches were not regarded as the status symbols that they are today, and the Explorer II 1655 was aimed specifically at speleologists, intended to be much more of a 'tool watch' than a luxury item.

The Explorer Il, aka Freccione ,had the same movement as the GMT-Master reference 1675 at that time, caliber 1575.

This movement featured the 24-hour hand that indicates AM/PM. Whereas the GMT-Master had a rotating bezel, the Explorer Il reference 1655 used a fixed 24-hour scale indicator. Cave explorers only need to know, for example, whether it is 7:00 or 19:00 and the large orange hand indicates this for them.

The specimen we present is in incredible condition, never polished, without any kind of defect or damage and looks like it came out of the time machine.

It is sold with its very rare box, complete with outercase and paper expertise.


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  • General info

    • Reference: 1655
    • Serial number:
    • Case material: Steel
    • Glass: Plexiglass
    • Caseback: Screw-back
    • Case diameter: 40.0 mm
    • Bezel Materials: Steel
    • Dial color: Black
    • Dial numerals: No numerals
    • General conditions: Great conditions
    • Water resistance rate: Not waterproof
  • Band or Strap

    • Band material: Metallic bracelet
    • Lug width: 20 mm
    • Buckle type: Clasp
    • Buckle material: Steel
  • Movement

    • Calibre: Rolex 1570
    • Movement type: Automatic
    • Complications: GMT