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Vintage Rolex Explorer II Ref 1655 Stainless Steel


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Manufacturer: Rolex
Regular Price: $32,922.86
Item Number: 141446
Nickname: Rolex Steve Mcqueen
Condition: Vintage
Model Name/Number: Explorer II - 1655 "Straight Hand" 
Serial/Year: 2,9XX,XXX - 1972
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 1575
Case: Excellent stainless steel case which has been previously polished and shows wear consistent with age. Comes with a great fixed 24 hour bezel that shows some surface wear. Caseback is stamped 1655 II.71. Serial and reference numbers are clearly visible. 
Dial: Excellent matte black Tritium dial with creamy hour markers and matching hands
Bracelet: Excellent stainless steel Rolex USA C&I Oyster Rivet with 12 links with light wear. Back of clasp is stamped "7-72"
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box
Warranty: This vintage Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty
Return Policy: If not 100% satisfied, return watch in 3 days for a full refund. Terms.

Pre-Owned Watch Condition Examination

This Rolex watch is in great, honest vintage condition. The case has some wear and scratches, it appears to have been polished. The caseback shows some signs of being opened. The The bezel is in great condition and the black paint has been re-applied in the numerals, some of the numbers / lines have some paint missing. The dial is in great condition with light patina. The hands have developed patina. The lume on the dial and in the hands has developed patina and aged to a matching pale yellow color. Some lume plot between 25 and 30 shows signs of degradation. The orange hand has remained vibrant. The C&I bracelet is in great condition with light wear and a little stretch between the links. 

Rolex Explorer II Ref 1655 Steve Mcqueen

By Paul Altieri

The 1655 Explorer is instantly recognizable from its bright orange 24 hour hand and steel 24 hour bezel. Rolex came out with this model in 1971 and it was specifically made for cave explorers. The purpose of the orange 24 hour hand is to help the wearer distinguish day vs night in environments where this isn't easily noticeable, like in a cave with complete darkness.

This example is of the Mark 1 variety, characterized by the "straight" seconds hand and specific coronet to name a couple details. These early "straight" hand Explorers are highly sought after by collectors and give the already unique model an even more distinct look. 

* All Pre-Owned Rolex watches are guaranteed to be 100% genuine and certified authentic. Certificates are issued by WatchCSA, the industry's leading independent authority on watch authentication. WatchCSA Certified Pre-Owned certificates are provided for an additional fee at checkout. All watches are shipped to fit the average size wrist (7 1/4" - 7 1/2" for men and 6 1/4" - 6 1/2" for women). Additional links can be purchased if needed. Note that "B&P" means "box and papers" where stated.


This pre-owned Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty

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