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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 432

ROLEX, REF. 1655, EXPLORER II, STRAIGHT HAND, MARK 1 DIAL, SERVICE CASE, STEEL

A fine and rare, self-winding, stainless steel wristwatch with 24-hour indication.

Brand Rolex

Model Explorer II

Reference 1655

Year Circa 1976

Case No. 4409880

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex bracelet (78360/580), approx. overall length 190 mm

Caliber 1570

Dimensions 38 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

CHF 13,000 - 19,000

HKD 104,000 - 152,000 / USD 13,000 - 19,000

Sold: CHF 20,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 2-8-22

Very good

Slightly scratched

Later original

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

Known to Italian collectors as the Freccione due to the large orange hand designed for explorer’s to keep a better track during their cave expeditions, this example is an early version of the reference 1655, featuring a Mark 1 dial that is easily recognisable by its straight seconds hand, its curling R in the word Rolex and the L in the word Perpetual that is positioned to the right of the X and the T Swiss T at the bottom.
The service case shows its original bevel and the dial has aged to a wonderful patina that matches its original hands, a great early example.