Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 158

Ref. 1655, Oyster Perpetual Date, Explorer II, Superlative Chronometer Officialy Certified, Stainless-steel, So Called “Freccione”

EUR 22,000 - 40,000

USD 24,900 - 45,200 / HKD 194,000 - 354,000 / CHF 22,900 - 41,600

Sold: EUR 26,000

Very nice, stainless steel, self-winding, wristwatch with dual time, date and 24 hours indication. Stainless steel Oyster case, screwdown back, fixed stainless steel bezel with 24 hours markings to serve as a very visible AM/PM indicator. Acrylic crystal with cyclops lens at 3 o'clock. Guards around the screwed crown. Black dial with outer minute/seconds track with alternating luminescent squares and rectangles. Highly luminous large 24-hour arrow-shaped hand with bright orange finish, named "Freccione".

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model Explorer II

Reference 1655

Year Circa 1982

Movement No. D126057

Case No. 7431691

Bracelet stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp, approx. length 170 mm

Diameter 39 mm.

Caliber Rolex 1570

Weight 111 gr.(approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Rolex guarantee


Initially made for the speleologists to differentiate between night and day in tremendous caving expeditions, the Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 has been produced from 1971 to 1984. Created in 1982, this wristwatch is one of the last generation of this ref. 1655, with a dial Mark 5. It is nicknamed “Freccione” from Freccia, meaning arrow, due to the shape of the central orange 24h indicator.