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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Jun 28, 2020

LOT 251

ROLEX REF. 1655, EXPLORER II MARK V, ORIGINAL BOX AND CERTIFICATE

A fine, self-winding, stainless steel wristwatch with date and large orange arrow 24 hour hand.

Brand Rolex

Reference 1655

Year Sold in June 1983

Case No. 7364048

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex “Oyster” bracelet (78360/ 580), approx. overall length 167 mm

Caliber 1570

Dimensions 38 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Original fitted box, punched warranty, 2 Rolex booklets, red chronometer seal

CHF 25,000 - 35,000

HKD 200,000 - 280,000 / USD 25,000 - 35,000

Sold: CHF 32,500


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-10-01

Very good

Patinated

HANDS Original


Notes

The Mark V Explorer 2 marks the final run of the so called "Steve McQueen Explorer". First produced with a straight hand up to serial 3.5 million, it was then replaced with a lollipop hand until its end of production around 1984. This watch was sold in Santa Barbara in July 1983 so is part of the last series of 1655. Its case is in excellent condition still showing its original bevels and comes with its original box and punched warranty, its dial and hands have aged to a wonderful orange patina making this an excellent last series example.