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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 107

    Rolex. A fine stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, 24 hours indication, date and bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, EXPLORER II, REF. 1655, CASE NO. 5’381’298, CIRCA 1977

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    Rolex. A fine stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, 24 hours indication, date and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Explorer II, ref. 1655, case no. 5’381’298, circa 1977
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    DIAL: black, matte, luminous baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, central orange 24 hours hand, sweep centre seconds, minute combined with luminous two and a half minutes divisions, magnified window for date
    CASE: stainless steel, tonneau-shaped, bezel graduated for 24 hours, screw back, screw down crown
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, approx. overall length 185 mm.


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    The present example of reference 1655 features a MKII bezel, characterized by bold graphics centered between outer and inner rim, and MKII dial, recognizable by the not-so-well-defined spikes of the crown. It is among the last examples to feature such dial/bezel, as in 1977 updated graphics for both components are introduced.

    One of the most iconic vintage Rolex references, the so-called Freccione (Italian for “big arrow”) or Steve McQueen was in production from 1971 to 1985. True to Rolex’s philosophy of producing highly reliable timepieces often focused on professional use, this model was conceived as a speleologist’s watch. The generous amount of luminous details on the dial, and the very bright 24 hours orange hand are features dedicated to these researchers who spend, at times, days underground in the dark.

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