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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 96

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, 24 hour hand, bracelet, ivory-coloured "rail" dial and service invoice

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, EXPLORER II, REF. 16550, CASE NO. 8'399'468, MANUFACTURED IN 1985

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, 24 hour hand, bracelet, ivory-coloured "rail" dial and service invoice
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Explorer II, ref. 16550, case no. 8'399'468, manufactured in 1985
    Cal. 3085 nickel-finished lever movement, 27 jewels, ivory-coloured dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, white gold luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, central luminous 24 hour hand, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and screw down crown, bezel calibrated for 24 hours, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex Japan invoice dated 28 July 2004 for the change of the bezel, amounting to Yen 2,100.

    The present Explorer II model is from the very first series of reference 16550, introduced into the market in 1985 and replacing reference 1655. It features the much sought after ivory dial, also called "rail dial". The name is derived from the warm ivory-colour of the dial in conjunction with the symmetric division of the two lines below the centre: "Superlative" and "Officially" to the left, clearly separated by a vertical space (thus "rail"), and "Chronometer" and "Certified" to the right.

    For a "standard" version of an Explorer II model with off-white dial, ref. 16570, see lot 99 in this auction.

    The "ivory" or "rail" Explorer II models were produced in a very small series only and are considered highly collectable in today's market.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.