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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 298

    Rolex. A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, 24-hour hand, bracelet and original guarantee

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, EXPLORER II, SO-CALLED "STEVE MCQUEEN" MODEL, REF. 1655, CASE NO. 6'110'284, MANUFACTURED IN 1979

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    Rolex. A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, 24-hour hand, bracelet and original guarantee
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Explorer II, so-called "Steve McQueen" model, ref. 1655, case no. 6'110'284, manufactured in 1979
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    DIAL: Mk. V, black, luminous baton and triangular numerals, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, central luminous 24 hour hand
    CASE: stainless steel, tonneau-shaped, bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw back, screw down crown, 39 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with deployant clasp, approximate overall length 175 mm.
    ACCOMPANIED BY: the original Rolex guarantee stamped by Heinz Wipperfeld Berlin and dated May 27th 1981 and original Rolex Explorer booklet.


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    Designed primarily for speleologists (cave explorers). The model features a fixed bezel with 24 hour display and a special 24 hour hand that can be set to distinguish day from night hours or to read the current time in different time zones. Reference 1655 is frequently referred to as the "Steve McQueen" or "Freccione", Italian for "big arrow" amongst collectors.

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