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.