|Nickname:||Rolex Steve Mcqueen|
|Model Name:||Explorer II - 1655|
|Serial/Year:||5,6XX,XXX - 1978|
|Condition: (What's This?)||IV - Vintage|
|Features:||Automatic 1575 movement, GMT hand, waterproof screw-down crown, acrylic crystal, date|
|Case:||Excellent case that has recently been polished and shows light wear from use. Caseback is stamped: 1655. Reference and serial numbers are clearly visible between the lugs.|
|Dial:||Excellent black dial with very light creamy markers and matching hands. Second hand is newer.|
|Bracelet:||Excellent 78360 bracelet with 12 links and 580 end links.|
|Box & Papers:||Bob's presentation box and Certificate of Authenticity|
|Comments:||This pre-owned Rolex Explorer comes w/ Bob's 3-day satisfaction guarantee and one year warranty|
By Paul Altieri,
The Rolex Explorer II reference 1655 was a groundbreaking watch for Rolex originally designed for speleologists, or cave explorers. The steel bezel was supposed to be more durable for the possibility of direct impact with rock rather than bezel inserts used on Submariners and GMT-Masters. In addition, the large orange 24-hour hand was designed for easy determination of whether the wearer is in the day or night as without access to sunlight in caves, it can be difficult for the explorers to know whether it was day or night. These watches mistakenly garnered the nickname Steve McQueen at one point and also have the nickname "Freccione", which is Italian for "The Arrow" in response to the 24-hour hand.
*All Pre-Owned Rolex watches are guaranteed to be 100% genuine and certified authentic. All watches are shipped to fit the average size wrist (7 1/4" - 7 1/2" for men and 6 1/4" - 6 1/2" for women). Additional links can be purchased if needed.