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Vintage Rolex Explorer II "Steve McQueen" 1655

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Vintage Rolex Explorer II "Steve McQueen" 1655

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Brand: Rolex
Regular Price: $32,922.86
Item Number: 146609 x
Nickname: Rolex Steve Mcqueen
Condition: (What's This?) Vintage
Model Name/Number: Explorer II - 1655
Serial/Year: 3,5XX,XXX - 1974
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 1570
Case: Excellent stainless steel 40mm case that has been polished in the past and shows light surface wear from use. The 24 hour bezel is in excellent condition with light wear in the numerals and a few small nicks around the edge. The inside caseback is stamped 1655. Serial and reference numbers are crisp and well defined. Acrylic crystal is in clean condition and shows little signs of wear. The caseback is engraved, "K. SIEPERMAN A+" 
Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition with light patina. The lume has all aged to an attractive off white color. The lume at 12 shows some signs of degradation towards the tip. The orange 24-hour hand is a later service replacement. The hour, minutes, and seconds hands all have developed light patina. The watch comes with correct silver open 6 and 9 date wheel. 
Bracelet: Excellent stainless steel 7836 Oyster Fold-Over bracelet with 12 links and 380 endlinks. The clasp shows signs of polishing. Bracelet shows some wear from use. Some links show minor dents.
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box and Rolex service card dated 12/2021
Warranty: This pre-owned vintage Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty
Return Policy: If not 100% satisfied, return watch in 3 days for a full refund. Terms.

PRE-OWNED WATCH CONDITION EXAMINATION

This Rolex watch is in vintage condition with wear consistent with age as seen in pictures.

Vintage Rolex Explorer II 1655

By Paul Altieri,

The 1655 Explorer is instantly recognizable from its bright orange 24 hour hand and steel 24 hour bezel. Rolex came out with this model in 1971 and it was specifically made for cave explorers. The purpose of the orange 24 hour hand is to help the wearer distinguish day vs night in environments where this isn't easily noticeable, like in a cave with complete darkness. 

This example is of the Mark 1 variety, characterized by the "straight" seconds hand and specific coronet to name a couple details. These early "straight" hand Explorers are highly sought after by collectors and give the already unique model an even more distinct look. This example recently went to Rolex for a service and comes with a Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 12/21/2021. Another neat thing about this specific watch is the original owners name is engraved on the caseback with "A +" indicating the persons blood type, this is something you don't see anymore. 

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