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Rolex 1655 Explorer II ‘Freccione’ w/Papers


This Rolex 1655 a.k.a. ‘Freccione’ due to its big GMT arrow hand ticks all the boxes when it comes to tool watches.

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Rolex 1655 Explorer II ‘Freccione’

  • Rolex 1570 (1575 GMT) automatic movement with 24h indication.
  • 25 jewels, 19800 A/h, 48 hours of power reserve.
  • Stainless steel Oyster case with screw-down caseback in excellent condition, probably never polished as it still has visible chamfers on lugs.
  • 39 mm (without crown) / 48 mm (lug-to-lug) / 14 mm (thick) / 20 mm (between lugs).
  • Rolex signed steel screw-in crown in excellent condition.
  • Acrylic crystal with date magnifying lens at 3 in great condition.
  • Original casebak signed and engraved with ref. 1655 and serial
  • Serial number 37XXXXX dates this watch to 1974 matching the year of sale.
  • Rolex USA Jubilée steel bracelet with pronounced stretch.
  • Very well preserved dial with beautifully aged tritium markers, may have been refurbished at some time.
  • Hands in great condition with matching lume.
A bit of history about the Rolex 1655 (excerpt from Fratello Watches):

While the reference 1016 Explorer was being produced already in 1963 and kept in production for 26 years, Rolex introduced another Explorer in 1971. The Explorer II. This watch was not a successor of the Explorer 1016, but an additional timepiece with an additional function. The Explorer II was aimed at speleologists or cave explorers, who could lose sense of time during their work. When you are not exposed to daylight, it’s feasible to lose track of time and whether you are finding yourself working during the day or night.

The Explorer watches were indicated in their generic manual as Type I and Type II. Where the Type II came with the additional (24) hour hand, 24 hour scale bezel and, let’s not forget about that, a date. Both were chronometer rated watches and water resistant to 100 meters.  Explorers, no matter the version, were rugged watches that up to the task of those who liked to explore.

Rolex kept the Explorer II reference 1655 in production until around 1984/1985. In 1984, Rolex introduced its successor, the reference 16550. In this production period of roughly 13/14 years, Rolex only amended small changes. Collectors categorized each of them in different ‘Mark’ series. There are about 7 different dials and a handful of different bezels.



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