A rare stainless steel dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 1655
    Movement No: D469479
    Case No: 6'476'592
    Model Name: Explorer II
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 580
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Full One Year Service Warranty dated 23 May 2000 and Service Division box.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1655, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 182.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This example is from the second generation of reference 1655 as the seconds hand is fitted with the luminous lollipop. The watch is in excellent condition with an attractive dial, warm yellow luminous and a nice bright orange seconds hand. This is an honest and attractive example, with a milled finish to the top of the lugs and sharp case.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 1655
A rare stainless steel dual time wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配兩地時間、中心秒針及日曆顯示,型號1655,約1980年製

Circa 1980
38 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$64,000 - 96,000 
€7,500-11,300
$8,000-12,000

sold for HK$106,250

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016