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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1974
    Reference No: 1655
    Movement No: D145229
    Case No: 3'299'903
    Model Name: Explorer II Steve McQueen
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 170 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 380
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Garantie Internationale Service dated 17 June 2010, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1655, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 182.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced to the market in the early 1970s, the Explorer II wristwatches feature a fat orange hand for 24 hours and a fixed calibrated bezel. Early generations examples are fitted with the straight seconds hands and the later generation models are fitted with the seconds hand that carries a luminous dot.

    The present watch is in original condition, the luminous numerals have aged to a deep brown tone that is consistent with the hands and the 24 hours hands. The Oyster bracelet stamped 2.72 for the second part of 1972 is original and further complements this vintage collector's watch.

  • Artist Biography


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

38 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$84,000 - 108,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: TWO

Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016