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A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH 24-HOUR INDICATION, DATE AND BRACELET REF 1655 CASE 7429176 EXPLORER II CIRCA 1983
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
80
Rolex
A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH 24-HOUR INDICATION, DATE AND BRACELET REF 1655 CASE 7429176 EXPLORER II CIRCA 1983
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH 24-HOUR INDICATION, DATE AND BRACELET REF 1655 CASE 7429176 EXPLORER II CIRCA 1983
Movement: cal. 1570 automatic lever, 26 jewels 
Case: stainless steel Oyster, bezel calibrated for 24 units, screw-down crown and back
Dial: black, luminous triangular, baton and square indexes
Bracelet/Clasp/Buckle: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Diameter: 40mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180mm 
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: card holder, booklets, and presentation case
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Catalogue Note

The reference 1655 was launched by Rolex in 1971 until 1984, and is known to collectors as the 'Steve McQueen'. This name derives from the actor's status as an icon of style at the time of the watch's production. It is also called 'Freccione' as a short form for 'Orange hand'. 

The layout of the dial of the Reference 1655 went through several evolutions. 
The present one, in excellent condition and with an extremely pleasant cream patina, is characteristic of the ultimate version, known as 'Mark V' by collectors. It has a narrow coronet with a rounder 'O' at its base at 12 o'clock and the 'T Swiss < 25t' at 6 o'clock. As opposed to the service dials, the foot of the 'R' of Rolex is slightly curved.  

It is further presented at auction on behalf of its original and only owner. It may be suggested, given the fact the watch remained with the retailer for 6 years prior to its sale, that the reference 1655 was not particularly popular at the time.

This piece is an ideal combination of a collectible watch that can also be worn and enjoyed. 

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