Lot 246
  • 246

Rolex

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 CHF
Sold
19,375 CHF
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Description

  • A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH 24-HOUR INDICATION DATE AND BRACELET
    REF 1655 CASE 4028457 EXPLORER II STEVE MCQUEEN CIRCA 1975
  • stainless steel
• cal. 1570 automatic nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels • black dial, luminous baton, square and triangle indexes, baton hands, central orange 24 hour hand, magnified aperture for date at 3 • stainless steel Oyster case, bezel calibrated for 24 hours, screw-down back and crown with guards • case, dial and movement signed • with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet

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'.  

This reference can be considered as a true "tool watch" as in addition to providing the 24 hour indication, the orange hand also serves as a compass. If it is pointing to the sun, the North is at 12/24 o'clock in the Northern hemisphere and the opposite in the Southern hemisphere. 

Consigned by its original owner, in well-preserved condition and coming with a very complete set, this lot is a rare opportunity to acquire a most attractive example of this iconic reference.

A similar example is illustrated in Skeet, M. & Urul, N., Vintage Rolex Sports Models, 2002, p. 85.

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