ROLEX | STEVE MCQUEEN EXPLORER II , REFERENCE 1655, STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1984
9,000 - 12,000 GBP
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
9,000 - 12,000 GBP
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
STEVE MCQUEEN EXPLORER II , REFERENCE 1655
STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET,
Calibre: cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels
Movement number: D’611’546
Case: stainless steel, screw-down crown and back
Case number: 8’314’496
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 38.5mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 185mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: original Rolex guarantee dated January 28th, 1984, original Wempe invoice dated January 28th, 1984, photocopy of exportation documents from Germany to the UK dated February 1st, 1984, photocopy of service invoice dated November 4th, 1999 and service invoice for a full service dated July 11th, 2014
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DIAL: with minor loss of luminescent material to the outer chapter indexes between 7 and 10 o'clock. Hands in good condition with luminescent material of orange 24-hour hand slightly greener coloration and reacting differently under UV light than the other hands.
CASE: with signs of polishing. Some marks to the corner of the upper left lug. With scuffs and marks to the sides of the case. Bezel with some marks around 12 and 6 o'clock, with most of the black paint lost.
Bracelet 93150 (H) with 93150 / 585 endlinks
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, date advancing
Please note that the address on the 2014 service invoice will be blackened after the auction.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
The Explorer 1655 is often referred to by the nickname 'Freccione' (Italian for 'arrow') thanks to its very prominent arrow-tipped orange 24-hour hand. By pointing to the fixed 24-hour marked bezel, the orange 24-hour hand serves as a prominent day or night indicator; vital for those who spend extended periods exploring in hazardous conditions and might otherwise become disorientated.
The present example bears the correct Mark 5 dial that was fitted on pieces with a serial number comprised between 6 and 8.4 million. The watch was consigned by its original owner who bought it new at Wempe in Hamburg.