ROLEX | EXPLORER II, REFERENCE 16550, A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH 24 HOUR INDICATION, DATE, CREAM RAIL DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1987
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
EXPLORER II, REFERENCE 16550
A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH 24 HOUR INDICATION, DATE, CREAM RAIL DIAL AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1987
Calibre: cal. 3085 automatic, 27 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: 9'673'878
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 39 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 175 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
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The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The date and 24 hour indication function is working properly. The dial is in good overall condition. The dial has aged to a typical cream colour from its original white. The lumes react under UV and is consistent with the hands. The lumes and hands have also aged consistently together and are ivory white. The numbers between the lugs are very crisp and easy to read. The bezel is replaced during a servicing. The case is in very attractive condition with very good proportions and light surface wear which is consistent with the age. The case back with crisp milled band and light surface wear. The bezel is crisp but with minor marks throughout from wear. The bracelet is in good overall condition with minor surface wear throughout particularly toward the folding clasp.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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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).
**Please be advised that bands 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."
Designed with a 24-hour bezel and a luminous 24-hour big arrow hand, the Rolex Explorer II reference 16550 is a watch that was dedicated to those who spent long periods of time in dark environments such as spelunkers.
The present example of the reference 16550 features an uncommon "rail dial” which refers to the spacing between the text "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified", creating a visual break due to the alignment. Furthermore, the collectivity of the watch is enhanced with its rich ivory tone dial, which is a result of it aging beautifully over many years.