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The Rolex Explorer II debuted in 1971, given the Reference 1655, and was an extension of Rolex’s Explorer line, creating a rugged sports watch, also featuring a GMT function. This GMT function is delineated by the addition of the “Freccione” or orange hand. The present example is an MK1 (first execution) Explorer II, produced circa 1972 (3.2m serial), nicknamed also the “straight hand”, as it used a straight/stick seconds hand for the first iteration of this model, later changed to a lumed seconds hand. Additionally, this watch comes complete with its original Rolex box, “punched” Guarantee Certificate, and accessories (as pictured).
This Rolex Explorer II in excellent vintage condition. The case is unpolished, with thick and even lugs, and original beveled edges. The dial is beautiful, with no visible flaws. The original lume is present in both the hands and dial markers, having aged to a stunning and vibrant yellow color. The watch comes equipped on a Rolex Swiss folded-link 7836 bracelet with 380 endlinks, dated to 1972, and has 12 full links with no stretch.
A true collector’s grade example and set – if you are in the market for a perfect vintage first execution Explorer II, this is not one to be missed!
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Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 1655