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. This watch was popularized for its use by the famous actor, Steve McQueen. The present example dates to 1975 (4.0m serial). This example also features the most uncommon variant of the Explorer II line – the not-often-seen “rail dial”, meaning that the text “Superlative Chronometer” and “Officially Certified” line up on top of each other evenly.
This Rolex Explorer II in exemplary condition. The lugs are thick and even, and have been professionally recut to give the appearance of the original bevels.. The dial is completely immaculate, with not a blemish in site, with some light marks on the crystal. The original lume is present in both the hands and dial markers, having aged to a creamy yellow patina.