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Serial No. 51030
Serial No. 51030
Estimate  11,000 - 15,000 €
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Rolex, Swiss, "Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II Superlative Chronometer officially certified"

, Movement No. D399160, Case No. 6079568, Ref. 1655, Cal. 1570, 38 mm, circa 1979

An automatic vintage wristwatch with date and 24h bezel

- so called "Steve McQueen" or "Orange Hand"
Case: steel, screw back ref. 1655, screwed "Twinlock" winding crown, steel "Oyster" bracelet ref. 78360 with 14 bracelet elements, endlinks stamped 580, clasp VE, bracelet length 160 mm, total length 200 mm. Dial: black, central arrow-shaped orange-coloured 24h hand, luminous baton hands.

The Rolex Explorer II, reference 1655 was launched in 1971. In contrast to the Explorer I, ref. 1016, reference 1655 is fitted with an additional orange-coloured hand and a 24 hour indication on the bezel.
English-speaking collectors call this reference "Steve McQueen", although there is not a single photograph of Steve McQueen wearing an Explorer II; he owned several Submariner models and usually wore the Submariner ref. 5512. Italian collectors, however, call the Explorer II "Freccione". The name comes from the Italian "la freccia", which means "arrow". Freccione stands for a larger version and means the central arrow-shaped orange-coloured 24h hand.
Case: very good, worn
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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