Lot 549 (The December Sale | Fine Art, Antiques & Jewellery, 9th December 2020)

A 1982 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II ref. 1655 stainless steel wristwatch, the black dial with luminous indices and large triangle marker at 12 o'clock, with luminous hands and orange 24 hour hand, with date aperture, with fixed 24 hour bezel on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet. With cal. 1570 automatic movement, 26 jewels, adjusted to 5 positions and temperature. 38 mm case. Serial number 7351967. Complete with original box, outer box, paperwork, and Rolex booklets.

Note: What makes this watch special is that it was purchased new by a relative of the vendor as an investment and was put away in a drawer and has never been worn. It is a superb example and in excellent condition.

The Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 was first produced in 1971 and continued the tradition of the earlier Explorer models which were first introduced in 1953. The watch was originally designed for speleologists (cave explorers) who could lose all track of time and sense of day or night, and as such was designed with extreme durability in mind. It features a bright orange luminous 24-hour triangle tipped hand providing optimum legibility even in bad lighting situations. Due to its limited commercial success and short production period, the reference 1655 is today one of the more sought after Vintage Rolex models.

Sold for £25,000


Condition report

Excellent 'as new' condition throughout. The glass, case and dial and all perfect. Bracelet in excellent condition, couple of small marks on 3 links from handling, otherwise excellent. Fully working order, winds, runs and sets

 

A 1982 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II ref. 1655 stainless steel wristwatch, the black dial with luminous indices and large triangle marker at 12 o'clock, with luminous hands and orange 24 hour hand, with date aperture, with fixed 24 hour bezel on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet. With cal. 1570 automatic movement, 26 jewels, adjusted to 5 positions and temperature. 38 mm case. Serial number 7351967. Complete with original box, outer box, paperwork, and Rolex booklets.

Note: What makes this watch special is that it was purchased new by a relative of the vendor as an investment and was put away in a drawer and has never been worn. It is a superb example and in excellent condition.

The Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 was first produced in 1971 and continued the tradition of the earlier Explorer models which were first introduced in 1953. The watch was originally designed for speleologists (cave explorers) who could lose all track of time and sense of day or night, and as such was designed with extreme durability in mind. It features a bright orange luminous 24-hour triangle tipped hand providing optimum legibility even in bad lighting situations. Due to its limited commercial success and short production period, the reference 1655 is today one of the more sought after Vintage Rolex models.

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