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Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655


Pre-owned Rolex 40mm Explorer II, Black dial, Oyster Bracelet Ref. 1655

The Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 was produced from 1971 to 1984.  It was upgraded from the Explorer I with the addition of a date feature and an additional orange hand with the external 24 hours graduated bezel. The movement used in this watch is the caliber 1575.  This Explorer II has a serial number that indicates a production year of 1977, as well as a Mark II dial that has been recognized as produced between 1972 to 1977, and finally a Mark III bezel that has been recognized as being in production from 1977 to 1980.  The Oyster bracelet is a Rolex USA bracelet stamped “78”, with moderate stretch.  Thus, the watch appears to carry its original components.  In addition, the case is sharp and appears unpolished, with slight swirls from wear but with no nicks.  The beauty of a watch is the dial, and this matte black dial is in lovely condition, free of marks or debris.  The tritium lume is intact and has aged to an attractive manilla color.  The 24 hour hand, which was originally orange has faded to nearly match the color of the lume patina, giving it what some collectors call a “ghost hand.”  The crystal is the correct acrylic with cyclops and is clear.  Watchworks has recently serviced this watch to ensure years of worry free wear.  This watch should please discriminating collectors and fans of vintage Rolex watches.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel



Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers

Band Type

Bracelet, Oyster Bracelet





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size





Date, Day/Night Indicator


Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





40mm – 42mm


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Item ID0005136
Model #1655
Model NameExplorer II
Year Producedca. 1977
Serial Number534XXXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.