The first Rolex Explorer line dates right back to 1953, and can be viewed as Rolex’s absolute first elite athletics watch. Albeit these tough watches were expected for proficient use, they did not have a particular highlights or complications that would make them explicitly custom fitted to investigation or the outside. All things being equal, they were just profoundly strong, self-winding watches that shown simply the hour of day.
Here is the set of experiences on the Rolex Explorer II 1655
The Explorer in 1971
In 1971, Rolex extended their Explorer line of watches with the arrival of the reference 1655. As opposed to just being a reexamined rendition of the current Explorer watch, the reference 1655 was a completely unique watch; and in that capacity, was given the “Explorer II” assignment. Rather than supplanting the current Explorer, the reference 1655 Explorer II was to be offered close by the conventional, time-just Explorer watch as a complementary contribution inside the Rolex index.
Designed for speleologists investigating profound natural hollows underneath the outside of the earth, the reference 1655 was explicitly designed for those living and working for broadened timeframes in low-light conditions. The reference 1655’s 39 mm tempered steel case was fitted with a fixed bezel with 24-hour markings, and a date complication was added so its clients could follow the quantity of days that they had been subterranean. Also, an enormous, brilliant orange, bolt formed, 24-hour hand was added to fill in as a conspicuous AM/PM marker, with the goal that its clients would not lose their feeling of time in the wake of going through a few days in absolute obscurity.
The Reference 1655 has a couple of exceptional iterations.
Legibility on the Explorer II
To help with the intelligibility of its 24-hour show, the dial of the reference 1655 was intended to have both 12-hour and 24-hour markings. Little iridescent square shapes were set along the moment track to compare with the watch’s 24-hour hand, and those that fell on the situation of the conventional 12-hour markings were made longer to help with the readability of its 12-hour show. Albeit exceptionally imaginative and useful, the dial of the reference 1655 drew analysis for being jumbled and hard to peruse, especially by those that were at that point familiar with customary 12-hour shows.
In request to give the extra usefulness of a 24-hour hand and date complication, Rolex fitted the Explorer II 1655 with a similar 26-gem, COSC-appraised, type 1575 development that they utilized inside their GMT-Master line of watches. To ensure the development inside, the reference 1655’s case was fitted with a thick acrylic gem and a screw-down and case-back, which furnished its clients with 100 meters of water opposition.
This watch was a useful instrument to the individuals who didn’t have the choice of seeing the light of day.
Otherwise known as…
Due to the watch’s enormous, bolt molded, 24-hour hand, the reference 1655 procured the moniker, “Freccione” among numerous Italian vendors and gatherers. Furthermore, the watch likewise obtained the “Steve McQueen” epithet because of a Rolex promoting effort that included the well known Hollywood entertainer. In any case, it ought to be noticed that no evidence exists that McQueen at any point really possessed or wore this specific model; rather most photos show the entertainer wearing a reference 5513 Submariner in his own life.
During its 1971 to 1985 creation run, the reference 1655 experienced five slight dial changes, four bezel varieties, and two unique seconds hand plans. In spite of the minor modifications, the general appearance of the Explorer II remained to a great extent unaltered, until the reference 1655 was ended and
supplanted by the reference 16550. The new age of Explorer II watches highlighted sapphire precious stones and a handset that all the more firmly took after the thing Rolex was utilizing on their GMT-Master II line of watches. Furthermore, the special dial from the reference 1655 was stopped and supplanted by a one that solitary had 12-hour markings and all the more firmly took after the dials on the remainder of Rolex’s other game watch lines.
While supported by Steve McQueen, this watch has never been spotted on him.
Why does this even matter?
The reference 1655 is significant on the grounds that it was the absolute first Explorer II, and no other watch that Rolex has at any point created looks anything like it. Resulting ages of the Explorer II most intently look like GMT-Master II watches with fixed, hardened steel bezels and the choice of a white dial; anyway the reference 1655 was its very own watch totally plan, and addresses the first, unadulterated thought that Rolex had for the Explorer II watch. In spite of the fact that it was generally disliked while it was underway, the reference 1655 is presently exceptionally pursued by gatherers because of its interesting appearance and significant situation inside Rolex’s long and renowned history.