The Original Rolex Explorer II: The Reference 1655
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 proposed 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 exceptionally sturdy, 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 an overhauled rendition of the current Explorer watch, the reference 1655 was a totally extraordinary watch; and accordingly, was given the “Explorer II” assignment. Rather than supplanting the current Explorer, the reference 1655 Explorer II was to be offered close by the customary, time-just Explorer watch as a complementary contribution inside the Rolex list.
Designed for speleologists investigating profound sinkholes underneath the outside of the earth, the reference 1655 was explicitly designed for those living and working for expanded timeframes in low-light conditions. The reference 1655’s 39 mm treated 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, a huge, brilliant orange, bolt formed, 24-hour hand was added to fill in as a noticeable AM/PM marker, so 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 interesting iterations.
Legibility on the Explorer II
To help with the neatness of its 24-hour show, the dial of the reference 1655 was intended to have both 12-hour and 24-hour markings. Little radiant square shapes were put along the moment track to relate 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 clarity 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 acquainted 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 alternative of seeing the light of day.
Otherwise known as…
Due to the watch’s enormous, bolt formed, 24-hour hand, the reference 1655 procured the moniker, “Freccione” among numerous Italian vendors and gatherers. Moreover, the watch likewise procured the “Steve McQueen” moniker because of a Rolex promoting effort that included the celebrated Hollywood entertainer. Notwithstanding, it ought to be noticed that no evidence exists that McQueen at any point really claimed 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 distinct seconds hand plans. Regardless of the minor amendments, the general appearance of the Explorer II remained to a great extent unaltered, until the reference 1655 was stopped 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 one of a kind dial from the reference 1655 was suspended 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 embraced 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 delivered looks anything like it. Resulting ages of the Explorer II most intently look like GMT-Master II watches with fixed, treated steel bezels and the alternative of a white dial; anyway the reference 1655 was its very own watch completely plan, and addresses the first, unadulterated thought that Rolex had for the Explorer II watch. In spite of the fact that it was moderately disagreeable while it was underway, the reference 1655 is presently profoundly pursued by authorities because of its one of a kind appearance and significant situation inside Rolex’s long and distinguished history.