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Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 - Mk4 Dial

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Straight Facts

When is a Rolex GMT not a GMT-Master?

The Rolex Explorer’s core has always been in rugged expedition. While it was originally born out of the Everest celebratory Explorer I - the Explorer II was designed for cave diving. Officially known as spelunking!

The initial run of 1655 Explorers were known as ‘McQueen’s for an alleged relationship with the actor and racer (spoiler - there was no connection and he never wore one - but the nickname stuck) and was made for a few short years with numerous changes from year to year. This present example is what we call a Mk4. The main difference between a Mk1 and Mk4 is the addition of a lollipop seconds hand, which we feel makes this a little more like ‘Rolex-like’ than the bare straight seconds hands of the Mk1.

The present example is in overall stunning condition and has developed truly stunning and rich patina across the hands and dial. The bright pops of orange making a big splash against the monochromatic dial, by way of the lume and the orange GMT hand! Of particular note the fixed GMT Bezel is in overall stunning condition. So when is a GMT not a GMT? When it’s an Explorer II. Happy spelunking!

 *Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.

Stainless Steel 1978 Papers Automatic Sport

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From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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