Rolex Explorer II 1655 - 1977

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SKU AS00258
SKU AS00258

Why We Love it

The Explorer II is definitely a timepiece for the man who craves something a little different from his vintage Rolex.  Released in 1971 as a follow up to the original Explorer made famous by mountaineers in the 1950s, the Explorer II utilized a larger Oyster Case-design more in line with the larger sports models already offered (the Submariner and GMT).  Featuring a four hand display with a large and distinctive 24-hour pointer hand, the Explorer II was essentially a GMT Master with one notable difference: a fixed steel bezel was installed in place of the characteristic two-tone from the aviator's model.

The reason for this fixed bezel was the target demographic: Speleologists - subterranean explorers.  This hearty breed of mankind spends days on end underneath the surface of the earth and without seeing the sky are prone to losing track of day and night.  The 24-hour hand would point to the appropriate place on the fixed 24-Hour bezel indicating whether it was AM or PM.  Essentially, while the original Explorer was designed to go into the clouds, the Explorer II was designed to descend into darkness.  Pretty cool, right?  

Although the Explorer II was produced in far fewer numbers than its Sub and GMT counterparts, it maintains a strong collector following, due partially to its assumed connection with Steve McQueen.  In the early 2000s, a rumor was started that the legendary actor/racer/all-around King of Cool owned a 1655.  In truth, no evidence exists that McQueen ever wore one, much less owned one, and there is no photographic proof to substantiate the rumor.  Regardless, his name is forever connected with the watch, and although prices have cooled down since the truth was revealed several years back (he actually wore a Submariner 5512), the Explorer II remains a highly collectable and totally awesome member of the vintage Rolex family.

This particular late example dates from 1977 and shows just the right amount of patina for a daily-wear vintage piece.  If you aren't a fan of stashing your vintage treasures in a safe and would rather wear and use them as intended, look no further.  Whether it is spelunking or stock-brokering, this beauty is ready to go!

 

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Explorer II 1655 - 1977

Rolex Explorer II 1655 - 1977

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Rolex Explorer II 1655 - 1977

Why We Love it

The Explorer II is definitely a timepiece for the man who craves something a little different from his vintage Rolex.  Released in 1971 as a follow up to the original Explorer made famous by mountaineers in the 1950s, the Explorer II utilized a larger Oyster Case-design more in line with the larger sports models already offered (the Submariner and GMT).  Featuring a four hand display with a large and distinctive 24-hour pointer hand, the Explorer II was essentially a GMT Master with one notable difference: a fixed steel bezel was installed in place of the characteristic two-tone from the aviator's model.

The reason for this fixed bezel was the target demographic: Speleologists - subterranean explorers.  This hearty breed of mankind spends days on end underneath the surface of the earth and without seeing the sky are prone to losing track of day and night.  The 24-hour hand would point to the appropriate place on the fixed 24-Hour bezel indicating whether it was AM or PM.  Essentially, while the original Explorer was designed to go into the clouds, the Explorer II was designed to descend into darkness.  Pretty cool, right?  

Although the Explorer II was produced in far fewer numbers than its Sub and GMT counterparts, it maintains a strong collector following, due partially to its assumed connection with Steve McQueen.  In the early 2000s, a rumor was started that the legendary actor/racer/all-around King of Cool owned a 1655.  In truth, no evidence exists that McQueen ever wore one, much less owned one, and there is no photographic proof to substantiate the rumor.  Regardless, his name is forever connected with the watch, and although prices have cooled down since the truth was revealed several years back (he actually wore a Submariner 5512), the Explorer II remains a highly collectable and totally awesome member of the vintage Rolex family.

This particular late example dates from 1977 and shows just the right amount of patina for a daily-wear vintage piece.  If you aren't a fan of stashing your vintage treasures in a safe and would rather wear and use them as intended, look no further.  Whether it is spelunking or stock-brokering, this beauty is ready to go!

 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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