Rolex Explorer II

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SKU AS02195
SKU AS02195

Why We Love it

More than anything, the Rolex Explorer II is a timepiece for the collector who craves something a little different from a sport model Rolex.

Unlike Rolex’s most prevalent sports model, the Submariner, the Explorer wasn’t meant for diving—although, as a Rolex, it still boasted an impressive water resistance.

Instead, it was meant for use by speleologists—that is, subterranean explorers. This hearty breed of explorer spends days on end underneath the surface of the earth, without seeing the sky. As such, they are prone to lose track of daytime hours.

To address the needs of these intrepid explorers, Rolex designed a watch with a bold fixed hour hand. 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. 

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 sports models already offered (such as the Submariner and the GMT). In fact, regarding the latter watch, 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.

Although the Explorer II was produced in far fewer numbers than its Sub and GMT counterparts, it maintains a strong collector following, as it gives the collector the same Rolex quality and construction but with a flair all its own.

This particular Reference 1655 is something of a time capsule. With crisp chamfers on the case and a deliciously-patinated dial, the watch comes complete with inner and outer boxes, punched papers dated November 1980, and instruction manual. It’s the perfect daily companion for all life’s adventures, above or below the ground.

A:S Guarantee

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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

Rolex Explorer II

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Rolex Explorer II

Why We Love it

More than anything, the Rolex Explorer II is a timepiece for the collector who craves something a little different from a sport model Rolex.

Unlike Rolex’s most prevalent sports model, the Submariner, the Explorer wasn’t meant for diving—although, as a Rolex, it still boasted an impressive water resistance.

Instead, it was meant for use by speleologists—that is, subterranean explorers. This hearty breed of explorer spends days on end underneath the surface of the earth, without seeing the sky. As such, they are prone to lose track of daytime hours.

To address the needs of these intrepid explorers, Rolex designed a watch with a bold fixed hour hand. 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. 

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 sports models already offered (such as the Submariner and the GMT). In fact, regarding the latter watch, 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.

Although the Explorer II was produced in far fewer numbers than its Sub and GMT counterparts, it maintains a strong collector following, as it gives the collector the same Rolex quality and construction but with a flair all its own.

This particular Reference 1655 is something of a time capsule. With crisp chamfers on the case and a deliciously-patinated dial, the watch comes complete with inner and outer boxes, punched papers dated November 1980, and instruction manual. It’s the perfect daily companion for all life’s adventures, above or below the ground.

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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