Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655 Freccione Circa 1975
Rolex 1655 Steve McQueen Explorer II Orange Hand "Freccione", stainless steel case on a stainless steel Oyster 78360 bracelet and #580 end links, case and bracelet are in excellent condition with thick lugs, automatic Rolex caliber 1570 movement, original Mark IV dial with nicely matching tritium on dial and hands, date with cyclops at 3 o'clock, iconic orange hand serves as AM / PM indicator, acrylic crystal, screw down crown, 388XXXX (1975), diameter: 39mm, thickness: 13.5mm, Excellent Condition.
More about Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655 Freccione Circa 1975
This is a vintage 1975 stainless steel Rolex Steve McQueen Explorer II Orange Hand "Freccione" 1655. It has an integral stainless steel folded link bracelet (7836) with 280 end links, an acrylic crystal, and a solid screw-down case back and winding crown. The 39mm diameter solid three-body case, integral lugs, and steel bezel with engraved graduated 24-hour Arabic numerals are polished/brushed. It has a matte black dial with original tritium lume. The large arrow-shaped orange 24-hour hand serves as an AM/PM indicator. There is a date aperture window at the 3 o'clock position underneath a cyclops magnifying bubble. The 13.5mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed. This Rolex Steve McQueen Explorer II Orange Hand "Freccione" 1655 has a mechanical automatic self-winding Rolex caliber 1570 movement that's rhodium plated, with a shock absorber mechanism. It's constructed with 26 jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, a monometallic balance, and a self-compensating Breguet balance spring. The mechanism oscillates at a frequency of 19,800 vph (2.75Hz). The Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 debuted in 1971, and was quickly nicknamed the Steve McQueen, or 'Freccione' by the Italian collectors for the bright orange arrow-shaped 24-hour hand ("Freccione" from the Italian word "Freccia" meaning "arrow"). It was only produced from 1971 through 1984, designed originally for spelunkers and cavern explorers who couldn't tell if it was day or night outside. Rolex easily solved this with the 24-hour orange arrow-shaped hand along with the 24-hour military time bezel.
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