1974 Rolex Explorer II (Ref. 1655) "Mk. II" Unpolished


The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655  was introduced in 1971 The Explorer II was outfitted with an orange GMT hand to be used as a day/night indicator for professionals that didn’t see daylight for a longer period of time. Think cave explorers and climbers who were in environments that stay dark for long periods of time. The Explorer Ref. 1665 has a fixed stainless steel bezel that possesses engraved 24-hour indications to support the GMT function of the orange 24-hour hand. The early Ref. 1655 Explorer II's contained a  Rolex Automatic Cal. 1570 movement then later the Cal. 1570 movement also found in the early Rolex GMT Master reference.




Sometimes the Rolex Explorer ref. 1655 is referred to as the Steve McQueen Explorer. But the truth is that this a total myth as Steve never wore one and or owned one. Steve personally owned a Rolex 5512 which he wore on his right wrist as well as a Heuer Monaco but never did he wear the Explorer ref 1655.




This specific 1974 Explorer II Ref. 1655 is in absolutely superb unpolished condition. The dial is flawless and in remarkable condition. The lume plots and hands have achieved a perfect yellow coloration that contrasts perfectly against the matte black dial. Including the original Rolex oyster bracelet to complete the watch. This piece would make a great addition to an existing collection or make a great standalone piece. This is a standout watch as the exotic dial and bright orange 24-hour GMT hand are sure to make a refined yet stunning look while on the wrist.

Stock # RLXEXP2741655
Brand Rolex
Style Explorer II
Model Ref. 1655
Serial 40XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte Black MK IV
Millimeters 40mm
Bracelet Rolex Oyster 78360 bracelet 580 Ends



The case of this Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 in unpolished with factory chamfering and showing signs of wear. The fixed  24-hour bezel is in excellent condition with light wear at the 24 marker. The original Rolex Oyster 78360 bracelet with 580 end links shows minimal wear and very minimal stretch.


The wonderful Mark 2 dial is in perfect condition with no blemishing or spotting. The lume of the dial has achieved an excellent yellow coloration creating a lovely contrast against the matte black dial. The original hands remain in flawless condition as well with the lume aging to match the dial perfectly. The silver date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


None. Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec.The watch comes with a 1-year warranty on accurate time keeping.