1979 Rolex Explorer II (Ref. 1655) Mk. IV Dial

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 Explorer II Ref. 1655 is in absolutely superb condition. The dial is flawless and in remarkable condition. The lume plots and hands have achieved a slightly creamy ivory-like patina and the case and bracelet are also in excellent condition. 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 # RLXEXPII791665
Brand Rolex
Style Explorer II
Model 1655
Serial 63XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte Black MK IV
Millimeters 40mm
Bracelet Rolex C&I "U.S.A Made" Oyster Bracelet



The case of this Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 remains unpolished with factory chamfers sharp and present. The fixed  24-hour bezel is in excellent condition with no major signs of wear. The Rolex C&I made in U.S.A Oyster bracelet remains in excellent condition and is stamped 77.


The wonderful Mark IV dial remains in perfect condition. The lume plots have taken on a beautiful custard coloration. The GMT hand retains a crisp orange color and the lume plots show no lume degradation and are fully intact. The original hands show no degradation and have aged to match the dial perfectly. 


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