1984 Rolex Explorer II (Ref. 16550) Cream "Peach" Dial
It seems as though every reference and iteration of the Rolex Explorer II has details that set them drastically apart from one another, making it the Rolex reference that has seen the most drastic evolution through its tenure. From the first and original "orange hand" matte dial ref. 1655, to the modern 42mm produced today and everything in between.
The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16550 is a truly transitional reference, produced from 1984-1989, the 16550 was the experimental stepping stone reference from the 1655 to the 16570 Explorer II models. Featuring the vastly upgraded Rolex cal. 3085 jumping hour movement, the same movement as the GMT-Master II "Fat Lady", a key upgrade in the functionality of the watch And though this reference was only in production for a short period of time, its saw many dial variations and changes, each of which is celebrated in its own right, but the most sought after is definitely the cream dials of the early 16550 references.
Due to the niche application of the Explorer II and the early stages of production, very few of these "cream" dials were created. It is believed that they all started off stark white, but due to the lacquer used by Rolex at the time, they quickly changed color to a warm and unique cream coloration.
|Bracelet||Rolex Oyster 78360 bracelet With 501 End Pieces|
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent case has seen only gentle polishing in the past and retains full and symmetrical lugs that exhibit minimal signs of use. The original stainless steel "fat font" 24hr bezel is in excellent overall condition with minimal loss to the factory black enamel or wear. The original Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet features its original and rare 501 end pieces and retains 12 links that show almost no stretch from use and will fit up to a 7 1/2 inch wrist.
DIAL & HANDS
The original cream dial has achieved one of the most unique and beautiful patina, taking on a subtle but effective rosy-peach coloration that is excellent in the sunlight. The dial itself is in flawless condition showing no damage. The tritium lume plots are bright white and provide a handsome contrast against the dial, under U.V. light inspection the lume plots exhibit no degradation. The hands are later Rolex luminova service units that hold a glow, the hands match the dial and overall aesthetic of the watch. The white date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.