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The King of Cool, the Color Orange and a Frog’s Foot

The King of Cool, the Color Orange and a Frog’s Foot

A journey into the set of experiences the Explorer II 1655

Originally delivered in 1971, the Rolex Explorer II was the brand’s development to their first Explorer assortment. Frequently alluded to as the “Freccione”, Italian for bolt, as a result of its additional hour-hand with a bolt molded tip, the vintage Rolex ref. 1655 was the primary reference in the Explorer II family. It is additionally regularly called the “Steve McQueen” Explorer since it was said that the celebrated entertainer wore one, anyway this point is intensely contested among the Rolex gatherer community with most guaranteeing it as metropolitan legend.

The King of Cool was the minister for the Rolex Explorer II 1655.

Another point that is regularly discussed is the shade of great importance hand. At the point when the Explorer was first delivered , its tone was orange and some point en route, Rolex changed it to red. The dates on when the orange was forever supplanted is a state of contention with some asserting mid 70s, while others keep up that the orange hand was as yet accessible during the 1980s. Complicating matters is the blurring of the tone, where red really blurs into orange over the years.

Rolex Explorer II 1655 kep track of a 24-hour day permitting the clients to understand what season of day it was without seeing the sun.


Regardless of the tone, the particular additional hour-hand was made in light of certain thrill seekers – those that invest a lot of energy in caverns, underground, around the posts, and different zones where looking to the sky to recognize sunlight and evening hours is incomprehensible. All things being equal, the hour-hand focuses to a 24-hour scale on the bezel fixed onto the 40mm hardened steel case, assisting the wearer with separating among day and night.

Rolex Explorer II 1655 comes with an “orange” hand that was once red.


The Explorer II 1655 was underway for just shy of 15 years, from 1971 until 1985. In the previous releases of the Explorer 1655 the second hand was a straight needle and Rolex refreshed this with a second hand outfitted with an iridescent spot in their later models for expanded intelligibility in obscurity. There were likewise unique dial and bezel setups made all through the ref. 1655 history.

Two fascinating elements that showed up on the dial throughout the long term incorporated the “Frog Foot” coronet and the “Rail Dial”. The “Frog Foot” coronet alludes to a specific state of the Rolex logo crown where lines more slender, taking after a frog’s foot. The “Rail Dial” is one where the letter “C” in “Chronometer” and “Affirmed” adjust impeccably across the two lines of white content, similar to the case in this specific Explorer II 1655. On this Rolex 1655 there is likewise the “T Swiss T” mark under the 6 o’clock position to demonstrate the utilization of tritium as the brilliant on the watch, which was subsequently changed to “T Swiss <25 T”.

Rolex Explorer II 1655 have a couple of little subtleties like the “T SWISS T” that gets attention.


During now is the right time, the Explorer II 1655 was not as famous as other Rolex watches. Today, however, it’s a totally different story . The combination of a strong and alluring games watch, historical uncertainty, metropolitan legend, and fascinating plan varieties has driven the ref. 1655 to become a distinction fascinating and collectible piece.

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