Rolex 1655 Explorer II Steve McQueen Freccione UNPOLISHED FULL SET (33475)

33475 Rolex 1655 Steve McQueen Explorer II Orange Hand "Freccione", stainless steel case on original stainless steel rivet Oyster bracelet with clasp dated 1972, case and bracelet are nearly flawless and appear to be unpolished, automatic movement, original dial with perfectly matching tritium luminous on dial and hands, dial condition is stunning and extremely clean and uniform, date with cyclops at 3 o'clock, the original bezel still retains the original bevel, orange hand serves as AM / PM indicator, acrylic crystal, screw down crown, 290XXXX (1972), diameter: 39mm, thickness: 13.5mm. Excellent Original Condition with original Rolex box, COSC certification, and punch papers. This watch was just completely serviced.

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This is a vintage unpolished 1972 stainless steel Rolex Steve McQueen Explorer II Orange Hand "Freccione", reference 1655. It has an integral stainless steel rivet Oyster bracelet, 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 the original black dial with patina matching the original hands. 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 cylcops magnifying bubble. The 13.5mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

The mechanical automatic self-winding Rolex caliber 1570 movement is 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 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.