Exclusive Timepieces 31 October 2020 | Monaco

Auction Details

Morning Session:
Lots 1 – 100, starting at 10:30 AM CET
Afternoon Session:
Lots 101 – 264, starting at 2:30 PM CET

Monaco Legend Group is focusing, in this Autumn Auction Catalogue, to offer a variety of beautiful timepieces where the winning point has to be the combination between rarity, quality and price.

85 Rolex Valuable and Fine Explorer II Automatic Dual Time Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 16 550, With Box, Papers and Booklets

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 24,000

Sold € 19,500

Lot Description

Model: Explorer II
Reference: 16 550
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1988
Movement: Automatic
Case N°: R279705
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Case, dial, movement
Accessories: Box, papers, booklet

The Rolex Explorer II reference 16 550 is the model that replaces the 1665 Freccione in the mid-80s: produced in a small series for only a handful of years it maintained its characteristics despite a decisive restyling. This model was the first to be equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. One of its main peculiarities was the material used for the dial which was a glossy, lacquered paint which gave it a porcelain-like look. It was common also, with the passing of time, that these dials tended to change to a creamy/ivory color and the lot offered here is one of these wonderful examples with also its very nice white-gold baton indexes with luminous material which has turned to an exciting yellow. This Explorer II delights with its conditions, crisp, unpolished case, and beautifully aged dial. This watch is also provided with the important Original Rolex Warranty and the very rare business Rolex Booklets and box.