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17 July 2019 | Monaco | Lot 121
Rolex A valuable and fine Rolex Explorer II reference 16550 in stainless steel for Van Cleef & Arpels with signed bracelet, original paper and retailer's invoice
Estimate € 30,000 – 60,000
Model: Explorer II
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 16550
Case N°: 9695179
Movement N°: 1695157
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Signed: Dial, Case and movement
The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16550 is the model that replaces the 1665 Freccione in the mid-80s, produced in a small series it maintained its characteristics despite a decisive restyling.
The dial can alternately be white or black while the hands are the iconic Mercedes type, similar to that used on the contemporary Rolex GMT-Master.
Amongst collectors, the Explorer II with ivory-colored dial is the most sought-after version of the reference 16550 that can be found. The present watch features a very warm tone of ivory “rail” dial, so named because of the symmetric division of the two lines below the center. The case and bezel are very well preserved but the most important feature on this watch is its special bracelet. Inside the deployant are in fact deep and crisp engraved the three letters VCA, standing for Van Cleef & Arpels, famous jeweler. Established in 1906 at 22 Place Vendôme, the story of Van Cleef & Arpels began when Alfred Van Cleef married Estelle Arpels in 1895. Immediately it showed to the world its expertise in the creation of fabulous jewels but this capability in the production of amazing objects has been translated also in the creations of exceptional timepieces with particular combination that are now notable masterpieces for collectors.
This watch is also provided with the important Original Rolex Warranty signed Van Cleef & Arpels and the very rare business card and retailer invoice confirming its purchase on February 20th, 1991.