Exclusive Timepieces, Sessions I, II, III 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

72 Rolex Very Nice and Well Preserved, Explorer II, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, With Black Dial, Reference 1655

Estimate: € 18,000 –⁠ 36,000

Sold € 35,100

Lot Description

Model: Explorer II
Reference: 1655
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1972
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1570
Case N°: 2906389
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

The Explorer I was created especially for mountain climbers, while the Explorer II, with its 24-hour graduated bezel and its large, luminescent 24-hour hand arrow, was intended for those spending extended time in dark environments, such as spelunkers. It was 1971 when the first Explorer II reference 1655 was presented like this watch. The dial of the present “Freccione” reference 1655 displays a “T Swiss T” designation underneath 6 o’clock, instead of “T Swiss <25 T”, which later generation dials would feature. The lot offered here is one of these wonderful examples with also its very nice indexes with luminous material which is turned to an exciting yellow. This Explorer II delights with its hardly worn condition, crisp, unpolished case, and beautifully aged dial.