Rolex Explorer II 16550 Polar – 1984 – Full Set – £12,950

Rolex Explorer II 16550 Polar

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Overview

Brand: Rolex
Model: Explorer II
Reference: 16550
Year: 1984
Movement Type: Automatic
Movement: 3085
Case material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel
Dial Colour: White
Diameter: 40mm
Papers: Yes
Box: Yes
Accessories: Full Set
Condition: Very Good

Price: £12,950

Rolex Explorer II 16550 Polar

The Rolex Explorer II which was originally referred to as the ‘Steve McQueen’ Rolex, despite the fact he never wore one, has been with us since 1971 and is still going strong now.

The Rolex 16550 Explorer II is one of Rolex’ ‘transitional’ models (like the 168000) and came between the 1655 and 16570.  Introduced in late 1984 and only made until 1988, it was initially unpopular and so it sold in small numbers – that makes it rare… featuring the same Calibre 3085 movement as the GMT Master of the period, they were basically the same watch with the exception of the rotating bezel. This particular watch was made in 1984 so was one of the very first and has the early bezel with the unusual and rare accompanying font.  The dial and hands have black surrounds as opposed to white gold ones and as the watch wasn’t sold until 1989 (I told you they were unpopular!) it’s possible that these were replaced before it was ever sold (all of the original Polar and most of the black ones had faults).

The whole watch is in excellent condition – perfect dial, excellent bezel and a great case –  Some of the lume has deteriorated on the hands (this could be replaced at our cost prior to delivery if you wish or left as is).

It comes with both boxes, original punched papers, booklets and card wallet as well as the calendar and the correct red seal and Swimpruf tags- the stainless steel bracelet has very little wear and is secure and strong and looks perfect on the wrist.  It also has a service receipt and service papers from Rolex in 2008.  When the original owner removed the case back sticker from the watch back in 1989, he stuck it to the papers so even that’s supplied with the watch.

Extremely rare and collectible – especially from the first production year – this beautiful watch is a solid bet.

Just serviced by Rolex authorised watchmaker S Michlmayr & Co, this beautiful watch comes with a 12 month warranty.

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