Rolex Explorer II ref 1655 “Steve McQueen” circa 1978


Rolex stainless steel Explorer II ref 1655 serial #5.4 million circa 1978. So called “Steve Mcqueen” model though reportedly there is no documentation that the famed actor and race car driver actually owned or wore such a watch. Featuring a 40mm diameter Oyster case with unpolished SS 24 hour bezel. Beautiful matte black dial with lightly patina’d luminous indexes and faded orange 24 hour hand. Powered by self winding movement with sweep seconds and date and 24 hour indications. On Rolex SS heavy Oyster link bracelet with deployment clasp. The bezel on this example is very sharp and unpolished, and it is our opinion that the case as well may have never been polished. Guaranteed genuine and offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation.

Note: A very pleasing example with original dial, hands, and bezel. Photos show some loss of original tritium luminous, but this does not compromise the especially pleasing vintage appearance of the watch. No restoration of the dial or hands has been undertaken. A very desirable model with great character.


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Additional information



Model Name/Type

Explorer II Steve McQueen



Model/Case Ref#


Case Serial#

5.4 million

Strap / Bracelet

Stainless steel heavy Oyster

Case mm


Case Metal

Stainless Steel


24 hour

Dial & Hands

black dial with luminous indexes, original dial

Country of Origin


Man's / Lady's


Metal Content

Stainless Steel


Signed Crown

Movement Type

Self Winding

Box / Papers




Date Function

non quick set


Vintage Rolex & Pre-Owned Rolex Watches

There is no watch brand more associated with quality, prestige, luxury, success, and social status than Rolex. Founded in the UK in 1908 and soon relocated to Switzerland, Rolex is credited with countless technical advances in time keeping accuracy, the introduction in 1928 of the water and dust resistant “Oyster” case, and in 1933, the perfection of the self winding “Perpetual” movement. With sponsorship of sporting events as wide reaching as the America’s cup, to the Daytona 500, golf and tennis tournaments, and expeditions to the far reaches of the world, Rolex has always promoted it’s brand as an icon of success, achievement, and conquest. With popular “tool” watches such as the diver’s Submariner or Seadweller, the Aviator’s dual time zone GMT, the spelunker’s 24 hour Explorer, or the auto racer’s Daytona, Rolex has created loyal followings for the sports minded man. And the dressy Datejust and Presidential models, once the CEO’s trademark timepiece, are now much sought after by both men and woman as a luxury fashion statement. Whether vintage Rolex or more contemporary, your choice of a Rolex will always be a good choice.

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Rolex Explorer II ref 1655 "Steve McQueen" circa 1978


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