1972 Vintage Rolex Explorer II Ref 1655

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The myth and legend, Reference 1655, otherwise known as the inaugural Explorer II from 1972 is every Rolex vintage lover’s dream—especially when you can get it in such good condition. And since the Explorer II was designed as the brawnier, tank-like version to its predecessor, a well-taken care of 1655 will work as reliably as ever.

While the Explorer I was made for mountaineering, the II was made for the caves, and its this spelunking heritage that makes it such a functionally unique and visually distinct tool watch. The now-iconic GMT and fixed bezel combo confused those who associated GMT hands with jetsetter timepieces like the GMT Master. Now we know it’s there so you can tell whether it’s night or day, deep in a cave. Lore aside, the radar-like indices and blocky aesthetic combines all the coolest parts of different field watch styles for a timelessly utilitarian look, perfect for a one-watch collection.

Price: $31,995

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