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Rolex Explorer II 16550 Polar – 1984 – Full Set

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Condition Pre-owned
Scope of delivery
Original box, original papers
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Expected delivery
26 Feb 2021 - 6 Mar 2021
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Reviews: 169
This dealer is from Norwich, United Kingdom.
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Listing number AGYJK3
Brand Rolex
Model Explorer II
Reference number 16550
Dealer product code 36622
Movement Automatic
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Steel
Year of production 1984
Condition Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
Original box, original papers
Location United Kingdom, Norwich


Movement Automatic


Case material Steel
Case diameter 40 mm
Dial White


Bracelet material Steel
Bracelet color Steel


Year, GMT


Rotating Bezel


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.
To see the other Rolex watches in our current collection click here and you can see the current range of new Rolex watches here


Oakleigh Watches

Tempus Works
2 Fletcher Way
Norwich NR3 3ST
United Kingdom
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