The Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 replica with black dial is as interesting as the day is long – if, by chance, you can’t tell whether it’s day or night wherever you are, then this watch will be perfect for you. Originally intended for use by cave explorers and those who found themselves in environments where AM and PM couldn’t be determined by the surrounding elements, the Explorer II ref. 1655 copy was developed to provide a reliable, robust, and legible timekeeper to assist those in need. The orange 24-hour hand and fixed 24-hour bezel are there to keep track of the time of day for the person wearing the watch.
This function was very niche, which is why the Swiss movement replica Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 wasn’t exactly a best-seller when it debuted in the 1970s.
This particular example comes directly from the original owner, who purchased it in 1976 in Copenhagen. I was pleased to find out, once we got in touch, that he had kept all the original paperwork over the years, including the receipt. He also described to me the circumstances of when and why he originally acquired the watch. Long story short, there were some issues with the water resistance of another watch he owned, which is why he decided to save up and buy a high quality replica Rolex where that would not be an issue.
On February 2, 1976, he went to his local Authorized Dealer in Copenhagen to purchase an stainless steel bracelet fake Rolex Explorer II. It was between a Submariner and this watch, which is when he decided he wanted to try something a little different, and voila – he unknowingly ended up with one of the more sought-after variants of the Explorer II with the straight seconds hand.