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    Rolex Explorer II 1655 Albino.




    I'm sure we all know the history of the Rolex ref' 1655 - In 1971 Rolex decided to expand their Explorer line of watches with the release of the 1655, and rather than simply being a revised version of the existing Explorer, the ref' 1655 was a completely different watch and was given the “Explorer II” designation.



    Designed for speleologists exploring caverns far below the earths surface, the reference 1655 was fitted with a fixed bezel with 24-hour markings, plus a date complication so that its users could track the number of days that they had been below ground.




    Additionally, a large, bright orange, arrow-shaped, 24-hour hand served as an AM/PM indicator, so that its users would not lose their sense of time after spending several days in total darkness. Talk about targeting a niche market.



    The watch didn't sell well on it's release, which may explain why Rolex never stopped tweaking it. There are 7 versions of the dial, 3 versions of the case, and 5 versions of the bezel ring, 2 versions of the second hand, 3 versions of the 24 hour hand, 2 versions of the date wheel.



    Secs on this one:

    Reworked Phong case.
    Phong bezel ring.
    MQ dial.
    MQ hand set.
    Rolex crystal.
    Rolex crown.
    Silver DW, open 6 & 9's.
    Swiss ETA low beat, 24 hour hand slaved to the hour hand.




    Thanks for looking.
    https://picr.me/tripdog/albums

    #2
    Beautiful work as ever tripdog. I see articles like this, and sometimes I completely forget that they're replica watches - which is surely the mark of exemplary craftsmanship.

    BTW, I honestly didn't know whether "plus a date complication so that its users could track the number of days that they had been below ground" was a joke or not...

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      #3
      Originally posted by n0bby View Post
      Beautiful work as ever tripdog. I see articles like this, and sometimes I completely forget that they're replica watches - which is surely the mark of exemplary craftsmanship.

      BTW, I honestly didn't know whether "plus a date complication so that its users could track the number of days that they had been below ground" was a joke or not...
      No, not a joke. Apparently these crazy speleologists dudes will pass several days underground, so a date function may have been pretty useful.
      https://picr.me/tripdog/albums

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        #4
        Originally posted by tripdog View Post
        No, not a joke. Apparently these crazy speleologists dudes will pass several days underground, so a date function may have been pretty useful.
        Yeah, I guessed that it wasn't when you went on to mention what a niche market the watch was catering to! Finding out it wasn't a joke actually made me laugh.

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          #5
          Very nice mate

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            #6
            Stunning as always.

            Gesendet von meinem SM-G965F mit Tapatalk

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              #7
              Outstanding job, tripdog! As always.
              Curious why it’s called an “Albino” even though it has a black dial instead of the white dial usually associated with “Albino”. Is it because of the lighter color or faded gmt hand?
              Humble newbie alert - light me up if I’m out of line anywhere, just be gentle w/ my cherry please.

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                #8
                Originally posted by itgoes211 View Post
                Outstanding job, tripdog! As always.
                Curious why it’s called an “Albino” even though it has a black dial instead of the white dial usually associated with “Albino”. Is it because of the lighter color or faded gmt hand?
                Because of the faded 24 hour hand.
                https://picr.me/tripdog/albums

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                  #9
                  Congrats on 10K posts and another amazing piece. I love these 1655s.
                  http://www.cigaraficionado.com

                  https://www.tudorwatch.com

                  If it floats , flies or fucks it's probably cheaper to rent!

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                    #10
                    Really amazing!!! Thanks to post like this one, the more I read here on RWI, the more I appreciate references that in the past I barely look at... I started with 5513 and now I love all the classics
                    Last edited by Matt5513; 17-08-19, 00:42.

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                      #11
                      Amazing! I just saw one on the lunaroyster website going for USD 17K. Fantastic work! Didn't expect to see it on RWI.
                      -Asian man-

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                        #12
                        Very nice work, love the watch, it's a timeless look that could pass as a new 2010's watch

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                          #13
                          Congrats for this impressive build Tripdog!

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                            #14
                            Just...amazing. Awesome work and I appreciate the story too..

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                              #15
                              Amazing work as usual......in Italy someone wrongly called it “Steve Mc Queen” ...

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