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The Explorer II model, 1655, was introduced in 1971. The movement was either the 1570 or the 1575, and essentially this particular model was a GMT with a fixed stainless steel bezel. It featured a distinctive dial with an extra hour hand that was designed specifically for speleologists, or cave explorers, who Rolex claimed, "soon lose all notion of time: morning, afternoon, day, or night". The extra hour hand, or 24 hour, would tell the explorers whether the '4' on the dial was 4:00am or 4:00pm (16:00hrs). This model has also been called the Steve McQueen Rolex. Steve McQueen may have worn a TAG Heuer Monaco wristwatch in the film Le Mans, but in real life he wore a Rolex Explorer II, model 1655 which makes the Explorer II very popular amongst motoring types today. This Rolex Explorer 2 'Steve McQueen', orange hand, model 1655, is complete with box, original paperwork, original receipt and recent service papers. The case is 40mm Stainless steel with a solid case back which all are in the most fantastic original condition. An exceptionally rare opportunity, not to be missed.