My first Explorer II was made in 1971
those are interesting watches, with the straight sweep second hand.
Good hunting !
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The Evolution of the Freccione
Our dear Amanico has already made a great in depth review of the Freccione a couple of months ago: but I wanted to add a few personal comments as well as pictures of this watch and its evolution during its production period. The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16...
Great work, Jeff.
It is great to see how the writings, the bezels, and the hands changed... Another interesting point is to see how the patina on the tritium indexes changed. On some generations, it is darker than on others, even older. I'm very happy with my 1655, even if...
A pity you sold it.
It is such a Beauty! The straight second hand is something, and the patina was so captivating. Best, my friend. Nicolas
I learnt more about my Freccione here and love it even more. Mine is a MK1 (3.3mil) watch but had its dial/hands/bezel changed at servicing around 1979 (MK4?) Still a beauty to accompany me into 2010. Sorry for poor photo skill. Another clearer pic. rolex...
The watch is cool and the forum too
Thanks. Really love it and had to buy it when I spotted it, especially when it was born in the same year as me. Maybe some day, I will be able to source one with all the original dial/hands/bezel. For now, this piece is good enough. Thanks for the great w...
great piece Jeff
Thank you for sharing. Here is my straigh-hand McQueen (3.0 mil ) with early bezel. Both you and Nicolas opened my eyes for this model....
I already had it for a longer time. The condition was very very bad. Unpolished but it looked as if a dog chewed on it for a couple of years. After a long and full SPA treatment, it is in reasonable condition. Completely original. I m happy with it. (dont...
because of posts like this
i learn to appreciate and understand this watch even more.. Great article with plenty of the right sort of information. many thanks darren
Excellent post Jeff
Thanks a lot for this piece of history and the great pictures. Fantastic watch this Freccione. I've settled for a new Explo II, but those early birds are really to die for. Maybe one lucky day I can get myself a 1971 Freccione (my year of birth you see). ...
Great post Jeff!
Your our posts are always very informative. Here is my 2.9 million straight hand:...
Popularity of the Freccione
I wonder why this particular series is so coveted? It's ruggedly handsome for sure. Is it the boldness of its oversized GMT hand? I love how large and orange it is. Thanks for tracking the evolution of the Freccione for us. I learned a lot from your artic...
If you take a close look at the crownguards of the straight second hand models in the Rolex adverts, you'll notice that they have the regular ones of the later models. So those odd pointed ones are either fame, overpolished or very very limited and specia...
Great post Jeff!
Thanks for sharing so much valuable info about this great reference. Best. René