Early ref.16550 Explorer II with red enamel bezel?

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Early ref.16550 Explorer II with red enamel bezel?

Joined: December 12th, 2009, 6:45 pm

August 17th, 2012, 10:39 am #1

Hi,

When reading Dowling & Hess book I noticed (p.245) that, in the beginning (~1986?) there was a very peculiar version of the Explorer II ref.16550 with red bezel enamelling. According to D&H, the very first of the new ref.16550 were finished like this. There are no photographs in their book so I wondered if there are more information on this particular version of the first ref.16550 Explorer II:s within the VRF community.

BR
~Sigurd
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Joined: December 31st, 2007, 3:13 pm

August 17th, 2012, 10:56 am #2

I'd REALLY be interested to see if there was photo documentation. If confirmed, it would also create a whole new fake market - all you'd need in a jar of red model airplane enamel and a steady hand.
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Joined: November 2nd, 2005, 8:46 pm

August 17th, 2012, 12:05 pm #3

ill bet there be a mk 1 16550 "red" on ebay just as son as the pain is dry

on the serious side i have seen very low 16550's and all with mk1 bezles and all where black

cheers
christian
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Joined: December 31st, 2007, 3:13 pm

August 17th, 2012, 1:57 pm #4

Mine is 8.4m, which I think is among the first ones - the 1655 went right up to that s/n range if I'm not mistaken. The bezel has the usual rubbed out black enamel:



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Joined: November 2nd, 2005, 8:46 pm

August 17th, 2012, 3:06 pm #5

i used it alot

cheers
christian
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Joined: December 31st, 2007, 3:13 pm

August 17th, 2012, 3:17 pm #6

I've gone back and forth about selling this one; I was thinking I wanted a matte GMT instead. I went ahead and got the matte GMT, but sold all my Omega chronographs and kept the 16550.
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Joined: March 7th, 2010, 2:06 pm

August 18th, 2012, 8:06 am #7

Hi,

When reading Dowling & Hess book I noticed (p.245) that, in the beginning (~1986?) there was a very peculiar version of the Explorer II ref.16550 with red bezel enamelling. According to D&H, the very first of the new ref.16550 were finished like this. There are no photographs in their book so I wondered if there are more information on this particular version of the first ref.16550 Explorer II:s within the VRF community.

BR
~Sigurd
and the bezel has always been black painted...

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Cheers from Italy
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Joined: December 31st, 2007, 3:13 pm

August 18th, 2012, 11:19 am #8

Beautiful cream rail dial! nt
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steboe
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August 21st, 2012, 7:49 am #9

Hi,

When reading Dowling & Hess book I noticed (p.245) that, in the beginning (~1986?) there was a very peculiar version of the Explorer II ref.16550 with red bezel enamelling. According to D&H, the very first of the new ref.16550 were finished like this. There are no photographs in their book so I wondered if there are more information on this particular version of the first ref.16550 Explorer II:s within the VRF community.

BR
~Sigurd
...with nipple dial and completly different bezel, but not red. One was auctioned some 5 years ago and confirmed by Geneva.
Best,
Stephen
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Michael
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September 5th, 2012, 2:03 am #10

Mine is 8.4m, which I think is among the first ones - the 1655 went right up to that s/n range if I'm not mistaken. The bezel has the usual rubbed out black enamel:


Paul, have a friend who may be interested in your explorer, let me know
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