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Rolex Explorer

Ref 1016




Oyster Perpetual Explorer

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Steel case stamped with reference number 1016 between the lugs at 12 and serial number at 6, case back correctly signed and stamped 1016, correct winder.


Matt black dial with the original lume markers with inverted triangle at 12, Arabic 3-6-9, original steel hands with original lume


Calibre 1570 with hacking seconds, fully signed automatic movement numbered 497216


Rolex folded link bracelet numbered 7836 with 358 end links


This particular Explorer is a gorgeous example with the original dial and hands and paperwork from Rolex when it was last cleaned in 2005 together with their service guarantee – this essentially authenticates the watch, not that it was necessary as we bought it from the original owner together with the bracelet which was with it when he bought it from new. THE EXPLORER – A brief history The Rolex Explorer is one of the most beautiful and wearable sports watches Rolex ever made. The Explorer was given the green light for full production after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's pioneering ascent to Mount Everest in 1953. To commemorate the feat and to remind people that Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches were worn during that expedition — Rolex released the Oyster Perpetual Explorer that same year. The first examples we recognise as the Explorer were the references 6350 and 6610. The reference 1016 was introduced in 1963 with the calibre 1560 which was replaced in the early to mid 70's with the hacking 1670 movement as seen on this example. The very useful hacking feature meant that the seconds had stopped when the crown was pulled out all the way and it help with precise setting.

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