Rolex Explorer I

Rolex Explorer I

Why We Love It

Rolex Explorers are hot. Very hot. Whether we're talking about the iconic 1016, the neo-vintage 14270, or early 6610s, they equally captivate our attention. 

Dating to circa 1957, this Explorer 6610 comes in at 36mm with a stunning dial. The black dial has gained a neat spidering effect that can't really be captured with on camera. The best part is that all of the original radium are intact and have aged wonderfully. A truly untouched dial on a piece this old is quite rare to say the least. 

This won't last long, and you may in fact be surprised what you can take this home for. So reach out!

The Story

The day was May 29, 1953, and Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on top of the world. Rolex had indeed come with them to the summit of Mount Everest and since then Rolex has long been known as the watch of exploration. The triumph of the 1953 expedition and spirit of adventure and exploration that the Explorer represents can certainly be felt when this watch is strapped to your wrist.

Between 1953 and 1960, Rolex tried a handful of movements and case designs, keeping the overall appearance of the watch relatively unchanged. The successor of the earliest 6298s(which were produced in very small numbers) was the Reference 6610. It featured, among other small changes, a gilt dial with the same 3-6-9 layout, and a white lollipop sweep hand.

These were watches designed to be tough as nails and capable of operating effectively in the harshest conditions known to man. Whether it was diving to the lowest point or climbing to the highest, you've got to hand it to Rolex - they know how to build one hell of a sports watch! It really doesn't get more badass than that.


SKU: AS03442

Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex manually-winding movement. Circa 1957.

Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Some signs of polishing. Luminous black gilt dial has a 'fractal' effect, intact radium patination on the plots and handset. Signed crown. Case back shows light signs of wear.

Includes 20mm grey suede strap.

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