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Soup to nuts, the Rolex Reference Explorer is one of the most beautiful sports watches ever designed.
In production for nearly three decades, the 1016 Explorer is the direct descendant of Rolex's original mountaineer's watch, used during the first ascent to the top of Mount Everest in 1953. These were watches designed to be tough as nails and capable of operating effectively in the harshest conditions known to man. It really doesn't get more badass than that.
Featuring the traditional non-date 3,6,9 dial layout, the 1016 is what most people think of when you hear the words "Rolex Explorer". While 1016s were made in fairly large numbers for a consumer public who couldn't get enough of them, they have, in recent years, become incredibly hot on the collector market, and finding clean examples has definitely become a challenge.
This particular example dates from 1964 (50th birthday, anyone?) and is a truly killer example which has been sitting in a private collection virtually unworn for over a decade. This piece has a very clean case, incredibly crispy lugs and a perfectly matched matte service dial and handset. If you're a fan of the model and desire a vintage example but aren't a fan of heavy patination, you've found your watch. This guy is really, really sharp.
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!
Stainless Steel Oyster case is approximately 36 mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 1016.
Overall condition: Case is in excellent condition over all, with minimal signs of polishing, retaining its sharp lugs and factory brushing. Genuine service dial is in exceptional condition with perfectly matching original hands. Original signed crown.
Includes one 20mm brown leather strap and two nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.