Rolex Explorer 1 Ref 1016 from 1969

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1969

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 2.1 mio

Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: Switzerland

Price in EUR €: n/a

Watch details

Very nice Rolex 1016 mat dial and original tritium hands, cal 1570, bracelet 7836, case back 69, no box no papers  


Laurent Ponti


Rolex on Everest's first ascents
Inspired by knowledge gained from this fascinating chapter of human adventure, the Oyster Perpetual Explorer, launched in 1953 to celebrate the victorious ascent of Everest, immediately acquired iconic status.


In 1953, Sir John Hunt’s expedition, in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, was equipped with Oyster Perpetuals.


In the early 1950s, Rolex developed professional watches that served as tools and whose functions went far beyond simply telling the time. These watches were intended for professional activities, such as deep-sea diving, aviation, mountain climbing and scientific exploration. The watches generated lasting enthusiasm and became known as the watches of achievers.