Rolex Explorer 1 – Ref 1016

Additional images


Year of issue: 1967

Reference number: 1016

Serial number:

Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: Germany

Price in EUR €: n/a

Watch details

wot ID: 26571 Explorer Ref. 1016 with Kaliber Rolex 1570, Automatik, Chronometer and original Tritium dial and hands. Dated IV.67, in good condition  


Ralf Meertz


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.