Rolex Explorer I Ref 1016 from 1969

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Year of issue: 1969

Reference number: 1016

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Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This is a beautiful example of the Rolex Explorer Ref 1016. The original dial has great patina with matching hands.

Dealer

Matthew Bain

THE EXPLORER 1953

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.

EVEREST 1953

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.

PIONEERING WATCHES

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.