Rolex Explorer I Ref 1016 “R Serial”

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Reference number: 1016

Serial number: R-serie

Condition: hardly worn

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: 8,800

Watch details

Rolex Explorer "R Serial"

REF. 1016

One of the most coveted 1016s, the R and L serial Explorers represent the penultimate and final iteration of the plastic crystal Explorer. An enduring icon of a lost era, this is a beautiful example to add to the collection.

Case

Thick case with straight lugs. There is light surface wear on the lugs, but no major dings or scratches. Numbers between lugs are clean and visible to the naked eye. Bezel retains sharp edges and also has only superficial scratches.

Dial

Original matte tritium dial in excellent condition with matching hands.

Bracelet

Comes one a 78360 oyster band with 13 links and 580 end pieces. The band exhibits only very minor stretch.

Dealer

Eric Ku

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.