Rolex Explorer I Ref 1016 with box and papers

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1968

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 1733xxx

Condition: mint

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: 24,500

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Rolex Explorer I Ref 1016 with box and papers


Alessandro Ciani


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.