Rolex Explorer I Ref. 1016 Year 1965

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Year of issue: 1965

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 1157XXX

Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: Dubai

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

SKU 1.1.638
Brand Rolex
Model Explorer I
Ref. No. 1016
Serial No. 1157XXX
Year 1965
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Very nice case that has been polished in the past
Bracelet / Strap Vintage leather strap
Dial Very good later Explorer I matte dial
Price Sold
Crystal Acrylic
Movement Automatic
Condition Mint
Box No
Papers No


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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.