Rolex Explorer Ref 1016

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Model: , ,

Year of issue: 1969

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 2202XXX

Condition: mint

Status: sold

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Price in EUR €: n/a

Watch details

The condition is very good:  Very good case that has previously been polished and has some wear from use. Original folded oyster bracelet in very good condition. Excellent condition Tritium dial. The hands are a few shades lighter than the markers and the seconds’s hand still glows briefly when put under intense light. The crystal is original and has never been replaced.


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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.