Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 sold at Tiffany & Co

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Year of issue: 1972

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 3690xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

A fresh example of this coveted classic, the watch boasts incredible, striking patina, its original Oyster bracelet (stamped Rolex USA) and the Tiffany numbers engraved on the back of the lower lug. 36mm. Stock 0110


Joshua Bonifas


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.