Rolex Gilt Dial Explorer Ref 1016

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Year of issue: 1963

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 1,05X,XXX

Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This 1963 Rolex Explorer has a beautiful gilt dial with nice, original gilt hands and large white second hand. Brand: Rolex Model: Explorer, ref. 1016 Serial: 1,05X,XXX Circa: 1963 Dial: Black Case Size: 36mm Case Thickness: 13mm Bracelet Size: 7.5 inches Bracelet Material: Steel Case Material: Steel Bezel Material: Steel Movement: Automatic Functions: Time SKU: 111581


Justin Gruenberg


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.


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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.