Rolex Gilt Dial Explorer, ref. 1016

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Year of issue: 1965

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 1,37X,XXX

Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Brand: Rolex Model: "Gilt Dial" Explorer, ref. 1016 Circa: 1965 Serial: 1,37X,XXX Dial: Black, Gilt dial with slight damage between 1 and 2 o'clock and 3 and 4 o'clock Case Size: 36mm Case Thickness: 12mm Bracelet Material: Leather Case Material: Steel Bezel Material: Steel Movement: Automatic Function: Time, Date   This watch has signs of aging on the dial at 1 o'clock, 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock.


Justin Gruenberg


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