Rolex “Gilt” Explorer, ref. 1016

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Year of issue: 1966

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 1,49X,XXX

Condition: worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Brand: Rolex Model: Explorer Reference: 1016 Gender: Gents Year: 1966 Material: Steel Dial Color: Original Glossy Black Dial with Gilt Printing Dimensions: 36 mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Bracelet Box/Paper: Handmade Leather Travel Pouch Condition: Overall Mint Original Condition SKU: 124809

This Rolex Explorer 1016 is a favorite amongst vintage Rolex collectors. This particular Explorer is one of the early 1016s which were fitted with a gilt dial until 1967. Truly a special vintage piece any collector could enjoy.


Justin Gruenberg


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