Rolex “R-Series” Explorer, ref. 1016

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Year of issue: 1987

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: R,84X,XXX

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Brand: Rolex Model: Explorer Reference: 1016 Gender: Gents Year: 1987 Material: Steel Dial Color: Original Matte Black with Tritium Markers Dimensions: 36mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel 78360 with 580 Endlinks Box/Paper: Handmade Leather Travel Pouch Condition: Likely Never Polished, Original Finish SKU: 135508

This Rolex R-series Explorer ref. 1016 is in phenomenal condition with a clean, sharp case, flawless dial and original bracelet. This is truly a collectors piece as R-series 1016s have gone up in value significantly as they are the final series of 1016s produced.


Justin Gruenberg


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