Turning Tropical Gilt Dial Rolex Explorer ref. 1016 with Original Papers

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Model: , , ,

Year of issue: 1966

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: 1288xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

The quality of this dial is as close to perfect as one could hope for in a vintage watch. The glossy gilt dial is beginning to turn tropical and presently exhibits the color of black coffee. The watch remains in overall mint condition beyond the exceptional dial and is accompanied by the original papers and 1966 timing certificate. The riveted Oyster bracelet is later, stamped “74”. Score. Stock 43964


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.