1966 Rolex Explorer I Tropical Gilt Dial Ref. 1016 (with Papers)

Year of issue: 1966
Reference number: 1016
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 37,000


One of the most sought after and popular versions of the Rolex Explorer 1016 is the tropical gilt dial. The simplicity of the case helps to focus on the heart of the watch, the dial. When in a natural brown the watch reflects so much character and makes each piece unique. We are fortunate to offer this example with original COSC Test paper and punched warranty.

SKU 3.2.017
Brand Rolex
Model Explorer I Tropical Gilt Dial
Ref. No. 1016
Serial No. 1376XXX
Year 1966
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Very nice vintage condition case with some wear from use
Bracelet / Strap Generic leather strap with Rolex pin buckle
Dial Tropical brown gilt dial with some patina from age. Original and nicely patina'd tritium markers and hands. The lume correspondents correctly when exposed to UV light
Price AED 128600 / USD 35000
Crystal Acrylic
Movement Automatic
Condition Very good
Box No
Papers Punched COSC Test certificate and punched blacnk warranty booklet


Tariq Malik


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.