Rolex Explorer 1 1016 Circa 1980

Year of issue: 1980
Reference number: 1016
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Switzerland
Price in EUR € n/a


Rolex Explorer I 1016 Circa 1980, excellent and sharp case that has been polished in the past that shows some light wear from use, excellent original MK4 "Gumby Coronet" dial with matching hands, excellent 78360 bracelet with 580 endlinks that shows very light stretch from use, claspcode is VE, no service history, perfect working conditions


Private: Laurent Ponti


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.