Rolex Explorer 1 – Ref 1016

Year of issue: 1967
Reference number: 1016
Condition: worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: Germany
Price in EUR € n/a


wot ID: 26571 Explorer Ref. 1016 with Kaliber Rolex 1570, Automatik, Chronometer and original Tritium dial and hands. Dated IV.67, in good condition  


Ralf Meertz


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.