Rolex Explorer 1016 “Gilt Dial”

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Reference number: 1016
Condition: worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ n/a


Rolex Explorer 1016 "Gilt Dial"

REF. 1016

A nice example of a gilt 1016 featuring a rich glossy dial and thick case. Not perfect, but charming with its flaws.


Case is in excellent condition featuring a sharp bezel and nice thick lugs. Numbers between lugs are nice and clean, and there is no major damage anywhere to note.


Original gilt dial in very good to excellent condition. There are a few spots and imperfections on the dial, but they are very minor. No hand drag is visible, and the surface is very glossy. Luminous is somewhat imperfect as shown, with a few dark spots. Hand lume is dark and discolored, with a crack in the seconds hand.


The watch comes on a genuine Rolex band, albeit assembled from different eras. 11 swiss rivet links, with 358 end pieces, and a clasp from a jubilee band. its wearable and shows little stretch.
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Eric Ku


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.