Rolex Explorer I 1016

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1967
Reference number: 1016
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Spain
Dealer name: Ancienne Vintage Gallery
Price in EUR € n/a


Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 “Gilt Dial” from 1967. The Rolex Explorer is a classic model known for its robustness and simplicity and is a highly sought-after timepiece among collectors. Ref. 1016 is particularly iconic, having been in production for a long time and embodying the essence of the Explorer line. The good condition case and the original 7206 oyster rivet bracelet stamped 1/67 are essential for the value of the watch. The dial is all original and in very good condition, the glossy finishing is very well preserved. The lume is original both in hands and hour markers. The watch is powered by the self-winding movement cal. 1570 and accompanied by box, original punched papers and certificate of chronometer.


Ancienne Vintage Gallery


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.