Rolex Explorer I ref. 1016 in Steel Top Condition

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


For sale is this stunning condition from the first and only owner Rolex Explorer I ref. 1016. Serial R8, case and Oyster bracelet in steel in very good condition. Self-winding mechanics, price on request


Elvio Piva


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.