Rolex Explorer I Ref 1016 “R Serial”

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


Rolex Explorer "R Serial"

REF. 1016

One of the most coveted 1016s, the R and L serial Explorers represent the penultimate and final iteration of the plastic crystal Explorer. An enduring icon of a lost era, this is a beautiful example to add to the collection.


Thick case with straight lugs. There is light surface wear on the lugs, but no major dings or scratches. Numbers between lugs are clean and visible to the naked eye. Bezel retains sharp edges and also has only superficial scratches.


Original matte tritium dial in excellent condition with matching hands.


Comes one a 78360 oyster band with 13 links and 580 end pieces. The band exhibits only very minor 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.