Rolex Explorer I reference 1016 from 1978

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1978
Reference number: 1016
Condition: worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ n/a


This is a Rolex Explorer I reference 1016 from 1978. The all original dial on this watch is just gorgeous. The original lume on the dial matches the original lume on the hands. We believe the case on this watch to be unpolished but well worn. The watch comes on its original Rolex oyster bracelet.


Matthew Bain


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