Rolex “Gilt Chapter Ring” Explorer, Ref. 1016

Year of issue: 1960
Reference number: 1016
Condition: hardly worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: United States
Price in US $ n/a


Brand: Rolex Model: Explorer Reference: 1016 Gender: Gents Year: 1960 Material: Steel Dial Color: Original Glossy Gilt Dial with Chapter Ring Dimensions: 36mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel Rivet Bracelet Box/Paper: Leather Travel Case Condition: Thick Case with Signs of Original Finish SKU: 146288 This beautiful Rolex Explorer, ref. 1016 features a beautiful, original, gilt, chapter ring dial and an excellent case and rivet bracelet. These gilt dials had a tendency to blemish and damage over time, making it rare to find them in such clean condition. This watch has a 31X,XXX serial number and a caseback stamped "1.60"  Please get in touch with any questions. 


Justin Gruenberg


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