Rolex R Series Explorer I Ref 1016

Year of issue: 1987
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: 1987 Material: Steel Dial Color: Black Dimensions: 36mm Watch Movement: Self-Winding Bracelet/Strap: Steel Bracelet Box/Paper: Handmade Leather Travel Pouch Condition: Thick Case with Signs of Original Finish

The Rolex Explorer 1016 was produced for more than 25 years before being discontinued in 1987. This final production of 1016s feature R and L serial numbers like this beautiful R-Series. This watch is in excellent condition with a nice thick case and clean dial. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions.


Justin Gruenberg


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