Rolex Explorer 1016

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"If you were climbing here tomorrow, you'd wear a Rolex." This is how Rolex advertised the Explorer 1016 in a 1967 print ad. This beautiful 1016 dates back to 1975. By the year 1990 the 1016 was replaced by the 14270, which for the first time featured a glossy dial with white-gold hour marker surroundings and sapphire crystal. Our 1016 still sports the classic matte black dial with painted tritium markers and the well-known Arabic numerals on the quarters (3-6-9). The dial is in remarkebly crisp condition with barely discoloured lume. The watch has a stainless steel case, with the elegant case diameter of 36 mm, which is just perfect for everyone. It runs on the 1570 calibre; the first Rolex in-house calibre (together with the 1560) that passed the tests of the COSC. This movement was used for the 1016 until the end of its production in 1989.


Rolex Explorer IOne of the very first models built to meet the demands of a true professional. For example, Sir John Hunt who ascended the Mount Everest in 1953. This was the first rugged expedition that this watch was issued for, but definitely not the only expedition. This watch has been on the wrist of numerous explorers. Therefore, it is no wonder that Rolex states that this watch has been designed to conquer the world! Over the years, the Explorer I has been made in various executions and there is one thing that a lot - definitely not all, like some early pieces - have in common, the so-called 3-6-9 Explorer dial. 



Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.