Rolex Explorer 1016 ‘Tropical Gilt Dial’
Explore the tropics!
This well-conditioned Explorer 1016 surely has been on the wrist of an explorer. The dial of this stunner shows that the watch has been worn and well-lived as it has a beautifully aged tritium index and a chocolate brown colour. However, the owner surely was a well-dressed adventurer because it looks like the watch has been worn under the cuffs of a dress shirt. Why? Well, the dial discolours from deep chocolate brown on the 9 hour side to light, caramel brown on the 3-hour side. It could be that the 3-hour side was not covered by the cuffs and therefore, exposed to more sunlight. Anyhow, this gentleman surely explored the world in style.
This Rolex dates back to 1966 and is therefore, one of the latest specimens with the gilt, glossy dial. The yellow-gold text on the dial fits very well with the brown dial. It has a stainless-steel case, with the elegant case diameter of 36mm, which is just perfect for everyone. It comes with a time-correct, stainless steel, folded jubilee bracelet, which instantly makes this adventurous timepiece a classy, dress watch. The watch 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. The domed bezel and lugs are so sharp that it looks like the case barely has been polished.