Rolex Explorer 6610
We built the Rolex Explorer because there isn’t any watch repair shop on top of the Matterhorn.
This was the headline of a ’64 advertisement about the Rolex Explorer. 11 years before, in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay wore Rolex Oyster Perpetuals during the first succesful ascent of the Mount Everest. To commemorate this great achievement Rolex launched the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer in that same year. The Oyster Perpetuals worn by Mr. Hillary and Mr. Norgay were the forefathers of the Explorer I.
In 1955, the Explorer reference 6610 was introduced. There were various references before this one, such as the reference 6298 and 6150. However, the 6610 looked like the Explorer as we know it today. It had a tough, stainless steel case with a diameter of 36 mm. and a minimalist design. Furthermore, the watch featured a gilt chapter ring dial and the very characteristic upside down triangle and baton markers paired with the 3, 6, 9 Arabic numerals. The 6610 that we have for offer has an index that has aged to a creamy colour and has matching Mercedes hands. The radium is not completely intact but definitely in a fair condition. Furthermore, the Swiss-only dial has a matte, grainy finish, which provides the watch with a cool, vintage look. The watch is powered by the cal. 1030. In 1959 – only 4 years after its introduction – Rolex replaced this reference by the 1016. Because of its short production span, the reference 6610 is a rare bird and highly collectible.