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Vintage 1972 Rolex Explorer 1016

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    At Bob's Watches, your trust is very important to us. We believe that buying a pre-owned Rolex watch online should be simple, honest, and straightforward. To that end, we guarantee that every Rolex watch on our site is 100% authentic, comprised entirely of Rolex parts. Our mission is to be the leading trusted online source for selling and buying authentic pre-owned Rolex watches. We stand behind this authenticity guarantee with a full money back refund on any watch not found to be completely genuine.
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Regular Price: $15,413
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Item Number: 121548
Return Policy: If not 100% satisfied, return watch in 3 days for a full refund. Terms.
Manufacturer: Rolex
Model Name/Number: Explorer 1016
Serial/Year: 2,9XX,XXX - 1972
Condition: (What's This?) IV - Vintage
Gender: Men's
Movement / Features: Automatic movement, acrylic crystal, waterproof screw-down crown, 
Case: Excellent case which has previously been polished. Case back is stamped 1016 I.72. Serial and model numbers are crisp and well defined.
Dial: Excellent matte black tritium dial with creamy markers and matching hands.
Bracelet: Excellent Oyster rivet bracelet w/ 10 links. Clasp back is stamped "C&I 78". Bracelet has light stretch from use.
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity, and warranty card
Comments: This vintage Rolex comes w/ Bob's 3-day satisfaction guarantee and one year warranty

Vintage Rolex Explorer 1016 

By Paul Altieri, 

The concept behind the Explorer was inspired by Rolex’s presence during Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic summit of Mount Everest, during which one of the climbers was wearing an Oyster Perpetual on their wrist.  While early Oyster Perpetual Explorer watches were similar in design to other dress references that were being produced at the time, its claim to fame was an increased depth rating of up to 100 meters, a feat that was achieved via a thicker acrylic crystal.

Produced from 1963 to as late as the 1989 or the early 1990s, depending on who you ask, the Explorer 1016 enjoyed a lengthy production run.  During that time, upgrades were made to the movement, dial, and bracelet, but the core style remained the same via a stainless steel finish and a dial topped with the now-iconic 3, 6, 9 Arabic markers.

This vintage Rolex 1016 presents the time on a clean, matte dial topped with Tritium baton and Arabic markers in a vanilla patina hue.  Later models were also set with the famed Mercedes hands, further enhancing its legibility.  The case and bracelet are in excellent condition, showing signs of a light polishing as well as some stretch to the 10-link rivet bracelet.  In general, vintage Explorer watches are hard to come by on the pre-owned Rolex market, making this ref. 1016 a particularly exciting find.

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