|Model Name/Number:||Explorer 1016|
|Serial/Year:||1,5XX,XXX - 1966|
|Condition: (What's This?)||IV - Vintage|
|Features:||Automatic "non-hacking" 1560 movement, acrylic crystal, waterproof screw-down crown,|
|Case:||Excellent Case, previously lightly polished. Case back is stamped VI. 66|
|Dial:||Very good light tropical Glossy Gilt dial w/ creamy yellow markers and matching hands. Hour hand has some slight cracking.|
|Bracelet:||Rolex C&I USA Rivet bracelet w/ 12 links. Very light stretch.|
|Box & Papers:||Bob's presentation box and Certificate of Authenticity|
|Comments:||This vintage Rolex comes w/ Bob's 3-day satisfaction guarantee and one year warranty|
By Paul Altieri
The Explorer watches were produced to withstand extreme adventures as evidenced but its prototype model being given to mountain climbers that successfully ascended Mount Everest under brutal conditions. The durable watch survived with flying colors and quickly went into production. From that point in the late 60’s to today, the Explorer model has remained virtually unchanged. That is a true testament to Rolex’s quality, durability and tradition.
This watch is among the last examples of reference 1016 to be fitted with a lacquer dial and gilt lettering on top of that, the dial has aged to a beautiful and even tropical color which collectors are finding extremely desirable currently. The numerals have also patinaed to a smooth, ivory color which matches the hands as well. The hands have some slight cracking in the luminous material.
This watch case has been previously polished but has aged well with its bevels clearly visible. It is on a later C&I USA riveted, oyster bracelet stamped for 1975. Overall, this watch is a superb vintage piece and would be a great addition to any collection. Please feel free to contact Larry with any questions at [email protected]
*All Pre-Owned Rolex watches are guaranteed to be 100% genuine and certified authentic. All watches are shipped to fit the average size wrist (7 1/4" - 7 1/2" for men and 6 1/4" - 6 1/2" for women). Additional links can be purchased if needed.
This vintage Rolex Explorer is absolutely gorgeous. Love the look, feel, and history.
Nice watch! As per described
I have been searching for this model with the Jubilee bracelet for a long time. Bob's had the right watch at the right price. Purchased online. No issues and received quickly.