Explorer, Ref. 1016
A Stainless Steel Wristwatch with Bracelet, Circa 1979
Caliber: Cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 36 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Case numbers: ref. 1016 / serial: 6151780
Due to its 30-year production run, the Explorer 1016 exists with several different dial finishes. This particular example of the Explorer 1016 from 1979 is fitted with the sought-after matte black dial. In the late 1960s, Rolex switched from using a glossy black dial with gilt details to a matte black dial with white text, and continued to do so until the 1980s when the reference 1016 was discontinued. The watch features the customary 36 mm sized Oyster case, along with an Oyster bracelet. A signature detail of the Explorer model is the trio of Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, accompanied by Mercedes-style center hands. A textbook example of a truly classic Rolex design, this Explorer 1016 is an excellent representation of the quintessential Rolex tool watch.
This ref. 1016 Explorer has a case with a serial number engraving that corresponds to an estimated production date of approximately 1979. The original matte black dial is in superb condition, and the luminous material on its hands and hour markers has developed a rich and warm patina. The watch and bracelet are in excellent overall condition and free from all significant marks and damage.
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