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Brand: Rolex

Model: Explore I

Movement : Auto cal 1560

Reference: 1016

Diameter : 36mm

Year: 1963

Serial : 105XXXX

Case: Very nice case not too polished, still thick and with angles and lugs not too rounded because the case of the 1016 was thin enough for a professional watch. Bezel in good condition. No significant visible shocks.

Dial: Beautiful gilt dial with beautiful patinated indexes. Very rare transition dial with its swiss only marking and its small underline line which marks the transition from radium to less radioactive tritium. The gilt has very few surface scratches and remains in a good state of conservation and homogeneous patina of the indexes 3-6-9 and in addition begins to become tropical brown and perfect without bites or large blisters... The hands match the patina of origin. Very nice overall set.

Bracelet : Riveted steel endlink 58 marked 1.65

Accessories: None

Return policy
Return policy
Return policy All watches sold have a 3 days return policy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us by email or phone, then return the watch in the exact same condition as received and we will refund you within 10 days after we fully inspectied the watch received back in our offices at your expense. We will not refund any watches beyond the 3-days inspection period following the delivery. Paris Heure cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss from the date of delivery of the watches. If there is a problem when the watch is sent back the client Paris Heure cannot be held responsible , the client has to take his own insurance with the shipping company at his cost, we can help you with this. 
Delivery : Buyers are responsible for all additional customs fees, duties, or taxes. All shipments are sent fully insured via Malca Amit who primarily uses Fedex. A tracking number will be given to you after collection of the package. In case of loss or theft of packages, a refund will only be made after approval of the insurance claim by our insurance provider Malca Amit.

Guarantee : All watches are guaranteed for 6 months for normal use. For vintage watches that are not waterproof, there is no guarantee of water resistance. In the caseof a water resistance problem linked to the non-screwing of the crown, the warranty is also void. In the case of shocks to the watch, the warranty is void. Normal use only qualifies for the 6-month warranty.


Our opinion: The explorer ref 1016 appeared in the 60's, and different versions were produced: matte, lacquered, white dial... A true collector's item, so hard to find today. This one has a beautiful patina. The case is in good condition, its ultra-rare transitional gilt swiss only underline dial is very well preserved and a beautiful tropical brown patina is forming! The watch is in its original condition with its period riveted bracelet and is one of the very first series produced in 1963 during Rolex's highly sought-after luminescent transition period !!!! So rare to find today that they are now worth as much as the Submariner!