ROLEX EXPLORER REF 1016 GILT FROM 1965
Model: Explorer I
Movement : Auto cal 1570
Diameter : 36mm
Serial : 158XXXX
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 still luminescent indexes. The latest series of gilt dials before mat. The gilt has very few surface scratches and remains in good condition with a homogeneous patina of the indexes 3-6-9. The relumed hands match the original patina well. Very nice general set.
Bracelet : Folded steel ref 7836 endlink 358 later than the watch
Our opinion: The explorer ref 1016 appeared in the 1960s, different versions were produced, matt, lacquered, white dial ... A true collector's reference so difficult to find today. This one has a beautiful patina. The case is in good condition, its rare gilt dial is very well preserved and a beautiful patina though! The watch is in its original condition with its folded strap and is one of the very first series produced in 1969 very sought after !!!! So rare to find today that they are now as expensive as the Submariner!