ROLEX EXPLORER 1 GILT TROPICAL REF. 1016
Fine and very rare stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with an amazing gilt tropical dial.
In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf creates Rolex in London. He directly positions the brand in the luxury segment with an extremely controlled and high quality manufacturing know-how. Robust, reliable watches that meet many professional standards.
At the beginning of the 1950s, Rolex developed watches that were to become iconic, true tool watches whose function went simply beyond giving the time. These watches were intended for scuba diving, aviation, car driving, mountaineering or scientific exploration. They were to create a buzz and to establish themselves as the watches of achievement.
In 1953, the expedition led by Sir John Hunt during which Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed to the summit of Mount Everest with a watch designed by Rolex on their wrist: the Explorer 1.
The model presented here is a magnificent and rare Explorer 1 of reference 1016 from 1964. It is a stainless steel round case of 34 mm diameter. It has a magnificent lacquered dial called “gilt” tropical color, so it is brown and has a beautiful effect. Stick indexes and mythical numbers 3,6,9 painted luminescent, mercedes hands and central second hand. Self-winding mechanical movement, chronometer certified.
This historical mountaineer and explorer watch is one of the showpieces of the Rolex company.
A timeless watch that is still made with the same DNA as the original model.