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Rolex Explorer 1 ref 1016 Gilt Dial circa 1966


Rolex Explorer 1 ref 1016 serial # 1.49 million circa 1966.  Featuring 36mm diameter case with smooth bezel, acrylic crystal, and original gloss black gilt dial with warmly patina’d luminous indexes and closely matching luminous hands. Powered by calibre 1570 self winding chronometer rated, non hacking movement, and case back code of VI/66. Reference # and serial #s show wear as expected but all numbers can be read. (See photos). Recently fully serviced and offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation. Offered as shown with vintage style or your choice of leather or exotic skin strap.

This very desirable model features a very beautiful original glossy black dial signed SWISS T<25, with smooth, glossy surface without scratches, pebbling, or deterioration of lacquer. Nicely patina’d original luminous indexes are a rich tan color with brown zoning. With clean and non corroded hands with matching (and we believe original) matching lume. The case features nice beefy lugs. The case has been previously polished. The chronometer rated 1570 movement has been recently serviced and in excellent mechanical condition. There are no box or papers or bracelet included. Very desirable example of this popular model with an exceptionally pleasing dial.

Additional information



Model Name/Type

Explorer I

Man's / Lady's


Model/Case Ref#


Case Serial #

1.4 million



Case Metal

Stainless Steel




Rolex Oyster Crown

Dial & Hands

original gilt dial

Movement Type

Self Winding

Date Function


Strap / Bracelet

Fine leather, cordovan, or exotic skin strap

Strap / Bracelet Size


Country of Origin


Box / Papers




Case mm


Movement Caliber

Caliber 1570


Vintage Rolex & Pre-Owned Rolex Watches

There is no watch brand more associated with quality, prestige, luxury, success, and social status than Rolex. Founded in the UK in 1908 and soon relocated to Switzerland, Rolex is credited with countless technical advances in time keeping accuracy, the introduction in 1928 of the water and dust resistant “Oyster” case, and in 1933, the perfection of the self winding “Perpetual” movement. With sponsorship of sporting events as wide reaching as the America’s cup, to the Daytona 500, golf and tennis tournaments, and expeditions to the far reaches of the world, Rolex has always promoted it’s brand as an icon of success, achievement, and conquest. With popular “tool” watches such as the diver’s Submariner or Seadweller, the Aviator’s dual time zone GMT, the spelunker’s 24 hour Explorer, or the auto racer’s Daytona, Rolex has created loyal followings for the sports minded man. And the dressy Datejust and Presidential models, once the CEO’s trademark timepiece, are now much sought after by both men and woman as a luxury fashion statement. Whether vintage Rolex or more contemporary, your choice of a Rolex will always be a good choice.

All of our pre-owned Vintage Rolex watches are fully restored and guaranteed genuine to give you excellent service and piece of mind.

Rolex Explorer 1 ref 1016 Gilt Dial circa 1966


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