Rolex Explorer 1 ref 1016 Gilt Tropical Dial circa 1967


Rolex Explorer 1 ref 1016 serial # 1.5 million circa 1967.  Featuring a 36mm diameter case with smooth bezel, acrylic crystal, and original gloss black gilt tropical dial with warmly patina’d luminous indexes and matching luminous hands. Powered by calibre 1570 self winding chronometer rated, non hacking movement, and with case back date code of VI/66. With clearly engraved reference and serial numbers between the lugs. Offered as shown with vintage folded link ref 7836 Oyster bracelet with 280 endpieces and 1970 date code deployant clasp.

This very desirable model features a very beautiful original glossy black dial signed SWISS T<25 and now showing lovely brownish tones. The dial retains its original smooth, glossy surface without scratches, pebbling, or deterioration of lacquer. Nicely patina’d original luminous indexes are a rich tan color. With clean and non corroded hands with matching lume.

The case has been previously polished but shows well and has not been over polished or suffered abuse. No corrosion between the lugs, easily read ref and serial #s. 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 exceptional chocolate gilt dial.

Your purchase includes our signature fine leather pouch, ideal for travel and storage, a $55.00 value.

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