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Rolex Explorer 1 ref 6610 Gilt Dial circa 1956


An early model Rolex Explorer, ref 6610. serial # 168,000 circa 1956 with an attractively refinished gloss black dial. Featuring a 36mm diameter case with smooth bezel, acrylic crystal, and a refinished gloss black gilt dial with patina’d luminous indexes, gilt relumed hands, and correct white sweep seconds lollipop hand. Powered by Rolex calibre 1030 self winding chronometer rated movement with case back code of II/56, for the 2nd quarter of 1956. The case has been previously polished. Offered as shown with vintage style or your choice of leather or exotic skin strap.

Recently fully serviced and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation. Purchase includes our fine leather watch pouch, popular for travel and storage, and a $55 value.

NOTE: this watch contains an original 6610 that we had refinished as you see it to have the visual characteristics of a gilt gloss dial. It is a genuine Rolex 6610 that has been refinished, and not an aftermarket dial.

An interesting historical note, we bought our first gilt dial 6610 Explorer some 20+ years back for a mere $2300 at a watch show in Dearborn, Michigan. All the dealers passed on the watch because as a 6610, and not a 1016, it was not recognized as a “real” Explorer 1. The same watch today would easily fetch $25,000.00. And rather than considered an “also ran,” it would be a prized piece perhaps even more desirable than the 1016 version. How  times have changed!!!

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Man's / Lady's


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Stainless Steel




Rolex Oyster Crown

Dial & Hands

Glossy black gilt dial

Movement Type

Self Winding

Date Function


Strap / Bracelet

Fine leather, cordovan, or exotic skin strap

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Rolex Explorer

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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.

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Rolex Explorer 1 ref 6610 Gilt Dial circa 1956


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