Rolex Explorer 1 ref 6610 Gilt Dial circa 1957


An exceptional example early model Rolex Explorer 1 ref 6610 serial # 268,000 circa 1957. Featuring a 36mm diameter case with smooth bezel, acrylic crystal, and stunning original gloss black SWISS only gilt dial with richly patina’d luminous indexes. With matching gilt luminous hands and rare and correct original white lollipop sweep seconds hand. The dial has a beautiful original frosty finish with all gilt lettering clear and intact. The dial and hands test positive on geiger counter for original radium luminous.

Powered by calibre 1030 self winding chronometer rated movement. Case back code of IV/59. Recently fully serviced and offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation. Case has been previously polished. Offered as shown with vintage style or your choice of leather or exotic skin strap. Purchase includes our fine leather watch pouch, popular for travel and storage.

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. How the times have changed!!! The price has risen almost 10 fold!!!


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