This Rolex 1016 Explorer was produced in 1987 - one of the last years before production stopped in 1989 - and is in amazing condition. The watch case is stamped with a R serial. The 36mm stainless steel oyster case is in good condition, with sharp and strong lugs and some small marks from use. The oyster bracelet is the original for this watch and is in great condition with matching endlinks and clasp . The 'Mark 5' dial is in perfect condition with nice eggshell colored tritium matching perfectly with the tritium on the hands. The domed plexi is in good condition with some scratches from exploring over the years. The automatic cal. 1570 movement was recently fully serviced and runs great.
Rolex introduced the Explorer in 1953 to celebrate that 2 mountaineers climbed Mount Everest - ofcourse wearing Rolex Explorer watches on their wrists. The Explorer has been in production ever since and is one of the all time classics from Rolex. Watch collectors love this watch for it’s simple and beautiful design.
Since the watch's birth, Rolex has continued to update the Explorer.
Rolex first introduced the reference Explorer 1016 in ‘59, and it was in production until 1989.
The Explorer stayed almost the same in appearance during this period. The only noteable change was a switch from glossy to matte dials in ‘66.
This is one of the most versatile models from Rolex. It looks great during any occasion, from casual to formal. The ref. 1016 continues to gain in popularity with collectors and is a favorite for many.