As soon as it comes to the Rolex Explorer, everybody thinks of course about the first ascent of the Mount Everest. The highest mountain of the world was conquered in May 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Both gentlemen were equipped
with prototypes of the legendary Explorer model.
- Reference 1016/0
- year of manufacture 1959
- stainless steel case
- leather strap with stainless steel buckle
- acrylic glass
- movement: caliber 1560
- verified by Rolex Geneva
- original guarantee, chronometer certificate and box
price upon request
Already at the end of 1952 the first prototypes of this model were ready in Geneva. Nobody still thought about the name Explorer at this time.
These prototypes also did not correspond optically yet to the watch type which one associates today with the Explorer.The dials were still white at that time, and also the typical Arabian figures
on position 3, 6 and 9 were absent. After the successful British-Nepalese expedition the name Explorer appeared for the first time, at the end of 1953, on the dial of the reference 6350, the
first so called "EXPLORER". The direct predecessors of the 6350, reference 6298 and 6150, had the legendary 3-6-9 dials but still without Explorer addition. At their time of production, the
highest mountain of the world was not yet conquered. With the introduction of the name Explorer, this model gets it's permanent establishment in the Rolex family, and was, as all of the other
models from Geneva, continuously changed and also improved during the decades. No matter how well a timepiece was, it received always upgradings - typical for Rolex.
This particular and almost unique 1016, equipped with the high-qualtiy movement caliber 1560, is an Explorer I from 1959. The whole condition of this timepiece is excellent throughout, its
charismatic dial absolutely stunning. In 100% original and perfect condition she was recently verified by Rolex Geneva and still retains the original paperwork and box.
This timepiece is an irrepeatable opportunity for every collector.
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