CASE NUMBER: 1380525
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 36 mm in diameter
DIAL: Black with shades of chocolate brown, luminous hour markers with "3", "6", and "9" Arabic numerals
BRACELET MATERIAL: Brown cordovan leather
BRACELET SIZE: 6-3/8 to 7-3/4 inches
FUNCTIONS: Time only
The Explorer 1016 debuted in 1963 and is most famous for the inclusion of its predecessor on the first summiting of Mount Everest in 1953. Usually the Explorer doesn't get much fanfare as compared to other, larger Rolex sport watches. But the Explorer excels in one particular area: its dial. All the way back in the early 1950s, Rolex designed the familiar 3/6/9 dial as seen on the Rolex Explorer 1016 because it was legible for quick and crucial time telling under tough conditions. The large amount of tritium on the dial plus the later addition of the big, bold Mercedes hands also enhanced visibility under low light conditions. Collectors pay a huge premium for the famous 3/6/9 dial when found on other Rolex sport watches. The dial of the present example is particularly special and attractive with its "tropical" characteristic -- the fact that the dial has started turning a beautiful shade of chocolate brown. This rare attribute makes the present watch quite valuable and a must-have for Rolex sport collectors.
Please note that the second digit in the case number has been obscured over time by the wear of the bracelet against the case. Upon examination under magnification, the second digit appears to be a "3" as indicated in the specifications above.
Dial in excellent condition, with beautiful shades of chocolate brown. Hands with signs of age. Luminous material on the dial and hands fully intact, appears original to the watch, and aged to a beautiful creamy color. Case in excellent condition with perhaps a light polish and light scratches from age and normal wear. Overall in excellent condition.
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