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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1987
    Reference No: 1016
    Movement No: D621'477
    Case No: 9'709'012
    Model Name: Explorer
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 580, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Deployant clasp stamped 93150
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Rolex fitted box, stamped Guarantee and extra Rolex deployant clasp.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The successor to the Rolex Explorer reference 6610, the 1016 was produced beginning in 1963 and continued to evolve until 1989.

    With the reference 1016, Rolex doubled the Explorer’s water resistance from 50 meters to 100 meters. Rolex also updated the text on the dial, changing the “Officially Certified Chronometer” text found on the 6610 to “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”.

    The present watch, dating from 1987 is part of the last models made. It is in in absolutely superb condition and comes accompanied with its original guarantee stamped by Bucherer in Lugano and original fitted Rolex box.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 1016
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with black dial, center seconds and guarantee, retailed by Bucherer

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for CHF18,125

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017