A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, 'tropical' lacquer dial and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1964
    Reference No: 1016
    Movement No: D47766
    Case No: 1'040'738
    Model Name: Explorer
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, 185 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 55
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 36 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a reference 1016 however with white dial, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 226.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This 'tropical' dial Explorer has aged beautifully over time, giving the watch an almost dégradé look. When dials turn 'tropical', there is no way of telling how the colours will react to the elements. As a collector, one cannot plan or tell how each dial will 'turn', making each piece unique and very special in the way it has aged. Contrasted with the gilt lettering, this dial is really quite unusual and attractive.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    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 rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, 'tropical' lacquer dial and bracelet

勞力士,罕有,不銹鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針及棕色漆錶盤,“Explorer”,型號1016,1964年製

1964
36 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

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Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016