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1966 Rolex Explorer 1016 Tropical

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  • Reference: 1016

    Serial: xxxxxx 

    Year: 1966

    Case: Stainless steel, scewback, thick case, plexi glass

    Dial: Explorer diall, tritium luminous, T Swiss 25 T

    Dimensions: 36 mm excluding crown

    Function: Automatic

    Caliber: 1570

    Strap: Leather

    Accessories: No box or papers

  • A rare and wonderfully preserved example of a 1966 Rolex explorer 1016 with tropical 'Bordeaux' open gilt chapter ring dial.

    The dial and luminous have preserved in incredible condition, and has taken on a deep blood red 'Bordeaux' tropical under the sun and still remains glossy with only light age.

    The case is nice and thick and has only light marks from wear. Crown is tight and screws down perfectly.

    The most appealing quality to this amazing Explorer is the unique way it adapts to each tilt of the wrist and every different light source, forever evolving and changing to deep oxblood, brown, and varying degrees of apricot-pumpkin coloured tritium.

    Explorers are some of the most coveted and iconic vintage watches out there. It is clear to see when you see such examples in such condition.

    Grab them while you can.