The Rolex Explorer 1016, of all of the brand’s sports watches, has always been the under watch in the brand’s lineup. Compared to heavyweights such as the Submariner, GMT, and Daytona, the Explorer has always ranked as understated, underappreciated, underexposed, and, one could argue, “under-updated”. Released in 1963, 1016 basically soldiered on through 1989 (some say 1990) with very few updates aside from a move away from gilt to matte dial, a change from non-hacking 1560 to hacking 1570 movement, and the ultimate addition of a solid bracelet. 1016 very quietly held down the fort for a long, long time.
We are glad that we have one! And with box and papers! Produced in 1965, sold in 1967. The dial is original, not service of aftermarket but from a few years later. A real collector’s piece, a treasure in everyone’s collection.!