Rolex Explorer I - 1975
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Soup to nuts, the Rolex Reference Explorer is one of the most beautiful sports watches ever designed.
In production for nearly three decades, the 1016 Explorer is the direct descendant of Rolex's original mountaineer's watch, used during the first ascent to the top of Mount Everest in 1953. These were watches designed to be tough as nails and capable of operating effectively in the harshest conditions known to man. It really doesn't get more badass than that.
Featuring the traditional non-date 3,6,9 dial layout, the 1016 is what most people think of when you hear the words "Rolex Explorer". While 1016s were made in fairly large numbers for a consumer public who couldn't get enough of them, they have, in recent years, become incredibly hot on the collector market, and finding clean examples has definitely become a challenge.
This particular example dates from circa 1975 (40th birthday, anyone?) and is one of the sharpest examples we've found in quite some time. With incredible thick lugs and a beautifully patinated matte dial and handset, we don't see this one lasting long. This guy is really, really sharp.
Whether it was diving to the lowest point or climbing to the highest, you've got to hand it to Rolex - they know how to build one hell of a sports watch!
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Rolex Explorer I - 1975