1956 Rolex Explorer I (Ref. 6610) GILT "SWISS only" Chapter Ring

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The Rolex Explorer I references bridge the gap between a dress watch and a sports watch. Without the crown guards and rotating bezels commonly found on sports models offered by Rolex, the Explorer I has a cleaner, sleeker profile while incorporating recognizable sport model features into the dial. The highly visible block indices, luminescent numerals at the 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock positions, and Submariner style triangle at the 12 o'clock position allow for readability under any conditions. The Submariner hands featured on the Ref. 6610 add to the unique feel and appearance.

The 6610 reference range is a rare and early execution of the Explorer 1, this one in particular dating to 1956. The gilted "SWISS only" chapter ring dial is a stunning detail beloved by collectors. The Rolex Explorer reference range as a whole has been a favorite since first produced in commemoration for the success of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953. 

Stock # RLXEXP6610
Brand Rolex
Style Explorer I
Model 6610
Serial 14XXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Glossy Gilt "Chapter Ring" 3-6-9 Dial
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet 2pc Leather Handmade Strap



The case retains full lugs showing honest wear and patina, remaining in overall good vintage condition. The case back is stamped I.56. The watch will come supplied on a handmade vintage style strap.


The early "SWISS only" gilt chapter ring dial has taken on a striking and consistent patina. The gilting of the chapter ring and text remains fully intact and undamaged. The glossy finish on the dial has aged to slight matte in texture and look. The early radium lume on the dial remains fully intact and has taken on a dark patina. The gilt hour and minute hands remain original to the watch. The gilt hands show a consistent and even patina and have taken on a matching patina to the lume plots on the dial. The dial and hands have a strong glow when exposed under U.V. light and fade evenly. 


None. Watch is running and keeping time perfectly, additional service history is unknown.