1967 Rolex Explorer I (Ref. 1016)

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The Rolex Explorer I references bridge the gap between a dress watch and a sports watch as they possess a smooth bezel, the lack of crown guards, and the rotating bezels more commonly found on the sports models of watches offered by Rolex. But with that being said the Rolex explorer references possess highly visible block indices and luminescent numerals at the 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock positions with a submariner style triangle at the 12 o'clock position.The Rolex Submariner style hands more commonly found on the sports line of Rolex watches also add to the Rolex explorer's unique feel and appearance.

This specific example that we are featuring here at craft and tailored features the earlier Rolex coronet that is commonly referred to as the "frog foot" as this specific era of coronet post gilt dial resembles a frogs foot where later variants on the ref. 1016 are much more stout pronounced. The flawless dial is intact without any chipping or issue and the lume plots and hands have achieved a wonderful golden patina which adds to this specific examples charm and wrist appeal. The Rolex Explorer I (Ref. 1016) would make a great addition to an existing collection and offers the utmost versatility as a stand-alone piece. It would also make a daily driver as it is suitable for the most formal as well as the most casual of settings!


Stock # RLXEXP671016
Brand Rolex
Style Explorer I
Model Ref. 1016
Serial 17XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black 3-6-9 Dial
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet Nato



The case of this Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 has been previously been polished but retains full and fat lugs. The watch will be supplied on an admiralty grey nato strap


The early "Frog Foot" dial of this 1967 Ref. 1016 is in absolutely flawless and stunning condition. The Tritium lume plots and hands are perfectly matching and have achieved a wonderful golden yellow patina. The dial and hands show zero lume degradation when viewed under U.V. Light


None. Watch just received a full and complete service and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1 year warranty on accurate timekeeping.