1975 Rolex Explorer I (Ref. 1016) Mk. III Dial

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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 sports 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. 1016 add to the unique feel and appearance..

The 1016 Explorer was one of the longest-produced Rolex references, and has become a cornerstone piece for any Rolex collection that can hold its own. Although the Explorer ref. 1016 was produced for a long period of time, it has become one of the more elusive references in recent years due to the simple fact that Rolex didn't manufacture very many during its tenure. Along with the low production numbers, collectors have been holding onto these pieces which further reduces the number of models available for purchase. 

Stock # RLXEXP101675-2
Brand Rolex
Style Explorer I
Model 1016
Serial 40XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black 3-6-9 "Mk. III"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces



The excellent case retains very thick and crisp lugs that remain symmetrical with gentle signs of use present. The smooth stainless steel bezel is in very clean condition, exhibiting gentle signs of use. The Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces is a later service unit and retains 13 links that show minimal stretch and will fit up to a 7 3/4-inch wrist.


The original matte black Mk. III "3-6-9 Explorer" dial is in excellent condition showing no damage and only minor elements of age in the form of some oil spots from age.  The tritium lume plots have achieved a charming golden-yellow patina and exhibit no degradation under UV light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial almost perfectly and show no degradation under UV light inspection.


None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.