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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 1016 Mk.1 "Frog Dial", 1969

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 1016 Mk.1 "Frog Dial", 1969

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A fine and rare example of the Rolex Explorer, reference 1016, from 1969. This stunning example features an original Stunning Mk.1 "Frog Dial" and is complete with the original Rolex box and the original receipt.

With Rolex's standing as the world's largest, most famous, and (supposedly) most respected luxury watchmaker, it's impossible to fathom anything from the company being considered 'underrated.' But this is most likely your final chance to get your hands on this 'sleeper watch before it's too late.

The history behind the Rolex Explorer

In 1933, Rolex began making watches for explorers with a highly visible dial and unique lubricants that permitted operation between -20° C and +40° C (as an original backer of the Himalayan expedition). After the first Everest summit was reached in 1953.

At the time of release, the Explorer fell victim to the brand's success; they were released during Rolex’s first great golden age, an era which also brought us a pair of true legends: the GMT-Master and the Submariner, beloved of Scuba divers and of the best friend Rolex ever had, James Bond (ironically, the creator of the British super spy, author Ian Fleming, was a lifelong fan of the Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016!).

Finally, this beautiful watch is getting the attention and appreciation it deserves. With prices shooting up, with no sign of stopping, now is a great time to get your hands on one of Rolex's all-time greats!

Technical & Condition: 

Condition Report:
Overall the watch remains in good vintage condition. The dial is superb with matching lume on both the dial and hands. The dial itself is free from damage. The case shows scratches and minor grazes as expected for its age but overall it remains in decent shape. The bracelet shows minor stretch and scratches as expected for a watch of its age. As it is it will fit wrists upto approximately 18.5cm. The movement is serviced.
  • Case size (exc. crown): 36mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Strap/bracelet
  • Box and papers: Original Rolex box and various papers
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Key Information

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 1016 Mk.1 "Frog Dial", 1969

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: Explorer
  • Ref.: 1016
  • Year: 1969
  • SKU: 1739


  • Movement Calibre:
  • Movement Type: Automatic
  • Case Size: 36mm

Box and Papers:

  • Original Box

Condition Report

If you're looking for a timeless Vintage Rolex watch with tremendous collectors value, look no further!

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Delivery Prices:

Delivery within the UK is Free. Delivery within Europe is £60. Delivery for the Rest of the World is £80.


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