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1966 Rolex Explorer I 1016

Without a doubt, one of the most sought after vintage Rolex models would have to be the highly coveted Rolex Explorer I 1016, and here is a fantastic model dating from 1966.

With its iconic 3,6,9 dial and those absolutely gorgeous Mercedes style hands, the matte dial and hands are all original and have not been re-lumed or replaced and have achieved that wonderful patina that is so sought after by collectors. So many vintage Rolex watches have either their dial and hands replaced, or re-painted, so finding one that is not only all original, but also in superb condition makes this watch even more exciting.

Then it is also fitted on its original stainless steel Rolex Oyster band that feels so comfortable on the wrist. So many of these early 1016 watches have later Rolex Oyster bands fitted, which is easy to spot, as this one has the original rivet style on the outside and earlier style clasp. While there is nothing inherently wrong with having a later band, finding one that is all original makes this watch even more special.

The watch is powered by the 26 jewelled automatic Rolex calibre 1570 that has just been serviced by our own in-house watchmaker who himself used to work for Rolex, and this watch comes complete with our twelve month warranty. Having our own watchmaker on site in our brand new state of the art watchmaking workshop, allows us to be able to service the watches all on site without having to send them interstate or overseas which is the trend lately. Not only are we able to service our watches, but please bring your watch or pocket watch in for us to provide you with a free quote to service it.

Even after more than 50 years have passed, this is still a fantastic looking Rolex that will just keep looking better and better as the years go by.


Stock# W2019

Maker: Rolex

Model: Rolex Explorer I 1016

Circa: 1966



1966 Rolex Explorer I 1016

1966 Rolex Explorer I 1016 with its original dial. The Rolex Explorer I is one of the most sought after vintage Rolex models around. This vintage Rolex Explorer I has its original matte dial and hands.

A brief history on the Rolex Explorer I reference 1016.

The Rolex Explorer I 1016 has the easily identifiable dial with the 3,6,9 numbers and index markers for the other hours, and the beautiful Mercedes hands. In recent years, the 1016 has become one of the most sought after vintage Rolex models around.

While the Rolex Explorer was first released in 1953 to withstand extreme temperatures from -20C and +40C. The Rolex 1016 was introduced in 1963. Having a long and prestigious run until 1989, during this time went through a few dial variations. Fitted with a smooth bezel and on the Rolex Oyster band, the case measures 36mm across and has such a great sports look as well as remaining so stylish for any occasion that it is worn to.

A brief history on the Rolex calibre 1570.

The Rolex calibre 1570 was released in 1965 and used until 1974. It is a certified chronometer movement (COSC) automatic movement with 26 jewels. With a 48 hour power reserve, it is fitted with a Kif Ultraflex shock system and a free-sprung Breguet hairspring.

The 1570 series of movements was used for the Rolex Datejust, the Rolex Date 1500, the Rolex Explorer, and the Rolex Submariner.

The Rolex 1570 series of movements (including not only the Rolex 1570, but also the 1575), have long been regarded as one of their finest movements.

Where can I service my Rolex watch in Sydney?

Kalmar Antiques now employ a Rolex trained watchmaker on site!

When we expanded and renovated our store in late 2022, we put in not only a full watchmaking and polishing workshop, but a watchmaker who used to work for Rolex for nearly seven years. This allows us to be able to service your Rolex to Rolex standards, as well as other watch brands such as Omega, Cartier and Patek Philippe to name a few.

How often should I service my Rolex?

We recommend to service your Rolex every five years. If you wear the watch in water, we strongly suggest having your Rolex watch, or any watch for that matter, pressure tested once a year.

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