Rolex 1016 Vintage Explorer I Gilt Glossy TROPICAL Dial (27402)

27402 Rolex 1016 Explorer I Gilt, sharp and thick stainless steel case with a folded link oyster bracelet (stamped 7836 with 280 endlinks), original gilt dial has turned slightly "tropical", the lume on the dial and hands has aged uniformly, hacking seconds, original Twinlock crown, domed acrylic crystal, water resistant, 138XXXX (circa 1966), diameter: 36mm, Excellent Condition with European Watch Company Pouch and 6 Month Warranty Card.

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This is a vintage c. 1966 stainless steel Rolex Explorer I Gilt 1016. It has the correct original 7836 Bracelet with 280 End Links (because it's unpolished, the case edges are very sharp), and it has a domed acrylic crystal. It includes a screw-down solid case back and the original Twinlock screw down winding crown. The 36mm solid three-body case, curved lugs, and flat angled bezel, are polished/brushed. It has the original matte black dial that has turned "tropical," luminous "Mercedes" steel hands with age patina, a "lollipop" center sweep seconds hand, Arabic hour numerals at the quarter hours, baton hour indices with a triangle indicator at 12 o'clock, and an outer track with seconds/minute divisions. It's water resistant to 30 meters/100 feet, and it has a Certified Official Superlative Chronometer (COSC) rating. It's water resistant to 100 meters/330 feet, and the 12mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

This Rolex Explorer I Gilt 1016 has a mechanical automatic winding Rolex caliber 1570 movement that's rhodium-plated with 26 jewels. It has a shock absorber mechanism, a straight-line lever escapement, and a monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold, and five positions. It includes a self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, a central hacking seconds device, and Microstella regulating screws.

The Rolex Explorer I Gilt 1016 was introduced in 1960, and it was produced until 1969.