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 78360 Bracelet and 580 End Links with a folding deployment clasp, and an acrylic crystal. It has the original screw down Twinlock winding crown, and a solid screw down case back. The 36mm diameter solid three-body case, gently curved lugs, bracelet, and flat bezel, are polished/satin finished. It has the original gilt matte black dial, which has turned "tropical" brown, luminous skeleton steel Rolex hands with an even aged patina, and a center sweep seconds hand with a "lollipop" indicator disc. There are Arabic hour numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock, luminous baton markers with a triangle indicator at 12 o'clock, and there is a perimeter outer track with seconds/minute divisions. It's water resistant to 30 meters/100 feet, and it's a Certified Official Superlative Chronometer (COSC). The 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, and it's constructed with 26 jewels, a shock absorber device, 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 for precision time setting, and Microstella regulating screws.

The Rolex Explorer I Gilt 1016 was introduced in 1960, and it was produced until 1969. The Rolex Explorer was originally introduced in 1953, becoming the standard timepiece for adventurers, including mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary, who scaled Mount Everest with his Tibetan comrade, Tenzing Norgay. They both wore an Oyster Perpetual to the summit, prompting Rolex to produce and debut their Explorer in commemoration of the conquest of Everest.