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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer - Reference 1016 - MK1 'Frogs Foot' Dial - c.1967

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A Very Handsome Rolex Explorer Reference 1016 with Mark 1 Frog Foot Dial in Beautiful Condition With Attractive Lume, Dated to c.1967

The Rolex Explorer 1016 was produced from 1959 to late 1989 - one of the longest runs in the brand's history. However, some might say it has been slightly overshadowed over the years by its siblings, the GMT and the Submariner. 

Bob's Watches states: "The ref. 1016 is one of those watches that can legitimately be described as gentlemanly. Beautifully balanced, effortlessly stylish, and perfectly capable, it just gets on with its job with the least amount of fuss possible." 


What’s On Offer 

The iconic Rolex Explorer 1016 needs little introduction and this 1967 example is in superb shape boasting a beautiful matt black dial with nicely aged lume which has turned an attractive pale butter colour, on both the hour plots and synonymous Mercedes hands. This reference is also affectionately referred to as the 'Frog Foot' dial as it bears a Rolex coronet that resembles the foot of a frog at 12 o'clock - as I have discovered over the years I have been writing about watches, the devil is in the detail and only the keenest of eyes will notice these minute nuances. The dial is encapsulated underneath shatterproof Plexiglas and encased in stainless steel with a smooth bezel. The case and lugs are in nice vintage condition, there are signs of wear but nothing of concern. We have paired this watch with a classic handmade leather strap which really brings out the warmth of the dial - a stylish combination without being ostentatious in the least.  

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless Steel

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexiglas

Bracelet: Handmade Leather Strap

Technical specifications

Winding: Automatic

Movement Type: Mechanical

Calibre: 1570 Adjusted 5 positions + temperature

Jewels: 25


Power reserve: 48hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent

Model Reference:  1016

Date of issue: 1967

Warranty: 12 Months VWS


Width (without crown): 36mm

Lug width: 20mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 43.5mm

Wrist size: Adjustable