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The story of the Explorer began with two earlier bubblebacks, the 6098 and 6150, which were utilized by adventurers and mountaineers at the beginning of the 1950’s. They did not bear the name Explorer, however, nor did they have the arabic 3-6-9 on the dial that later became synonymous with the model line. In 1953, the subsequent references 6298 and 6350 were introduced ; they fitted with the typical “explorer” dial. The Mercedes hands were also added slightly later.
When Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, Hillary wore a Smith’s watch and a Rolex Oyster and Norgay wore a Rolex reference 6350. After their successful climb, Rolex commemorated the feat by naming the 6350 the “Explorer.” This was the official start of the model line. The 6610 came after, then the 1016 with the 1560 mvmt. Credit explorer1016
Technical Details :
Brand : Rolex
Ref : 1016 (66)
Dial : Gilt Dial
Caliber : 1560
Serial : 150XXXX
Box and Papers : No
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