Rolex 1016 Vintage Explorer I w/ Original Papers (25465)

25465 Rolex 1016 Explorer I, stainless steel case on a stainless steel USA Jubilee bracelet, case is in very nice condition, matte dial is in excellent condition with no flaws, luminous material on both the hands and dial appear to be original and have aged uniformly, acrylic crystal, water resistant resistant, serial 901XXXX (1963), Excellent Condition with service receipt from 6 / 1981, COSC certificate with corresponding case and movement numbers, instruction booklet and original Rolex chronometer certificate dated 11 / 1964.

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More about Rolex 1016 Vintage Explorer I w/ Original Papers

The automatic winding Rolex caliber 1570 movement is 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 mechanism, and Microstella regulating screws.

The perpetual automatic mechanism is energized by the natural movement of the wrist with a half-moon oscillating weight that pivots freely in both directions. The rotor continuously winds the movement's mainspring, providing a constant and stable source of energy. In 1953, Rolex advertised its brand as the “watch of achievers,” and it became 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.