One of the finest selections of vintage and contemporary watches we were able to put together. We tried to do our best to offer you extremely rare and well preserved collectable pieces of the best manufactures.
Session I: Saturday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 104
Session II: Sunday 23 October, 10:30 AM – lots 105 to 179
Session III: Sunday 23 October, 2:30 PM – lots 180 to 271
52 Rolex Refined and Sporty, Explorer, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, with Black Dial, Reference 1016, With Certificate
Estimate: € 15,000 – 30,000
Sold € 26,000
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Case N°: R215673
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Warranty and Additional Link
Rolex was adamant that he wanted its watches on the summit and so in 1952 they equipped the British climbers with large size Oyster watches. These watches were what collectors now refer to as Pre-Explorers, essentially prototypes of what would ultimately become the Explorer. This example of Explorer reference 1016 watch is not one of the first but it features the same 36 mm sized Oyster case like the first one that climbed the mountains. It presents no evident signs of wearing, along with an Oyster bracelet in nice conditions as well. Its black matte dial, introduced in the late 1960s, instead of the previous gilt one, has a white iconic trio of Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Completed by the signature of this model with baton indexes, outer minute/second divisions and luminous steel Mercedes hands this watch is an unmissable piece of history reminiscent of human feats, further sold with its original warranty and additional link.