Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

3 Rolex Refined and Sporty, Explorer Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 1016, With Box and Papers

Estimate: € 10,000 –⁠ 20,000

Sold € 20,800

Model: Explorer
Reference: 1016
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1988
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1570
Case N°: R880529
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box, Papers, Wallet and Calendar

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 those mountains. It presents no evident signs of wearing, a very nice steel case with still the sticker on the back 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 box and warranty.