Rolex Explorer Reference 1016 L-Serial

The last of the vintage era…

The Explorer story began in the early 1950s, when early versions of the watches were worn on the Everest expedition, and has remained uninterrupted in the Rolex catalogue ever since.
This is a special watch as it is truly the last of the plexi glass and matte dial sports Rolex watches so beloved by collectors. By 1989 all the other sports watches had moved to sapphire glasses and glossy dials and for this reason we believe these watches are true future collectibles. The case is really strong all round, with thick lugs. The Mk3 matte dial features tritium lume and the iconic painted 3-6-9 numerals and is in flawless condition.
The watch is fitted with a solid-link Oyster bracelet in awesome condition with a clasp stamped ‘N 4’ and reference 580 endlinks. The watch has been fully serviced by our watchmaker.


- Reference 1016
- 36mm steel case
- Serial L221xxx dating to 1989
- Mk3 dial
- Oyster bracelet reference 78360 with 580 endlinks
- Fully serviced by our watchmaker
- One-year mechanical warranty
- Includes a handmade leather watch pouch
- Free worldwide Fedex Priority shipping

We Love Watches

We are passionate about vintage watches and we love talking about them! That is why we don't sell our watches with a simple "Add to cart" button, but instead try to emulate a truly boutique experience online. Helping you find your perfect vintage watch is our Watch Department’s raison d’etre. Whatever you would like to ask, please do. Building our community of watch lovers is central to our mission at Bulang and Sons.

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At Bulang and Sons we have sold thousands of watches over the years. We are a small team of experienced collectors and connoisseurs who are all part of an extensive global network of buyers and sellers. We have a great reputation for offering only the highest quality watches. We have one simply rule: we only buy and sell watches we want to own ourselves. And yes, we are still collectors too.

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As collectors, we know how intense the search for a specific vintage watch can be. Once you find it at Bulang and Sons, we want to make things easy, safe and fast for you. Therefore, we offer the most comprehensive return policy and warranty; you will not find a safer place on the internet to buy a vintage watch. You can relax and enjoy your deal with Bulang and Sons.

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