In keeping my rules for getting watches, I have traded my Kelek Chronogaph plus cash top up for this Rolex early 3 piece case, front and back screw on trench watch from circa 1918. This watch is unique as both the front and back case can be removed via unscrewing.
After months of exploring other branded watches, I have decided to stay focus on Rolex, some military and divers.
I have been trying to collect the various Explorers for a while. The journey has been a long and exciting one as the I have the Matt dial Explorer first and then sold it away to make way for a gilt dial and slowly upgraded to the gilt dial tropical and other variations ..a few more to go...
This is an unusual movement that has the similar shape of Prince movement. Previously most Prince movement were sub contracted to Algers and not sure if this one is an outsourced movement. An interesting talking pierce..
Just found a ROLEX PRINCE CHRONOMETER MOVEMENT BY NORMIS 42 BREVETS, which is quite rare. ROLEX NORMIS COLLABORATION HAPPENED IN THE 30S and in the old days, Rolex also collaborated with Alpina, Gruen, Alpina Gruen etc.
The DIMENTIONS - 30.5 X 15.5 MOVEMENT
DIAL DIMENTIONS -16.4 X 21.5 MM
DIAL SILVER SQUARE TOP WITH ARABIC NUMERALS AND SUB DIAL HOUSING THE SECONDS HANDS
This perhaps shall be my last watch for the year. Originally I was intending on getting the ZRC but I receive no news from the seller. Came across this trropical 1016 by chance and was attracted to it and bought it on impulse. My preference is always for good condition dial but this was an exception.
At certain angle, the dial looked brownish. At another, it looked abit Orange copper...can see some black remaining on the dial. Such watch is not not everybody as it looked old and aged but it has character. I was contemplating on selling it initially but it grew on me...slowly
The Rolex Explorer is often overshadowed by the Daytona , Subs, the GMT’s. However, the Explorer is one of the hidden jewel in the vintage Rolex world and one of my favourite. Even within the Explorer series, there are many models from 6610, 1016 plus the air king explorer 5500, 5504, and the made for Canada dress watch 5501 Explorer plus the Explorer 2, 1655, 16550
Even within the Rolex 1016, there are the Matt dial, the gilt dial and the tropical dials
You can quickly identify a 6610 from a 1016 Explorer by the script at 6 o’clock. A 6610 will say "Officially Certified Chronometer," while a later 1016 will read "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified."