Monday, 23 August 2010

The evolution of a true icon

In 1963 Rolex launched the Explorer 1 Ref. 1016, in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who 10 years earlier climbend the summit of the Everest with a Rolex Model 6350 on their wrists. The 1016 remains the longest running model in the company's history so far.

In 1989 it was superseded by a heavily modified sibling, now called Ref. 14270, which used the fast beat 3000 calibre

In the early 1990s this rare beauty surfaced, note the blackout'd 3/6/9. This rarity was only produced for 1 year and is now fetching high prices when appearing at auctions.

In 2001 Rolex launched the cosmetically unchanged model Ref. 114270, which now features a 3130 calibre.

At Baselworld 2010 the company finally launched a 39 mm version (Ref. 214270) of this iconic watch without actually altering the DNA. Also nice to see that Rolex goes full circle and refers back to the original 1016.

Unfortunately no wristhots have surfaced yet, but this might actually be my next purchase.

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