Lot 17
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Price Realised: USD 8750.00
Estimate : USD 8,000 - 12,000


CIRCA: 1969
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
BRACELET / STRAP MATERIAL: Brown calf leather with associated buckle
DIAL: Black
MOVEMENT: Automatic
FUNCTIONS: Time only

Lot Notes

From a private collection

The condition of lots can vary widely and the nature of the lots sold means that they are unlikely to be in a perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.

The case is in good condition with scratches. Both sides of the case and bezel have scratches and light nicks. The case back has heavier scratches. Between both sets of lugs have light scratches and rub marks, however the numbers are visible. Behind both sets of lugs have light scratches from removing the strap. The case appears to be polished. The dial and seconds hand appear to be original and have developed patina. The hour and minutes hands appear to be replacements. The luminescent material hour markers and Arabic numbers have expanded to the areas surrounding the markers. The crystal has light scratches and nicks around the edges. The movement is in working order at the time of cataloging, consistent with the age of the watch. The movement has not been tested for accuracy. A service is recommended given the age of the watch.

The condition of lots sold can vary widely due to factors such as age, previous damage, restoration, repair and wear and tear. The nature of the lots sold means that they will rarely be in perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.

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Payment Information

You must pay the full amount due (including any additional charges) no later than March 16, 2017. This applies even if you wish to export the lot and an export license is required. You will not acquire title and own the lot until all amounts due to Christie’s have been received by Christie’s in full, cleared funds.
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Collection Notice
Due to impending weather in the New York area, collection of property will not be available on Tuesday, March 14th from the Christie's Rockefeller Office.

Lot Essay

Rolex introduced the Explorer model in 1953 and it is still in production today. As one of Rolex's most popular sports watches, the Explorer is easily recognizable by its black dial with the luminous triangle at 12, luminous Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock and luminous baton numerals for the remaining hours. This example features a beautiful matte black dial with "frog foot" Rolex logo. The inside of the case back is engraved, "II.69" indicating that it is from circa 1969. The reference 1016 Explorer is a great everyday watch for many occasions.

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