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1969 Rolex Explorer ref. 1016 is on my wrist today. Dial/hands in very good shape, but very easily could be replacements made by Rolex, when previous owner had it serviced. But its still the same period dial without the metal borders around the hour markers. Always worth remembering, the date of your Rolex, as determined by the serial number stamped on the case, may not reflect the age of dial, hands, crown, even movement/parts, as Rolex service has been rumored to just replace things on vintage pieces without asking owner if they want it replaced. Stories, maybe apocryphal, about people with beautiful vintage pieces getting it back from service, and they've put on a brand new dial, destroyed the old! Is this true, anyone? Well, unless I know for sure, I'm not letting Rolex near this one. I love this watch, and really should wear it more. Perfect blend, I think, of sporty & dressy. Could wear it anywhere. Has a nice legacy, worn by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, as they submitted Mt Everest in 1953. Not the same 1016 reference no. as this one, an earlier ref, but the same Explorer line. Which I think is kind of nice. It's the same size as TIMEX Camper!