30 May 2015
Today I present my Rolex Explorer Reference 1016 project.
Although I hate to admit it, I was not a fan of the Explorer watches,
or any other than the vintage Submariner (with crown guards) models when I first got into reps.
Slowly I started to appreciate the beauty of the big crown watches and I built six or seven of those.
Recently, after finishing a 6200 build, I got to thinking about the 3-6-9 dial,
which made me think of the Explorer.
I started looking at other builds, and, yes, eventually, my opinion of this watch started to change.
I started to appreciate the simplicity of it. And after trying on a vintage DateJust,
I realized a 36mm watch was not ridiculously small on my 8" wrists.
So, I started my research on the 1016 and a few days later.
I settled on a Yuki dial and hand set, and to my luck,
he happened to have his 7206 in stock,
so I grabbed one up (although I originally intended to use it on another build).
I like the 2842 and have used it in several builds now.
Anyway, as soon as the parts arrived,
I started by giving the dial a quick spray of matte varnish.
Although it was a matte dial, i like the texture and look the spray gives the dial.
After letting it dry overnight,
I pulled out my minimal tools and put this beauty together.
I was quite impressed with this watch as soon as it became whole.
It has quickly become a favorite.
This build includes:
Yuki matte Explorer dial and hands
ETA 2842 serviced movement
Yuki 7206 bracelet
Thank for the detail photo and information provide by stevedrk