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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