Rolex Explorer | 6610 | steel

Ref. 6610

Regular price £11,850

This vintage, steel Rolex Explorer ref. 6610 watch from the late 1950s is a beautiful example of a now iconic tool watch. It has its original, gilt chapter-ring black dial with subtle patina on the Radium hour markers. It also has its original, crazed domed plexiglass.

The reference 6610 is something special. The predecessor to the 1016, only a handful were made, in comparison to the Explorer’s longer-running production reference. This particular case dates to 1957/58 (serial 268 XXX); a very early example of a rare watch.

The Rolex Explorer was first introduced in 1953. Beginning as a prototype designed specifically for professional use. Typically thought of as the most rugged of the oyster family, the Rolex Explorer has always been closely-associated with the rigors of international adventure and exploration. Famously tested during the Himalayan expeditions, there aren’t many mechanical timepieces more deserving of the reputation.

The case of this Rolex is in excellent condition. The brushing on top of the lugs is consistent, while the spring-bar spaces show little sign of elongation. The flat bezel is sharp and gives the watch an appropriate utilitarian feel.

Inside the watch, it houses Rolex’s famous ‘Officially Certified Chronometer’ grade 1030 movement. Noticeably different from today’s; the rotor features two hollowed prongs, along with the engraving ‘ROLEX PERPETUAL’ and ‘PATENTED’ underneath.

As with many great watches, there are celebrated characteristics that make it special. The 3-6-9 dial configuration is beloved by collectors for its distinguishable style and functional purpose.

This Rolex Explorer 6610 comes on a brown suede strap and generic steel, tang Rolex buckle.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

Brand: Rolex
Model: Explorer Ref. 6610
Movement: Automatic Chronometer-grade Cal. 1030
Functions: Time-only: Hours, Minutes, Central-seconds
Case: 36 mm Steel
Crystal: Original Plexiglass
Bracelet: Brown Suede with Generic Rolex Tang Buckle
Year: 1957/58
Box & papers: N/A
This vintage  steel Rolex Explorer ref. 6610 has been fully serviced. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.


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