About this watch

Produced for just 4 years between 1985 and 1989 the 16550 is often referred to as a transitional model and is highly prized by collectors, however it is the 16550 with a white dial that has aged to a cream colour that is particularly coveted especially when seen in the even scarcer “rail” dial configuration where the vertical space between the bottom two lines of text aligns.

The 16550 is an important reference in explorer history as it was the first to introduce the 40mm case and sapphire crystal and higher beat automatic cal 3085 movement and importantly it introduces the aforementioned white dial to the line-up. It’s important to note that the paint defect leading to this desirable Panna dial was rectified by Rolex during the production run and this desirable configuration is never seen with the later black hour marker surrounds and only with dials with white gold surrounds.

I truly believe this exceptional example manufactured in 1987 to be one of the very best available anywhere in the world.

The watch comes fully serviced, pressure tested and guaranteed and  complete with

Original purchase and payment receipt dated 1988.

Rolex Explorer booklet showing correct 16550 model reference.

Your Rolex oyster booklet

Rolex green document holder

Rolex inner and outer box

Service receipt dated March 2023 with complete breakdown of work carried out along with timing details and pressure test. Note the original bezel was replaced at service but is included.

This piece is in stock and ready for worldwide shipping.

Our stock number 7296

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