Rolex Explorer 1016 'Space-Dweller'

We thought we were high when we ran across this watch, but our minds thankfully did not deceive us! This Space-Dweller is one of the rarest Rolex references out there and is in amazing condition.

Museum Piece
Rolex Explorer IOne of the very first models built to meet the demands of a true professional.

Introduction

We thought we were high when we ran across this watch, but our minds thankfully did not deceive us! This Space-Dweller is one of the rarest Rolex references out there and is in amazing condition. The Space-Dweller was made especially for the Japanese market to commemorate a visit by NASA's Project Mercury astronauts in 1963. The Space-Dweller is essentially identical to any other gilt ref. 1016 Explorer, but instead of the Explorer name the dial is stamped Space-Dweller.This ultra-rare watch features a beautiful galvanic glossy black gilt dial with mustard-colored painted tritium indexes and 3-6-9 numerals that match the tritium paint of the Mercedes hands. The watch comes on an original riveted oyster bracelet with Rolex-signed foldover clasp.If you longingly look back to the heydays of space travel and watchmaking, this Rolex Space-Dweller will take you to astronomical heights!

Description

Rolex Explorer IOne of the very first models built to meet the demands of a true professional. For example, Sir John Hunt who ascended the Mount Everest in 1953. This was the first rugged expedition that this watch was issued for, but definitely not the only expedition. This watch has been on the wrist of numerous explorers. Therefore, it is no wonder that Rolex states that this watch has been designed to “conquer the world”!Over the years, the Explorer I has been made in various executions and there is one thing that a lot (definitely not all; like some early pieces) have in common, the so-called 3-6-9 Explorer dial.