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The Rolex Space Dweller was inspired in the early 1960s after a visit to Japan by the astronauts of Project Mercury. Due to the astronauts immense popularity with the residents of Japan, Rolex decided to produce a special edition of the Reference 1016 Explorer, specifically for the Japanese market. Only a handful of these Space Dwellers are known to the present market, and hardly ever come up for sale.
This Rolex Space-Dweller is in good vintage condition. The case has been previously polished, but the lugs are even and in good shape. The dial shows wear, typically associated with gilt-dial Rolex Explorers, most noticeably, around the edges of the dial. The center of the dial, near the handset, has started to age a tropical brown color. The dial still retains most of its original gloss. The original tritium lume is present on both hands and dial, matching with a golden yellow color.