1966 Rare Japanese Rolex Space-Dweller
14 January, 2015 at 6:09 am in Buy & Sell
Just yesterday we showed you a Rolex http://www.modserap.com/rolex-submariner-replica-australia-for-sale.html that was a clear descendent of the ever popular Explorer. It was called the Oyster Non-Date and its similarities to the Explorer were as clear as day. Today we are showing you a watch that actually IS an Explorer, despite not having the word written on the face. We are talking about what many people believe to be the rarest of tag heuer replica, a watch that few people have ever seen in person. What makes it even more interesting is that it doesn't even have the Explorer name on it. It is called the replica watches and it was produced in EXTREMELY limited quantities, and only in Japan, and only on a trial-basis.
Inspired by the Mercury astronauts' first visit to Japan in 1963, the watch was only produced as a test. If the watch was a commercial success, Rolex would then go ahead and re-brand the Explorer as the Space-Dweller for the Japanese market. Needless to say, it was not a success and very few of the Space-Dwellers ever made into the open market. The Explorer was chosen to commemorate the astronauts' visit because they were (at the time) considered the world's greatest explorers. This particular Space-Dweller is circa 1966 and appears to be in excellent, original condition. No price is given but when these rare animals do come up for sale (usually at auction), they fetch around $30,000-$40,000, which is astronomical for what is essentially a 1016 Explorer.
Dweller" can make this watch a legend among collectors, when there is no technical or mechanical difference at all. Then again, vintage watches isn't a reasonable hobby, it's all about passion and feeling. This Rolex Space-Dweller is a purely emotional object of desire. If we were reasonable people, we would have no lust for this piece and instead purchase an Explorer 1016 like this one for a fraction of the cost. Or, if we were even more reasonable, we would buy the Oyster Non-Date below which is essentially an early Explorer (again without the name) at half the price of an Explorer (as opposed to 6x the price like the Space-Dweller).
We are definitely not reasonable people. This is a chance to own one of the most rare, most desired, and most valuable (from a future ROI standpoint) watches in the world. We highly recommend you follow the below link to the selling party, and if you can at all afford it, buy this watch.