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Rolex Submariner 5513, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex Submariner Vintage 5513 9.7 Million Serial Unpolished 2 Liner Watch 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 39 mm case size. Circa 1984 **Bank wire only at this price** Ref 16800. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified pre...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Bart Simpson R Serial Men's Automatic Watch 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
In excellent condition and recently serviced by a Rolex watchmaker. All components are factory original. Photos of actual watch. Rolex Calibre 1570, 26 Jewels. New hands installed by...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
In excellent condition and recently serviced by a Rolex watchmaker. All components are factory original. Photos of actual watch. Rolex Calibre 1520, 26 Jewels. New hands installed b...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16800, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16800. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner 5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel SKU: 103752 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanical: Automatic...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16800, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16800. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex 16610 Submariner Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Rolex Model - Submariner Case Metal - Stainless Steel Case Measurement - 40mm Bracelet - Stainless Steel - Fits up to a 7 3/4" wrist. Dial - Black Bezel - Black Crystal - S...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 'no date' Ref 5513. Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in Canterbury, GB
An icon, our Rolex Submariner 'no date' 40mm reference 5513 features a gloss black dial, matching patinated tritium hands and dial and is presented in excellent condition with light ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16800 Black Spider Web Dial Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16800 Year: 1987 Serial: 9868*** Model: Submariner Case: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Spider Web Face: Sapphire Crystal ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Bart Simpson R Serial Men's Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Bart Simpson R Serial Men's Automatic Watch 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Patina Black Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Patina Black Dial 40MM
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage 5513 9.7 Million Serial Unpolished 2 Liner Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Vintage 5513 9.7 Million Serial Unpolished 2 Liner Watch 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16800 Automatic Men's Watch Stainless Patina Black Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16800 Automatic Men's Watch Stainless Patina Black Dial 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Matte Patina Dial 1983 Stainless Men's
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Matte Patina Dial 1983 Stainless Mens 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Stainless Steel Box and Papers, 1989
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5513 Serial: L556*** Year: 1989 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Case Si...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Patina Black Dial with Paper
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Patina Black Dial 40MM with Paper
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex 16613 Submariner Men Gold SS Tropical Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex 16613 Submariner Men Gold SS Tropical Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial. The timepiece features a tropical serti (sapphire and diamond) dial with a quickset display date window. Ge...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 18 Karat Yellow Gold Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 16618
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 16618 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a round shape fac...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 16808 Men's Watch Black Nipple Dial Vintage 18K Y Gold
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Date 16808 Men'sWatch Black Nipple Dial Vintage 18K Y.Gold 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16808 18 Karat Yellow Gold Black Gilt Nipple Dial Very Rare
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16808 Serial: 9764*** Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Sapphire Crystal Case Size: 40mm Includes:...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Wristwatch circa 1980
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
One of the last plastic crystal Submariners produced, with a late (6 million) serial number dating the case to an early 1980s production year. Original bezel insert and beautiful ove...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16800
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5084 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16800 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Black Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Automatic Wat...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

1980's Rolex Submariner One-of-a-kind Color Change Nipple Dial
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Ref # 16808 Submariner circa 1980's. First edition of submariner with sapphire crystal (opposed to thicker plastic crystal). The color on this dial has natur...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex 16803 Submariner Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16803 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal (scratch resistant) Bezel: 18k yellow gold bezel with blue inse...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

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ROLEX Stainless Steel Submariner Date Ref 16800 circa 1980s
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a great example of a Rolex Submariner from the early 1980s known as the transitional model. The watch is in mint condition with a beautiful dial and a very pleasing patina. T...
Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
One of the last plastic crystal Submariners produced, with a late (6 million) serial number dating the case to an early 1980s production year. Original bezel insert and beautiful ove...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex 16803 Submariner Wrist Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16803 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: 18k yellow gold rotating bezel with black inse...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

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1985 Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 16800 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Vintage * *Complete with: Box Only dated 1985 *Case Size: 40mm *Strap: Stainless Steel Oyster *Age: 1985 *Strap length: Adjustable up to 18cm. Please note we can order spare li...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Non Date Stainless Steel 5513
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: Rolex Manufacturer: Submariner Model: 5513 Model Reference: 16th December 1989 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals, Guarantee. Rolex Anchor, Swing Tags and Valuatio...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Wristwatch Ref 5513
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is an exceptional example of a Rolex Submariner reference 5513 from the the early 1980's. The Mark V Maxi dial is in excellent condition with beautiful patina and matching hands...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Non Date Stainless Steel 5513
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: Rolex Manufacturer: Submariner Model: 5513 Model Reference: 16th December 1989 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals, Guarantee. Rolex Anchor, Swing Tags and Valuatio...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Wristwatch Ref 16800
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a Rolex Submariner Date manufactured in 1984 and then originally sold in 1985. This watch comes complete with its original Rolex box, papers and instruction booklet. The watc...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Non Date Stainless Steel 5513
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6052 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 5513 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box Only Dial: Black Glass: Plexiglass Movement: Automatic Water Resistance: To Ma...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Ref 16808
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Submariner Date Ref 16808 in 18k yellow gold with blue gilt dial and is on a Rolex oyster yellow gold bracelet.
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

1989 5513 Rolex Submariner No-Date L Series
By Rolex
Located in Aliso Viejo, CA
Condition: (pre-owned) wear consistent with age. Model: Submariner 5513 Serial/Year: see images 1989 Gender: Men's Features: Automatic caliber 1520 movement, acrylic crystal, rotata...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16808, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16808. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16800, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16800. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16800, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16800. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16808, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16808. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16800, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16800. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16808, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 16808. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Blue 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Non Date Stainless Steel 5513 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W6052 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Reference: 5513 Age: Circa 1984 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box only Dial: Black Glass: Plexiglass Movement: Automatic ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Transitional Matte Dial Stainless Steel 16800
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: COM1809 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 16800 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black Matt Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Auto...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Non Date Stainless Steel 5513 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W6052 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Reference: 5513 Age: Circa 1984 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box only Dial: Black Glass: Plexiglass Movement: Automatic ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Automatic Wristwatch Ref 16800
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16800 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Unidirectional black bezel Dial: Black dial with date wi...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Steel Men's Vintage Watch 16800 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Date Steel Mens Vintage Watch 16800 Box. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Stainless steel wi...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Wristwatch Ref 5513 circa 1983
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a great example of a Rolex Submariner, Ref. 5513, circa 1983. It has a beautiful original dial with great patina and matching hands. The stainless steel case is in excellent ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Wristwatch Ref 5513 circa 1982
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a great example of a Rolex Submariner wristwatch, Ref. 5513 from the early 1980s with the maxi dial, which is all original and has a great patina and matching hands. The stai...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex 16800 Stainless Steel Black Dial Submariner Gents Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16800 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: Black rotating bezel Dial: Black dial with sta...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Biography and Important Works

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.


But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.


But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.


Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.


The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.


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Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.