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Rolex Daytona Steel Black Dial 16520 Cosmograph Chrono, Inverted 6 Watch 1990
By Rolex
Located in Central & Western District, HK
Brand: Rolex Model: 16520 Year: 1990 Serial number: E6xxxxx Reference: C03731 Case: Show sign of wear with slight polish from previous; inner case back stamped 16500 Dial: Great Aged...
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1990s Swiss Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner No Date Steel 14060 Automatic Watch with Paper Tag 1990
By Rolex
Located in Central & Western District, HK
Brand: Rolex Model: 14060 Year: 1990 Serial number: E7xxxxx Reference: C03657 Case: Show sign of wear with slight polished from previous w/ inner case back stamped 14060 Dial: Excell...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Steel Vignette Ombre Blue Dial 16233 Watch 1990
By Rolex
Located in Central & Western District, HK
Brand: Vintage Rolex Model: 16233 Year: 1990 Serial number: E3xxxxx Reference: C03708 Case: 36mm without crown; Show sign of wear with slight polish from previous; inner case back st...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Steel Air King with Original Blue Dial, circa 1990s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Reference 14000 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1990's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm X 31mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Per...
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1990s Swiss Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold Watch White Agate Stone Dial 18238 Full Set 1990
By Rolex
Located in Central & Western District, HK
Brand: Rolex Model: 18238 Year: 1990 Serial number: E9xxxxx Reference: OT1494 Case: 36mm without crown; Show sign of wear with slight polish from previous; inner case back stamped 18...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Agate, Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Mens Rolex Oyster Datejust Ref 16220 Automatic 1990s All Original RA278
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A rare, iconic classic, Men's all-stainless steel Rolex Oyster Datejust ref.16220 automatic, c.1991, all original. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, rare Rolex sig...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Ladies Rolex Datejust 69174 18k Gold SS Automatic Diamond Dial 1990s RA283
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Dazzling luxury, Ladies 18k white gold & stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust automatic, c.1996. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous Rolex two tone blue di...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Men's Datejust Ref 16263 Turn O Graph 18k SS Automatic 1990s RJC134
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Rare icon, Rolex 18k gold and stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref.16263 Turn-O-Graph, "Thunderbird", automatic, c.1991. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Mens Rolex Oyster Datejust 16234 18k SS Automatic Diamond Dial 1990s RJC147
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Dazzling icon, Men's 18k white gold and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref.16234 automatic with rare salmon dial, c.1996, all original, with Rolex pouch. Verified au...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Datejust 16233 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Men's Watch. 36mm Stainless Steel case. 18K Yellow Gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold hands and Index hour markers. Minute markers on the outer dial. D...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex 16700 Pepsi GMT Mens Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Rolex. Model: 16700 Pepsi GMT master. Vintage 1990s Rolex watch. 40mm. Fold Clasp. Rare find. Excellent condition. NEVER POLISHED. No box no papers. Men's Rolex watch.
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69173 Champagne Dial Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 69173 Champagne Dial Ladies Watch
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex 6427 Oyster Precision Vintage Rolex Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 6427 Model: Oyster Precision Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 34mm Crystal: Plastic Bezel: Fixed stainless steel bezel Dial: Silver dial with silver ho...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Pearlmaster 80328
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Pearlmaster in 18k yellow gold with original single trapezoid diamond bezel. Gold Roman numeral dial. Auto w/ date and sweep seconds. 29 mm case size. Ref 80328. Circa 1999. "B...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

  • Rolex Pearlmaster 80328
  • Rolex Pearlmaster 80328
  • Rolex Pearlmaster 80328
  • Rolex Pearlmaster 80328
W 1.15 in. L 1.15 in.
Rolex Datejust 79188
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Datejust in 18k with original diamond lugs, original pyramid bezel and mother of pearl dial. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 26 mm case size. **Bank wire only at this price** R...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

  • Rolex Datejust 79188
  • Rolex Datejust 79188
  • Rolex Datejust 79188
  • Rolex Datejust 79188
W 1.03 in. L 1.03 in.
Rolex Datejust 69173
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Datejust in 18k and stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds, date and day. 26 mm case size. With box and papers.''Bank Wire Only at this price". Circa 1992. Fine Pre-owned Rolex...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Datejust 69173
  • Rolex Datejust 69173
  • Rolex Datejust 69173
  • Rolex Datejust 69173
W 1.03 in. L 1.03 in.
Rolex 18239 18K White Gold Diamond Dial W/Service Card
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Day-Date 18239 Mens Watch. 36mm 18K white gold case with 18K white gold fluted bezel. Silver dial with silver tone hands and original factory diamonds set hour marker. Minute m...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Rolex Oyster Lady, 2004
By Rolex
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Rolex Oyster lady Tout Or 18 carats Bracelet jubilé ou Cadran ou Boîte/papier Circa 2004 5900 euros
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1990s Wrist Watches

  • Rolex Oyster Lady, 2004
  • Rolex Oyster Lady, 2004
  • Rolex Oyster Lady, 2004
  • Rolex Oyster Lady, 2004
W 1.03 in. Dm 1.19 in.
Rolex Day-Date 18238
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Day-Date in 18k with non-factory "Presidental style" bark finish bracelet with customized pave diamond dial and custom 2 carat diamond bezel. Auto w/ sweep seconds, date and da...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

  • Rolex Day-Date 18238
  • Rolex Day-Date 18238
  • Rolex Day-Date 18238
  • Rolex Day-Date 18238
W 1.42 in. L 1.42 in.
Rolex GMT-Master 16718
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex GMT Master in 18k with black dial & bezel on a Jubilee band. Auto with sweep seconds, date and dual time. 40 mm case size. Circa 1991. With box and papers. **Bank wire only at ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

  • Rolex GMT-Master 16718
  • Rolex GMT-Master 16718
  • Rolex GMT-Master 16718
  • Rolex GMT-Master 16718
W 1.58 in. L 1.58 in.
Rolex Pearlmaster R6931889
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Pearlmaster in 18k with factory original lapis lazuri dial and original 12 stone diamond bezel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 29 mm case size. With box and papers. Ref R69318...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

  • Rolex Pearlmaster R6931889
  • Rolex Pearlmaster R6931889
  • Rolex Pearlmaster R6931889
  • Rolex Pearlmaster R6931889
W 1.15 in. L 1.15 in.
Rolex Yacht-Master 169623
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Yacht-Master in 18k & stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 29 mm case size. Ref 69623. Circa 1997. **Bank wire only at this price** Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Cer...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Yacht-Master 169623
  • Rolex Yacht-Master 169623
  • Rolex Yacht-Master 169623
  • Rolex Yacht-Master 169623
W 1.15 in. L 1.15 in.
Rolex Air King 14000
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Air King in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds. 34 mm case size. Circa 1997. **Bank wire only at this price** Ref 14000. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Spo...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Air King 14000
  • Rolex Air King 14000
  • Rolex Air King 14000
  • Rolex Air King 14000
W 1.34 in. L 1.34 in.
Vintage Rolex Cellini 18K Yellow Gold Hexagon Case Ladies Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
This vintage 1990's Rolex Cellinipiece, is a glimpse of the endless elegance and durability of Rolex. Crafted in pure 56.4 grams of 18K yellow gold. Featuring a Hexagonal shaped cas...
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1990s Retro Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex GMT-Master II Men's Black Watch with Red/Black Bezel, 16710
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex GMT-Master II Men's Black Watch with Red/Black Bezel - 16710 1990 box and papers included very good condition runs perfect bank wire only shop with confidence
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69173 Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 69173 Ladies Watch. 26mm Stainless Steel case. 18K Yellow Gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with Luminous gold hands and Roman numeral hour markers. Minute markers on ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16613 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Submariner 16613 Men Watch. 40mm Stainless Steel case. 18k yellow gold bezel with blue insert. Blue dial with Luminous Steel hands and luminous dot hour markers. Date display ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Day Date 18239 President 18K White Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Day-Date 18239 Mens Watch. 36mm 18K white gold case with 18K white gold fluted bezel. Silver dial with silver tone hands and original factory diamonds set hour marker. Minute m...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Rolex Pearlmaster Ref. 80319
By Rolex
Located in Princeton, NJ
18kt White Gold Rolex Pearlmaster. This piece has a mother-of-pearl diamond dial and a scattered diamond bezel. The timepiece features a date at the 3 o'clock position with a cyclops...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex Datejust 16234 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16234 men's watch. 36mm stainless steel case with 18K white gold fluted bezel. Silver dial with silver-tone hands and index hour markers. Date display at 3 o'clock pos...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 26mm 79173
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Datejust in 18k & stainless steel. Automatic with sweep seconds and date. 26 mm case size. Ref 79173. Circa 1991."Bank wire only at this price". Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Ce...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Datejust 26mm 79173
  • Rolex Datejust 26mm 79173
  • Rolex Datejust 26mm 79173
  • Rolex Datejust 26mm 79173
W 1.03 in. L 1.03 in.
Rolex Datejust 69178 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 69178 ladies watch. 26mm 18K yellow gold case with a fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold hands and factory placed diamond hour markers. date displa...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex GMT-Master II 16713
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex GMT-Master II in 18k & stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds, date and dual time. 40 mm case size. **Bank wire only at this price** Ref 16713. Circa 1997. Fine Pre-owned Rolex...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex GMT-Master II 16713
  • Rolex GMT-Master II 16713
  • Rolex GMT-Master II 16713
  • Rolex GMT-Master II 16713
W 1.58 in. L 1.58 in.
Rolex GMT Master Pepsi 16700
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex GMT Master Pepsi in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds, date and dual time. 40 mm case size. With papers. **Bank wire only at this price** Ref 16700. With Rolex warranty pa...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex GMT Master Pepsi 16700
  • Rolex GMT Master Pepsi 16700
  • Rolex GMT Master Pepsi 16700
  • Rolex GMT Master Pepsi 16700
W 1.58 in. L 1.58 in.
Rolex Air King 14000 Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Air-King 14000 Men's Watch. 34mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel smooth bezel. Silver dial with steel hands and index hour markers. Minute markers on the outer dial. Stai...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daydate Bark 18248 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Daydate 36mm Bark 18248 Men's Watch very good condition all original parts 5 year warranty no box or papers shop with confidence free overnight shipping
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini Ref 1650, Full 18kt Gold Wristwatch with Diamond Bezel
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex Cellini Ref 1650, full 18kt gold wristwatch with diamond bezel. Very rare model. Strap Material: 18kt gold Dial Colour: Gold Year Manufactured: 1990-1999 Case: 18kt gold Case ...
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1990s Swiss Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Gold

Rolex 69173 Diamond Dial Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex 69173 Diamond Dial Ladies Watch
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 14000 Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Air-King 14000 Men's Watch. 34mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel smooth bezel. Silver dial with steel hands and index hour markers. Minute markers on the outer dial. Stai...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Mens Submariner 16610 Green Oyster
By Rolex
Located in Sylmar, CA
Brand - Rolex Model - 16610 Submariner Gender - Men's Case Size - 40mm Dial - Refinished Green Bezel - Steel Green Crystal - Saphire Movement - Automatic Rolex CAL.3135 Band - Steel...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42
By Rolex
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Unworn, all papers box etc. The newest Yacht-master line, the 42mm in 18k white gold is a tour de force in Rolex design and engineering. Rolex has brilliantly taken one of its lea...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Titanium

Rolex Mens Yatchmaster 16622 Oyster Blue
By Rolex
Located in Sylmar, CA
Brand - Rolex Model - 16622 Yatchmaster Metals - stainless steel Case size - 40mm Bezel - Rotating Steel Crystal - Sapphire Movement - Automatic Rolex cal.3135 Dial - Custom blue W...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Rolex Explorer II in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds, date and dual time. 39 mm case size. Ref 16570. Circa 1997. **Bank Wire Only at this price** Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570
  • Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570
  • Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570
  • Rolex Explorer II 40mm 16570
W 1.58 in. L 1.58 in.
Rolex Datejust 69173 Diamond Dial Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 69173 Ladies Watch. 26mm stainless steel case. 18k yellow gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with yellow gold hands and original factory diamond set ho...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Blue Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Men Watch. 36mm Stainless Steel case. 18K Yellow Gold fluted bezel. Blue dial with gold hands and index hour markers. Minute markers on the outer dial. Date disp...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Diamond Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Diamond Dial Mens Watch
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69174 Diamond Dial Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 69174 Ladies Watch. 26mm stainless steel case with 18K white gold fluted bezel. Silver dial with luminous steel hands and original factory diamond set hour markers. M...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Diamond Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Mens Watch. 36mm stainless steel case. 18K yellow gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold hands and original factory diamond set hour markers. Minute marker...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Champagne Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Mens Watch. 36mm stainless steel case. 18k yellow gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold luminous hands. Roman numeral and index hour markers. Minute marke...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Ladies Original Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Datejust Ladies Original Diamond Watch very good condition- runs perfect all original including diamonds from Rolex free overnight shipping shop with confidence
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex Datejust 16234 Silver Dial Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16234 Serial: U262*** Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: 18K White Gold Fluted Bezel Dial: Silver D...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Diamond Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Men's Watch. 36mm Stainless Steel case. 18K Yellow Gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold hands and factory set diamond hour markers. Minute markers on the...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Diamond Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Mens Watch. 36mm stainless steel case. 18K yellow gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold hands and original factory diamond set hour markers. Minute markers...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 16610 Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 16610 mens watch. 40mm Stainless steel case. Unidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel with black bezel insert. Black dial with luminous hands a...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Diamond Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Men's Watch. 36mm Stainless Steel case. 18K Yellow Gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold hands and factory set diamond hour markers. Minute markers on the...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233 Champagne Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Champagne Dial Mens Watch
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 68274 Stainless Steel Midsize Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 68274 Midsize Watch. 31mm Stainless Steel case. 18k White Gold fluted bezel. Silver dial with steel hands and index hour markers. Minute markers on the outer dial. Da...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust in Platinum Wristwatch Ref. 69166
By Rolex
Located in Surfside, FL
Ladies Rolex Datejust in platinum with factory original mother of pearl diamond dial on a President band. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 26 mm case size. with box. Ref 69166. Circa...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Rolex Datejust 16233 Diamond Blue Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Datejust 16233 Mens Watch. 36mm stainless steel case. 18K yellow gold fluted bezel. Blue vignette dial with gold luminous hands. Original factory diamond set hour markers. Minu...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Day Date 18238 Diamond Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Rolex Day Date 18238 Mens Watch. 36mm 18K yellow gold case with 18K yellow gold fluted bezel. Champagne dial with gold hands and original factory diamonds set hour marker. Date displ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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1990 Rolex For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate 1990 rolex for your needs in our varied inventory. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Gold, Stainless Steel and 18k Gold — can elevate any look. Find an antique version now, or shop for 2185 vintage or 1 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. Making the right choice when shopping for a 1990 rolex may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. For this particular accessory, there are many different carat weights to choose from, but versions are of considerable interest. A 1990 rolex of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 133, is particularly popular. See these pages for a round cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also brilliant cut cut and baguette cut cut versions available here, too. Most of our 1990 rolex for sale are for men, but there are 606 pieces available to browse for women.

How Much is a 1990 Rolex?

The price for a 1990 rolex starts at $2,321 and tops out at $222,021 with these watches, on average, selling for $7,591.

Rolex Biography and Important Works

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's 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 aforementioned 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 Wrist Watches for You

Antique, new and vintage wristwatches have captured the hearts and minds of all manner of watch collectors as well as the watchmakers themselves — it's time you found your own.

Certain vintage watches for men and iconic watch designs for women are sought after not only because of their graceful proportions or innovative materials but also because of the illustrious histories of the houses that created them, histories that they stylishly embody.

Bvlgari’s legendary 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 wristwatches.

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

In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, wristwatches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner. Designer Gérald Genta, whose range of clients included Rolex, created for Audemars Piguet the first luxury sports timepiece to be made from stainless steel. First introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak was a perfect choice for blending the form and function that are now synonymous with sports watches.

Are you shopping for a wristwatch? 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.

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