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Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and fluted bezel (36mm diameter). White dial w...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 118348
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118348. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date President 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Men's Watch 228238
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in 18 ct yellow gold with a champagne-color dial, a Fluted bezel, and a President bracelet. The Day-Date was the first watch to indicate the day of t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Yellow Gold Watch 1803
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Yellow Gold Watch 1803 - Automatic winding; 26 jewels, non-quick-set; acrylic crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Cham...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Silver

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Roman Dial Men’s Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Roman Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 3155. 18K yellow gold fluted b...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18248 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18248 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18038 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Yellow Gold Blue Aventurine Men’s Watch 18208 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Yellow Gold Blue Aventurine Mens Watch 18208 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Role...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Men's President Day-Date Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
18k Yellow Gold Case w/ Fluted Bezel 36 mm in Diameter (38 mm w/ Crown) Lug-to-Lug Distance = 20 mm Lug-to-Lug Width = 43 mm Thickness = 12 mm White Dial w/ Gold Roman Numerals & Han...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex President 18k Yellow Gold Green Wave Dial Diamond Men's Watch 116188
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President 18k Yellow Gold Green Wave Dial Diamond Mens Watch 116188. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Dial Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz President Day-Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 19018 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz President Day-Date Yellow Gold Mens Watch 19018 Box Papers. Quartz movement. 18K yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gol...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date Men's 18 Karat Gold President Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date Men's 18K Gold President Watch 19018 - Quartz; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Very rare Wood dial wi...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18 Karat White Gold Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k White Gold Watch 118239 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k white gold case with fluted bezel (36 mm). Mother Of Pearl ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold Men's President Motif Black Dial Watch 228238
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Brand: Rolex Model: Day-Date 40 Reference number: 228238 Dealer product code: 7809 Movement: Automatic Case material: Yellow gold Year of production: 2020 Condition: New (Brand new, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Men's Day-Date President Watch 18238 18 Karat Gold Champagne Index Dial
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Day-Date CASE SIZE : 36mm CASE : Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Case GENDER : Men's WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Champagne Dial set with Index Hour...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Men's Day-Date President Watch 18038 18K Yellow Gold Silver Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Day-Date CASE SIZE : 36mm CASE : Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Case GENDER : Men's WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Professionally Refinished Silver D...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Diamond Dial Men's Watch 18248
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18248. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rol...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 118238 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118238 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Silver Dial Men's Watch 18038 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Silver Dial Mens Watch 18038 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Men's Day-Date President Watch 18 Karat Gold MOP String Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Day-Date CASE SIZE : 36mm CASE : Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Case GENDER : Men's WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Professionally Refinished Mother o...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex Men's Day-Date President Watch 18038 18K Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Day-Date CASE SIZE : 36mm CASE : Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Case set with Genuine Aftermarket Round (SI-VS G-H) Diamonds GENDER : Men's WATCH FE...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 18k Gold Champagne Dial Men's Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19018 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by quartz (battery) movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a tonneau sh...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18 Karat Rose Gold Diamond Watch 118205
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Rose Gold Diamond Watch 118205 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k rose gold case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Men's Day-Date President Watch 18 Karat Gold Blue Vignette Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Day-Date CASE SIZE : 36mm CASE : Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Case set with Genuine Aftermarket Round (SI-VS G-H) Diamonds GENDER : Men's WATCH FE...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18 Karat Gold Diamond Men's Watch 118339 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18k White Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118339 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k white gold oyste...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 19018 Men Watch Silver Dial 18 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 19018 Men Watch Silver Dial 18k Gold 36mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President 1802 Unpolished 18 Karat Yellow Gold Silver Dial Men's
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date President 1802 Unpolished 18k Yellow Gold Silver Dial Mens 36mm
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Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Yellow Gold Silver Pyramid Dial Men's Watch 18248 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Day-Date President Yellow Gold Silver Pyramid Dial Mens Watch 18248 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President 18 Karat Gold Black Diagonal-Motif Men’s Watch 228238
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This never been worn Rolex Day-Date 228238 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 sh...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Blue Dial 18 Karat Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18078
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Blue Dial 18K Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18078. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch 1803 Box And Papers
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Yellow Gold Watch 1803 - Automatic winding; 26 jewels, non-quick-set; acrylic crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Cham...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 40 President 18 Karat Rose Gold Automatic Men's Watch 228235 OGRP
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This never been worn Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a rose gold case. It has a round...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Cream dial w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Champagne di...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Men's Rose Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 118205
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rose Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 118205 - Automatic winding, wristwatch with day and date. 18k rose gold case with smooth bezel. Rose dial with raised Roman numerals. 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Gold Barked Men's Diamond Watch 1807
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding; non-quickset, 26 jewels; acrylic crystal. 18k yellow gold case with barked bezel (36mm diameter). Champagne dial with custom diamond hour markers. 18k yellow gold ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz President Day-Date Men's Gold Quartz Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Quartz; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Champagne dial with stick markers. 18k yellow gold hidden-clasp bracelet. Pre-owned with ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Factory Diamond Men's Yellow Gold Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Genuine Rolex Vignette diamond dial. 18k yellow gold hidden-c...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18 Karat Gold Watch 18048
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18048 - Automatic winding; 27 jewels; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with custom diamond bezel (36mm diameter). Custo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men’s Watch 18348
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18348. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men’s Watch 18388
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch 18388. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. double quick set function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 3...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18 Karat Gold Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18038 - Automatic winding; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with Fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Very rare genuine Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Gold Rolex President Men For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of gold rolex president men for sale on 1stDibs. All of the items for sale were constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, Yellow Gold and 18k Gold. Our collection of these items for sale includes 60 vintage editions and 12 modern creations to choose from as well. Our collection, which features older pieces for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, has proven very popular over the years. There are many different pieces in our collection of gold rolex president men to choose from, but Modern gold rolex president men are of considerable interest. While most can agree that any pick from our collection easily elevates most outfits, but the choice of Diamond versions from the 4 available is guaranteed to add a special touch to your ensemble. A selection of round cut can be found today on these pages. If you’re browsing the variety of gold rolex president men for sale, you’ll find that many are available today for men, but there are still pieces to choose from for women.

How Much are Gold Rolex President Men?

Prices for gold rolex president men can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $12,307 and can go as high as $54,449, while gold rolex president men, on average, fetch $18,438.

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.