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Rolex Ladies 18 Karat Yellow Gold President Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Stamford, CT
Ladies Rolex President 18k yellow gold wrist watch made in 1984. Fully serviced. Original Rolex Wood Dial. 18k yellow gold 67.2 grams Length: 6 3/8 inches 18k yellow gold Len...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies President Model 179178
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies President Model 179178, Automatic winding. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (26mm diameter). Sapphire crystal. White dial with gold/luminous-type stick markers. 18...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies President 18K Yellow Gold 69178 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies President 18K Yellow Gold 69178 Watch - Automatic winding, 29 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with custom diamond bezel (26mm diameter). Ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies President 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch 179178
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies President 18k Yellow Gold Watch 179178 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (26 mm ). Factory champag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies President Datejust 69178 Rare Chevrolet Dial 18 Karat Gold Mint
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 69178 Serial: 9586*** Model: Ladies President Datejust Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: 18K Yellow Gold Dial: Origi...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Ladies President Datejust 18 Karat Gold Custom Diamond Dial and Bezel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Ladies President Datejust 18 Karat Gold Custom Diamond Dial and Bezel SKU: WA00015 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: ROLEX 18k YELLOW GOLD LADIES PRESIDENT Country of Orig...
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20th Century Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies President Datejust 179138 Diamond Dial Bezel 18K Gold Box Paper
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 179138 Serial: K556*** Year: 2005 Model: Ladies President Datejust Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Original Factory D...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies President 18 Karat Yellow Gold Green Mother of Pearl Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Ladies President 18 Karat Yellow Gold Green Mother of Pearl Diamond Dial SKU: WA00037 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: ROLEX 18k YELLOW GOLD LADIES PRESIDENT Country of O...
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20th Century Modern Wrist Watches

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Pearl, Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladies President Series
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex / Lady President STYLE / REFERENCE: President / President Bracelet METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt CIRCA: 1990's DIMENSIONS: 32 X 29 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 29 Jewels DIAL ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Ladies President Datejust 18 Karat Gold 69168 Diamond Dial and Bezel
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 69168 Serial: 7509*** Model: Ladies Datejust Case: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Custom Diamond Bezel Dial: Custom Diamond Dial Face: Sa...
Category

Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex President Ladies White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 179179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Ladies White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 179179. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Ladies White Gold Silver Dial Ladies Watch 79179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Ladies White Gold Silver Dial Ladies Watch 79179. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Silver

Rolex President Ladies Platinum Silver Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 179166
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Ladies Platinum Silver Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 179166. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Platinum oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Bark President Gold 69278 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies Bark President Gold Watch 69278 - Automatic winding, 29 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold with bark bezel (26 mm). Blue dial with stick hour markers . ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Datejust 69139 President Bracelet Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies Datejust 69139 President Bracelet - Automatic winding. 18k white gold case ( 26 mm ) . Custom Mother of Pearl Diamond dial . 18k white gold hidden clasp President brac...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Ladies Date Just "President" with Original Lapis Dial
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ladies Date Just "President" with original 26mm Lapis Dial Ref #69178 with a serial #W68**** Immaculate and Original Lapis Dial. c.1995
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold

Rolex President Ladies 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 279138 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Ladies 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 279138 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyste...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Midsize Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Midsize Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 68278
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 31mm Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 68278. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies Diamond Dial Bezel 19K Day Date President
By Rolex
Located in Aliso Viejo, CA
This classic timepiece is one highly sought after. This ladies diamond bezel, dial Rolex contains the following. This watch is 18k yellow gold and sized to a 7" wrist. The bracele...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Midsize Platinum Diamond Ladies Watch 68286
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Midsize Platinum Diamond Ladies Watch 68286. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Platinum oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum

Rolex President Midsize White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 78279
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Midsize White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 78279. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust White Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 79089
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust White Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 79089. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Yellow Gold Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch 179138
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Yellow Gold Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch 179138. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Silver

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69178 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69178 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President 28 Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 279175 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President 28 Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 279175 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k rose gold oyster case 28.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 69288
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 69288. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Pyramid Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Pyramid Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Pyramid Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Pyramid Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Platinum MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 179136 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Platinum MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 179136 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Platinum oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum

Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Ladies Watch 69179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Ladies Watch 69179. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 69118
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 69118. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rol...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Rubies Ladies Watch 69138
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Rubies Ladies Watch 69138. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 26 Roman Dial Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 79278
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 26 Roman Dial Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 79278. 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 Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 26 Yellow Gold Blue Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 26 Yellow Gold Blue Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Blue Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Blue Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President 26 Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Ruby Ladies Watch 69038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President 26 Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Ruby Ladies Watch 69038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 2...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Datejust 31 Midsize Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68278
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 31 Midsize Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68278. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Custom President Ladies Gold Watch Dial & Diamonds 18 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in Barnsley, GB
Rolex President Datejust Ladies Gold 26mm Watch Royal Blue Dial & Diamond Bezel with 58 Diamonds set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold This custom Rolex sure does stand out in the Royal Blue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 69158 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 69158 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69179. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Role...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178 Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178 Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Silver Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Silver Diamond Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Silver

Rolex President Datejust 26 Yellow Gold Black Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 26 Yellow Gold Black Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Ladies Platinum Silver Diamond Dial Watch 79166 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Ladies Platinum Silver Diamond Dial Watch 79166 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Platinum oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Platinum

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. R...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 31 Midsize 18K Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68278
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 31 Midsize 18K Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68278. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Role...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Bark Finish Ladies Watch 69278
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Bark Finish Ladies Watch 69278. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Role...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69149
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69149. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Role...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex President Midsize 31 White Dial Rose Gold Ladies Watch 178245
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Midsize 31 White Dial Rose Gold Ladies Watch 178245. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k Rose gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

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Ladies President For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact ladies president you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Gold, Yellow Gold and 18k Gold — can elevate any look. Our collection of these items for sale includes 168 vintage editions and 45 modern creations to choose from as well. Making the right choice when shopping for a ladies president may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 18th 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 piece, are consistently popular carat weights. A ladies president of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 39, is particularly popular. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes brilliant cut alternatives. When shopping for a ladies president, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for unisex or men today than there are for women.

How Much is a Ladies President?

Prices for a ladies president can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $3,100 and can go as high as $49,436, while this accessory, on average, fetches $11,438.

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.

Find vintage Rolex watches, bracelets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, new and classic vintage watches on 1stDibs.

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. 

Eventually, watches 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. Bvlgari’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 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. 

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.