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Rolex Datejust 116334 Men’s Automatic Watch Rhodium Dial with Box and Papers
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust II Reference #:116334. Rolex Datejust 116334 Mens Automatic Watch Rhodium Dial With Box & Papers. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116200 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 116200 Serial: 3Z7S5*** Year: 2011 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Blue ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Seadweller Vintage Steel Men's Watch 1665 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Seadweller Vintage Steel Mens Watch 1665 Box Papers . Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Yacht-Master, Rhodium Dial, Platinum Bezel, Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in Canterbury, GB
Our desirable Rolex Yacht-Master features a stainless steel 40mm case with rhodium dial and platinum bezel and Oyster bracelet. Presented in excellent condition, unpolished and with ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum, Rhodium

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 Cellini Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 6621 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 6621 Box Papers. Quartz movement. 18k yellow gold case 26.0 mm. Rolex logo on a crown. . Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. White dial with di...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Men's Watch 16610 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Black Dial Mens Watch 16610 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Yachtmaster Steel Platinum Men's Watch 16622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 40mm Steel Platinum Mens Watch 16622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116200 Silver Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers, 2018
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 116200 Serial: 6200T*** Year: 2018 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Smooth Bezel ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Ladies Date 69240 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 69240 Serial: U690*** Model: Date Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Blue Face: Sapphire Cry...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 14000 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 14000 Serial: A792*** Year: 2000 Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Blue ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116200 Tuxedo Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers, 2013
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 116200 Serial: 305WZ*** Year: 2013 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Tuxedo ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Seadweller 126660 Black Dial Bezel Stainless Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 126660 Serial: J4731*** Model: Seadweller Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Crystal S...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust White Baton Dial Watch 116200 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Black Dial Oyster Bracelet Watch 116200 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Authentic Rolex Cellini Danaos 6229 with Box and Papers
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Cellini Reference #:6229. Rolex Cellini Danaos 6229 18K Yellow Gold White Dial Manual Winding Womens Watch. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Yachtmaster Steel Platinum Mens Watch 16622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 40mm Steel Platinum Mens Watch 16622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Platinum Diamond Ladies Watch 179136 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Platinum Diamond Ladies Watch 179136 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Platinum oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cro...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Yachtmaster Steel Platinum Men's Watch 16622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 40mm Steel Platinum Mens Watch 16622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Men's Watch 116234 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Mens Watch 116234 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Steel

Rolex Yachtmaster Midsize Steel Platinum Men's Watch 168622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 35mm Midsize Steel Platinum Mens Watch 168622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 35.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum, Steel

Rolex Yachtmaster Midsize Steel Platinum Men's Watch 168622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 35mm Midsize Steel Platinum Mens Watch 168622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 35.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum, Steel

Rolex President Yellow Gold Diamond Rubies Watch 69068 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
All original Pre-owned Rolex Lady President 26mm in 18K Yellow Gold, excellent conditions. 18K Gold, President bracelet with hidden clasp, original diamond/ruby bezel and champagne 1...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex 116000 Oyster Perpetual 36 Blue Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 116000 Serial: 9T910*** Year: 2020 - BRAND NEW Model: Oyster Perpetual 36 Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainles...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16200 Silver Roman Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers, 2005
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16200 Serial: F713*** Year: 2005 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Silver...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King 114234 Blue Concentric Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 114234 Serial: Z866*** Year: 2007 Model: Air King Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: 18K White Gold Dial: Bleu Conc...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Black Dial Chronograph Steel Watch 16520 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Daytona Black Dial Chronograph Steel Watch 16520 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Special screw-down ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Steel Men's Watch 16200 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Steel Mens Watch 16200 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Yachtmaster Midsize Steel Platinum Men's Watch 168622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 35mm Midsize Steel Platinum Mens Watch 168622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 35.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Turnograph White Dial Men’s Watch 116264 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Turnograph White Dial Mens Watch 116264 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Everose Gold Watch 116261 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel EveRose Gold Watch 116261 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69163 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69163 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Rose Gold Watch 116261 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Rose Gold Watch 116261 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Everose Gold Ladies Watch 179171 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Everose Gold Ladies Watch 179171 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust White Dial Steel Men's Watch 16200 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust White Dial Steel Mens Watch 16200 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 16613 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diamete...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Yachtmaster 29 Steel Platinum Ladies Watch 169622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 29 Steel Platinum Ladies Watch 169622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 29 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner No-Date 2-Liner Men’s Watch 14060 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40 mm No-Date 2-Liner Mens Watch 14060 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Date Black Dial Steel Men’s Watch 15210 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Date Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 15210 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Stainless steel oyster case 34 mm in diam...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 16233 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16233 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a 18K yell...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Turnograph White Dial Men’s Watch 116264 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Turnograph White Dial Mens Watch 116264 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69138 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President 26mm Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69138 Box Papers. 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

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 79178 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 26mm Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 79178 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 26mm Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Ladies Watch 69174 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Ladies Watch 69174 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Yachtmaster Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69623 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69623 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold case 29 mm in diameter....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner No-Date 2-Liner Men's Watch 14060 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40 mm No-Date 2-Liner Mens Watch 14060 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Midsize Datejust 178240 Roman Dial Stainless Steel Box Papers, 2014
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 178240 Serial: 4712E*** Year: 2014 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Stainless Steel Dial: Silve...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 116234 Silver Dial Stainless Steel Box and Papers, 2019
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 116234 Serial: 08E83*** Year: 2019 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: 18K White Gold Dial: Silver ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex GMT Master 1675 Pepsi Stainless Steel Box Papers 1965
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1675 Serial: 1018*** Year: 1964 Model: GMT Master Pepsi Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel (Newer Rolex Band) Bezel: Pepsi - Red...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Yachtmaster 29 Steel Platinum Ladies Watch 169622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Yachtmaster 29 Steel Platinum Ladies Watch 169622 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 29 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Pearlmaster Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Watch 80318 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Pearlmaster Yellow Gold Mother Of Pearl Diamond Watch 80318. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 29....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Steel Men's Watch 16220 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex DateJust Silver Dial Steel Mens Watch 16220 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 179173 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 179173 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht Master 169622 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Yacht-Master Reference #:169622. Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht Master, Reference Number: 169622. Rolesium (combination steel and platinum) 29mm case with stainless steel ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Watch 116263 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Watch 116263 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold case 36.0 m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Nondate Steel Ladies Watch 67180 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Nondate Steel Ladies Watch 67180 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel Men's Watch 16610 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Date 40mm Stainless Steel Mens Watch 16610 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Rolex Box Papers For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of rolex box papers for sale on 1stDibs. These distinct designs — crafted with great care and often made from Gold, Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold — can elevate any look. Our collection of these items for sale includes 72 vintage editions and 57 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. The designs in our inventory of rolex box papers bearing Modern or Contemporary hallmarks are very popular. Many pieces in our collection are stylish for most occasions, but Diamond versions, from our inventory of 5, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. There are many round cut rolex box papers for sale. There aren’t many items for women in our collection of rolex box papers, as most of the options available are for men.

How Much are Rolex Box Papers?

Prices for rolex box papers start at $2,995 and top out at $49,995 with these watches, on average, selling for $8,767.

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.

Find vintage and contemporary 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. 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.