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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116503-0006
By Rolex
Located in Cheyenne, WY
Brilliantly embodying the brand’s distinctive and highly revered style, this fantastic timepiece from Rolex offers the appealing Cosmograph Daytona look while ensuring the collection...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold . Slate dial with luminous markers. Sta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Watch 116519LN
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
Attractive, unique, and sporty, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18K White Gold Watch 116519LN will impress you with its unexpected yet exceptional style. It comes with a 40mm-wide case ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Diamond and Ruby Watch 116599
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This is a fine and rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, reference number 116599. The watch boasts a diamond-embellished 18K white gold case that measures 39 mm in diameter. The case is fi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's 18k White Gold Watch 116509
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Daytona, Model 116509 - Men's 18k white gold automatic-winding chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter bezel (40mm diameter). Sapphire crystal. Meteorite dial with raised Roman ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel Black Dial Men's Watch 116500
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel Black Dial Mens Watch 116500. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding chronograph movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in dia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Watch 116503 Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Watch 116503 Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight lin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 116503
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 116503. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Watch 116503 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Watch 116503 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel Black Dial Watch 116500 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Bezel Black Dial Watch 116500 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding chronograph movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 116503 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 116503 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold MOP Diamond Dial Men's Watch 116519
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold MOP Diamond Dial Mens Watch 116519. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, 44 jewels, straight line lever escapem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 116503 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 116503 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18kt Everose Gold Ceramic Chronograph Croc Strap
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is resolutely dedicated to those who enjoy the finer things in life. The typical owner of this Rolex chronograph, designed with speed and perf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519LN White Gold Ceramic New Cord Watch, 2020
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519LN White Gold Ceramic New Cord Watch 40mm 2020
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Yellow Gold Automatic Champagne Dial Men's Watch 116503
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
All watches are in stock and available to ship immediately. The watch includes the original manufacturer box, serial card, and guarantee manual. Please contact us if you require mor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Ceramic Bezel White Dial Automatic Watch 116500LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Like New Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel Ceramic Bezel White Dial Automatic Men's Watch. Comes with a 2020 Rolex Card. This Beautiful Timepiece Features: Stainless Steel Cas...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Platinum Ice Factory Blue Gem Index Dial Watch 116506
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex released the 116506, a divine luxuriously designed platinum timepiece to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Daytona. The 116506 comes in a platinum case with a monoblo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum, Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Gents 18 Karat White Gold Pave Diamond Dial B&P 116509
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 40 mm 18k White Gold Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Gents Wristwatch, pave diamond dial with blue enamel arabic numbers, 30 minute recorder at 3 0'clock, small seconds at 6 0'...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Everose Gold 116505-0008
By Rolex
Located in Cheyenne, WY
MODEL CASE Oyster, 40 mm, Everose gold OYSTER ARCHITECTURE Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown DIAMETER 40 mm MATERIAL 18 ct Everose gold BEZEL Fixed, with e...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Ceramic Black Dial Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ceramic Black dial Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN - Automatic winding. Stainless Steel (40mm) with ceramic bezel. Gloss black dial with thered Daytona script above the 6:00 o'cloc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Yellow Gold 116518ln-0048
By Rolex
Located in Cheyenne, WY
MODEL CASE Oyster, 40 mm, yellow gold OYSTER ARCHITECTURE Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown DIAMETER 40 mm MATERIAL 18 ct yellow gold BEZEL Black monobloc ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Yellow Gold 116518ln-0047
By Rolex
Located in Cheyenne, WY
MODEL CASE Oyster, 40 mm, yellow gold OYSTER ARCHITECTURE Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown DIAMETER 40 mm MATERIAL 18 ct yellow gold BEZEL Black monobloc ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph White Gold 116519ln-0027
By Rolex
Located in Cheyenne, WY
MODEL CASE Oyster, 40 mm, white gold OYSTER ARCHITECTURE Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown DIAMETER 40 mm MATERIAL 18 ct white gold BEZEL Black monobloc Ce...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona 6265 Men's Stainless Steel Cosmograph Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM1812 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Daytona Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 6265 Age: 1975 Gender: Men Complete With: Box & Swing Tags Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Plexig...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Everose Gold 116515ln-0041
By Rolex
Located in Cheyenne, WY
MODEL CASE Oyster, 40 mm, Everose gold OYSTER ARCHITECTURE Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown DIAMETER 40 mm MATERIAL 18 ct Everose gold BEZEL Black monoblo...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona 116520 Men's Stainless Steel Cosmograph APH Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008100 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Daytona Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 116520 Age: 2018 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: White Baton Glass: Sapphire Cr...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona L Serial Rare Floating Porcelain Dial
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 40 mm 18k Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona Gents Wristwatch, rare floating white porcelain dial with applied hour markers, 30 minute recorder at 3 0'...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Pre-Owned Men's Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Steel & 18KY 116523 2004
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Pre-owned Rolex Daytona with white dial, steel and gold bracelet and case, 40mm case size, automatic movement, measures 8" in length, in excellent condition, comes with a one-year wa...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel, 18k Gold

Rolex Unworn Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold White Dial B&P
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 40 mm Unworn Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Gents Wristwatch, white dial with applied hour markers, 30 minute recorder at 3 0'clock, small se...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph White Dial Steel Ceramic Automatic Men's Watch 116500LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This brand new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Rare Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona Pave Diamond Dial Sapphire Set
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 40 mm Rare 18k White Gold Oyster Perpetual Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona Gents Wristwatch, pavé diamond dial set with 8 applied round brilliant cut sapphire hour markers, 30 m...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Rolex Big Red Cosmograph Daytona Steel Silver Dial 6265 Watch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Rare Stainless Steel Oyster Cosmograph Daytona "Big Red" Vintage Gents Wristwatch, silver dial with applied hour markers, 30 minute recorder at 3 0'clock, 12 hour recorder at 6 0'c...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 40 Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl Diamond
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18 ct yellow gold, with white mother-of-pearl, diamond-set dial, and an Oyster bracelet, features an 18 ct yellow gold bezel with engraved...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Yellow Gold

Rolex Rare Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona Diamond and Ruby Dial Sapphire Set
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Rare 40 mm 18k Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona Gents Wristwatch, pavé diamond dial set with 8 applied round brilliant cut ruby hour markers, 30 minu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Rare Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona 18k Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 40 mm Rare 18k Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Zenith Movement Cosmograph Daytona Gents Wristwatch, white mother of pearl dial set with 8 applied round brilliant cut diamond hour mark...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona 116503 Two Tone Cosmograph Steel 40 Black Diamond Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in Oystersteel and yellow gold, with a black, diamond-set dial and an Oyster bracelet, features an 18 ct yellow gold bezel with engraved tach...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Black Diamond, Steel

Rolex 18 Karat White Gold Cosmograph Daytona 40 Watch with Black Arabic Dial
By Rolex
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Beautiful condition Rolex 18K White Gold Cosmograph Daytona 40 Watch with Black Arabic Dial. 40mm 18K White Gold case with tachymeter engraved bezel. Screw-down push buttons. Inne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex 18 Karat White Gold Cosmograph Daytona with Black Dial and Alligator Strap
By Rolex
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, 18 Karat White Gold, Tachymeter Engraving on Bezel, Black Dial, 18 Karat White Gold Deployable Clasp on Hazelnut Alligator Leather Strap.
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Very Rare Cosmograph Daytona Big Red Steel Black Dial Manual Wind Watch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Very Rare Stainless Steel Oyster Cosmograph Daytona "Big Red" Vintage Gents Wristwatch, black dial with silver sub-dials and applied hour markers, 30 minute recorder at 3 0'clock, ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Ref 6263
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a mint example of a Rolex Cosmograph reference 6263 with the original box and papers. It is very difficult to find a Rolex watch from the 1970s with box and papers.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
A resolutely sporty and technically sophisticated expression of the brand’s highly revered style of uncompromising excellence and aesthetic refinement, this sublime timepiece from Ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Ref. 6238
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rare early Rolex steel Cosmograph, pre-Daytona, the ref. 6238, circa 1953, is a superb example of Rolex design and technology at the mid-twentieth century. The 37mm case, with coin-e...
ROLEX Cosmograph Daytona Ref 6263
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a great example of a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona from the 1970s in stainless steel. It is the highly desired ref: 6263 with a beautiful black dial and black acrylic bezel. The...
ROLEX Cosmograph Daytona Ref 6239
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a Rolex reference 6239 Rolex Cosmograph "Paul Newman" with an original three color white dial. The dial has all the proper characteristics that are accepted in the collector'...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref 6265
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a beautiful Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 6265 with a 100% original dial. The case is in 14k yellow gold, has an acrylic crystal, and is on a brown strap with a Rolex bu...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref 6265
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 6265 is another time capsule that is new old stock. It has the original sticker on the back of the watch. Comes with original box, punch pape...
Rolex Cosmograph Paul Newman Daytona
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a beautiful example of a Rolex Cosmograph Paul Newman Daytona. The dial of the watch is 100% original with the most desired three color stepped combination of black, red, and...
ROLEX Cosmograph Daytona Ref 6262
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is an exceptional example of an early Rolex Daytona reference 6262 in mint condition from 1970s. This reference is quite rare as it was a transitional model produced before th...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref #6240
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a Rolex stainless steel Cosmograph Daytona, known in the watch collectors’ world as the "Paul Newman" reference #6240 serial #129XXXX.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch 116519
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
A resolutely sporty and technically sophisticated expression of the brand’s highly revered style of uncompromising excellence and aesthetic refinement, this sublime timepiece from Ro...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This is the Cosmograph Daytona watch by Rolex, reference number 116523. Its 40 mm case is made of stainless steel and fitted with an 18K yellow gold bezel that boasts engraved tachy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch 116500LN
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, reference number 116500LN, is a member of the iconic “Cosmograph Daytona” collection. The watch comes with a 40 mm Oyster case made of Oystersteel that...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel ( 40 mm ) . Factory black d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

ROLEX Cosmograph Daytona Patrizzi Ref 16520
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 16520 has a what is known as a "Patrizzi" dial in black with "chocolate" aged registers, the collectible Zenith automatic movement, sapphire crysta...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel. White dial with luminous-s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel ( 40 mm ). Rolex White Moth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman"
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a great example of a vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Paul Newman" with the original booklet and guarantee.<br /> Is has a beautiful original three color black dial in exce...
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watch 116503-0009
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
A watch that speaks for itself. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona features a remarkable mother of pearl dial complemented with diamond indices. Designed with Rolesor exterior, this timepi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116528
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116528 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and bezel . Champagne dial with luminous-type markers...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rolex Cosmograph For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact rolex cosmograph you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Frequently made of Gold, Stainless Steel and 18k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Find an antique version now, or shop for 88 vintage or 172 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. Making the right choice when shopping for a rolex cosmograph 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. A rolex cosmograph of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 18, is particularly popular. A round cut version of this piece has appeal, but there are also baguette cut and mixed cut versions for sale. There aren’t many items for women if you’re seeking a rolex cosmograph, as most of the options available are for men and unisex.

How Much is a Rolex Cosmograph?

On average, a rolex cosmograph at 1stDibs sells for $27,008, while they’re typically $8,950 on the low end and $280,297 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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.