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Rolex Steel Datejust with Original Linen Dial Perpetual Winding, Late 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 44mm X 36mm CIRCA: late 1960's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perp...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

1960s Rolex Datejust with Sweetwater Dial
By Rolex
Located in Hicksville, NY
1960s Rolex Features a Sweetwater Dial, very unique! Vintage watch Comes on a custom tan leather strap 36 millimeter case
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Vintage 1960s Retro Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69178
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Datejust 69178 Custom Bezel & MOP Diamond 2cttw Yellow Gold Ladies Watch
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Polished Bezel Watch, late 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Datejust / Ref. 1603 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 44mm X 36mm CIRCA: Late 1960's MOVEMEN...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Datejust with Original Dial and Charcoal Finish, 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Reference 1600 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1960's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 43mm X 36mm MOVEMENT / C...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Datejust Perpetual Wind Watch, 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1601 / Machined Bezel METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 43 mm X 36 mm CIRCA: 1960's MOVEMENT / CALIB...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Yellow Stainless Steel Datejust Automatic Watch Ref 1601, Mid 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref 1601 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Automatic Oyster Perpetual 26 jewels 1560 DIAL / HANDS: Replacement Dial and original ...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Mens Rolex Oyster Datejust Ref.1601 Automatic, c.1960s Vintage RA131RED
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless classic, Men's Ref.1601 Rolex Oyster Datejust automatic, c.1968. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous Rolex signed black dial, applied indice numeral hour mar...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex Oyster Datejust Ref.1601 Automatic, c.1960s Swiss Vitnage RA131
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Iconic classic in black, Men's all-stainless steel Rolex Oyster Datejust ref.1601 automatic, c.1968, all original. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous Rolex signed bl...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Datejust with Custom Dial and Unique Charcoal Case, Late 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel / Charcoal Finish CIRCA / YEAR: Late 1960's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 43mm x 3...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Champagne Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - Ye...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6517, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6517. Ladies Rolex Datejust in 18k yellow gold with custom diamond bezel on a 14k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet. Auto w/ date & sweep seconds.Case size 26 ...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Perpetual Wind Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1603 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 43mm X 36mm CIRCA: 1968/69 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 1570 / 26 Jew...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Black Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold Fl...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Black Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold Fl...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Yellow Gold Original Dial Datejust Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 6521 METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Yellow Gold DIMENSIONS: 31mm X 25mm CIRCA: 1964 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 26 Jewels ...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Black Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold Fl...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Grey Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold F...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - ...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Black Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - Y...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. The Datejust is one of the most iconic and most popular Rolex watches ever made, ever since its launch in 1945. These watches are chronometer certifi...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Datejust 36 mm Steel Automatic Jubilee Watch 1601 Circa 1964. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Beige Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold F...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Datejust 36 mm Steel Yellow Gold Bezel Watch 1601 Circa 1966 Leather Strap. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Datejust 36 mm Steel Automatic Silver Leather Watch 1601 Circa 1968. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, White Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - ...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1603, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1603. Rolex Datejust 36 mm Stainless Steel Automatic Jubilee Watch 1603 Circa 1969. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchF...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, White Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Black Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold Fl...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1603, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1603. Rolex Datejust 36 mm Steel Automatic Silver Leather Watch 1603 Circa 1968 Vintage. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by W...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Black Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - Y...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Mens Datejust 36 mm Steel Automatic Jubilee Silver Watch 1601 Circa 1963. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold F...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1603, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1603. Rolex Datejust 1603 Men's Automatic Watch 14K Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel 36MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Datejust - Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel - Automatic Movement - Champagne Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Minute Hash Mark...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Datejust 36 mm Steel Automatic Jubilee Watch 1601 Circa 1966. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Gold 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - Yello...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold F...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Champagne Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Champagne 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6627, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 6627. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Rose Gold Silver 31 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1601. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rolex Datejust 1960 For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact rolex datejust 1960 you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of Gold, 18k Gold and Stainless Steel, this item was constructed with great care. If you’re browsing our inventory for a rolex datejust 1960, you’ll find that many are available today for men, but there are still pieces to choose from for unisex and women.

How Much is a Rolex Datejust 1960?

On average, a rolex datejust 1960 at 1stDibs sells for $5,300, while they’re typically $4,400 on the low end and $4,400 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.