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Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Blue Diamond Dial Watch, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 44mm X 38mm CIRCA: 1970's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 26 Jewels / 1570 DIAL / HA...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Steel Vintage Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Steel Vintage Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 16220
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16220. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Men’s Watch 16220
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16220. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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

Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 16220
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16220. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 16220
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16220. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 16220
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16220. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 16220
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16220. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 16200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 36 Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16200. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 16220 Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex DateJust Blue Dial Jubilee Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 16220 Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Steel Vintage Men's Watch 1600 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Steel Vintage Mens Watch 1600 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Rolex Datejust 7319, Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:79174. Rolex Datejust with original diamond dial in stainless steel. Auto. Ref 79174. Circa 2002. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Classic Ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Rolex Datejust 14580, Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:69178. Ladies Rolex Datejust in 18k yellow gold with custom diamond and emerald bezel and custom malachite dial. Auto w/ subseconds and day. Ref 69178. Cir...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69173, Blue Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:69173. Rolex Datejust 69173 Womens Automatic Watch 1.44CT Diamond Bezel 26mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Rolex Datejust 6900, Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16220. Rolex Datejust in stainless steel with a silver Roman Numeral hour marker dial. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. Ref 16220. Circa 2004. Fine Pre-owne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Rolex Datejust 8100, Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:69278. Time casple kept! Ladies Rolex Datejust in 18k. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. With box, papers, and booklets. Ref 69278. Clinet never wore! Comple...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Rolex Datejust10079 Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:116201. The iconic Rolex DateJust in Stainless Steel and 18 kt. Everose Gold, a distinctive and recognizable timepiece that never goes out of style. Inside...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust5034, Blue Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:68240. Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual 31mm Midsize Datejust. Stainless Steel case measures 30mm, stainless steel smooth bezel, stainless steel jubi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel Datejust with Blue Diamond 9/6 Dial and Diamond B
By Rolex
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic 3035 movement Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: 36mm stainless steel case 18k white gold diamond bezel, sapphire protective crystal, screw-down crown,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Blue Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 116200, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:116200. Rolex Datejust 116200 Mens Automatic Stainless Watch w/Papers Silver Dial 35mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 179174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:179174. Rolex Datejust 179174 Womens Automatic Watch White Dial Stainless Steel 26mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116234, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 116234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch White Gold Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 69174. Womens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Antique Early 1900s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust II11994, Blue Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust II Reference #:116333. Rolex Datejust II 116333 Mens Automatic Two Tone Stainless Steel Diamond Dial. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 1601 Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 1601 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold fluted bezel. Blue Rolex diamond dial. 14K Two-t...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116264, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 116264. Womens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Blue Dial Datejust Watch, Early 1970's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 1601 CIRCA / YEAR: Early 1970's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Winding / 26 Jewels / Cal. 1570 DIAL / HANDS: Or...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234 with Band and Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16234. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16234 Mens Watch. 36 mm stainless steel case. 18k white gold Fluted bezel. Blue dial with steel hands and index mark...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 69174. Womens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 179174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:179174. __MISSING__. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 69174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:69174. Rolex 69174 Ladies 26mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic 2135 Movement - Quickset Date Feature - Sapphire Crystal - Black Dial with Silver Stick...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16233. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Steel and 18k Gold Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1603, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 1603. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:69174. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Datejust, Stainless Steel, 26mm Case, White Dial with Roman Numeral Hour Markers, Date calendar at 3 o'clock position, S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69173, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 69173. Womens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 178274, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 178274. Womens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Blue 32 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16220, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16220. Rolex Men's 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic 3135 Movement - Quickset Date Feature - Sapphire Crystal - White Dial with Silver Stick Hour M...
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16013, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16013. Rolex Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Quickset Date Feature - Black Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Mi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16013, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
"Rolex Datejust Reference #:16013. Pre-Owned Rolex Datejust 36, Reference: 16013, Year: 1983. 36mm Steel Case, 18k Yellow Gold Bezel, Beige Dial, Leather Brown Bracelet with None Bu...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6917, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6917. Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust watch. 26 mm stainless steel case with a stainless steel oyster bracelet. Custom Fixed stainless steel 1 carat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 69174. Womens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16233. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Gold Tone Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16200, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16200. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 118138, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:118138. When It Comes To The Condition Of The Oyster Perpetual Date, It Is Immaculate. There Are No Signs Of Cosmetic Damage On The Case Nor The Sapphire C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 179178, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:179178. Ladies Rolex Datejust with original silver dial with diamond markers in 18k yellow gold. Automatic movement with sweep seconds & date. 26 mm case s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16233. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, 18K Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel, 36mm Case, Black Dial with Stick Hour Markers, Date calendar at 3 o'clock posi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex Datejust 1601 Sigma Vintage Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Silver 36MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 68240, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 68240. Womens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 31 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 79160, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 79160. Womens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 179160, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 179160. Womens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6917, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6917. Ladies Rolex Datejust in 18k yellow gold with custom diamond dial. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. Ref 6917. Circa 1979. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. ...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Rolex Datejust II7440, Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust II Reference #:116300. Created Date: Rolex DateJust 41 mm 116300. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6827, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6827. __MISSING__. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116233, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:116233. __MISSING__. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 68240, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:68240. Rolex Datejust Automatic Chronometer White Dial 68240. Silver-tone stainless steel case with a silver-tone stainless steel oyster bracelet. Fixed sm...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69174, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 69174. Womens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 26 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116234, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 116234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rolex Datejust Blue Dial For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate rolex datejust blue dial for your needs in our varied inventory. Frequently made of Gold, Stainless Steel and 18k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Find an antique version now, or shop for 92 vintage or 38 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. If you’re looking for a rolex datejust blue dial from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. A rolex datejust blue dial of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 40, 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 alternatives. Finding a rolex datejust blue dial for sale for men should be easy, but there are 51 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as women, too.

How Much is a Rolex Datejust Blue Dial?

On average, a rolex datejust blue dial at 1stDibs sells for $6,950, while they’re typically $4,700 on the low end and $4,700 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.