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Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 1601
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 1601 - Automatic winding, 26 jewels, acrylic crystal, non-quickset. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel. Very rare champagne Buc...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Steel Automatic Winding Watch 1603
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Steel Automatic Winding Watch 1603 - Automatic winding with date; acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with engine turned bezel (36mm diameter). Silver textured...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Men's Datejust
By Rolex
Located in Hingham, MA
Rolex mens Datejust watch with jubilee band.
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Steel and Rose Gold Watch 116201
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Steel & Rose Gold Watch 116201 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k rose gold smooth bezel. Custom Mother of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Winding Watch 16200
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Winding Watch 16200 - Automatic winding, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Mother of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Winding Watch 116200
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Automatic Winding Watch 116200 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Steel and Rose Gold Watch 116201
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Steel & Rose Gold Watch 116201 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k rose gold smooth bezel. Custom Mother of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel and Gold Watch 16203
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch 16203 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel with 18k yellow gold smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Ch...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel and Gold Watch 116203
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel and Gold Watch 116203 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold smooth bezel (36mm diame...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Gold Steel Champaign Numeric Automatic Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Gold Steel Champaign Numeric Automatic Dial Watch SKU: WA00004 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: ROLEX TWO TONE DATEJUST Country of Origin: Switzerla...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex, DateJust, 116233, Men's, 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex - DateJust - 116233 - Men - 1970's Gender: Men Model : Oyster Perpetual DateJust Case Diameter : 36 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Material: 18K Gold & Steel Case material :...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel and Gold Watch Silver Diamond Dial 116243
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch Silver Diamond Dial 116243 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with factory Rolex 52 diam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel and Gold Watch Silver Diamond Dial 116243
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch Silver Diamond Dial 116243 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with factory Rolex 52 diam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel and Gold Watch Jubilee Diamond Dial 116233
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch Jubilee Diamond Dial 116233 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with fluted bezel (36mm d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Gold Steel Champaign Stick Custom Diamond Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Gold Steel Champaign Stick Custom Diamond Dial Watch SKU: WA00033 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: ROLEX TWO TONE DATEJUST Country of Origin: Switze...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel, Gold

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with fluted bezel ( 36 mm ). Champagne dial with stick hour ma...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold fluted bezel . Black dial with stick hour marke...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 1601
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 ( 36 mm ) . Blue Rolex diamond dia...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with custom diamond bezel ( 36 mm ) . Blue dial with custom di...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 126334 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007982 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 126334 Age: 2021 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Swing Tag, Card Holder & ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 2-Tone Men's Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 2-Tone Men's Watch 17013 - Quartz, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with yellow gold fluted bezel. White dial with raised gold Roman ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust II Men's 2-Tone Watch 116333
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust II Men's 2-Tone 41mm Watch 116333 - Automatic winding, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel (41mm diameter). Black dia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007684 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 39093 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Rolex Service Box, Service Papers...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 16200 Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007535 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 16200 Age: 1997 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Baton Glass: Sapphire Cry...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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

Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Men's Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007394 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 41 Model Number: 126334 Age: 43197 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Swing Tag, Bezel Guard &...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007631 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 40549 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Dial: Black Baton Gla...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007663 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 18-08-2009 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee & Card ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007661 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 39762 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee & Card Holder...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007663 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 18-08-2009 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Card Ho...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

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

Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264 - Automatic winding, 31 jewel, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold Thunderbird bezel (36mm diamet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007439 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 1601 Age: 1969 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: White Roman Glass: Plexiglass C...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Midsize Men's/Ladies Steel Watch 178274
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Midsize Men's/Ladies Steel Watch 178274 - Automatic winding; 31 jewel; sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel (31mm diameter). Bronze ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007617 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 41 Model Number: 126334 Age: 43529 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Card Holder ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007620 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 2007 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Service Pouch Dial: Black Roman Glass:...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust II 116300 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007502 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: II Model Number: 116300 Age: 15-12-2015 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Booklet, Manual, Swing Tag ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Diamond Bezel Men's Steel Watch 116244
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Diamond Bezel Men's Steel Watch 116244 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with factory 52 diamond and 18k white gold bez...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007412 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 2007 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Roman Glass: Sapphire Cr...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Men's Datejust SS Green Vignette Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Datejust CASE SIZE : 36mm GENDER : Men's CASE : Rolex Stainless Steel Case set with Round Diamonds WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Profession...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Men's Datejust Stainless Steel Black Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Datejust CASE SIZE : 36mm GENDER : Men's CASE : Rolex Stainless Steel Case WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Professionally Refinished Black Di...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Men's Datejust Meteorite Diamond Dial Wristwatch with Rolex Box, Appraisal
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pre owned Mens 36MM Rolex Datejust. This watch features a Custom Meteorite Diamond Dial, White Gold Fluted Bezel and Stainless Steel Jubilee Bracelet. This Watch has been serviced an...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Rolex Datejust Turnograph Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 16263
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Turnograph Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16263. 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

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Rolex Datejust Turnograph Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 16263
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Turnograph Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16263. 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

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 36mm Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 17013. Quartz movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted bez...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 36mm Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 17013. Quartz movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted bez...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Turnograph Black Dial Steel Men’s Watch 116264
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Turnograph Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 116264. 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

Steel

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Men’s Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 36mm Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 17013. Quartz movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted bez...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 16233
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 16233. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust II 116300 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Retail price 7,900 USD. In excellent condition and recently serviced by a Rolex watchmaker. All components are factory original. Photos of actual watch. Rolex Calibre 3135, 31 Jewels...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 1603
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 1603. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 16233
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 16233. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Rose Gold Men’s Watch 116261
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Rose Gold Mens Watch 116261. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Black Dial Steel Men's Watch 16200 Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 16200 Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary 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...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

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Rolex Datejust Men For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of rolex datejust men for sale on 1stDibs. All of the items for sale were constructed with extraordinary care, often using Stainless Steel, Gold and 18k Gold. Our collection of these items for sale includes 452 vintage editions and 148 modern creations to choose from as well. Our inventory is broad and distinctive, with accessories on offer that were made as long ago as the 20th Century to those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Modern and Contemporary are consistently popular styles when it comes to rolex datejust men. Lovers of these pieces agree that it’s a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 144 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. There are many round cut and baguette cut rolex datejust men for sale. If you’re browsing the variety of rolex datejust men for sale, you’ll find that many are available today for men, but there are still pieces to choose from for women.

How Much are Rolex Datejust Men?

Prices for rolex datejust men can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $3,938 and can go as high as $40,299, while rolex datejust men, on average, fetch $7,595.

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.