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Rolex Day-Date Ref. 182388
By Rolex
Located in Princeton, NJ
18kt Yellow Gold Rolex President Day-Date. This piece has a beautiful rare black tapestry dial. This timepiece features the president hidden clasp bracelet, fluted bezel, double quic...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Day-Date SNAS Aviation Watch 18039
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Day-Date SNAS Aviation watch, reference number 18039, boasts a 36 mm 18K white gold case fitted with a fluted 18K white gold bezel. The case is mounted onto an 18K white go...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold, 228238-0042
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
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 Fluted WINDING ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold, 128238-0069
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
MODEL CASE Oyster, 36 mm, yellow gold OYSTER ARCHITECTURE Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown DIAMETER 36 mm MATERIAL 18 ct yellow gold BEZEL Fluted WINDING ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date18804, Gold Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18238. Rolex Day-Date 18238 Mens Automatic Watch 18K Yellow Gold MOP Blue Dial 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Certified Authentic Rolex Day-Date 44280, Black Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18206. Rolex Day -Date President in platinum with genuine diamond lugs & genuine rhodium Myriad diamond dial with luxury custom diamond bezel. Auto w/ swee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803, Champagne Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:1803. Rolex President Day-Date 1803 Papers Automatic Vintage Watch Wide Boy 18K 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:118208. Rolex President Day Date 118208 P Serial Baguette Diamond Bezel Watch 18K 38mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 19018, White Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:19018. Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 19018 Men Watch Silver Dial 18k Gold 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:118208. Rolex Day-Date 118208 Unworn Mens Automatic Watch 18K With Box & Papers 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803, Lime color Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:1803. Rolex Day-Date Bark 1803 Lime Color Dial Automatic Vintage Watch 1.32CT 18K 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:1803. Rolex Day-Date Bark 1803 Lime Color Dial Automatic Vintage Watch 1.32CT 18K 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803, Green Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 1803. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Green 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803, Champagne Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 1803. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Champagne 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Orange Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:118208. Rolex President Day Date 118208 P Serial Baguette Diamond Bezel Watch 18K 38mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18206, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18206. Rolex Day -Date in platinum with genuine diamond lugs & genuine rhodium Myriad diamond dial with luxury custom diamond bezel. Auto w/ sweep seconds,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18238, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18238. Rolex Day-Date 18238 Mint Mens Automatic Watch 18K Silverpink Patina Dial 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18238, White Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18238. Rolex Day-Date 18238 Mint Mens Automatic Watch 18K Silverpink Patina Dial 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wat...
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18206, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18206. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Platinum Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:118208. Rolex President Day Date 118208 P Serial Baguette Diamond Bezel Watch 18K 38mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 118208. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Gold 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18238, Pink Dial, Certified nd Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18238. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Pink 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118388, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 118388. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Gold 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pocket Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803, Green Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 1803. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Green 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118238, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 118238. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Gold 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 118208. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Gold 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18206, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18206. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Platinum Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18238, Pink Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18238. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Pink 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803, Champagne Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 1803. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Champagne 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18206, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18206. Rolex Day -Date President in platinum with genuine diamond lugs & genuine rhodium Myriad diamond dial with luxury custom diamond bezel. Auto w/ swee...
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18078, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18078. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Champagne Gold 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118209, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 118209. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18206, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18206. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Platinum Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 228239, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 228239. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch White Gold Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1802, Gold Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 1802. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Yellow Gold Gold 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Men's Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007828 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 18038 Age: 1988 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Baton Glass: Sapphire ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Men's Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007627 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 18038 Age: 1987 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Gold/Champange Baton Glass: Sa...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date 18238 18 Karat Gold Dial Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date in 18k. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 36 mm case size. Ref 18238. Circa 1989. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Dress Rolex Day-Date 18238 watch is made...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 1803 18 Karat White Gold Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date with custom diamond dial and custom diamond bezel in 18k white gold with rebuilt president bracelet. Auto w/ sweep seconds, date and day. 36 mm case size. Ref 1803. Ci...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 36 18239 Unisex White Gold Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007841 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 18239 Age: 1990 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Swing Tags & Card Hold...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Men's Yellow Gold Unworn Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002670 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date 40 Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 228238 Age: 26-06-2016 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Hand...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Unisex Yellow Gold Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007388 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 18038 Age: 1984 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Champagne with Diamond Ma...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch 40MM
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Yellow Gold Bark Finish Men’s Watch 18248
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Day-Date President 36mm Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18248. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Mother of Pearl Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 118208. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl 38 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18946, Mother of Pearl Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18946. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Platinum Mother of Pearl 39 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 118208, Mother of Pearl Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 118208. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl 38 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18039, Mother of Pearl Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #: 18039. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Mother of Pearl 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Day Date Diamond Rare Dial and Bezel Gents Watch Ref 18
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage in like new condition and highy Collectable Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date President 18038 Mens Watch CIRCA 1988. 36 mm 18k yellow gold case Rare Rolex Blue Dial with Fa...
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Vintage 1980s Retro Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex 118206 Day Date Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 118206 Model: Day Date Case Material: Platinum Case Diameter: 36mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal (scratch resistant) Bezel: Round brilliant diamond bezel (aftermarket) ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

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Rolex Day-Date 36 118238 Unisex Yellow Gold Rubellite Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007842 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 118238 Age: 2001 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box & Manual Dial: Rubellite Diamon...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date Gents Platinum Silver Dial Diamond Set 18046 Automatic
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Rare Platinum Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Gents Wristwatch, silver dial set with 8 applied round brilliant cut diamond hour markers and 2 baguette cut diamond hour markers, day apert...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Rolex Day-Date 18078 President Tiffany Dial Spanish Date Wheel 18 Karat
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date 18078 President Tiffany Dial Spanish Date Wheel 18k
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Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 228238 Silver Diagonal Index
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Polished 18kt yellow gold case. Polished 18kt yellow gold "Twinlock" crown featuring two sealed zones when the crown is screwed down: the first inside the tube of the crown, the seco...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18206 Platinum Original Diamonds Silver Dial Auto Watch, 1993
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18206. Rolex Day -Date President in platinum with genuine diamond lugs & genuine rhodium Myriad diamond dial with luxury custom diamond bezel. Auto w/ swee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 18206 Platinum Original Diamonds Silver Dial Auto Watch 1993
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day -Date in platinum with genuine diamond lugs & genuine rhodium Myriad diamond dial with luxury custom diamond bezel. Auto w/ sweep seconds, date and day. 36mm case size. Ref...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 18k Gold Champagne Dial Men's Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19018 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by quartz (battery) movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a tonneau sh...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch Meteorite Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in Scarsdale, NY
Authentic Rolex Unisex 18 karat Gold Master Piece, with the Meteorite Diamond Dial Rear 2005. The current replacement list price is: $57,400 This is a "Special Edition" Rolex Crown ...
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Early 20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex Day-Date Vintage Gents 18 Karat Yellow Gold Champagne Dial 6611B
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 36 mm 1956 18k Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Gents Wristwatch, champagne dial with applied hour markers, day at 12 0'clock, date at 3 0'clock, a fixed 18k yellow gold flute...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 19018 Men Watch Silver Dial 18 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 19018 Men Watch Silver Dial 18k Gold 36mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

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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.


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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.