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Rolex Oyster Date Precision Stainless Steel Men's Wristwatch Ref 6066
By Rolex
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century all original, 1951 Rolex stainless steel oyster date precision wristwatch. Red date wheel. Original ruby steel riveted oyster band. Unpolished, minor scratches to case an...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Very rare and unusual Factory Lapis d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case ( 36 mm ) . Factory Mother of Pearl Sapphire Dial. 18k ye...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Date Oyster Perpetual Men's Watch 115200
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Date Oyster Perpetual Men's Watch 115200 - 115200. Stainless Steel ( 34 mm ) Smooth bezel. White dial with luminous hour markers. Oyster bracelet with deployant buckle. Pre-own...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex President, Day-Date Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex President - Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset day/date, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Black dial w...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Date Oyster Perpetual Men's Watch 115200
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Date Oyster Perpetual Men's Watch 115200 - Automatic winding. Stainless Steel ( 34 mm ) Smooth bezel. White dial with luminous hour markers. Oyster bracelet with deployant buck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 115234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 115234 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel ( 34 mm). White dial w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and fluted bezel (36mm diameter). White dial w...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 0 118209 Men White Gold 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002968 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 118209 Age: 2013 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Booklet, Cardholder, Swing Tags ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Day-Date 0 128348RBR Men Yellow Gold 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002986 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 128348RBR Age: 2021 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Booklet, Cardholder, Swing Ta...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Day-Date Wideboy 1802 Men Yellow Gold 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008279 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: Wideboy Model Number: 1802 Age: 1969 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Gold/Champagne Baton Gla...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18038 - Automatic winding; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Black dial with stick hour markers. Gre...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116610 LN
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116610 LN - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, pressure proof to 1,000 feet. Stainless steel case with time-lapse Cerachrom bezel . Black...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18038 - Automatic winding; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Black dial with stick markers. Leather ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpectual Date 1500 Black Dial Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpectual Date 1500 Black Dial Mens Watch 34MM
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

  • Rolex Oyster Perpectual Date 1500 Black Dial Mens Watch
  • Rolex Oyster Perpectual Date 1500 Black Dial Mens Watch
  • Rolex Oyster Perpectual Date 1500 Black Dial Mens Watch
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W 0.71 in. D 0.44 in. Dm 1.34 in. L 7.49 in.
Rolex Submariner Men's Stainless Steel Watch 'no-date' 14060
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner Men's Stainless Steel Watch (no-date) 14060 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case (40mm diameter). Black dial with luminous hour markers. Stainless steel Oyster ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 115210
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 115210 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with engine turned bezel (34mm diameter). Black ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Date Men's 2-Tone Steel and Gold Watch 15203
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Date Men's 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch 15203 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold smooth bezel (34mm diameter) Or...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18308
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18308. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Unworn. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-l...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date Men's 18K Gold President Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date Men's 18K Gold President Watch 19018 - Quartz; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Very Rare Factory Silv...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Date Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 15200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Date Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 15200. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Day-Date 1803 18K Rose Gold Mens Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date 1803 18K Rose Gold Mens Automatic Watch 36MM
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

  • Rolex Day-Date 1803 18K Rose Gold Mens Automatic Watch
  • Rolex Day-Date 1803 18K Rose Gold Mens Automatic Watch
  • Rolex Day-Date 1803 18K Rose Gold Mens Automatic Watch
  • Rolex Day-Date 1803 18K Rose Gold Mens Automatic Watch
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H 0.52 in. W 0.79 in. Dm 1.38 in. L 7.52 in.
Rolex Day-Date 41 218239 Men White Gold 18K Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008122 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 41 Model Number: 218239 Age: 41mm Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Black D...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Date 1512 Men's Watch in 14kt Yellow Gold
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Date 1512 Men's Watch in 14kt Yellow Gold SKU: 112638 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Date Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanical: Automatic/Kinetic Ye...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Date Domed Bezel Oyster Bracelet Steel Men's Watch 15200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Date Domed Bezel Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 15200. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date on a Strap Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date on a Strap Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and fluted bezel (36mm diameter). C...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Date White Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Men’s Watch 115200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Date White Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 115200. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's Mother of Pearl Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Mother of Pearl Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Factory Mother of Pea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Day-Date 18238 Men's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Day-Date 18238 Men's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 18346
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 18346. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Platinum oyster case 36.0 ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum, Silver

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Card. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Day-Date President Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens 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 ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Tapestry Dial Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Tapestry Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Date White Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 115200 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Date White Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 115200 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

18k Gold Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 18238 Cream Dial
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex President - Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Ivory dial wi...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day Date President White Gold White Dial Mens Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Day Date 36mm President White Gold White Dial Mens Watch 118239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 1807
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 1807. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special ti...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Steel

Rolex President Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold Mens Watch 228238 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 40mm 18K Yellow Gold Mens Watch 228238 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 18k yellow gold oyster case...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Linen Dial Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Linen Dial Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
Category

Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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Rolex Mens Date For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the rolex mens date you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel. Find an antique version now, or shop for 262 vintage or 212 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. Making the right choice when shopping for a rolex mens date may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Take a look at a rolex mens date featuring Diamond from our inventory today to add the perfect touch to your look. A round cut version of this piece has appeal, but there are also brilliant cut and baguette cut versions for sale. When shopping for a rolex mens date, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for unisex or women today than there are for men.

How Much is a Rolex Mens Date?

Prices for a rolex mens date can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $2,400 and can go as high as $74,579, while this accessory, on average, fetches $15,425.

Rolex Biography and Important Works

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's 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 aforementioned 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 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. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, new and classic vintage watches on 1stDibs.

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. 

Eventually, watches 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. Bvlgari’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 contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors 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.