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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: COM1625 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 116000 Age: 18th April 2018 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box & Guarantee Dial: Red Grape Baton Glass: Sapphire Crys...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 61780
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4943 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 61780 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Black Arabic Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Date Charcoal Carbonized Red Custom Dial
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Date/ Ref. 1500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel / Charcoal Carbonized DIMENSIONS: 42 mm X 35 mm CIRCA: 197...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

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. 7 inch band. Length: 36....
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Datejust Carbonized, Late 1970's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1603 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel / Blackened CIRCA / YEAR: Late 1970's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 43mm X 36mm MOVEMEN...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Custom Dial Perpetual Watch, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Ref. 5500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA: 1970's DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 34mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perp...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Air King with Custom Dial, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / Ref. 1002 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm X 34mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Winding /...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Date Custom Diamond Dial Watch, 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: 1501 / Oyster Perpetual Date CIRCA: 1970's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 26 Jewels / 1570 DIAL / HANDS: Blue Diamond Dial / Baton Hands ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Air King Custom Powder Blue Dial, 1970's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / Ref. 5500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA: 1970's DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 35mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Wi...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Date Custom Red Orange Dial, circa 1970's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Date / Ref. 1500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 39 mm X 34 mm CIRCA: 1970's MOVEMENT / CALI...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Lady, 2004
By Rolex
Located in Paris, FR
Rolex Oyster lady Tout Or 18 carats Bracelet jubilé ou Cadran ou Boîte/papier Circa 2004 5900 euros
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 Grape Dial 2016 card Steel Automatic Mens Watch
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2010s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 67180
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 67180 Silver Stick Dial Steel 1995 Automatic Ladies Watch
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6551
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Silver Dial 14K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 6551
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Vintage 1950s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: COM1360 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 116000 Age: Gender: Mens Complete With: Box & Guarantee Dial: Champagne Baton Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: A...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Certified Rolex Oyster Precision
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Precision Reference #:6426. . Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5091 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 116000 Age: 15th June 2017 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Sapphire C...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Certified Rolex Oyster Precision
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Precision Reference #:6426. . Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss 116400
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Rolex Collection: Milgauss Metal: Stainless Steel Dial: White dial with luminous steel hands and Orange luminous index hour markers Bracelet: Oyster Reference Number: 116400 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref 3548
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a rare version of a Rolex automatic watch from the 1940s. There is a manual wind version of this watch which is called the Athlete, but this automatic form is quite rare. It ...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4923 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Date Model Ref: 15200 Age: 14th May 1990 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box And Guarantee Only Dial: Silver B...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 77080
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5041 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 77080 Age: 15th December 2002 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presenation Pouch & Guarantee Dial: Black Arabic G...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 6718
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4991 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 6718 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Pouch Dial: Black Baton Glass: Plexiglass Movement: Auto...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 14233
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5038 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 14233 Age: Gender: Unisex Complete With: Xupes Presenation Pouch Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movemen...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Grape 114300
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: COM1474 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 114300 Age: 12th April 2017 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box & Guarantee Dial: Red Grape Baton Glass: Sapphire Crys...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 67480
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4931 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 67480 Age: Gender: Unisex Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box & Guarantee Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Cry...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Vintage 1940s Rolex Oyster Precesion
By Rolex
Located in Carlisle, GB
This Beautiful Classic mechanical watch is working and ticking well. Visible scratches on the watch case and the Glass as shown on the images. The strap is a bit worn. And also scrat...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 67480
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5040 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 67480 Age: 21st December 1997 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presenation Pouch & Guarantee Dial: Pink Arabic Gl...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Ref 16234 Gender: Men Year: Circa 1970's Model : Oyster Perpetual DateJust Case Diameter : 36 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Material: Stainless S...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Ref 1601
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Ref 1601 After set diamonds. (Added later) Watch has been professionally polished and serviced, looks like new. Gender: Unisex Year: Late 1970's Mo...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Diamond

Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, 114300, Men, 2019
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex - Oyster Perpetual - 114300 - Men - 2019 Comes with full set of documents, tags, and original box. Gender: Men Model : Oyster Perpetual Case Diameter : 40 mm Movement: Automat...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex, Oyster Speedking, 6824, Unisex, 1960s
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex - Oyster Speedking - 6824 - Unisex - 1960's Gender: Unisex Model : Speedking Case Width : 30 mm Movement: Manual Winding Watchband Material: Leather Case material : Steel Disp...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114200, Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:114200. Rolex Air-King 114200 Mens Automatic Watch Stainless 2.40ct Diamond Bezel 35mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Oyster Bracelet Steel Ladies Watch 69190
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Oyster Bracelet Steel Ladies Watch 69190. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Nondate Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 176200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Nondate Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 176200. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, 126613LN
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Brushed stainless steel case with polished finished sides. Polished 18kt yellow gold Triplock crown. Bezel: Uni-directional 18kt yellow gold bezel with knurled corners for enhanced g...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Precision Stainless Steel 6480
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: COM2297 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Precision Model Ref: 6480 Age: Gender: Men Complete with: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Cream Arabic Glass: Plexiglass Movement: Mech...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual unisex 67180 watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
REF W3176 MODEL NUMBER 67180 SERIAL NUMBER U15**** CONDITION 9 - Excellent condition GENDER Ladies AGE 27th December 1997 CASE DIAMETER 31 mm CASE SIZE 31mm BOX & PAPERS Box,...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Ref 1013
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This is a rare Rolex chronometre reference 1013 in yellow gold with a silvered non-date dial, applied markers, fluted bezel, plastic crystal, and is on a jubilee bracelet. Comes with...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 26 69160
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4929 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Date Model Ref: 69160 Age: Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Black Baton Glass: Sapphire Crystal Move...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 15200
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4933 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Date Model Ref: 15200 Age: Gender: Unisex Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box & Guarantee Dial: Black Baton Glass: Sapphire...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Quartz Unisex 17013 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3690 Model: 17013 Serial: 544**** Condition: 9 - Excellent condition Age: 10th September 1969 Case Diameter: 36 mm Case Size: 36mm Box and Papers: Box Only Movement: Quartz Cas...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel 6150
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: COM1718 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Ref: 6150 Age: COM1718 Gender: Mens Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box & Service Papers Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Sa...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1002, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:1002. Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1002 3.5 Million Serial Men's Auto Glit Dial Watch 34mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Red Grape" Watch 114300
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm "Red Grape" Watch 114300 - Automatic winding; Sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel ( 39 mm ). Red Grape dial. Stainless steel oyster ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76080, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:76080. Rolex OysterPerpetual 76080 Lady Automatic Watch Black Dial Stainless Steel 24mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 3131, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:3131. Vintage Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual in 14k yellow gold. With sweep seconds. Ref 3131. Circa 1947. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certifie...
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Vintage 1940s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Watch W785217
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watch, reference number W785217, boasts a stainless steel case presented on a matching stainless steel bracelet. This model is equipped with a self-wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 76080
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 76080. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual White Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual White Dial Oyster Bracelet Ladies Watch 67230. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Men’s Watch 116000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Mens Watch 116000. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1008, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:1008. __MISSING__. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6551, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:6551. Pre-Owned Watch. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Mid-size watch circa 1969 with 14k Yellow Gold case and Mesh bracelet. Watch has a silver dial. Watch...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 67180, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:67180. Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual in stainless steel. Auto. Ref 67180. Circa 1995 Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Classic Rolex O...
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rolex Oyster For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the rolex oyster you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Stainless Steel, Gold and Steel — can elevate any look. Our collection of these items for sale includes 423 vintage editions and 149 modern creations to choose from as well. If you’re looking for a rolex oyster 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. As it relates to this specific piece, our collection includes designs that are universally popular, but carat weights, specifically, are sought with frequency. A rolex oyster of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 15, 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 baguette cut alternatives. Most of our rolex oyster for sale are for men, but there are 262 pieces available to browse for women.

How Much is a Rolex Oyster?

The price for a rolex oyster starts at $1,195 and tops out at $1,195 with these watches, on average, selling for $5,200.

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.

Questions About Rolex Oyster
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The popular Rolex Oyster Perpetual is usually between $5,900 and $6,600 in price.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watch is worth around $6,000. However, if it's encrusted with gems or vintage, it can cost as much as $50,000. 1stDibs has a great and vast selection of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watches.