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Rolex White Gold President Day-Date Automatic Wristwatch Ref 118209
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
The Rolex President Day-Date Model 118209 pre-owned men's automatic wrist watch. Certified pre-owned and ready to ship. Featuring a Rhodium dial with polished Roman numerals and 18k...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold President Day-Date Oyster Automatic Wristwatch Ref 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Model 18238 Pre Owned Mens Automatic wrist watch. Rolex Full Pave Diamond Dial. 18k Yellow Gold case with custom 3.5 ct. baguette Diamond bezel (35mm). 18k ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Day-Date Smooth Bezel Lapis Lazuli Dial President Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Day-Date Presidential Watch Rare Factory Rolex Lapis Lazuli Dial Without Hour Markers Lapis Is One Of The Rarest Rolex Stone Dials Produced The Dial Has a Small...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold

Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Day-Date President Confetti Dial Automatic Watch, 1960s
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Day-Date Watch from the 1960s Beautiful Factory Brown Velvet Confetti Dial with Specks of Color Under Magnification Very Unusual and Rare Dial Yellow Gold Flu...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

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

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 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 Stick Dial. 18K Yellow Gold Presi...
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20th Century 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 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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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 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

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...
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mens Watch 18038 Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038 Papers. 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 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 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 President Day Date Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century 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 ...
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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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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...
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20th Century 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 ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 118346 Box Service Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 118346 Box Service Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Platinum oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Black Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Black Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 36 Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36 Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Bronze Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Bronze Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k white gold oyster c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Bronze

Rolex President Day-Date Diamond String & Log Dial Bezel Watch18388
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
ROLEX President Day-Date Diamond String Diamond Log Dial Bezel Watch reference 18388 This Watch Say It. Hardly worn in original condition!! A Rare 36mm circa 1991 18k Yellow Gold ...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Watch 18239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Watch 18239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k white gold oyster ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Bark Finish Mens Watch 18078. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Cognac Dial Mens Watch 118138 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Cognac Dial Mens Watch 118138 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Watch 18239 Paper
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Watch 18239 Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k white gold ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k White Gold Mop Diamond Watch 118389 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18k White Gold MOP Diamond Watch 118389 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k white gold oyster c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 36 Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18388 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36 Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18388 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. double quick set function. 18k yellow gold oyster...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date II White Gold Blue Dial Mens Watch 218239 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date II White Gold Blue Dial Mens Watch 218239 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 18k white gold oyster ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Day Date Diamond Rare Dial Bezel Gents Watch Ref 18048
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

1982 Rolex President Day-Date Wristwatch Made in Yellow Gold, Ref. 18038
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rolex watch made in 1982. Reference 18038. 36mm yellow gold case set with a fluted bezel and sapphire crystal. Blue sunburst dial with baton hour markers and hands. Date ...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rare Vintage Rolex President Day Date Platinum 1804 Diamond Dial Bezel Lugs 1964
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1803 Serial: 1062*** Model: President Day Date Case Material: Platinum Band: Custom Leather Band Bezel: Custom Diamond Bezel Dial: Custom Silv...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Platinum

1947 Rare Vintage Rolex President Day Date 6611 Diamond Dial 18 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Original polish Original Diamond Dial Style Number: 6611 Serial: 474*** Year: 1959 Model: Day Date President Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: Custom Leather Bezel: 18K...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date 1803 Chocolate Diamond Dial 18 Karat Gold Leather Strap
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1803 Serial: 2154*** Model: President Day Date Case Material: 18K Rose Gold Band: Custom Leather, Brown Bezel: 18K Rose Gold Dial: Custom Cho...
Category

Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Watch 118235
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex President Day-Date Watch, reference number 118235, is a storied timepiece with an opulent aesthetic. On this luxury piece, you’ll find a 36mm case, fluted bezel, and brace...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Day-Date President Diamond Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex President Day-Date Watch, reference number 118238, is a luxury timepiece with an inherently elegant point of view. Striking and sophisticated, it features a 36mm round cas...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date President Diamond and Ruby Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex President Day Date Diamond and Ruby Watch, reference number 18238, is a classic timepiece that exudes luxury and elegance. Glittering gemstones make this a truly remarkabl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Brown Dial Diamond 18K Day Date Watch Ref 18038
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Handsome, hardly ever worn Gentlemen’s Rolex President Day Date watch, Ref 18038 dated late 1986.It is crafted in 18k yellow gold. Featuring All Original scratch resistant Sapphire C...
Category

Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex President Vintage Lapis Dial Gold Day-Date Watch Ref 18038
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Handsome, Vintage Gentlemen’s Rolex President Day-Date watch, Ref 18038 dated from the LAte 1980s. It is crafted in 18k yellow gold. Featuring All Original scratch-resistant Sapph...
Category

Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Gold

Rolex Day Date 18038 President Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Day-Date President 18038 Men's Watch. 36MM 18k Yellow gold case with fluted bezel. Silver dial with gold hands and index hour markers. Date display at the 3 o'clock position. D...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Rolex President Day Date For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact rolex president day date you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, Yellow Gold and 18k Gold. Find an antique version now, or shop for 339 vintage or 165 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. You’re likely to find the perfect rolex president day date among the distinctive items we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. A rolex president day date can be a stylish choice for most occasions, but Diamond rings, from our inventory of 96, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. 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. When shopping for a rolex president day 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 President Day Date?

On average, a rolex president day date at 1stDibs sells for $18,860, while they’re typically $4,900 on the low end and $88,500 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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.