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Rolex Watch Co. Bubble Back 18 Karat Solid Gold Rare 3-Piece Case from 1938
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back / Reference 3131 METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Solid Yellow Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1938 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm x 32mm MOVEMENT...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini 6623/8, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Cellini Reference #:6623/8. Rolex Cellini Cellissima 6623/8 Mens Watch 37mm 18k Gold Porcelain Dial. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona 116500, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Daytona Reference #:116500. Rolex Daytona 40mm Ceramic Steel White Watch 116500 Box Paper 2019 Full Stickers. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 179178, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:179178. Rolex Lady Datejust 179178 New Style Jubilee Heavy bracelet Silverpink Dial 27mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5512, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5512. Rolex Vintage Submariner 5512 5.4 Million Serial Matte Dial 4 Liner Watch 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oysterdate 6494, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oysterdate Reference #:6494. Rolex Oysterdate Vintage Unpolished 6494 Men Hand Wind Watch Tropical Dial 34mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by W...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex Submariner Vintage 5513 9.7 Million Serial Unpolished 2 Liner Watch 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 68240, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:68240. Rolex Datejust 68240 Women Automatic Watch Black Dial Stainless Steel 31mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFa...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Bart Simpson R Serial Men's Automatic Watch 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6305, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6305. Rolex Datejust Bubbleback Vintage 6305 Mens Automatic Two Tone 36mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1930s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Square Case Wristwatch with Sub-Seconds and Rolex Bracelet
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
This is an important vintage lady’s Rolex. Noted for its square case, which was always an uncommon novelty for the brand, sub-seconds display and attached link bracelet that is stamp...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76080, Case, 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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1990s 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 Yellow Gold Gilt Dial Square Case Wristwatch Ref 9347
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
An exceptionally uncommon example that would suit the collector of vintage rarities, noted for multiple special details. Rolex produced very few square case watches of any variety. T...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex 1930s Eaton Quarter Century Club Gold Cased Dr's Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1930s Rolex ( Prince ) Ref 971 Eaton Quarter Century Club Dr's Wrist Watch, Presented for 25 Years of service with Eaton Department stores in Canada. 43 X 24 MM Two Tone 14K...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref 1601 with Carbonized Charcoal Case and Band
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust/ Ref 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel Case / White gold Fluted Bezel CIRCA / YEAR: 1968 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 44mm X 36...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Prince Drs. Duo Dial 1930s Wristwatch Gold Filled and Steel Case
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1930s Rolex prince Drs. Duo Dial Wrist Watch, 47 X 20 M.M. Signed Rolex Gold Filled curved and stepped case with Stainless Steel Back. Rolex 17 Jewel Prince, Extra Prima Moveme...
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Vintage 1930s Wrist Watches

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Gold-filled, Steel

Rolex Steel Datejust with Custom Dial and Unique Charcoal Case from 1969
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel / Charcoal Finish CIRCA / YEAR: 1969 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 43mm x 36mm MOV...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex President with Blue Diamond Dial and Bezel, Engraved 18k Case and Bracelet
By Rolex
Located in New Orleans, LA
This Rolex Day-Date is on a Presidental bracelet. The case and Bracelet are engraved 18 karat yellow gold. This watch features a blue dial with diamond markers and diamond bezel. Ci...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

9 Carat Gold Tudor Watch with 15 Ruby Tudor Movement and Dennison Case, 1953
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
9ct Gold Tudor Watch with 15 Ruby Tudor Movement and Dennison Case, 1953 Nice authentic vintage watch on new leather strap.
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Vintage 1950s Modern Wrist Watches

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9k Gold

Rolex Tudor Prince Gold Filled and Steel Case Vintage Self Winding Wristwatch
By Tudor
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1960s Rolex Tudor Prince Wrist watch, 35 MM Gold Filled with Stainless Steel Back Water resistant Signed Rolex Case, Original Mint condition White Dial with Raised Gold Markers...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Gold-filled, Stainless Steel

Rolex Daytona 116500, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Daytona Reference #:116500. 40mm polished 904L stainless steel case, screw-down back and push buttons, screw-down crown and push buttons with Triplock triple waterproofness, bl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6917, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6917. Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 mm Ladies Date Two Tone Jubilee Watch 6917 Circa 1974. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wat...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16013, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16013. Rolex 16013 Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers and Black Minute Hash M...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 179138, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:179138. __MISSING__. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 178343, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:178343. Unworn Women's Rolex Datejust 31mm 178343 jubilee strap, 18k yellow gold/stainless steel material, with silver face.. Verified and Certified by Wat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 279174, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:279174. Unworn Women's Rolex DateJust 28mm 279174 jubilee strap, stainless steel material, with gray face.. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16014, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16014. </BR> <p> <strong> Stainless steel Men's Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust watch with an aftermarket mother-of-pearl diamond marker dial and an after...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 279174, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:279174. Unworn Women's Rolex Datejust 28mm 279174 select material for this product strap, stainless steel material, with silver face.. Verified and Certifi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini 4133/8, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Cellini Reference #:4133/8. Pre-Owned Rolex Cellini, Reference: 4133/8, Year: 1995. 31mm 18k Yellow Gold Case, 18k Yellow Gold Bezel, Blue Dial, Leather Brown Bracelet with Ta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16233, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16233. Pre-owned Men's Rolex Datejust 35mm 16233 jubilee strap, 18k yellow gold/stainless steel bezel, on white face.. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

ROLEX 1950's Thinest Oyster Case "Veriflat" Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A 1950's Oyster Case "Veriflat", the thinnest Oyster Rolex ever made. Allowing the thinness is a manual-wind movement in a stainless steel case. <br /> -Sub-second hand<br /> -Cert...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 69088, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:69088. Pre-owned Men's Rolex Datejust 26mm 69088 president strap, 18k yellow gold bezel, on champagne diamond face.. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Date 6694, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Date Reference #:6694. VINTAGE Rolex 6694 Men's/Ladie's 34mm Stainless Steel Oysterdate - Manual Wind - Silver Dial with Gold Stick Hour Markers - Stainless Steel Smooth Bezel ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini 5115, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Cellini Reference #:5115. Rolex Cellini in 18k yellow gold with Mother of Pearl dial set with yellow gold applied Roman numeral hour markers on leather strap. Manual. 32mm cas...
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 126234, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:126234. Unworn Unisex Rolex Datejust 36mm 126234 jubilee strap, stainless steel bezel, on black face.. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warrant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116200, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:116200. Pre-owned Men's Rolex Datejust 36mm 116200 jubilee strap, stainless steel bezel, on blue face.. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16013, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16013. Rolex 16013 Mens 36mm Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Quickset Date Feature - Champagne Dial with Gold Stick Hour Mark...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6917, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6917. Rolex Lady Datejust 6917 Automatic Watch Blue Diamond Dial Two Tone 14k 26mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchF...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 79163, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:79163. Pre-owned Women's Rolex Datejust 26mm 79163 oyster strap, 18k yellow gold/stainless steel material, with white face.. Verified and Certified by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 1601, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:1601. Rolex 1601 Mens 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust - Automatic Movement - Black Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - White Gold Fl...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 69173, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:69173. Rolex 69173 Ladies 26mm Stainless Steel & 18k Yellow Gold Datejust - Automatic 2135 Movement - Quickset Date Feature - Sapphire Crystal - Black Dial...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 6916, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6916. Rolex 6916 Ladies 26mm Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold Datejust - Automatic Movement - White Dial with Gold Roman Numeral Hour Markers and Track Border...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini 6229, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Cellini Reference #:6229. Rolex Cellini Danaos watch reference 6229. This model has 18k yellow gold. Manual winding movement. 18k yellow gold rounded rectangular case 25 mm. Ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Date 79160, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Date Reference #:79160. Pre-owned Women's Rolex Date 28mm 79160 select material for this product strap, stainless steel bezel, on blue face.. Verified and Certified by WatchFac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 116610LN, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:116610LN. Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic 40 mm Steel Watch 116610 LN 2019 Complete. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust II 126334, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust II Reference #:126334. Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. 18kt white gold bezel. Silver dial with luminous hands and index hour markers. Minute mark...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex “UFO” Case Design Precision #9083 Circa 1954
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
This is a rare and incredibly cool vintage Rolex, made circa 1954. A manual wind “Precision” ref. #9083 in impeccable original condition with the original attached bracelet with rive...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

ROLEX French Contract Case Stylized Rose Gold Precision
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Beautiful lugs, original Rolex 1940's Precision movement in a French made contract case, bearing French hallmarks. The style of this watch is unique and very attractive, with a sleek...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

ROLEX 1940's Rose Gold Rare Stylized Case Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Sleek and stylish, this 34mm vintage rose gold case with stylized lugs is a unique find. A ref 4430 equipped with a rare dial, this 1940's ROLEX is in excellent condition.
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Vintage Rolex 1970's Limited Quartz Case w/ Automatic Wind
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Rolex from the later 1970's. Rolex attempted to delve into the largely growing quartz market by releasing there own. It had a completely new look, yet it did not take off. Quickly Ro...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Cellini Rose Gold Rectangular Case 4578
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
An 18k Rose Gold Vintage Cellini Gents Wristwatch from the year 1959, silver dial with applied index batons, an 18k rose gold stepped bezel, an original brand new black leather strap...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex Day-Date 18238, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date Reference #:18238. Rolex Day-Date President in 18K with factory original Onyx stone dial. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 36 mm case size. Ref 18238. Comes with origin...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Yacht-Master 16628, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Yacht-Master Reference #:16628. Rolex Yacht-Master in 18k with factory original Mother of Pearl dial with ruby hour-markers. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 40 mm case size. Re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6551, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference #:6551. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Mid Size Steel Automatic 31 mm Watch 6551 Circa 1964. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air-King 5500, Case, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Air-King Reference #:5500. Rolex Mens/Ladies 34mm Stainless Steel Air-King - Automatic Movement - Silver Dial with Silver Stick Hour Markers and Minute Drag Border - Stainless ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

ROLEX 1970's Limited Quartz Case with Automatic Wind
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Rolex from the later 1970's. Rolex attempted to delve into the largely growing quartz market by releasing their own. It had a completely new look, yet it did not take off. Quickly Ro...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

ROLEX Cellini "Myriad" White Gold Designer "Midas" Case
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Ultra-modern meets vintage chic. This "new, old stock" white gold Midas is an outstanding example, in perfect condition. No longer made, this watch is truly unique. The watch measure...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, 18k Gold

ROLEX Vintage Explorer II Hand-Engraved Case & Bracelet
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
This unique example has multiple points of interest. Rolex has recently discontinued this version of the Explorer II and this classic model is guaranteed to grow in both popularity a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

ROLEX 1930's Rose Gold & Steel Rectangular Case Timepiece
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Lovely 1930s stainless steel and rose gold rectangular watch with hooded lugs and a sub-seconds dial. This would have originally been a gentleman's watch, however, it is probably mor...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Stainless Steel

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.