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

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18k Gold, White Gold

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 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

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Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Platinum Diamond Men’s Watch 118206
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 118206. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Platinum oyster case 36.0 mm in diame...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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

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Yellow Gold

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

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Yellow Gold

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

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Yellow Gold

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

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II Watch 218206 ibldrp
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The ice blue dial of this watch and its diamond-set transferred Roman numeral hour markers are its most catchy features. It further features elegant silver hour, minute, and seconds ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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

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Diamond, 18k Gold

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

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18k Gold

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

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

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Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18348
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18348. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

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

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White Gold

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

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

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's 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

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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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Bezel Watch 18048
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Bezel Watch 18048. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. 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

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Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 118348
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118348. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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

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Yellow Gold

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

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

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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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18038 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038 Box. 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

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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18388
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch 18388. 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

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Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 3155. 18K yellow gold fluted b...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Men’s Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

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

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Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date Men's 18 Karat 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 Wood dial wi...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Men's Watch 18046
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 18046. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Platinum oyster case 36.0 ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18349
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18349. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18238 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18238 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

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238 Box. 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

Rolex 18946 Day-Date Platinum Masterpiece Tahitian MOP Men's Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex 18946 Day-Date Platinum Masterpiece Tahitian MOP Men's Automatic Watch 39m
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men’s Watch 18238 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238 Box. 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

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men’s Watch 118238 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118238 Box. 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

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond 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

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18388
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch 18388. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. double quick set function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 3...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond 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

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond 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 Men's 18 Karat White Gold Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k White Gold Watch 118239 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k white gold case with fluted bezel (36 mm). Mother Of Pearl ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18388
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch 18388. 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

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18049
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18049. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

1984 Rolex Tridor Day Date 18 Karat Gold and Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Birmingham, AL
Stunning and Rare 1984 Rolex Watch! This timepiece is a self winding automatic. It has a 36mm 18K White Gold case, an 18K Yellow Gold Bezel, Gold dial with diamond numeric markers. T...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

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

Rolex 18239 Day-Date 18 Karat White Gold Diamond Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 18239 Model: Day-Date Case Material: 18k White Gold Case Diameter: 36 mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: White Gold Fluted Bezel Dial: Off white (Aging) ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Men's President Day-Date Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
18k Yellow Gold Case w/ Fluted Bezel 36 mm in Diameter (38 mm w/ Crown) Lug-to-Lug Distance = 20 mm Lug-to-Lug Width = 43 mm Thickness = 12 mm White Dial w/ Gold Roman Numerals & Han...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

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Rolex Biography and Important Works

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.


But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.


But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.


Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.


The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.


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Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.