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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 6427 Oyster Precision Vintage Rolex Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 6427 Model: Oyster Precision Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 34mm Crystal: Plastic Bezel: Fixed stainless steel bezel Dial: Silver dial with silver ho...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Lady Oyster Perpetual Watch 176200
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual 26 mm Watch, reference number 176200, features a stainless case measuring 26 mm in diameter. It is presented on a matching white oystersteel bracel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

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 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 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 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 Submariner Oyster Women’s, Oyster steel Preowned Custom Wrist Watch
By Rolex
Located in Florence, IT
Manufacturer: Rolex Model number: 114060 Model: Submariner Model Case: Oyster Diameter: 40 mm Material: Oyster steel Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, custo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel, Steel

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 Men's Watch, 124300 Green
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Brushed stainless steel case with polished finished sides. Polished stainless steel Twinlock crown. Polished stainless steel smooth bezel. Green dial. Polished hands, the hours & min...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Cushion Shaped Oyster Rose Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cushion Shaped Oyster Rose Gold Watch - Manual winding. Rose gold ( 20 x 20 mm ). Ivory Guilloche dial with Arabic numerals and blue Breguet hands. Rose gold link stretchy brac...
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20th Century 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 Vintage Oyster Perpetual Date Watch 1501
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watch, reference number 1501, boasts a waterproof stainless steel case that is fitted with an engine turned stainless steel bezel. The case me...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

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 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 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 Date Oyster Steel Automatic Ladies Watch 6917
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:6917. automatic-self-wind. 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 Date Watch Model 15037
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Watch c.1986 Model 15037 14K Yellow Gold Rolex Black Ostrich Leather Strap - pristine condition Automatic Movement Original Gold Dial - pristine conditi...
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Late 20th Century Modern Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Steel Oyster Datejust Watch, circa 1968
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel / Solid Gold Bezel CIRCA: 1967 / 1968 DIMENSIONS: 43mm X 36mm MOVEMENT / CAL...
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Mid-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 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 Men's 2-Tone Watch Ref 6582
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Mens 2-Tone Watch Ref 6582 - Automatic. Stainless steel and 14K yellow gold with Astral bezel ( 34 mm ). Silver dial with dot hour markers. Brown alligator str...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Early Oyster Date Rare Super Oyster Crown Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Super Oyster / Date / Ref. 6094 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 40mm X 33mm CIRCA: 1951 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 1...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 Black Dial Oyster Bracelet Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Date Reference #:15000. automatic-self-wind. 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 Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116000
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116000 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Black dial with pi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Watch 114200 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Watch 114200 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116000
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116000 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Blue dial with lum...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Automatic Watch Stainless Steel 31
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Moderate scratches and wear throughout. Accessories: Box Measurements: Case Size/Width: 31mm, Watch Height: 10mm, Band Width: 17mm, Wrist circumference: 7" Designer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Watch 114200 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Watch 114200 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diameter. R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1007 14 Karat Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual in 14k on suede leather strap with 14k tang buckle. Automatic w/ sweep seconds. 33 mm case size. Ref 1007. Circa 1952 Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified pre...
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Vintage 1950s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 177234 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual in stainless steel with 18k white gold fluted bezel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 31 mm case size. Ref 177234. Circa 2007. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certi...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Midsize Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Midsize METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 30mm diameter / 36mm including lugs CIRCA: 2000 plus...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 176200 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds. 26 mm case size. Ref 176200. **Bank wire only at this price** Circa 2007. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preo...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116000
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116000 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Custom Blue Mothe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Date Watch 6623
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Date Watch 6623 - Self winding. Stainless steel case with engine turn bezel ( 26 mm). Silver dial. Stainless steel bracelet with steel buckle....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Ladies Watch 76030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Ladies Watch 76030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Automatic Steel Men's Watch 114300
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm Automatic Steel Mens Watch 114300. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 39 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 3131 14 Karat Manual Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Rolex Bubble Back Oyster Perpetual in 14k yellow gold. With sweep seconds. Ref 3131. Circa 1947. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Rolex Oyster Perpetual 3131 wa...
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Vintage 1940s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex 67230 Oyster perpetual Salmon Dial Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 67230 Model: Oyster Perpetual Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 24mm Bezel:Stainless steel bezel Dial: Salmon dial with both silver arabic and stick hou...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Midsize Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Midsize METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 35mm X 30mm CIRCA: 2000 plus MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Per...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Air King Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
ROLEX AIR KING 34MM BLUE DIAL OYSTER BRACELET. • Mint condition • Stainless steel • Movement: Automatic • Case size: 34mm • Dial: Blue • Screw down crown • Scratch resistant sapphi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Early Oyster Date Rare Super Oyster Crown Watch, 1951
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Super Oyster / Date / Ref. 6094 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 40mm X 33mm CIRCA: 1951 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 1...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76080 Ladies 2020 Rolex Service Papers Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex OysterPerpetual 76080 Lady 2020 Rolex Service Papers Automatic Watch 24mm
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Men’s Watch 114200 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial Oyster Bracelet Mens Watch 114200 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34.0 mm in diame...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial Steel Watch 124200 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm Black Dial Steel Watch 124200 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 34 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Midsize White Dial Ladies Watch 177200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Midsize White Dial Ladies Watch 177200. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Lady 18K Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Geneva, CH
Emblematic watch from the house of Rolex. Crafted in 18K yellow gold with a classic Jubilee bracelet. Collection: Date Just Material: 18K yellow gold Weight: 63,38 gr Movement: Chro...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

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Rolex Watch Oyster For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact rolex watch oyster you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Stainless Steel, Gold and Steel. Our collection of these items for sale includes 454 vintage editions and 152 modern creations to choose from as well. Finding the perfect rolex watch oyster may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 20th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. For this particular accessory, there are many different carat weights to choose from, but versions are of considerable interest. Take a look at a rolex watch oyster featuring Diamond from our inventory today to add the perfect touch to your look. 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 watch oyster for sale are for men, but there are 268 pieces available to browse for women.

How Much is a Rolex Watch Oyster?

The price for a rolex watch oyster starts at $1,195 and tops out at $1,195 with these watches, on average, selling for $5,359.

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.