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Rolex Datejust 31 178245 Ladies Rose Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007570 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 31 Model Number: 178245 Age: 2002 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Dial: White Roman ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Retro Rose Gold Oversized Bracelet Watch
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
An exceptional example of a mid-century Rolex creation made of 18 karat rose gold, this highly stylized bracelet is comprised of polished butterfly- or bowtie-shaped links, the patte...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Dress Style, Reference 3893 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 17 Jewels, Caliber 360/HW DIAL / HANDS: Restored Dial, Arabic and Batons, Bato...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Precision 34 3745 Men's Rose Gold 2 Adjust Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM2128 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Precision Model Variant: 34 Model Number: 3745 Age: Circa 1950 Gender: Men's Complete With: FALSE Dial: Silver Arabic Glass: Plexi...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Men's Rolex Yacht-Master II Regatta Rose Gold Watch 116681
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Yacht-Master II Regatta Rose Gold Watch 116681 - Automatic winding, Regatta Chronograph, 31 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with rose gold bezel with blue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

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 Vintage Rose Gold Ladies Dress Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Vintage Rose Gold Ladies Dress Watch - Manual winding . Rose gold case ( 17 x 35 mm ) . Salmon colored dial with stick hour markers . Double rope strap; will fit up to a 6 inch...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Men's Stainless Steel and Rose Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007429 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 1601 Age: 1974 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Gold/Champange Baton Glass: Sa...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 26 179171 Ladies Stainless Steel and Rose Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007628 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 26 Model Number: 179171 Age: 2009 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Pink Baton Glass: Sapphi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel, Rose Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Automatic Watch Rose Gold with Diamond Markers26
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate scratches on exterior and in interior, wear in interior buckle, peeling, marks and discoloration on case back. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Cas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Datejust Men's Steel and Rose Gold Watch 116201
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Steel & Rose Gold Watch 116201 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k rose gold smooth bezel. Custom Mother of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rare Rolex Datejust 18K Rose Gold Jubilee Custom Diamond Burgundy Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rare Rolex Datejust 18K Rose Gold Jubilee Custom Diamond Burgundy Dial Watch SKU: WA00035 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: RARE 18K ROSE GOLD ROLEX DATEJUST Country of Origin:...
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20th Century Modern Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex 116505 Daytona 18 Karat Rose Gold Rainbow Bezel and Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 116505 Model: Daytona Case Material: 18k Rose Gold Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: Multi-color sapphire bezel (aftermarket) Dial: Bla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rose Gold Everose Men's Watch 116515 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rose Gold Everose Mens Watch 116515 Box. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18K rose gold case 40.0 mm in diameter. Special screw-down p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Bubble Back Thunderbird Bezel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Bubble Back METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel & Solid Rose Gold Thunderbird Bezel DIMENSIONS: 40mm X 32mm CIRCA: 1940's MOVE...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Steel and Rose Gold Watch 116201
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Steel & Rose Gold Watch 116201 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k rose gold smooth bezel. Custom Mother of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Pearlmaster Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 80315 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Pearlmaster Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 80315 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k rose gold oyster case 29 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Date Watch with Original Certificate
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Date / Ref. 8627 METAL / MATERIAL: 18 Kt. Rose Gold DIMENSIONS: 36 mm X 30 mm CIRCA: 1962/63 MOVEMENT / C...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Datejust Watch, circa 1956
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 6305/1 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel w/ Rose Gold Bezel DIMENSIONS: 42mm X 34mm CIRCA: 1956/57 MOVEMENT...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Precision Rose Gold Cream Enamel Dial Tear Drop Lugs Manual Wind Watch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
An 18k Rose Gold Precision Vintage Gents Wristwatch, cream enamel dial with applied hour markers, a fixed 18k rose gold smooth bezel, 18k rose gold tear drop lugs, a brown leather st...
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Vintage 1930s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Datejust 116135 18 Karat Rose Gold Diamond Dial Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust in Everose gold with original diamond dial on an alligator strap with deployant buckle. Auto w/ sweep seconds. 36 mm case size. With box and booklets. Ref 116135. Circ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Rose Gold Datejust Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Stamford, CT
18k rose gold ladies datejust Rolex with fluted bezel. Metorite dial with diamonds. Length: 7 inches Width: 26mm Band Width at Case: 12.5mm Band: 18k rose gold jubilee Crystal: sapp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Datejust 31 Midsize Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 178271
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 31 Midsize Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 178271. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 31 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69179. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Role...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Tridor 31 Midsize White Yellow Rose Diamond Watch 68279
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Tridor 31 Midsize White Yellow Rose Diamond Watch 68279. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69179. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diam...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Bubble Back 3/4 Size Watch with Original Patinated Dial
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Ref. 4857 / Thunderbird Bezel MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Winding / 17 Jewels CIRCA: 1930'S DIAL / HANDS...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Datejust 31 Midsize Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 178271
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 31 Midsize Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 178271. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 31 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Datejust Perpetual Wind Watch circa 1960s
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1601 / Machined Bezel METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 43 mm X 36 mm CIRCA: 1967/68 MOVEMENT / CALI...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Lady Datejust Jubilee 178271 Automatic Watch with Papers 18 Karat Rose
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Lady Datejust Jubilee 178271 Automatic Watch w/Papers 18K Rose 31mm
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona 116515LN Ceramic 18K Rose Chocolate with Papers Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Daytona 116515LN Ceramic 18K Rose Chocolate W/Papers Automatic Watch 40mm
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel and Rose Gold Ladies Watch 178241 Blk Roman
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Polished stainless steel case. Polished 18kt Pink Gold crown. Polished 18kt Pink Gold domed bezel. Black dial. Applied polished pink gold toned Roman Numeral hour markers. Polished p...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex President 28 Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Ladies Watch 279165 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President 28 Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Ladies Watch 279165 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k rose gold oyster case 28.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini Danaos White and Rose Gold Brown Strap Men's Watch 4233
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini Danaos White and Rose Gold Brown Strap Mens Watch 4233. Manual winding movement. 18k white and rose gold rounded rectangular case 34.0 mm. Rolex logo on a crown. Scratc...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex President 28 Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Ladies Watch 279165 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President 28 Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Ladies Watch 279165 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k rose gold oyster case 28.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Tridor 31 Midsize White Yellow Rose Gold Ladies Watch 78279
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Tridor 31 Midsize White Yellow Rose Gold Ladies Watch 78279. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Rose Gold Stainless Steel Art Deco Manual Watch, circa 1940s
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / 4375 METAL / MATERIAL: 14 Kt. Rose Gold and Steel CIRCA: 1940's DIMENSIONS: 36mm X 19mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manual ...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Datejust Perpetual Wind Watch, circa 1952
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 6105 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel and 14 Kt Rose Gold CIRCA: 1951 / 1952 DIMENSIONS: 43 mm X 36 mm MOV...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel and Rose Gold Ladies Watch Model #: 178241
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Polished stainless steel case. Polished 18kt Pink Gold crown. Polished 18kt Pink Gold domed bezel. White dial. Applied polished pink gold toned Roman Numeral hour markers. Polished p...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Lady’s Retro Diamond and Ruby Bracelet Watch
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
This gorgeous creation would be a special addition to the collection of any vintage jewelry or watch enthusiast. The fact that it is signed Rolex makes it exceptional. Made of 18 kar...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Datejust 41 Steel Rose Gold Diamond Dial Men's Watch 126301 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 41 Steel Rose Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 126301 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18K everose gold case 41.0 mm i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 41 Steel 18K Rose Gold Chocolate Diamond Dial Men’s Watch 126331
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Datejust 41 126331 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sha...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel Rose Gold Olive Green Diamond Ladies Watch 279161 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Rose Gold Olive Green Diamond Ladies Watch 279161 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 28 mm in diameter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 26 Steel 18k Rose Gold Black Dial Automatic Ladies Watch 179171
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Datejust 179171 is a beautiful Ladie's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sha...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex 18 Karat Tricolor Watch Model 9665
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rare Vintage Rolex Tricolor Watch Model 9665 c.1950s Composition: Tri-Color: 18K Yellow, White and Rose Gold Manual Movement Immaculate Original Dial Made in Switzerland
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex GMT-Master II 126711 Rootbeer Two-Tone Rose Gold Steel Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This New Without Tags Rolex GMT-Master II 126711 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shap...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18 Karat Rose Gold Diamond Watch 118205
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Rose Gold Diamond Watch 118205 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k rose gold case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date 40 President 18 Karat Rose Gold Automatic Men's Watch 228235 OGRP
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This never been worn Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a rose gold case. It has a round...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Rose Gold President Day-Date Wristwatch Ref 118205
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset Day/Date, sapphire crystal. 18k rose gold case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Silvered dial with stick hour markers. 18k rose gold hidden c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Day-Date 40 18K Rose Gold Sundust Roman Dial Automatic Men’s Watch 228235
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This brand new Rolex Day-Date 228235SNRP is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a rose gold case. It has a round shape ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex 1954 Rose Gold and Steel Reference 6305 Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1954 Rolex Oyster perpetual Reference 6305 "Big Bubbleback" Wrist watch, 36 M.M. 3 Piece Oyster case with Rose Gold engine turned Bezel and Rose Gold crown. Caliber 745 Autom...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Rose Gold

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Jubilee Bracelet Self-Winding Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Steel and 14Kt. Rose Gold CIRCA: 1963 / 1964 DIMENSIONS: 42mm X 36mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Per...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 41 Steel 18K Rose Gold Jubilee Chocolate Dial Men’s Watch 126331
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Datejust II 126331 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sha...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex 1940 Rose Gold and Steel Mechanical Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1940 Rolex Wrist Watch, 39 X 27 MM 2 piece case with a Rose Gold Shell Top and a Stainless Steel Back. 17 Jewel Mechanical, Manual wind Movement, original and mint condition Si...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Rare Rolex Vintage Rose Gold Ref 6612 Day Date President Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1969 Rare Rolex Reference 6612 18K Rose Gold Day Date President Model Wrist Watch, 36 M.M. 3 Piece case with Fluted Bezel, the inside case back features both unique Reference n...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Rolex Unworn Day-Date 36 Gents 18 Karat Rose Gold Rose Dial B&P 118205
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 36 mm Unworn 18k Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 Gents Wristwatch, rose dial with applied roman numerals, day at 12 0'clock, date at 3 0'clock, a fixed 18k rose gold smooth ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 Black Dial 18 Karat Rose Gold Automatic Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
(18458) This pre-owned Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 is a beautiful timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a rose gold case. It has a round shape face, date...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Automatic Watch Stainless Steel and Everose Gold
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Scratches and wear throughout. Accessories: Box Measurements: Height 26", Width 26", Depth 5" Designer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Datejust Automatic Watch S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Rare 1950s Rolex Rose Gold Chronometer Champagne Dial Precision Vintage 4134
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 37mm 18k Rose Gold Vintage Precision Gents Wristwatch, a rare original chronometer champagne dial with applied 18k rose gold index batons and roman numerals at 3,6,9 and 12 0'clock...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Vintage Speedking Stainless Steel, Rose Dial and Bezel 1934 Automatic
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Pre-owned vintage Rolex Speedking designed in stainless steel and rose gold. Naturally aged dial on a aftermarket black strap with original Rolex buckle. The watch measures 29mm and ...
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Vintage 1930s Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

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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.