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Rolex Men's Datejust Watch S/Steel & White Gold Mother of Pearl Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Datejust CASE SIZE : 36mm CASE : Rolex Stainless Steel Case GENDER : Men's WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Professionally Refinished White Mo...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Stainless Steel, White Gold

Rolex Men's Datejust Watch SS & 18K White Gold MOP Roman Dial Diamond Bezel
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Datejust CASE SIZE : 36mm GENDER : Men's CASE : Rolex Stainless Steel Case WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Professionally Refinished White Mo...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Ruby, Diamond, White Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Men's Datejust Watch SS and 18K White Gold Silver Index Dial Diamond Bezel
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Datejust CASE SIZE : 36mm GENDER : Men's CASE : Rolex Stainless Steel Case WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Silver Dial set with Index Hour Ma...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Stainless Steel, 18k Gold

Rolex Datejust Mother-of-Pearl Diamonds Unisex 116188 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3114 Model: 116188 Serial: D37**** Condition: 9 - Excellent condition Age: 2005 Box and Papers: Box only Movement: Automatic Case: 18k Yellow Gold Dial: Mother of Pearl with Di...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex 116333 Datejust II Two-Tone Slate Dial Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Rolex Model - 116333 Datejust II Case Metal - Stainless Steel Case Measurement - 41mm Bracelet - Two Tone - Fits up to a 6 3/4" wrist Dial - Silver Slate w/ Green Roman Num...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Blue Diamond Dial Watch, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 44mm X 38mm CIRCA: 1970's MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 26 Jewels / 1570 DIAL / HA...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 41 126300 Blio Blue Index Stainless Steel Automatic Men’s Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
(19561) This brand new Rolex Datejust 41 126300 blio 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 ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116334 Men’s Automatic Watch Rhodium Dial with Box and Papers
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust II Reference #:116334. Rolex Datejust 116334 Mens Automatic Watch Rhodium Dial With Box & Papers. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary 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 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 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

Materials

Stainless Steel

2012 Rolex Watch is Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Austin, TX
Rolex Watch Stainless Steel This impressive Air King Rolex is in fantastic condition! With a smooth polish finish the stainless steel Rolex watch looks good with all attired on any ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

2012 Rolex Watch is Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Austin, TX
Rolex Watch Stainless Steel This impressive Air King Rolex is in fantastic condition! With a smooth polish finish the stainless steel Rolex watch looks good with all attired on any ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Ladies Dress Rolex Watch with Diamond
By Rolex
Located in Palm Beach, FL
1950's oval dial, asymetrical diamond watch. This unique design has a very feminine feel to it. The rich golden bronze patina adds depth to the watch. The 34 round brilliant cut dia...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

  • Ladies Dress Rolex Watch with Diamond
  • Ladies Dress Rolex Watch with Diamond
  • Ladies Dress Rolex Watch with Diamond
  • Ladies Dress Rolex Watch with Diamond
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W 1.00 in. L 7.5 in.
Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel Watch Rolex
By Rolex
Located in Columbia, MO
Item Details Estimated Retail $6,600.00 Brand Rolex Collection Datejust Case Material Stainless Steel MPN 16200 Movement Mechanical Automatic Face Color White Band Type Bracelet Cas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Retro Watch Bracelet
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
A retro 18kt yellow gold Rolex watch link-bracelet. Made in Switzerland, circa 1950
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Vintage 1950s Retro Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Mixed Metals Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Columbia, MO
Product Details: Estimated Retail: $17,400.00 Condition: Pre Owned Brand: Rolex Case Material: Mixed Metals Gender: Mens MPN: 116523 Movement: Mechanical Automatic Face Color: Blue ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Mixed Metals Watch
By Rolex
Located in Columbia, MO
Item Details Estimated Retail $10,900.00 Brand Rolex Collection Datejust Case Material Mixed Metals Gender Mens MPN 16233 Movement Mechanical Automatic Face Color Yellow Gold Band T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Mixed Metal, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Columbia, MO
Item Details Estimated Retail $6,200.00 Brand Rolex Collection DATE-JUST Case Material Stainless Steel Gender Women's MPN 178240 Movement Mechanical Automatic Face Color White Band ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Gold Diamond Watch Bracelet
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Classic vintage Rolex lady's watch bracelet, decorated with approx. 3.80ctw in diamonds. Case measures 19mm x 32mm. Bracelet is 7" long. Gold tone Rolex signed dial with black hands ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Gold

Rolex 169622 Yachtmaster Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 169622 Model: Yachtmaster Case Material: Platinum and Stainless steel Case Diameter: 29mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Platinum special time-lapse unidirectiona...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

2001 Two Tone Yellow Gold and Steel K Serial Daytona Rolex Watch
By Rolex
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Metal Type: 18 Karat Yellow Gold & Steel Weight: 142.2 grams Rolex Watch Model: Daytona K Serial * Comes with all original boxing and paperwork *
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner "Hulk" Wrist Watch
By Rolex
Located in Manchester, NH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Watch Rolex Style No: 116610LV 40mm 904L stainless steel case, unidirectional rotatable green Cerachrom time lapse bezel, green gold dial, Ch...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Rose Gold Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, 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 Milgauss Stainless Steel Watch 116400
By Rolex
Located in Columbia, MO
Product Details: Estimated Retail: $8,300.00 Condition: Pre Owned Brand: Rolex Collection: Milgauss Case Material: Stainless Steel Gender: Mens MPN: 116400 Movement: Mechanical Auto...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Oystersteel Watch 126600
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Sea-Dweller Oystersteel 43 mm Watch, reference number 126600, includes an oystersteel case measuring 43 mm in diameter with a large black ceramic uni-directional rotating ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Silver Officers Trench Watch, 1913
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A very rare, early, vintage Officers wristwatch by Rolex made in 1913. Sterling Silver round case with hinged bezel and back, hallmarked for London Import into the United Kingdom in...
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Vintage 1910s Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

  • Rolex Silver Officers Trench Watch, 1913
  • Rolex Silver Officers Trench Watch, 1913
  • Rolex Silver Officers Trench Watch, 1913
  • Rolex Silver Officers Trench Watch, 1913
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D 0.36 in. Dm 1.19 in. L 1.34 in.
Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Columbia, MO
Item Details Estimated Retail $6,200.00 Brand Rolex Collection Air King Case Material Stainless Steel Gender Mens MPN 116900 Movement Mechanical Automatic Face Color Black Band Type ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Watch
  • Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Watch
  • Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Watch
  • Rolex Air King Stainless Steel Watch
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Dm 1.58 in.
Rolex Cellini 18k Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cellini 18K Yellow Gold Watch - Manual winding . 18K Yellow gold case ( 22 x 28 mm ) . Champagne dial with black roman numerals . Black alligator strap with tang buckle .This ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Watch
By Rolex
Located in New Orleans, LA
This Rolex GMT-Master II reference 126710BLRO wristwatch is an iconic design from the distinguished watchmakers. Debuted in 1953 and originally made for Pan Am pilots to keep track o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Watch
  • Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Watch
  • Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Watch
  • Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Watch
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Rolex Submariner Date Watch 116613LN
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Datejust 40 mm Watch, reference number 116613LN, features an oystersteel case measuring 40 mm in diameter and includes a black and gold rotatin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner "No Date" Watch 114060
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
Featuring a 40mm Oystersteel case, this watch is designed with a solid-link Oyster bracelet and a monobloc middle case. Its black unidirectional rotatable bezel features a scratch-re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Midsize 2-Tone Watch 178273
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Midsize 2-Tone Watch 178273 - Automatic winding; 31 jewel; sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with yellow gold fluted bezel.. Custom Mother of Pearl . Stainless st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with fluted bezel ( 36 mm ). Champagne dial with stick hour ma...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

ROLEX Presidential Ladies Datejust Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Simply timeless. This special edition Rolex features a dial with diamonds, has all of its original pieces and is in excellent condition. We guarantee that this Rolex watch is in pris...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with fluted bezel ( 36 mm ). Champagne dial with stick hour ma...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Datejust 2-Tone Watch 6917
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies Datejust 2-tone Watch 6917 - Automatic winding, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with yellow gold Fluted bezel (26mm diameter). Champagne stick dial. Stainless stee...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Yacht-Master Men's Watch, 126655
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Polished 18kt Everose gold case. Polished 18kt Everose gold Triplock screw-down crown. Bezel: Polished 18kt Everose gold bi-directional rotating bezel with a ribbed edge for a sure g...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch 114300-0005
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 mm Watch, reference number 114300-0005, features an oystersteel case measuring 39 mm in diameter. It is presented on a matching white oystersteel brace...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Two-Tone Watch 68243
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Datejust Two-Tone 31mm Watch, reference number 68243, features a stainless steel and yellow gold case measuring 31 mm in diameter with a yellow gold bezel. It is presented...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Pre-Owned Rolex Daytona 16520 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Rolex is the undisputed king of watchmaking with a crown logo to match. Rolex set the standard in immaculate design and precision engineering, which were virtues dear to prolific ger...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer II Men's Watch 16570
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Explorer II Men's Watch 16570 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case . Black dial with luminous markers. Stainless steel Oyster bracel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 1601
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 1601 - Automatic winding, 26 jewels, acrylic crystal, non-quickset. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel. Very rare champagne Buc...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Midsize 2-Tone Watch 278273
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Midsize 2-Tone Watch 278273 - Automatic winding; 31 jewel; sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel (31mm diameter). White dial with ra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Turnograph Men's 2-Tone Watch 16253
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Turnograph Men's 2-Tone Watch 16253 - Automatic winding, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel. Silver dial with raised gold markers. Stain...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Midsize 2-Tone Watch 178243
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust midsize 2-Tone Watch 178243 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold smooth bezel. Factory Blue Jubilee di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Midcentury Gold Ladies Watch Bracelet
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Mid century, circa 1950s, 18k gold Rolex bracelet watch. Bracelet is 6.5" long, case is 14mm in diameter. Rolex signed silvered dial with gold stick markers. Manual wind movement in ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold fluted bezel . Black dial with stick hour marke...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex 116520 Daytona Black Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 116520 Model: Daytona Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: Original Rolex fixed stainless steel bezel with ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 1601
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 1601 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal . Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold fluted bezel ( 36 mm ) . Blue Rolex diamond dia...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini 605 14 Karat Manual Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Rolex Cellini in 14k on original Rolex mesh band. Fits 6.5 inches wrist. Manual. 30 mm case size. Ref 605. Circa 1970's. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Vintag...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 126300 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 41 mm case size. With box and papers. Ref 126300. Circa 2017. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Classi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with custom diamond bezel ( 36 mm ) . Blue dial with custom di...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 39 mm case size. Circa 1984 **Bank wire only at this price** Ref 16800. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified pre...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16610 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 40 mm case size. Ref 16610. Circa 2000. **Bank Wire at this price only** Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified pr...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116234 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust in stainless steel & 18k white gold. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 36 mm case size. Ref 116234. Circa 2010s. Fine Pre-owned Rolex Watch. Certified preowned Classic R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

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

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 178240 Stainless Steel Auto Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Midsize in stainless steel. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 31 mm case size. Unused. Ref 178240. Circa 2010s. **Bank Wire Only at this price** Fine Unused Rolex Watch....
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

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

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Perpetual Wind Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1603 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 43mm X 36mm CIRCA: 1968/69 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 1570 / 26 Jew...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Rolex Watched For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the rolex watched you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, Stainless Steel and Steel. You can easily find a 1495 antique edition and 837 modern creations to choose from as well. You’re likely to find the perfect rolex watched among the distinctive items we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 19th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. For this particular piece, 1.5 Carat and 2 Carat are consistently popular carat weights. A rolex watched can make for a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 236 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. A round cut version of this piece has appeal, but there are also baguette cut and brilliant cut versions for sale. When shopping for a rolex watched, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for unisex or women today than there are for men.

How Much is a Rolex Watched?

The price for a rolex watched starts at $1,494 and tops out at $1,494 with these watches, on average, selling for $8,019.

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.

Questions About Rolex Watched
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Rolex uses only the highest quality melee diamonds with between D and G in color and IF in clarity. Every diamond is tested individually to make sure it is real.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    One of the cheapest Rolex watches is the Oyster Perpetual, which usually costs around $5,000. This model is made of oystersteel, an affordable type of steel.