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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 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 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, minor scratches to case an...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Men's Datejust S/S and 18 Karat Yellow Gold Black Diamond Dial Ruby
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Datejust - 16013 CASE SIZE : 36mm GENDER : Men's WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Professionally Refinished Black Dial set with aftermarket St...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Ruby, Diamond, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, Stainless Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold . Slate dial with luminous markers. Sta...
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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 ). White dial with stick hour marker...
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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 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 116233
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 116233 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel . White dial with raised g...
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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

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

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

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 President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Very rare and unusual Factory Lapis d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 126334 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007982 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 126334 Age: 2021 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Swing Tag, Card Holder & ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Milgauss 116400 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007955 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Milgauss Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 116400 Age: 27-09-2016 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder, Swing ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer 14270 Mens Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008083 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 14270 Age: 19-05-2000 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder, Swing T...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case ( 36 mm ) . Factory Mother of Pearl Sapphire Dial. 18k ye...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer 14270 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008082 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 14270 Age: 36414 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Guarantee Dial: Black Quarter Arabic ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I 1016 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007721 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer Model Variant: I Model Number: 1016 Age: 1976 Gender: Men Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Black Baton Glass:...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Precision 1200 Men's Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002635 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Precision Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 1200 Age: 1960 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Plexigla...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Explorer 14270 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008083 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 14270 Age: 19-05-2000 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder, Swing T...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Men's Rolex GMT-Master II Watch 16713
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex GMT-Master II Watch 16713 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel with 18k yellow gold bezel with black insert. Black dial with lumino...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16613 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007646 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16613 Age: 2006 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Card Holder...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Yacht-Master Men's Watch, 126622-0001
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
Polished finished stainless steel case. Crown: Patented "Triplock" locking crown crown ensuring that the crown screws down against the Oyster case as securely as a submarine hatch. P...
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2010s 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 Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114270
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114270 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Black dial with white stick markers and Arabic numerals...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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 Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 115234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 115234 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel ( 34 mm). White dial w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel . Black dial with stick hour markers . Stainless steel hid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Daytona 6263 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002403 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Daytona Model Variant: Model Number: 6263 Age: 1978 Gender: Men's Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Silver Baton Gla...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer I 1016 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007963 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer Model Variant: I Model Number: 1016 Age: 1972 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Booklet Dial: Black Quar...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 2-Tone Men's Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 2-Tone Men's Watch 17013 - Quartz, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with yellow gold fluted bezel. White dial with raised gold Roman ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust II Men's 2-Tone Watch 116333
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust II Men's 2-Tone 41mm Watch 116333 - Automatic winding, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel (41mm diameter). Black dia...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 1501
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 1501 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, non-quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with engine turn bezel (34mm diameter). Silver dial wi...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Cellini Cellinium Platinum Men's Watch 5240/6
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cellini Cellinium Platinum Men's Watch 5240/6 - Manual winding. Platinum case (35mm diameter). Mother of pearl decorated dial with Arabic numerals and baton markers; seconds su...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Men's Steel & Gold Watch 16233
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Men's Steel & Gold Watch 16233 - Automatic winding, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with yellow gold bezel (36mm diameter). White dial with Rom...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Explorer II 16570 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007927 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer II Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 16570 Age: 13-02-1998 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Service Guarantee dated 19th Ja...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

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

Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264 - Automatic winding, 31 jewel, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold Thunderbird bezel (36mm diamet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007412 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 2007 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Roman Glass: Sapphire Cr...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Black Dial Steel Men's Watch 16200
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 16200. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 126233 Olive Dial
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 126233 Olive dial - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel (36 mm). Oliv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007670 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16610 Age: 2004 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder & Swing Ta...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264 - Automatic winding, 31 jewel, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold Thunderbird bezel (36mm diamet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Men's Watch 126610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Mens Watch 126610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 116613
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 116613 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, pressure proof to 1,000 feet. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel (40mm diameter)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007913 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 41 Model Number: 126334 Age: 43293 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Service Manu...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, 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). Black dial with pi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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

Rolex Explorer I 6610 Men Stainless Steel Gilt Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002564 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Explorer I Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 6610 Age: 1957 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Service Pouch, Explorer Card & Or...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust II Automatic Chronometer Men's Watch 116334
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
A fancy men's watch that wears well given its timeless design. This Rolex Datejust II Ref.116334 features a contemporary 41mm case in stainless steel with a striking fluted bezel in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

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

Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 1601 Blue Dial
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. Blue Rolex diamond dial. 14K Two-t...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007684 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 39093 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Rolex Service Box, Service Papers...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 16200 Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007535 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 16200 Age: 1997 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Baton Glass: Sapphire Cry...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
In excellent condition and recently serviced by a Rolex watchmaker. All components are factory original. Photos of actual watch. Rolex Calibre 1570, 26 Jewels. New hands installed by...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Men's Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007394 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 41 Model Number: 126334 Age: 43197 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Swing Tag, Bezel Guard &...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Rolex Watches Men For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of rolex watches men for sale on 1stDibs. Frequently made of Gold, Stainless Steel and Steel, these items were constructed with great care. Our selection of items includes 846 vintage examples as well as 452 contemporary versions. Our inventory has long been popular, and it includes earlier versions that date to the 20th Century and newer variations that were made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many different pieces in our collection of rolex watches men to choose from, but Modern and Retro rolex watches men are of considerable interest. Lovers of these pieces agree that it’s a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 151 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. A selection of round cut and baguette cut can be found today on these pages. When shopping our range of rolex watches men, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for women today than there are for men.

How Much are Rolex Watches Men?

Prices for rolex watches men start at $3,031 and top out at $133,357 with these watches, on average, selling for $8,793.

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.