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1950s Rolex 14K Yellow Gold Ladies Wrist Watch
By Rolex
Located in Hicksville, NY
1950s Rolex Wristwatch for Ladies 14 Karat Yellow Gold Manual Wind Crown on this watch is Omega Brand. The watch was purchased in a boutique where Omega watches were sold as well. ...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Rolex Datejust 178274 Womens Wrist Watch in 18kt Stainless Steel/White Gold 2019
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Rolex Datejust is without a doubt one of the most emblematic watches of the Rolex Collection. Rolex is considered a pioneer of numerous innovations. Back in 1945, the Geneva watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

1950s White Gold Rolex Watch
By Rolex
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Metal Type: 18 Karat White Gold Weight: 39.8 grams Length: 4 inches (when opened) Diameter: 16.90 mm
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

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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

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Diamond, Gold

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

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Gold

White Gold Rolex Datejust President Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Greenwich, CT
This Rolex Datejust White Gold President, measures 26 mm in Diameter. Features a Silver Dial with Diamond markers. Date at 3 o'clock, waterproof screw-down crown. Automatic movement...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

1950s White Gold Rolex Buckle Bracelet Watch
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
This rare reference #8209 is an uncommon find, however in white gold the watch represents an exceptional discovery for the collector; we have never seen another. Made entirely of 18 ...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White 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 Datejust 0 69178 Ladies Yellow Gold 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002655 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 69178 Age: 1998 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Service Pouch & Guarantee Dial: Go...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies President Diamond Ruby Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Feasterville, PA
This is an authentic Rolex Presidential watch with a Rolex dial with added aftermarket diamond markers, a custom 18k yellow gold diamond and ruby bezel, a Rolex 18K yellow gold presi...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Vintage Prince Unisex Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002503 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Vintage Model Variant: Model Number: Prince Age: Circa 1940's Gender: Unisex Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: White...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona 0 116519 Men's White Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007768 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Daytona Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 116519 Age: 38723 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Dial: Grey Meteorite Rom...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

1995 Rolex Gold Diamond Ladies Datejust Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
The bautiful Rolex datejust watch is finely crafted in yellow gold with a diamond bezel. The dial is made of Mother of Pearl and diamonds. Circa 1995.
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 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 Datejust 26 69178 Ladies Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007508 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 26 Model Number: 69178 Age: 1993 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box & Service Pouch Dial: Champagne B...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust 26 69278 Ladies Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007514 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 26 Model Number: 69278 Age: 1991 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box & Service Pouch Dial: Gold/Champ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

18k Gold

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

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex Cellini 6621 Women’s 18 Karat Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Cellini in 18k gold with cream dial with yellow gold applied numeral hour markets. The watch is a quartz (battery operated). Comes with original Rolex box. The case is 30mm cir...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex 18 Karat Gold Roman Datejust 116138 Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex 116138 Oyster Perpetual Datejust, 116138, 18k Yellow Gold Case on a Strap with an 18k Yellow Gold Deployant Buckle, Automatic Movement, Date, White Dial with Roman Numerals. ...
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20th Century Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Vintage Hooded Bubbleback Steel Gold Watch 3065
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Vintage Hooded Bubbleback Steel Gold Watch 3065. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 32.0 mm in diameter. 18K yellow g...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies Bark President Gold Watch 69278
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies Bark President Gold Watch 69278 - Automatic winding, 29 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold with bark bezel (26 mm). Champagne dial. 18k yellow gold hidd...
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20th Century 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 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 Day-Date 36 1803 Unisex Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007807 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Day-Date Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 1803 Age: 1973 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Baton Glass: Sapphire...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Daytona 116519 Men's White Gold Grossular Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007840 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Daytona Model Number: 116519 Age: 14-06-2004 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Cardholder & Guarantee Dial: Grossular Diamond ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 68278
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 31mm Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 68278. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust 31 68279 Ladies White Gold Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007579 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 31 Model Number: 68279 Age: 1995 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Silver With Diamond Markers...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 36mm Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 17013. Quartz movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted bez...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 26mm Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 16628 Men's Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002770 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Yacht-Master Model Variant: 40 Model Number: 16628 Age: 1991 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manual, Guarantee Booklet, H...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Ladies White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 79179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Ladies White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 79179. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

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

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1503 Unisex Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007538 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Oyster Perpetual Model Variant: Date Model Number: 1503 Age: 1980 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: White Roman Glass:...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Cellini White Gold Men's Dress Watch Ref 50519
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cellini White Gold Mens Dress Watch Ref 50519 - Automatic. 18K White Gold ( 39 mm). Blue dial with stick hour markers. Black Rolex Leather Strap with Rolex white gold tang buck...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Men’s Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 36mm Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 17013. Quartz movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted bez...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 16233
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 16233. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 16233
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 16233. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Rose Gold Men’s Watch 116261
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Turnograph Datejust Steel Rose Gold Mens Watch 116261. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Steel

Rolex 'Cellini' 18 Karat Gold Mother of Pearl Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
A Rolex 'Cellini' 18K Gold Mother-of-Pearl Watch with a mesh Rolex bracelet. The case measures 26mm in diameter. Metal: 18K Yellow Gold Size: 6 1/2" Length x 1/2" (at its widest) B...
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Antique Late 19th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Men's Steel and 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). Factory Champagne ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, Steel

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

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex Datejust 26 69178G Ladies Yellow Gold Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007666 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 26 Model Number: 69178G Age: 1985 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Gold/Champange With Dia...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Men's Datejust SS / Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WATCH DESCRIPTION BRAND : Rolex MODEL : Datejust CASE SIZE : 36mm GENDER : Men's WATCH FEATURES DIAL : Rolex Professionally Refinished Mother of Pearl Dial set with Aftermarket ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 68278
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 31mm Midsize Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 68278. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies Yellow Gold and Diamond 1960s Bracelet Watch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1960s Rolex Ladies Bracelet Wrist watch, 22 M.M. 14K Yellow Gold 2 piece case with a Bezel of Round Brilliant cut Diamonds totaling 1 Carat. 17 Jewel mechanical, manual wind mo...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 16233
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 16233. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Midsize Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 78273
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Midsize Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 78273. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on 18...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 76243
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 76243. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 16233
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 16233. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Men’s Watch 17013
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 36mm Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 17013. Quartz movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted bez...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Ovettone Datejust Model 6305 Watch 18 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in Dublin, IE
An early, rare, and fine condition Rolex “Ovetone” Datejust model ref 6305 serial # 224,xxx circa 1957 with original dial with red print date wheel. Featuring 36 mm diameter 18 Kt ye...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

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Rolex Biography and Important Works

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


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


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


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


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


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Finding the Right Watches for You

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

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

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

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

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

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