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Rolex Submariner Date 18 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Rolex Submariner Date in 18K Gold and Steel. Selling this watch is going to be difficult. I did purchase it to resell but then stupidly, I put it on. It fit perfectly and well, it i...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Watch 126618LB
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This stately Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Perpetual Submariner Date 41 mm Watch, reference number 126618LB, features an 18K Yellow Gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter with a uni-direction...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Serti 16613 Men Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002891 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Serti Model Number: 16613 Age: 16-12-2000 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Cardholder, ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with gold rotating bezel with blue insert. Blue dial . Rolex oyster bracelet. Pre-own...
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20th Century 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 Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diameter. Rol...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diameter. Rol...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner 116613LB Men's Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002825 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 116613LB Age: 42594 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals & Guarantee Dial: B...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diameter. Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diameter. Rol...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Date 116613 Men's Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002812 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 116613 Age: 2010 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Black Baton Glass: S...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Ref 16613
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex Submariner Date Ref 16613 Comes with Rolex presentation box Circa 1990's Gender: Men Model : Submariner Ref 16613 Case Diameter : 40 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Materia...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex, Submariner, 18 Karat Gold and Steel, 16613, Men’s, 1992
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex - Submariner - 16613 - Men - 1992 Gender: Men Model : Oyster Perpetual Date - Submariner Case Diameter : 40 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Material: 18K Gold & Steel Case ma...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Submariner Date 116613 Men Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel 18K Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008057 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 116613 Age: 40mm Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder, Swing T...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 116619 White Gold BlueSMURF Automatic Mens Watch 2014 Card
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 116619 White Gold BlueSMURF Automatic Mens Watch 2014 Card 40mm
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2010s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel and Gold Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, pressure proof to 1,000 feet. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel . Black dial with...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Men's Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007405 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16613 Age: 01-03-1993 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Dial: Purple /...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner 16618 Oyster 18k Yellow Gold Blue Sunburst Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
This Rolex Submariner has been polished and is in great cosmetic and mechanic condition, Blue Dial with Luminescent Hour Markers, Sweep Second Hand, Date Indicator, Quickset Movement...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diameter. Rol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Men's Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007534 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 116613LB Age: 2010 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Other Glass: Sapp...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Men’s Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Purple Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002716 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 16613 Age: 1990 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Baton Glass: Sapp...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Nipple Dial Service Papers 18 Karat Gold Mint
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 5257*** Year: 1978 Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Black Dial: Black Nipple Dial...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Submariner 16808 18 Karat Yellow Gold Black Gilt Nipple Dial Very Rare
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16808 Serial: 9764*** Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Sapphire Crystal Case Size: 40mm Includes:...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Date Gold Steel Black Dial Men's Watch 126613LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This brand new Rolex Submariner 126613LN 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 sh...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 116613 Blue 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Steel Box and Papers, 2019
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 116613 Serial: 7RJ92*** Year: 2019 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: 18K Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Bezel: Blue Ceramic Dial: Blue Face: Sapph...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 18k Gold Steel Holes Blue Dial Automatic Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 16613 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 shape...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Custom Camo Automatic Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Custom camouflage on dial and bracelet. Has a few hairline scratches on blue bezel insert. Original Box and Papers are not included comes with a Chronostore presentation box and auth...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 16803
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Full Gold Through Buckle. Some scratches on the Black bezel insert only visible under direct light and certain angles. Original Box and Papers are not included comes with a Chronosto...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Two-Tone Gold Black Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Watch 116613LN
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Rolex Submariner 40mm Oyster Perpetual Date in Oystersteel and yellow gold with a Cerachrom bezel insert in black ceramic and a black dial with large luminescent hour markers. It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 18k Yellow Gold Steel Black Dial Automatic Men Watch 116613BKDO
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Rolex Submariner 40mm 18k Yellow Gold Steel Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 116613BKDO. This Beautiful Timepiece: Stainless Steel Case with a Stainless Steel Rolex Oyster ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 18K Yellow Gold Ceramic Blue Dial Automatic Mens Watch 116618LB
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Excellent Mint Condition. 1 Link Short. 2017 Card. Comes With an Original Box and Original Papers. Chronostore. Covered by 1-year Chronostore Warranty. Details: Brand Rolex Color B...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 18K Gold Steel No Holes Gray Serti Diamond Dial Watch 16613T
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Z-Series. Pre-owned condition. The bezel insert has minor blemishes. Comes with the manufacturer's box but No papers. Covered by a 1-year Chronostore warranty. Details: Brand Rolex D...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 18K Gold Steel No Holes Blue Dial Automatic Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Gold Through Buckle. F-Series. No holes case. Super Mint Condition. This watch comes with a Chronostore presentation box and authenticity card. It ships worldwide with a 30-days ha...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 116618 Blue on Blue 18 Karat Yellow Gold Automatic Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116618 bl is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a round shape face, dat...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date Steel 18 Karat Yellow Gold Blue Dial Men's Watch 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116613LB 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 s...
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2010s Wrist Watches

MINT Two Tone Rolex Submariner Champagne Serti Sapphire Diamond Dial 16613
By Rolex
Located in Montclair, NJ
This amazingly and super well-kept Rolex Submariner comes with its original box and papers and remains in excellent physical and mechanical condition. The dial is adorned with genuin...
Category

1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

  • MINT Two Tone Rolex Submariner Champagne Serti Sapphire Diamond Dial 16613
  • MINT Two Tone Rolex Submariner Champagne Serti Sapphire Diamond Dial 16613
  • MINT Two Tone Rolex Submariner Champagne Serti Sapphire Diamond Dial 16613
  • MINT Two Tone Rolex Submariner Champagne Serti Sapphire Diamond Dial 16613
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W 1.58 in. D 0.52 in. Dm 1.58 in. L 7.01 in.
Rolex Submariner 16613 Blue Dial 18k N serial 1991 Two Tone Mens Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16613 Blue Dial 18k N serial 1991 Two Tone Mens Watch 40mm
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610LV Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610LV Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Oyster case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

ROLEX Vintage Yellow Gold Submariner
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A 1970's 18k yellow gold Submariner with original bracelet. The watch is kept in very good condition, high polished, with Rolex service papers. Rare dial variation is only available ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

18K Yellow Gold Submariner Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
18K Yellow Gold Submariner Ref 1680
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Submariner Blue Ceramic Submariner 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch Ref 116618LB
By Rolex
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: Rolex caliber 3135 automatic movement Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: round 40mm stainless steel case with blue ceramic 18k yellow gold diving bezel, sapphire...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Mint, incredible condition 18 karat yellow gold Submariner ref. #1680, made circa 1970. This watch was serviced at Rolex and was fitted with a brand new bracelet (#92908), which is s...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Ref 16808
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Submariner Date Ref 16808 in 18k yellow gold with blue gilt dial and is on a Rolex oyster yellow gold bracelet.
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Blue Ceramic Submariner Two-Tone 18k Gold Watch Ref 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: round 40mm stainless steel case with blue ceramic 18k yellow gold diving bezel, sapphire protective crystal, screw-d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 16618
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic movement, 31 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with rotating, engraved, bezel with blue insert (40mm diameter). Blue dial with luminous style ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
With many vintage Rolex models priced far above their modern counterparts, vintage gold 1680s remain a relative bargain compared to the new versions. This watch has an authentic vint...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A thoughtful style choice for the dapper gentleman, this handsome timepiece offers an authentic vintage look, as well as beautiful original condition. The case and dial are mint. Not...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

ROLEX 1970's Yellow Gold Blue Submariner
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
ROLEX 1970's Yellow Gold Blue Submariner
Beautiful Men's Gold Rolex Submariner 16618
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 18k Gold Men's Watch 16618 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with rotating bezel with blue insert (40mm diameter). B...
Rolex White Gold Submariner Date Wristwatch Ref 116619
By Rolex
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pre-owned Rolex Submariner Date wristwatch (ref. 116619), featuring an Oyster Perpetual mechanical automatic movement; blue dial with luminescent hands and hour markers; date apertur...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Submariner Oyster Watch 18k Yellow Gold 16618
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic 3135 movement Function: hours, minutes, sweep seconds, date Case: 40mm 18k yellow gold case and bezel with blue insert, sapphire crystal Band: 18k yellow gold bra...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Black Dial Submariner 16618LN
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 40 mm 116618LN Submariner Date in yellow gold by Rolex. Featuring a black dial and a black ceramic unidirectional rotatable bezel with 60-minute graduations. An Oyster bracelet is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Rolex Yellow Gold Black Dial Submariner 16618LN
  • Rolex Yellow Gold Black Dial Submariner 16618LN
  • Rolex Yellow Gold Black Dial Submariner 16618LN
  • Rolex Yellow Gold Black Dial Submariner 16618LN
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Dm 1.58 in. L 7.68 in.
Rolex White Gold Blue Dial Submariner Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding, 31 jewel, sapphire crystal, pressure-proof to 1,000 feet, date. 18k white gold case with blue Cerachrom bezel (40mm diameter). Blue dial with luminous style marker...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Stainless Steel and Gold
By Rolex
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pre-owned Gents Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold, certified chronometer self-winding movement, 40 mm case, blue insert special time lapse unidirectional rot...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner White Gold Men's Watch 116619-LB
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding, 31 jewel, sapphire crystal. 18k white gold case with rotatable blue ceramic bezel (40mm diameter). Blue dial with luminous style markers; date at 3 o'clock positio...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex White Gold Submariner Date Wristwatch Ref 116619
By Rolex
Located in Greenwich, CT
Rolex 18k white gold Submariner Date wristwatch, Ref. 116619, 40mm, featuring an Oyster Perpetual automatic movement, blue dial with luminescent hands and hour markers, date aperture...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, 18k Gold

ROLEX Yellow Gold Automatic Submariner Wristwatch with Date
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner Yellow Gold Excellent Condition Year: 1991 Comes with Box Gorgeous watch, barely worn
Category

1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Chronometer Wristwatch Ref 16808
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex Reference: 16808 Case Material: 18k Yellow Gold Movement: Automatic Case Measurement: 40mm Dial: Blue dial (factory) Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Clasp: Fo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary More Jewelry

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel with blue insert (40mm diameter). Blue dial wi...
Category

Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex yellow gold stainless steel Submariner self-winding Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Greenwich, CT
One of the most iconic watches, the Rolex Submariner crafted in stainless steel and yellow gold. This timepiece features a self-winding movement with indications for the Hours, Minut...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

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Submariner Gold For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact piece of submariner gold you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Frequently made of Gold, 18k Gold and Yellow Gold, this item was constructed with great care. You can easily find a 165 antique edition and 188 modern creations to choose from as well. You’re likely to find the perfect item from our selection of submariner gold among the distinctive items we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. As it relates to this specific piece, our collection includes designs that are universally popular, but carat weights, specifically, are sought with frequency. A choice in our collection of submariner gold can make for a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 13 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes baguette cut alternatives. When shopping for an object in our assortment of submariner gold, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for unisex or women today than there are for men.

How Much is a Submariner Gold?

On average, a piece of submariner gold at 1stDibs sells for $14,149, while they’re typically $4,250 on the low end and $59,995 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, new and classic vintage watches on 1stDibs.

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. 

Eventually, watches 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. Bvlgari’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 contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors 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.