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Vintage Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Reference 16610
By Rolex
Located in Baltimore, MD
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Reference 16610 Model/Reference: 16610 Serial: T990*** (circa 1996) Metal: Stainless steel Dial: Black Case: 40mm Movement: Automatic Condition: Ve...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel 1978 Unpolished
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 5295*** Year: 1978 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Case Size: 40mm Includes: -Elegant Watch Box ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel 1978 Unpolished
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
HEAD ONLY Style Number: 1680 Serial: 5295*** Year: 1978 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Case Size: 40mm Includes: -Elegan...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner Gilt Dial Men's Automatic Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Submariner Gilt Dial Men's Automatic Watch 5513 - Automatic winding; acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case (41mm diameter). Black dial with all gilt lettering. Rolex St...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 'no date' Ref 5513. Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in Canterbury, GB
An icon, our Rolex Submariner 'no date' 40mm reference 5513 features a gloss black dial, matching patinated tritium hands and dial and is presented in excellent condition with light ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Stainless Steel Service Papers 1969
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5513 Serial: 2597*** Year: 1969 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Ac...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel SKU: 100780 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanic...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Black Matte Dial Stainless Steel, 1969
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5513 Serial: 1967*** Year: 1969 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Custom Black Nato Strap Bezel: Black (Faded) Dial: Bl...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
In excellent condition and recently serviced by a Rolex watchmaker. The dial is original, but has been refinished. Photos of actual watch. Rolex caliber 1570 with 26 jewels.
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel Original Mint Dial Hands, 1967
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
HEAD ONLY / ORIGINAL MINT DIAL AND HANDS Style Number: 1680 Serial: 2385*** Year: 1967 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acryl...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel 1973 Unpolished Matte Dial Mint
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 3934*** Year: 1973 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Case Size: 40mm...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512 Stainless Steel Black Dial 1964 Glossy Gilt Dial
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5512 Serial: 1098*** Year: 1964 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Ac...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Tropical Nipple Dial Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Blue 18 Karat Gold Rare
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 5835*** Year:1979 Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: Custom Blue Nato Strap Bezel: Blue Dial: TROPICAL NIPP...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512 Matte Pumpkin Dial 4 Line Stainless Steel with Box
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5512 Serial: 3443*** Year: 1973 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Custom Nato Strap Bezel: Black Dial: Matte Black Pu...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

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

Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Tiffany & Co Dial Stainless Steel Watch Very Rare
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16800 Serial: 8292*** Year: 1984 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: VERY RARE Black Tiffany & Co. ...
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Antique 1890s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Red Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel Submariner Service Paper, 1971
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 2771*** Year: 1971 Model: RED Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Case Size: ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rare Red Rolex Vintage Submariner ref #1680
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Red Submariner Vintage 1973 . Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Men’s Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight-line le...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Men’s Watch 5508
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Mens Watch 5508. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 37.0 mm in diameter. Domed acrylic crystal. Black dial with round, tri...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Spider Dial Steel Vintage Men's Watch 168000
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Spider Dial Steel Vintage Mens Watch 168000. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with the black insert bi-dire...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Vintage Brown Strap Steel Men's Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Brown Strap Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight-line ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Vintage Big Crown Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Very Rare Stainless Steel Submariner Vintage Gents Wristwatch, original tropical gilt dial with hour markers, a stainless steel bi-directional bezel with a black bezel insert, a st...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with black insert bi-di...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with Rolex Service blac...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with black insert bi-di...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with black insert bi-di...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date Steel Men’s Vintage Watch 16800 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Date Steel Mens Vintage Watch 16800 Box. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Stainless steel wi...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with the black insert b...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Bart Simpson R Serial Men's Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Bart Simpson R Serial Men's Automatic Watch 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 1680 Men Automatic Vintage Unpolished Watch 4.4 Serial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 1680 Men Automatic Vintage Unpolished Watch 4.4 Serial 40mm
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Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5512 Men's Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5512. Rolex Submariner 5512 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchF...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage 5513 9.7 Million Serial Unpolished 2 Liner Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Vintage 5513 9.7 Million Serial Unpolished 2 Liner Watch 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513 1968 Meters First Vintage Stainless Men's Automatic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5513 1968 Meters First Vintage Stainless Mens Automatic 40mm
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5512 Men's Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5512 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial 40mm
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Matte Patina Dial 1983 Stainless Men's
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Matte Patina Dial 1983 Stainless Mens 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex 1972 Submariner 5513 Serif Men’s Automatic Vintage Watch Stainless
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex 1972 Submariner 5513 Serif Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Stainless 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Tropical Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16800 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Tropical Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16800 Box. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Stainless...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Spider Net Dial Steel Men's Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Spider Net Dial Steel Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with the black insert bi-di...
Category

Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Vintage Mark IV Dial Steel Men's Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Mark IV Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight-line...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Steel Automatic Men's Watch 5513 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with the black insert b...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark I Men's Automatic Vintage Watch White Dial SS
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark I Mens Automatic Vintage Watch White Dial SS 40mm
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Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark I Men’s Automatic Vintage Watch White Dial SS
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:1680. Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark I Mens Automatic Vintage Watch White Dial SS 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Black/Black Vintage Submariner Ref.#5513 on Brown Leather Strap
By Rolex
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic 1520 movement Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: round 40mm stainless-steel case, sapphire crystal, stainless steel bezel with black insert, screw-down...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Vintage Submariner 5512 5.4 Million Serial Matte Dial 4 Liner Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Vintage Submariner 5512 5.4 Million Serial Matte Dial 4 Liner Watch 40mm
Category

Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Vintage Red Rolex Submariner 1680 Original Dial Complete Box & Papers, 1970
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 2936*** Year: 1970 Model: RED Letter Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Cas...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 5513 Men’s Automatic Vintage Watch Tritium Dial and Hands
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex Submariner 5513 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Tritium dial and Hands 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Red Submariner 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch, 1968
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Red Submariner 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch 40mm 1968
Category

Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Vintage RED Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel 1973 Mark VI Dial 1973
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Mark VI Dial- Closed 6's Style Number: 1680 Serial: 3816*** Year: 1973 Model: RED LETTER Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bez...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner Men's Watch 5508
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Submariner Men's Watch 5508 - Automatic Winding. Stainless Steel case (37mm). Black dial with guilt hour markers. Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet. Pre-Owned with box
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20th Century Wrist Watches

VIntage Rolex Submariner Date Ref: 1680
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Submariner Date reference 1680. This has a black dial with beautiful patina, nice case condition, on a light oyster bracelet and with a flip lock clasp.
Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark 1 Dial, circa 1978
By Rolex
Located in Cape May, NJ
Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner 1680 Serial/Year: 5,6XX,XXX - 1978 Purchased in 1980 from Saddik & Mohamed Attar Co located in Saudi Arabia. They are still in business today...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner Gilt Dial Men's Automatic Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Submariner Gilt Dial Men's Automatic Watch 5513 - Automatic winding; acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case (41mm diameter). Black dial with all gilt lettering. Rolex St...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel Watch, circa 1979
By Rolex
Located in Baltimore, MD
Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680S Stainless Steel Watch Model: 1680S Serial: 616**** Case: 40mm Metal: Stainless Steel Bracelet: Stainless Steel Movement: Automatic Crystal: Acrylic H...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless 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

Very Collectible Vintage Rolex Red Submariner, 1680
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Very Collectible Vintage Rolex Red Submariner 1680 - Automatic winding, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with black bezel insert ( 41 mm ). Original black matte dial with Subma...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Men's Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight-line le...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Vintage 1978 Submariner Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Overland Park, KS
“Excellent running condition , excellent dial, Band is tight for its age. Case has heavy dings and scratches. See photos”
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Stainless Steel

Certified 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Black Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex Submariner 5513‚ are the authentic Submariners and no collection is complete without them. Here we have a very early version of such referenc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Vintage Automatic Wristwatch Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Men's Steel Watch - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with black bezel insert (40mm diameter). Black dial with luminous style markers. Stainless s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Vintage Rolex Submariner For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage rolex submariner you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Stainless Steel, 18k Gold and Gold — can elevate any look. Our collection of these items for sale includes 65 vintage editions and 2 modern creations to choose from as well. You’re likely to find the perfect vintage rolex submariner 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. There aren’t many items for women if you’re seeking a vintage rolex submariner, as most of the options available are for men and unisex.

How Much is a Vintage Rolex Submariner?

Prices for a vintage rolex submariner can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $9,995 and can go as high as $9,995, while this accessory, on average, fetches $16,875.

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.