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While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's 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 aforementioned 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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Datejust Watch
Datejust Watch
Submariner
Submariner
Cosmograph Daytona Watch
Cosmograph Daytona Watch
Oyster Perpetual Watch
Oyster Perpetual Watch
Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Date with CustomTiffany Blue Dial 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Date / Reference 1500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1960's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 42mm x 34mm MOVEME...
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1960s Modernist Vintage Rolex

Rolex Oyster Stainless Steel with Custom Made T...... Blue Dial from 1968 or 69
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster / Reference 6426 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1968-69 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 41mm X 35mm MOVEMENT / CALI...
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1660s Antique Rolex

Rolex Lady Datejust Champagne Diamond Dial Steel and Yellow Gold Box Paper
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Preowned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Has Recently Been Serviced, Polished and Will Be Time Tested Before Shipment. This Watch Includes Rolex Watch Box, and 3 Year Lux Time ...
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1980s Vintage Rolex

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Lady Datejust 79190 Blue Diamond Dial 18k White Gold Steel Box Paper
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Preowned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Has Recently Been Serviced, Polished and Will Be Time Tested Before Shipment. WATCH INFORMATION Model # 79190 Serial # P###### DIA...
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Early 2000s Rolex

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Steel, White Gold

Stunning Rolex Daytona Ref 116508, 18K Yellow Gold Case, Diamond Dial, Full Set
By Rolex
Located in Canterbury, GB
Our stunning Rolex Daytona reference 116508 features a 18k yellow gold case and bracelet and has a factory champagne and diamond dial. This highly sought after reference is a complet...
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2010s Rolex

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Diamond Dial Lady Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Preowned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Has Recently Been Serviced, Polished and Will Be Time Tested Before Shipment. This Watch Includes Rolex Watch Box, and 3 Year Warranty....
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1980s Vintage Rolex

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner 41mm No Date Steel Ceramic Black Dial Automatic Watch 124060
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn 2022 Card. Fully Stickered. Rolex Submariner No Date 41mm Steel Ceramic Black Dial Automatic Watch 124060. This Beautiful Timepiece Is Powered by Mechanical (Automatic) Moveme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Rolex Date 1500 Men's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Date 1500 Men's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold SKU: 119336 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Date Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanical: Automatic/Kinetic Yea...
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1950s Vintage Rolex

Materials

Yellow Gold

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Rolex Sellers

SwissWatchExpo, Inc.
4.9
Advent of Time
5.0
International Vintage Watch Company
5.0
DeMesy Fine Watches & Jewelry
4.7
Chrono Store
5.0
Gray and Sons Jewelers
4.8
Cashing Diamonds
4.9
Quality Diamonds San Diego Inc.
4.4
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Yacht Master Watch
Yacht Master Watch
Average Price
$25,850
Number Available
11
Yacht Master Watch
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GMT Master II Watch
GMT Master II Watch
Average Price
$38,667
Number Available
11
GMT Master II Watch
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Styles
Modern, Modernist
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President Day Date Watch
President Day Date Watch
Average Price
$37,533
Number Available
10
President Day Date Watch
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Styles
Contemporary, Modern
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Day Date Watch
Day Date Watch
Average Price
$92,246
Number Available
9
Day Date Watch
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Styles
Modern, Modernist
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Rolex jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

Find a range of Rolex watches available on 1stDibs. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Rolex jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Rolex diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 120. This collection contains 2,174 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. modern and art deco are among the most popular styles of Rolex jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Cartier, Chopard and Jaquet Droz if you are looking for additional options. Rolex jewelry prices can vary depending on gemstone, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $450 and tops out at $381,921, while pieces like these can sell for $10,432.
Questions About Rolex
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    One of the cheapest Rolex watches is the Oyster Perpetual, which usually costs around $5,000. This model is made of oystersteel, an affordable type of steel.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The lowest priced Rolex model is the Oyster Perpetual. This watch retails for roughly $5,000. On 1stDibs, you can can find a variety of Rolex watches for sale.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The most expensive Rolex ever sold is the Paul Newman Daytona. This Rolex was purchased for $17.8 million in 2017. On 1stDibs, there are expensive Rolex watches but there is a wide variety available, so it should be easy to find a good fit for your tastes as well as your budget.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    While choosing a watch can depend on the wearer's style, there are a few consistent favorites. Some of the top Rolex watches for women include the Rolex Datejust, the Rolex Day-Date, and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A contemporary Rolex Yacht Master costs around $11,000. However, a vintage model can cost up to $30,000.

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