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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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$9,576
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Iconic Designs from Rolex
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Datejust Watch
Datejust Watch
Submariner
Submariner
Cosmograph Daytona Watch
Cosmograph Daytona Watch
Yacht Master Watch
Yacht Master Watch
Rolex 18kt. Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Date Mid Size from Early 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Date / Reference 8627 METAL / MATERIAL: 18 Kt. Rose Gold DIMENSIONS: 36 mm X 30 mm CIRCA: 1962 / 63 MOVEM...
Category

1960s Swiss Modernist Vintage Rolex

Materials

Rose Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 116528 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 116528 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight line...
Category

20th Century Rolex

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Midsize 31 Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68273
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Midsize 31 Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 68273. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 31 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
Category

20th Century Rolex

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18348
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18348. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
Category

20th Century Rolex

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Steel Gold Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial Watch 16613 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Steel Gold Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial Watch 16613 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm...
Category

20th Century Rolex

Materials

Gold, Steel

Rolex Cellini 18kt White Gold Vintage Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex Cellini 18kt white gold vintage wristwatch from 1970's, the watch features a manual winding movement. Made in 1970's Reference: 1503 Size: 31 mm Case: 18kt gold Strap: Leather...
Category

1970s Swiss Vintage Rolex

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Oystersteel Band Blue Dial
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
THE OYSTER PERPETUAL SKY-DWELLER IN OYSTERSTEEL AND WHITE GOLD WITH A BRIGHT BLUE DIAL AND AN OYSTER BRACELET. This distinctive watch is characterized by its second time zone displa...
Category

2010s Swiss Rolex

Rolex Midsize Steel White Gold Black Dial Ladies Watch 77014 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Midsize Steel White Gold Black Dial Ladies Watch 77014 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Role...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

White Gold, Steel

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Rolex Sellers

SwissWatchExpo, Inc.
4.9
Advent of Time
5.0
International Vintage Watch Company
5.0
ASW Inc.
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Chrono Store
5.0
DeMesy Fine Watches & Jewelry
4.7
Gray and Sons Jewelers
4.9
Cashing Diamonds
4.9
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GMT Master II Watch
GMT Master II Watch
Average Price
$36,750
Number Available
35
GMT Master II Watch
By Rolex
Styles
Modern
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Sky Dweller Watch
Sky Dweller Watch
Average Price
$42,115
Number Available
32
Sky Dweller Watch
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Oyster Perpetual Watch
Oyster Perpetual Watch
Average Price
$10,412
Number Available
32
Oyster Perpetual Watch
By Rolex
Styles
Modern
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Day Date Watch
Day Date Watch
Average Price
$78,104
Number Available
24
Day Date Watch
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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 ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A Rolex GMT is a wristwatch designed with jetsetters in mind. The watch features a bezel that can track both departure and destination times. Unlike standard watches, the Rolex GMT has a fourth hand set to GMT. GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which is the standard to which all time zones are dictated. Find a selection of Rolex GMT watches and other styles on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To determine what year your Rolex watch is, use the serial number. Normally, you will find the number engraved on the bottom half of the back of the case. Depending on the age and model, the serial number ranges from four to eight digits in length. You can contact Rolex to determine the year that corresponds to the serial number or use an online tool. On 1stDibs, find a variety of expertly vetted Rolex watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Rolex recommends getting service on your watch every 7 to 10 years by an authorized Rolex watchmaker. Many Rolex watches will run far longer if you service them as recommended to prevent problems and help minimize wear. Find authentic vintage and modern timepieces from Rolex on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The easiest way to adjust the time on the Rolex Oyster watch is by turning the crown. Turn it clockwise when you want increased hours or counter-clockwise for lower values, then push in until it clicks into place. On 1stDibs, you'll find a large collection of Rolex watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Ideally, to prevent damage to your watch, it’s best to visit a Rolex dealer to have your battery changed. If you need to change it yourself, loosen the screws, and carefully remove the old battery with a set of tweezers, install the new one, and tighten the screws. You'll find authentic vintage Rolex watches from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To adjust a Rolex's time, first unscrew the crown. Slide the crown to the second notch and wait for the second hand to stop moving before setting. The specific method varies from model to model. A user guide accompanies each Rolex watch sold and describes the correct time-setting process for that model in great detail. Find a large collection of Rolex watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Rolex watches are not battery-powered, except for the rare Rolex Oysterquartz model. This model is no longer in production, but you can still find it in the second-hand market. Shop a collection of Rolex watches, including the rare Oysterquartz, from reputable dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Rolex watches have no specific unisex style, but Rolex does have both women’s and men’s versions. However, some women prefer to purchase the larger men’s watches, and some men opt for the smaller women’s Rolex brands. Shop a variety of luxury men’s and women’s Rolex watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Rolex spoons are generally worth only a modest amount. Retailers once gave out these souvenir spoons along with the purchase of Rolex watches. Consult an experienced appraiser for specific information regarding the value of a particular spoon. You'll find a large collection of Rolex watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, a Rolex can be traced using its unique serial number that is engraved into the watch. Noting down your watch’s serial number somewhere safe can help to identify it if it’s ever lost. Browse a collection of professionally vetted Rolex timepieces on 1stDibs from top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To set the date on a Rolex, you must first identify the type of Rolex watch you have. Each style features different settings to set the date. However, all adjustments can be made with the winding crown notch on the side of the face. Shop a variety of authentic Rolex watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Setting your Rolex watch is an intricate process. You may need to wind your watch first — if you have gone several days without wearing your watch, you wind it before setting the day, time or date. With respect to setting your watch — for most Rolex watches, here are the steps: Pull the crown out to the first notch. Then, in order to set the date, turn the crown in a counter-clockwise direction (for the time, you’ll want to turn it clockwise until you find the accurate hour and minute). Pull the crown out to the last notch in order to set the day of the week. When you have the day, date and time set, you can push the crown to a closed position. On 1stDibs, find authentic Rolex watches from top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To identify a Rolex serial number for a watch made before 2005, look on the lugs on the back of the watch body. The serial number is engraved at 6 o'clock. On post-2005 models, the number is also engraved on the inside flange between the dial and the crystal. On Rolex watches made in 2008 and beyond, the serial number is only located on the inside flange. On 1stDibs, find authentic vintage watches from Rolex.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To set a date on a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, first set the crown to the last notch (the crown is unscrewed and pulled out). To set the date, turn the notch counterclockwise and to set the day of the week, turn the notch clockwise. Ensure that you reset the crown notch after setting the date. Browse a selection of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watches and more styles on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To ship a Rolex watch, use a reputable shipper, choose overnight delivery, and opt for full coverage insurance. Wrap your package carefully for shipment to avoid damage during transit. On 1stDibs, you'll find a collection of authentic Rolex watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Use tape to cover the brushed areas of the two-tone Rolex Oyster bracelet. Once they are covered, use a metal polishing cloth with a light polishing cream to polish the shiny areas of the bracelet. Remove the tape from the brushed areas once you are done polishing. Browse a selection of authenticated Rolex timepieces from top boutiques around the world with 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To open a Rolex watch, you must have a die kit. Rolex designs these kits and sells them through authorized brick-and-mortar and online dealers. Place the die in the center of the case back, positioning it inside of the grooves. Then, twist the die clockwise with one hand and hold the watch steady with the other. Continue to twist until you unscrew the back completely. Shop a wide range of Rolex on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The easiest way to identify the year a Rolex is from is to first look at the warranty and authenticity card. When buying a preloved Rolex watch, access to a warranty and authenticity card may not be accessible. In this case, looking up the watch’s serial number on the brand’s website will help you determine the age of a Rolex. Browse a selection of well-vetted and authentic Rolex pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The best way to take off a Rolex band is to loosen the clasp and gently slide the watch off your hand. To ensure the longevity of your watch, place the watch back in the box or protective flat surface to minimize the look of any wear. On 1stDibs, find a variety of authentic Rolex watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To wind a Rolex watch, first fully unscrew the winding crown. Once it is in a raised position, carefully turn the crown clockwise. Most watches require 25 turns for enough winding to begin powering the watch. The instructions included with Rolex watches provide more information about how to wind specific models. Shop a large collection of Rolex watches on 1stDibs.

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