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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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Very Rare Rolex Leather Purse
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Very Rare Rolex Leather Purse - Green Rolex Leather Purse. Dimensions : 7 x 4.5 inch. Can be worn as an over the shoulder bag or as a fanny pack. Comes with strap. Excellent to go ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Zenith Pilot Stainless Steel Mens Chronograph Watch 03.2430.4054 - Automatic. St
By Rolex, Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

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20th Century Rolex

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ROLEX Green Leather WATCH WINDER Swiss Made CASE w/ BOX Rare
By Rolex
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- Rare ROLEX cube-shaped watch winder, specially designed for storing and winding ROLEX automatic watches - Material: Green Leather / Thick Glass - It guarantees a set number ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Rolex Green Leather Notepad with Two tone Rolex pen - Brand new Rolex notepad w
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Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Green Leather Notepad with Two tone Rolex pen - Brand new Rolex notepad with beautiful Silver and gold pen with blue ink. Measures 8 x 5.5 inches.
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

1990s Rolex clocks Printed Silk scarf
By Rolex
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Rolex vintage 90s printed silk scarf in brown camel and grey colors with clocks printed. it's in very goon conditions Measurements: 90X90 cm
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1990s Rolex

Rolex Wave Theme Scarf
By Rolex
Located in Antwerp, BE
Rolex wave theme silk scarf in green, blue and yellow and a blue frame.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Rolex

  • Rolex Wave Theme Scarf
  • Rolex Wave Theme Scarf
  • Rolex Wave Theme Scarf
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Questions About Rolex
  • 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
    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
    Rolex uses only the highest quality diamonds in their watches and compares these stones against certified master stones. They are the most colorless, so in ranges D to G.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A contemporary Rolex Yacht Master costs around $11,000. However, a vintage model can cost up to $30,000.