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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.

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Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Watch 16013 - Automatic winding, 27 jewels, Quickset, acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with fluted bezel ( 36 mm ). White dial with stick hour marker...
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20th Century Rolex

Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex Turnograph Datejust Stainless Steel Watch 116264 - Automatic winding, 31 jewel, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold Thunderbird bezel (36mm diamet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's 18k White Gold Watch 116509
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Daytona, Model 116509 - Men's 18k white gold automatic-winding chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter bezel (40mm diameter). Sapphire crystal. Meteorite dial with raised Roman ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Rolex Ref. 6917, Lady's Datejust Gold and Diamonds
By Rolex
Located in Firenze, IT
Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, DateJust, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified, case No. 6357030, Ref. 6917. Made in 1981. Very fine, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, ...
Category

1980s Retro Vintage Rolex

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex 18Kt Solid Yellow Gold Cellini Ref. 4112 New Old Stock Condition in Box
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Cellini / Ref. 4112 METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt Yellow Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1999 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm x 32mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manua...
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1990s Modernist Rolex

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Silver Officers Trench Watch, 1913
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A very rare, early, vintage Officers wristwatch by Rolex made in 1913. Sterling Silver round case with hinged bezel and back, hallmarked for London Import into the United Kingdom in...
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1910s Vintage Rolex

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Rolex A Lady's 18ct Gold Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Firenze, IT
Oyster Perpetual, Ref:6802 Made 1966 26-jewel Cal.1161 automatic movement adjusted to temperature and 5 positions, silvered dial with applied gilt baton hour markers, printed black o...
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1960s Retro Vintage Rolex

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 1500 Original Dial, from 1970
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Date / Ref. 1500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1970 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 40mm x 34mm MOVEMENT / C...
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1970s Modernist Vintage Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 116233
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's 2-Tone Watch 116233 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel . White dial with raised g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Lady Rolex Date-Just Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified Ref. 6827
By Rolex
Located in Firenze, IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Date-Just", Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Ref. 6827, 1975ca. Fine centre second, self-winding, 18ct gold mid-size wristwatch with date and wi...
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1970s Retro Vintage Rolex

Rolex Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114270
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Explorer Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114270 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Black dial with white stick markers and Arabic numerals...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Rolex Yellow Gold "Clamshell" Steel back Ref. 1025-3 from 1970 Like New
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual / Ref. 1025-3 METAL / MATERIAL: Gold Shell / Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1970's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 40mm x 34mm ...
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1970s Modernist Vintage Rolex

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Vintage Rolex 14k Yellow Gold Rolex Watch Ref. 8214
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex 14K Yellow Gold Rolex Watch Ref. 8214 - Manual. 14K Yellow gold case ( 17 mm ). Champagne textured dial with stick hour markers. 14K yellow gold mesh bracelet; will fi...
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20th Century Rolex

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Air King Ref. 5500 Original Dial from 1973-74
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA / YEAR: 1973-74 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 39mm x 34mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Wind...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner Ref. #1680 with “Tropical” Dial
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Easily distinguished from its counterparts by the tropical purple color-change dial, this is a unique example of a vintage Submariner. This watch has been guarded in beautiful origin...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Pre-Owned Rolex “Single Quick” Day-Date Ref. #18038 with Textured Dial
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
One must look closely to fully appreciate the uniquely textured dial of this iconic Day-Date. Those who revel in detail will notice a mid-century inspired texture on the dial which i...
Category

1980s Vintage Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Pre-Owned Rolex “P Series” Daytona Stainless Steel Ref. #116520 with Box & Paper
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
The almighty steel Daytona… there are many variations, each noteworthy for their own distinctions. The “P” serial number range is associated with being produced in 2000, the year Rol...
Category

Early 2000s Rolex

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Midsize Rolex Oyster Precision 6430 Speedking Manual Wind, c.1960s LV684BRN
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless icon, Men's midsize Rolex Oyster Speedking Precision ref.6430 hand-wind, c.1966. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, original unrefurbished silver Rolex dia...
Category

1960s Vintage Rolex

Mens Rolex Oyster perpetual Ref.1503 14k Gold Automatic, c.1970s LV688TAN
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
TImeless luxury, Men's Rolex's Ref.1503 Oyster Perpetual Date 14k solid gold automatic, c.1978. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, Rolex signed dial, applied indice...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Materials

18k Gold

Mens Rolex Oysterdate Precision Ref.6694 Hand-Wind, c.1970s Swiss RA123BLU
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless classic, Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision Ref.6694 manual wind, c.1971. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, Rolex silver textured dial, applied silver baton...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Mens Rolex Oyster perpetual Ref.1503 14k Gold Automatic, c.1970s LV688BRN
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Luxurious classic, Men's Rolex's Ref.1503 Oyster Perpetual Date 14k solid gold automatic, c.1978. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, Rolex signed golden dial, appli...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Materials

18k Gold

Mens Rolex Oyster Precision Ref.5500 Air-King Automatic, c.1970s RA133BLK
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless classic, Men's Rolex Oyster Precision ref.5500 "Air-King" automatic, c.1979. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, original Rolex signed silver dial, in excel...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Midsize Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref.6549 Automatic Watch, c.1960s RA128GRN
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless icon, Men's midsize Rolex ref.6549 Oyster Perpetual automatic dress watch, c.1961. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous Rolex signed silver dial, applied indi...
Category

1960s Vintage Rolex

Mens Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref.5500 Automatic, c.1970s Swiss RA124BLK
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless icon, Men's Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref.5500 automatic, c.1970. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, original Rolex signed black dial, in excellent vintage co...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Gold
By Rolex
Located in Vannes, FR
Lady Datejust Rolex with its original box. the box and the bracelet are 18 karat yellow gold.saphir glass automatic movement . date . diameter 26 mm. golden dial with index sticks. g...
Category

1880s Contemporary Antique Rolex

Materials

Gold

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Datejust 28 Watch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
Rolex Silver Tone Oyster Perpetual Datejust 28 Watch The Oyster Perpetual Datejust is the archetype of the classic watch thanks to functions and aesthetics that never go out of fash...
Category

Early 2000s Modern Rolex

Materials

Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Face/Diamond Bezel Rolex in 18k Yellow Gold
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch Co. 18k gold wristwatch, rhodium-plated cal. 1400 movement with Jubilee bracelet, stick marker textured Black dial with stick hands. The bezel is adorn...
Category

20th Century Modern Rolex

Materials

Diamond, Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Midsize Rolex Oyster Precision 6430 Speedking Manual Wind, c.1960s LV684
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless icon, Men's all-stainless steel midsize Rolex Oyster Speedking Precision ref.6430 hand-wind, c.1966, all original. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, origi...
Category

1960s Vintage Rolex

Men's Rolex Oyster perpetual Ref.1503 14k Gold Automatic, circa 1970s RA149RED
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Luxurious classic, Men's Rolex's Ref.1503 Oyster Perpetual Date 14k solid gold automatic, c.1978. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, Rolex signed golden dial, appli...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Materials

14k Gold

Rolex Stainless Steel White Gold Bezel Datejust Watch, circa 1962-1963
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / 1601 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel w/ White Gold Bezel DIMENSIONS: 42mm X 34mm CIRCA: 1962 / 63 MOVEMENT / C...
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1960s Vintage Rolex

Rolex Aviator Pocketwatch Conversion Manual-Wind, c.1920s Vintage MA198
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless classic, Men's Rolex Aviator pocket watch conversion, c.1920. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, Rolex signed black dial, indice and Arabic numeral hour ma...
Category

1920s Vintage Rolex

Mens Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 Hand-Wind, c.1970s Vintage RA123
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Iconic classic, Men's all-stainless steel Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 manual wind, c.1971, all original. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, Rolex silver texture...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Rolex Datejust Pre Owned 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch Ref 6917
By Rolex
Located in Banbury, GB
Ladies Rolex Datejust Ref 6917 26mm 18ct yellow gold case with white roman numeral dial. Presented on an 18k yellow gold bracelet and powered by an automatic movement. Comes with box...
Category

2010s Rolex

Materials

Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Mens Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref.5500 Automatic, c.1970s Vintage RA124
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic icon, Men's all-stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref.5500 automatic, c.1970, all original. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, original Rolex signed bl...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Midsize Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6549 Automatic Watch, c.1960s Vintage RA128
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless classic, Men's midsize Rolex ref.6549 Oyster Perpetual automatic dress watch, c.1961. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous Rolex signed silver dial, applied i...
Category

1960s Vintage Rolex

Mens Rolex Oyster Precision 5500 Air-King Automatic, c.1970s Vintage RA133
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic icon, men's Rolex Oyster Precision ref.5500 "Air-King" automatic, c.1979. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, original Rolex signed silver dial, in excellent...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Mens Rolex Precision Ref.9659 18k White Gold Hand-Wind, c.1960s Swiss RA153
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic icon, men's Rolex Oyster Precision ref.5500 "Air-King" automatic, c.1979. Verified authentic by a master watchmaker. Gorgeous, original Rolex signed silver dial, in excellent...
Category

1960s Vintage Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Men's Watch 116523 - Automatic winding, chronograph, 44 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold . Slate dial with luminous markers. Sta...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 116660 Stainless Steel Deep Blue Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea in Oystersteel with a Cerachrom bezel insert in black ceramic and an Oyster bracelet. It features a D-blue dial and large luminescent hour markers....
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Rolex

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 116200 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007412 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 116200 Age: 2007 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Roman Glass: Sapphire Cr...
Category

Early 2000s Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust II 116334 Steel White Gold Blue Dial Oyster Perpetual Watch
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex Datejust 41 Steel White Gold Blue Dial Men's Watch 116334 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41 mm in diameter. Ro...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Rolex

Materials

White Gold, Steel

Rolex GMT-Master II Men's Steel Watch Black Dial Ceramic Bezel 116710LN
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex GMT Master II 116710, 116710LN, stainless steel on a stainless steel bracelet, automatic Rolex caliber 3186 movements, date, second-time zone, 24-hour hand, COSC, black dial, b...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Rolex

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Hulk Stainless Green Ceramic Men's Watch 116610LV
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date in Oystersteel with a Cerachrom bezel insert in green ceramic and a black dial with large luminescent hour markers. It features a unidirectional ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Rolex

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea Watch 116660
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea, reference number 116660, is a member of the exceptional “Sea-Dweller” collection. The watch comes with a 44 mm stainless steel case that is fitted wit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Yacht-Master Everose Gold Rubber Strap Watch 116655
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm Everose Gold Rubber Strap Men's Watch 116655 is an attractive timepiece that has earned a large following. It features a modern design with its matte blac...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Rolex Sky-Dweller Blue Dial Watch 326934
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Sky-Dweller, reference number 326934, boasts a 42 mm Oyster case that is made of stainless steel and fitted with an 18K white gold fluted bezel. The case features Twinlock...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Yacht Master 18k Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl Sapphire Watch 16628MOPSAP
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
Produced in 1991 but released in 1992, this 18K yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 is powered by a reliable caliber 3135 movement with 31 jewels and 50-hour power reserve. At 40mm,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yacht Master 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Watch 16628
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
Although this sporty yet luxurious Rolex Yacht Master 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Watch 16628 will best complement a luxury boat, it also looks perfect at home on land. This full gold ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yacht Master 18k Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl Sapphire Watch 16628MOP
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The perfect watch for sailing, the Rolex Yacht Master 18K Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl Watch 16628 is designed with a 60-minute rotatable bezel, water-resistance to 100 meters, and a ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Sea-Dweller James Cameron Deepsea Blue Dial Watch 126660-0002
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
Meant for deep-sea adventures, this diver's watch is your best companion for your mission. The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial Watch 126660 features a 44mm Oystersteel case wit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Day Date Yellow Gold Honeycomb Dial Watch 18048
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This bejeweled Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold Honeycomb Dial Watch 18048, circa 1984, is a rare timepiece. On its 36mm case is a glittering dial with a honeycomb pattern. Each hexagon si...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch 126334-0021
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
Producing a striking and tasteful visual effect with the addition of the iconic fluted bezel and neat green numerals, Rolex created this sublime timepiece from the esteemed Datejust ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold President Khnajar Watch 118238CRP
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold President Watch 118238CRP is a statement timepiece that has long been the watch of choice of world leaders, and this particular watch is a rare exa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Watch 124060-0001
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Submariner, reference number 124060-0001, is a member of the superb “Submariner” collection. The watch comes with a 41 mm stainless steel Oyster case that features a screw...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Platinum Ice Factory Blue Gem Index Dial Watch 116506
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex released the 116506, a divine luxuriously designed platinum timepiece to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Daytona. The 116506 comes in a platinum case with a monoblo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Rolex

Materials

Platinum, Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual Date Red Orange Dial Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oyster Perpetual Date / Ref. 1500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel DIMENSIONS: 42 mm X 35 mm CIRCA: 1971 / 1972 MOVEMENT /...
Category

1970s Vintage Rolex

Rolex Stainless Steel Air King with Custom Green Dial, circa 1970s
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Air King / 5500 METAL / MATERIAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA: 1970's DIMENSIONS: 39mm X 34mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual Winding...
Category

1970s Modernist Vintage Rolex