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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
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Cosmograph Daytona Watch
Cosmograph Daytona Watch
Yacht Master Watch
Yacht Master Watch
Ladies Diamond Jubilee Dial Rolex with Date-Just Wrist Watch, c. 2008
By Rolex
Located in Aspen, CO
Rolex Vintage Ladies Rolex wrist watch - 100% authentic and guaranteed to be Rolex. with the original fancy silver diamond jubilee dial, date-just with sweep second hand. Scratch ...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Rolex

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch 16570 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Explorer II Black Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch 16570 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex corone...
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20th Century Rolex

Materials

Steel

Rolex Cellini Rare Burl Wood Dial 18k Yellow Gold Men's Watch 4127
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cellini Rare Burl Wood Dial 18k Yellow Gold Men's Watch 4127 - Manual winding. 18k yellow gold case with waffle design textured bezel (24mm x 33mm). Rare genuine Rolex burl wo...
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20th Century Rolex

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Automatic Steel Mens Watch 124300 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41mm Automatic Steel Mens Watch 124300 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex

Materials

Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Blue Diamond Dial Bezel Mens Watch 126284
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Blue Diamond Dial Bezel Mens Watch 126284. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cro...
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Early 2000s Rolex

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Steel

2022 Unworn Rolex 18k Everose Gold Daytona Oysterflex Chocolate Dial 116515LN
By Rolex
Located in Tustin, CA
We are pleased to offer this UNWORN MINT CONDITION 2022 Rolex 18k Everose Gold Ceramic Daytona Oysterflex Chocolate Dial 116515LN With Original Box & Papers. As we're sure you know R...
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2010s Swiss Contemporary Rolex

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel Custom Green Diamond Dial, 1960's
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Reference 1601 / 1603 METAL: Stainless Steel CIRCA: Late 1960'S MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Perpetual, Automatic / 26 Jew...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Rolex

Rolex Precision Steel Wristwatch, c1945
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
Vintage Rolex Precision wristwatch dated Circa 1945. Snap back Stainless Steel case with tapered, teardrop, overlaid fancy lugs. Rolex, 17-Rubies (Jewels) precision lever escapemen...
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1940s Vintage Rolex

Materials

Steel

  • Rolex Precision Steel Wristwatch, c1945
  • Rolex Precision Steel Wristwatch, c1945
  • Rolex Precision Steel Wristwatch, c1945
  • Rolex Precision Steel Wristwatch, c1945
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Rolex Sellers

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Advent of Time
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GMT Master II Watch
GMT Master II Watch
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34
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Oyster Perpetual Watch
Oyster Perpetual Watch
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US$10,582
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32
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Sky Dweller Watch
Sky Dweller Watch
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US$43,784
Number Available
27
Sky Dweller Watch
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Day Date Watch
Day Date Watch
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US$77,496
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25
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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
    Yes, Rolex made the Oysterquartz watch starting in the 1970s. Not many were made, with around an estimated 25,000 models making it to market. Shop a range of expertly vetted Rolex watches from top boutiques worldwide on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Rolex joined the quartz movement popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The first Rolex quartz watch was the Date 5100. The company then released the Oysterquartz Datejust and the Oysterquartz Date-Date models. Very few Date 5100s were released, and the Oysterquartz models were only produced for 25 years. Find a collection of expertly vetted Rolex watches, including rare Oysterquartz models, from some of the world’s top reputable boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, a Rolex watch can be traced through the serial number. Rolex keeps a record of each watch sold, and the buyer or the gift recipient is given a guarantee card with information on that watch, including the serial number. If your watch is stolen or lost, you can contact a Rolex retailer and report this information. You will be notified if the watch is subsequently brought into any of their service networks. Shop a collection of expertly vetted vintage and new Rolex watches from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, all Rolex products have a serial number. You can find it engraved along the side closest to the six o’clock mark. If your Rolex is missing a serial number, it is likely not authentic. On 1stDibs you can shop a wide range of expertly vetted Rolex products from some of the best boutiques around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, you can wear a Rolex every day. This durable and high-quality timepiece is meant to withstand everyday use and wear. Shop a large collection of authentic Rolex watches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No, you can't overwind a Rolex watch. The winding crown only continues to wind the watch until it reaches its limit. At that point, the winding crown disengages and continuing to turn the crown won't keep winding the watch. Shop a wide range of Rolex watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, you can get your Rolex watch wet. All modern Rolex watches are built with a water-resistant Oyster case. Rolex warns wearers to securely screw down the winding crown before any water exposure. If you have a vintage Rolex, you may need to have the water-resistant features refurbished before water exposure. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Rolex watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can buy a Rolex watch through an official Rolex dealer. To meet the demands of customers worldwide, Rolex partners with brick-and-mortar dealers in more than 100 countries. In addition, you can buy Rolex on numerous online platforms, including 1stDibs. To ensure that you receive an authentic Rolex, only buy from a reputable dealer or platform. Find a collection of expertly vetted Rolex watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Rolex and Invicta are separate companies. While they both make timepieces, and at a glance have some visual similarities, their materials and manufacturing processes are very different. Shop a collection of authentic Rolex watches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Rolex does not make digital watches. The universally renowned luxury brand instead keeps its focus on creating classic mechanical timepieces that are designed to last, and promise exceptional quality and accuracy. And its work has endured — 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. Browse 1stDibs to find a range of expertly authenticated Rolex watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Rolex does not officially make sunglasses that are available for sale. They do however occasionally create promotional products, which have included sunglasses for sponsored events in the past. Browse a range of Rolex products that have been expertly authenticated on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, the Rolex Datejust does not have a battery. It is powered by a Perpetual rotor technology that collects the energy from the movement of the wrist and passes it on to a spring inside that powers the watch. Browse a range of authentic Rolex Datejust watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No, Rolex doesn't currently make quartz watches. However, the company did in the past. The Rolex Oysterquartz is the name of that timepiece, which debuted in 1977. Rolex produced three models of the watch over a 25-year period and sold about 25,000 of them. Shop a range of Rolex quartz watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No, today's Rolex watches do not have a battery. Instead, the watch harnesses kinetic energy generated by the motion of your wrist to power its movement. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual produced from 1970–2001 did have a battery. You’ll find a large selection of Rolex watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Most Rolex watches are powered by a Perpetual rotor which gently swings as you move your arm, transferring energy to the mainspring of the watch. This means that most Rolex watches are powered by the wearer’s movement. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary Rolex watches from some top global sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The world-renowned watchmaker started using 904L steel in 1985. 904L stainless steel is known for its anti-corrosion properties and gorgeous sheen. Previously, Rolex used 316L stainless steel. You can find an assortment of Rolex watches from the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The right time to buy a Rolex is really when you have the discretionary funds to purchase the model you want. Rolex produces its watches in limited quantities which can fuel cost increases, although the high-end retailer has not confirmed any increases in the near future. Shop a collection of Rolex timepieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A contemporary Rolex Yacht Master costs around $11,000. However, a vintage model can cost up to $30,000.
  • 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
    The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a great entry-level Rolex to purchase. The perpetual refers to the ability of the watch to use the energy of the wearer's wrist motion to run. It is a popular starter Rolex.

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