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Rolex Submariner 16613 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner 16613 Men's Watch. 40mm Stainless Steel case. 18k yellow gold bezel with blue insert. Blue dial with Luminous Steel hands and luminous dot hour markers. Date displa...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 116613 Two Tone Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner 116613 Mens Watch. 40mm Stainless steel case with Unidirectional rotating 18K yellow gold bezel with a black top ring. Black dial with yellow g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 116610 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner 116610 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610 men's watch. 40mm stainless steel case; stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel with black bezel insert. Black dial with steel lum...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610 Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610 men's watch. 40mm stainless steel case; stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel with black bezel insert. Black dial with steel lum...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16618 18K Yellow Gold Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner 16618 Men's Watch. 40mm 18K yellow gold case with 18K yellow gold unidirectional rotating bezel with blue bezel insert. Blue dial with luminous gold hands and dot ho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner 116610 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner 116610 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Mens Watch 126610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Mens Watch 126610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 1680 Vintage Stainless Mens Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 1680 Vintage Stainless Mens Automatic Watch 40mm
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Submariner 1680 Vintage Stainless Mens Automatic Watch
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  • Rolex Submariner 1680 Vintage Stainless Mens Automatic Watch
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W 0.79 in. Dm 1.58 in. L 0.31 in.
Rolex Submariner 0 16610LV Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002950 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 16610LV Age: 2011 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Booklet, Cardholder, Swing Ta...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 0 16610 Men Stainless Steel Comex Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002606 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 16610 Age: 1997 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals & Guarantee. Also Accom...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Automatic Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner Two Tone Automatic Men's Watch 16613. Great Condition. Dial have minor damages. aluminum bezel have visible scratches. Aftermarket Rubber band and buckle....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with gold rotating bezel with blue insert. Blue dial . Rolex oyster bracelet. Pre-own...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 116613
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 116613 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, pressure proof to 1,000 feet. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel (40mm diameter)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Mens Watch 126610 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Mens Watch 126610 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 16610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Mens Watch 16610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner Gilt Dial Men's Automatic Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Rolex Submariner Gilt Dial Men's Automatic Watch 5513 - Automatic winding; acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case (41mm diameter). Black dial with all gilt lettering. Rolex St...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Mens Watch 126610 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Cerachrom Bezel Oystersteel Mens Watch 126610 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 5512
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 5512. Automatic self-winding movement.Adjusted to 5 positions and temperature. Straight-line lever escapement, monometallic bala...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-lapse un...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Automatic Watch 1985 Papers
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Automatic Watch 40mm 1985 Papers
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Automatic Watch 1985 Papers
  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Automatic Watch 1985 Papers
  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Automatic Watch 1985 Papers
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H 0.52 in. W 0.79 in. Dm 1.58 in. L 8 in.
Rolex Submariner Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116610 LN
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner Date Men's Stainless Steel Watch 116610 LN - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, pressure proof to 1,000 feet. Stainless steel case with time-lapse Cerachrom bezel . Black...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Men's Stainless Steel Watch 'no-date' 14060
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner Men's Stainless Steel Watch (no-date) 14060 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case (40mm diameter). Black dial with luminous hour markers. Stainless steel Oyster ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel and Gold Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner 2-Tone Steel & Gold Men's Watch 16613 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, pressure proof to 1,000 feet. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold bezel . Black dial with...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Unworn. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time-l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Feet First Matte Mens Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5513 Vintage Feet First Matte 2.8 Mil Mens Automatic Watch 40mm
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Watch Stainless Patina Matte Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Watch Stainless Patina Matte Dial 40MM
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Watch Stainless Patina Matte Dial
  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Watch Stainless Patina Matte Dial
  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Vintage Mens Watch Stainless Patina Matte Dial
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W 0.75 in. D 0.52 in. Dm 1.58 in. L 6.5 in.
Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black Dial 40MM
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black Dial
  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black Dial
  • Rolex Submariner 16800 Men's Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black Dial
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W 0.79 in. D 0.52 in. Dm 1.58 in. L 7.01 in.
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Engraved rehaut Men's Watch Box & Papers
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610 men's watch. 40mm stainless steel case; stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel with black bezel insert. Black dial with steel lum...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Oyster case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Oyster case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Oyster case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Vintage Stainless Steel Mens Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Vintage Stainless Steel Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with black insert bi-d...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark V Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark V Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Steel Ceramic Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 114060
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 114060 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape face, no...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Spider Dial Vintage Stainless Steel Mens Watch 5513
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Spider Dial Vintage Stainless Steel Mens Watch 5513. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Stainless steel with black insert bi-...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Serti 16613 Men Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002891 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Serti Model Number: 16613 Age: 16-12-2000 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Cardholder, ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel SKU: 100780 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanic...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diameter. Rol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark V Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark V Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Men's Watch 16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Mens Watch 16610LV. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Mens Watch 14060M
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Rolex Submariner 40mm Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch. This Beautiful Timepiece Was Produced in 2002. The Bezel Has a Dent Next to Number 20. The back cas...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5512 Men's Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5512. Rolex Submariner 5512 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchF...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5512 Men's Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 5512 Mens Automatic Vintage Watch Tropical Gilt Dial 40mm
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 116613 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 116613 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Non-Date Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 124060 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 41.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Yellow Gold Blue Dial Mens Watch 16618 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Yellow Gold Blue Dial 40mm Mens Watch 16618 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark IV Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark IV Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straigh...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 4 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Card. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special time...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel Black Dial Men's Watch 116610LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
New Old Stock Discontinued Model. Unworn Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Stainless Steel Black Dial Mens Watch. This Beautiful Timepiece Features: Stainless Steel Case with a Stain...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 14060M Submariner No Date Engraved Rehaut Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner No Date 14060M. 40mm stainless steel case with unidirectional stainless steel bezel with black bezel insert. Black Dial with luminous Mercedes hands and luminous ind...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner No Date Steel Ceramic Black Dial Men's Watch 114060
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Excellent Condition Full Links. Original Box and Papers are included comes with a Chronostore presentation box and authenticity card. Covered by a one-year Chronostore warranty. Deta...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 116613 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 116613 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm in diam...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

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Mens Watch Rolex Submariner For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate mens watch rolex submariner for your needs in our varied inventory. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Stainless Steel, Steel and Gold. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. Making the right choice when shopping for a mens watch rolex submariner may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. A mens watch rolex submariner can make for a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 2 Sapphire versions can add an especially stylish touch. When shopping for a mens watch rolex submariner, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for unisex or women today than there are for men.

How Much is a Mens Watch Rolex Submariner?

The price for a mens watch rolex submariner starts at $7,262 and tops out at $59,588 with these watches, on average, selling for $14,000.

Rolex Biography and Important Works

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.

Find vintage Rolex watches, bracelets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, new and classic vintage watches on 1stDibs.

While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Eventually, watches migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.