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Rolex Submariner Date Black New 126610LN
By Rolex
Located in Wilmington, DE
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date in Oystersteel with a Cerachrom bezel insert in black ceramic and a black dial with large luminescent hour markers.
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 1680, Black Dial Certified Authentic
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:1680. Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark I Mens Automatic Vintage Watch White Dial SS 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Black Bezel Wrist Watch Ref 114060
By Rolex
Located in Florence, IT
This Rolex Submariner 41mm black bezel wrist watch is set in an solid-link Oyster steel bracelet. Unisex the Rolex boasts an unidirectional rotatable bezel with luminescent hour mar...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 5512, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5512. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 1680, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 1680. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 1680, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:1680. Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark I Mens Automatic Vintage Watch White Dial SS 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 1680, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 1680. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #:5513. Rolex Submariner Vintage 5513 9.7 Million Serial Unpolished 2 Liner Watch 40mm. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Wa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5512, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5512. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
Category

Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 5513, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner Reference #: 5513. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 40 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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 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

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Watch 114060
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Watch 114060. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Black Stainless Steel Submariner 16610 Automatic Men's Wristwatch 40 mm
By Rolex
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
When it's Rolex, you know you're getting the best. The brand is famous for its high-quality watches that have been painstakingly designed with style using only the finest materials. ...
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2010s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Black Stainless Steel Submariner 16610 T Automatic Men's Wristwatch 40 mm
By Rolex
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
When it's Rolex, you know you're getting the best. The brand is famous for its high-quality watches that have been painstakingly designed with style using only the finest materials. ...
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2010s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Watch 114060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Watch 114060 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Watch 114060 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Watch 114060 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel

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

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Stainless Steel

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  • 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 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

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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 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...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless 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 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

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Steel

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 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

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Black Matte Dial Stainless Steel, 1969
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5513 Serial: 1967*** Year: 1969 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Custom Black Nato Strap Bezel: Black (Faded) Dial: Bl...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Black on Black Steel Ceramic Automatic Men's Watch 116610LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116610LN is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round ...
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2010s 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 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 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

Steel, Yellow Gold

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 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...
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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

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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner Kermit Steel Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 126610LV
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn 2021 card fully stickers. Rolex Submariner Kermit 41mm Steel Black Dial Green Bezel Automatic Men's Watch 126610LV. This Beautiful Timepiece Come with a 2021 Card & is Powered...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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

Materials

Steel, Stainless 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 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 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch 1968
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch 40mm 1968
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Wrist Watches

  • Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch 1968
  • Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch 1968
  • Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch 1968
  • Rolex Submariner 1680 Mark IV Vintage Black Dial Men's Watch 1968
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W 0.79 in. D 0.56 in. Dm 1.58 in. L 7.49 in.
Rolex Submariner Date Steel Ceramic Black Dial Men's Watch 126610LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This brand new Rolex Submariner 126610LN is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sh...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date Gold Steel Black Dial Men's Watch 126613LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This brand new Rolex Submariner 126613LN is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sh...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 116613LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 40mm Stainless Steel 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Men's Automatic Watch 116613LN. This Timepiece is powered by an Automatic Movement and Features: Stainless ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner 41 Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 126613 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 41 Steel Yellow Gold Black Dial Mens Watch 126613 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 41 mm in d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

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

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Date Steel Ceramic Black Dial Automatic Men Watch 126610LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn 2021 Rolex Submariner Date 41mm Steel Ceramic Black Dial Automatic Men Watch 126610LN. This Beautiful Timepiece is Powered by Mechanical (Automatic) Movement And Features: Pol...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date 41 Black Dial Oyster Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch 16610
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a reference among divers’ watches; it is the watch that unlocked the deep. Launched in 1953, the Submariner was the first divers’ wristwatch waterp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Bezel Mens Watch 126618 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Bezel Mens Watch 126618 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold case 41.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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

Materials

Steel

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

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

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

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Submariner No Date Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Mens 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 mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sha...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 16803
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Full Gold Through Buckle. Some scratches on the Black bezel insert only visible under direct light and certain angles. Original Box and Papers are not included comes with a Chronosto...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512 Stainless Steel Black Dial 1964 Glossy Gilt Dial
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 5512 Serial: 1098*** Year: 1964 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Ac...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Steel Ceramic Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 116610LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116610LN is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round s...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner No Date Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Mens 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 mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sha...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date Black Dial Cerachrom Bezel Steel Men's Watch 116610LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116610LN 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, ...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

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Rolex Black Submariner For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate rolex black submariner for your needs in our varied inventory. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Stainless Steel, Gold and Yellow Gold — can elevate any look. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. You’re likely to find the perfect rolex black submariner among the distinctive items we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re browsing our inventory for a rolex black submariner, you’ll find that many are available today for men, but there are still pieces to choose from for unisex and women.

How Much is a Rolex Black Submariner?

Prices for a rolex black submariner can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $5,180 and can go as high as $69,366, while this accessory, on average, fetches $12,500.

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.