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Rolex Midcentury Gold Ladies Watch Bracelet
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Mid century, circa 1950s, 18k gold Rolex bracelet watch. Bracelet is 6.5" long, case is 14mm in diameter. Rolex signed silvered dial with gold stick markers. Manual wind movement in ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold

White Gold Rolex Datejust President Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Greenwich, CT
This Rolex Datejust White Gold President, measures 26 mm in Diameter. Features a Silver Dial with Diamond markers. Date at 3 o'clock, waterproof screw-down crown. Automatic movement...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex Ladies President Diamond Ruby Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Feasterville, PA
This is an authentic Rolex Presidential watch with a Rolex dial with added aftermarket diamond markers, a custom 18k yellow gold diamond and ruby bezel, a Rolex 18K yellow gold presi...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex 18k Yellow Gold Antique Small Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex Dial: White dial with yellow gold hands and hour markers. Bezel: 18k Yellow Gold Smooth Bezel Case Measurements: Crystal measures 14mm x 14mm while the case is 18mm x 18...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Ladies Rolex 14k Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Ladies Rolex 14k Yellow Gold Watch - Manual winding. 14k yellow gold case (15mm diameter). Silver dial with gold stick markers. Intertwined gold bracelet; measures up to a 6 ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Bark President Gold Watch 69278
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies Bark President Gold Watch 69278 - Automatic winding, 29 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold with bark bezel (26 mm). Champagne dial. 18k yellow gold hidd...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 31 178245 Ladies Rose Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W007570 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 31 Model Number: 178245 Age: 2002 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box & Guarantee Dial: White Roman ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

1950s Rolex 14K Yellow Gold Ladies Wrist Watch
By Rolex
Located in Hicksville, NY
1950s Rolex Wristwatch for Ladies 14 Karat Yellow Gold Manual Wind Crown on this watch is Omega Brand. The watch was purchased in a boutique where Omega watches were sold as well. ...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Rolex President Ladies 18k Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 79138
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Ladies 18k Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 79138. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies Datejust 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch 6917
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies Datejust 2-Tone Steel & Gold Watch 6917 - Automatic winding; acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel (26mm diameter). Champagne dial wit...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies President 18k Yellow Gold 6917 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies President 18K Yellow Gold 6917 Watch - Automatic winding, 29 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (26mm diameter). Champagne d...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President 18K White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 79179
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President 18K White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 79179. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a cro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Datejust 31 68279 Ladies White Gold Diamond Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007579 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 31 Model Number: 68279 Age: 1995 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Silver With Diamond Markers...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Cellini Cellissima White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6673
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini Cellissima 26mm White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6673. Quartz movement. 18k white gold case 26.0 mm. Rolex logo on a crown. Original Rolex factory diamond hooded lugs. O...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Precision 18k Gold Watch for Ladies, 1950's
By Rolex
Located in Vannes, FR
ROLEX 18K Gold Watch For Ladies 1950's Mouvement Mecanic Precision Ankel 17 Rubis Original Red Box Garantie 1 years
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 26mm Steel Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Pearlmaster White Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 69359
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Pearlmaster White Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 69359. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 29.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 179161
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Rose Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 179161. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Rose Gold

Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Ladies Steel & Gold Watch 79173
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust 2-Tone Ladies Steel & Gold Watch 79173 - Automatic winding, Quickset, 31 jewels, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel (26mm diamete...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 179174
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 179174. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 79174
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 79174. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Steel

Rolex Cellini Cellissima White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6683
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini Cellissima 33mm White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6683. Quartz movement. 18k white gold case 33.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Original Rolex factory diamond ho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Cellini Cellissima White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6683
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini Cellissima 33mm White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6683. Quartz movement. 18k white gold case 33.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Original Rolex factory diamond ho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69138
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 69138. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Ladies Yellow Gold and Diamond 1960s Bracelet Watch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1960s Rolex Ladies Bracelet Wrist watch, 22 M.M. 14K Yellow Gold 2 piece case with a Bezel of Round Brilliant cut Diamonds totaling 1 Carat. 17 Jewel mechanical, manual wind mo...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold

Rolex Ladies Classic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Ladies Classic 18K Yellow Gold Watch - Manual winding. 18K Yellow gold (15 mm). Silver textured stick dial. 18K Yellow gold bracelet with hinged clasp; will fit up to a 6 inch ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Yellow Gold Original Dial Datejust Watch
By Rolex
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Rolex Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Datejust / Ref. 6521 METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Yellow Gold DIMENSIONS: 31mm X 25mm CIRCA: 1964 MOVEMENT / CALIBER: 26 Jewels ...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Datejust Pearlmaster 18 Karat Gold Ladies Diamond Watch 80318
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Lady Datejust Pearlmaster 18k Yellow Gold Ladies Diamond Watch 80318 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with factory 12 diamond be...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex 6827 Datejust Silver Dial Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 6827 Model: Datejust Case Material: 14k yellow gold Case Diameter: 31mm Crystal: Plastic Bezel: 14k Yellow Gold Fluted Bezel Dial: Silver Dial with gold hands and g...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust White Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 79089
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust White Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 79089. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Jubilee Bracelet Ladies Watch 79173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Jubilee Bracelet Ladies Watch 79173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual NonDate Ladies Steel Yellow Gold Watch 67243
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual NonDate Ladies Steel Yellow Gold Watch 67243. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 24.0 mm in diameter. Rolex lo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Rubies Ladies Watch 69138
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Rubies Ladies Watch 69138. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ruby Ladies Watch 69138
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Ruby Ladies Watch 69138. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 179174
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 179174. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Steel

Rolex President Datejust 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Pearlmaster White Gold Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch 69319
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Pearlmaster White Gold Silver Dial Diamond Ladies Watch 69319. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k white gold oyster case 29...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Silver

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 79173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 79173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Slate Dial Ladies Watch 79163
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Slate Dial Ladies Watch 79163. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Linen Dial Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Linen Dial Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphires Ladies Watch 69138
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphires Ladies Watch 69138. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Midsize White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 78279
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Midsize White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 78279. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Jubilee Bracelet Ladies Watch 69174
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Jubilee Bracelet Ladies Watch 69174. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 79163
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 79163. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Cellini Ivory Roman Dial Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 6621
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini 26mm Ivory Roman Dial Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 6621. Quartz movement. 18k yellow gold case 26.0 mm. Rolex logo on a crown. . Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Ivory c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Cellini 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 4347
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch 4347. Manual winding movement. 18k yellow gold rectangular case 24.0 x 24.0 mm. Rolex logo on a crown. . Scratch-resistant s...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Midsize Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 278278 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Midsize Yellow Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 278278 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 31.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Pearlmaster Yellow Gold White Dial Diamond Ladies Watch 69318
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Pearlmaster Yellow Gold White Dial Diamond Ladies Watch 69318. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 2...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Datejust 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69178
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69178. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Cellini Orchid White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6201
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini Orchid White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 6201. Quartz movement. 18k white gold case 23.0 mm in diameter. 18k white gold bezel factory set with 141 diamond. Scratch resist...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex 2-Tone Datejust Steel and Gold Ladies Watch 69173
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex 2-Tone Datejust Steel & Gold Ladies Watch 69173 - Automatic winding, 29 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold fluted bezel . Silve...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 179174
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 179174. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust 26 79174 Ladies White Gold & Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008087 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 26 Model Number: 79174 Age: 36537 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder & Guarant...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 26 69173 Ladies Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: W008001 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 26 Model Number: 69173 Age: 1990 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Gold/Champang...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 79173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold MOP Diamond Ladies Watch 79173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Yellow Gold

Rolex Vintage Diamond Cellini Mechanical 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
This stunning vintage Rolex circa 1960s diamond watch is crafted in 18-karat white gold in excellent condition. complimented by a single row of 40 prong-set, round-cut, factory set d...
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Vintage 1980s Retro Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Pyramid Dial Ladies Watch 79173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Yellow Gold Pyramid Dial Ladies Watch 79173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Houndstooth Dial Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Houndstooth Dial Steel Yellow Gold Ladies Watch 69173. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 26 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Cellini 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladies Dress Watch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Cellini 18k Yellow Gold Ladies Dress Watch - Manual winding. 18k yellow gold case (32mm diameter). Blue dial with gold hands. Integrated gold mesh style bracelet (6 1/2 inches)...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 69118
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphire Ladies Watch 69118. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 26.0 mm in diameter. Rol...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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Rolex Ladies Gold Watch For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the rolex ladies gold watch you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Gold, Yellow Gold and 18k Gold — can elevate any look. You can easily find a 890 antique edition and 344 modern creations to choose from as well. Finding the perfect rolex ladies gold watch may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 18th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. For this particular accessory, there are many different carat weights to choose from, but 1.5 Carat and 2 Carat versions are of considerable interest. Take a look at a rolex ladies gold watch featuring Diamond from our inventory today to add the perfect touch to your look. A round cut version of this piece has appeal, but there are also brilliant cut and asscher cut versions for sale. Finding a rolex ladies gold watch for sale for women should be easy, but there are 88 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as men, too.

How Much is a Rolex Ladies Gold Watch?

The price for a rolex ladies gold watch starts at $875 and tops out at $80,681 with these watches, on average, selling for $6,703.

rolex Biography and Important Works

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.

Find vintage and contemporary 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.

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. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also 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. Bulgari’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 fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many 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.