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Men's Rolex President, Day-Date Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex President - Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset day/date, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Black dial w...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case ( 36 mm ) . Factory Mother of Pearl Sapphire Dial. 18k ye...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Khanjar Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Day-Date President, reference number 118238, features the Omani Khanjar symbol marked on the case back and box of the watch. The case is crafted from 18K Yellow Gold, and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Very rare and unusual Factory Lapis d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with custom diamond bezel (36mm diameter). White...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Gold Watch 18038 - Automatic winding; quick-set; sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Black dial with stick markers. Leather ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Men's Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36mm Yellow Gold Mens Watch 118238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz President Day-Date Yellow Gold Mens Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz President Day-Date Yellow Gold Mens Watch 19018. Quartz movement. 18K yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted be...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Oysterquartz President Day-Date Yellow Gold Mens Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Oysterquartz President Day-Date Yellow Gold Mens Watch 19018. Quartz movement. 18K yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. 18k yellow gold fluted be...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex log...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

18k Gold Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 18238 Cream Dial
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Rolex President - Day-Date Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel (36mm diameter). Ivory dial wi...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 36mm 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date on a Strap Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Men's Gold Rolex President Day-Date on a Strap Watch 18238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, double Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case and fluted bezel (36mm diameter). C...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Men's Mother of Pearl Watch 118238
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Mother of Pearl Watch 118238 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with fluted bezel . Factory Mother of Pea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Day Date Diamond Rare Dial and Bezel Gents Watch Ref 18
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage in like new condition and highy Collectable Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date President 18038 Mens Watch CIRCA 1988. 36 mm 18k yellow gold case Rare Rolex Blue Dial with Fa...
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Vintage 1980s Retro Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 18346
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 18346. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Platinum oyster case 36.0 ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Platinum, Silver

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold White Dial Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold White Dial Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch 40MM
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2010s Contemporary Wrist Watches

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  • Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch
  • Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch
  • Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch
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Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 18346
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Platinum Diamond Mens Watch 18346. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Platinum oyster case 36.0 ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Silver, Platinum

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18049
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18049. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day Date President White Gold White Dial Mens Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Day Date 36mm President White Gold White Dial Mens Watch 118239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day Date 228235 President Everose Gold Green Roman Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in 18 ct Everose gold with an olive green dial, fluted bezel, and a President bracelet. The Day-Date was the first watch to indicate the day of the w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Gold, Rose Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Platinum Blue Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118206
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Platinum Blue Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118206. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. Platinum oyster case 36.0 m...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Mens Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Yellow Gold Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Silver Dial Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Silver

Rolex Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold President Khnajar Watch 118238CRP
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
The Rolex Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold President Watch 118238CRP is a statement timepiece that has long been the watch of choice of world leaders, and this particular watch is a rare exa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date President 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Men's Watch 228238
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in 18 ct yellow gold with a champagne-color dial, a Fluted bezel, and a President bracelet. The Day-Date was the first watch to indicate the day of t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Roman Dial Men’s Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Roman Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Day-Date President 228239 Factory Black Diamond Dial Men's Watch 40MM
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day Date 36 Everose Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118235
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36 Everose Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118235. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 18k rose gold oyster case 36.0 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18308
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 18308. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36....
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Yellow Gold Diamond Dial Watch Ref. 118238
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful and iconic Rolex yellow gold 118238 Day-date President 36mm watch with 18k yellow gold case, fluted bezel, champagne dial with 8 round and 2 baguette Diamond hour markers. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18049
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Dial Bezel Watch 18049. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date President Blue Ombre Diamond Dial White Gold Watch 118209
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
This Rolex Day-Date White Gold Diamond Automatic Bracelet Oyster Case 36mm case height 12mm. Blue/black gradient dial with 8 brilliant hour markers and 2 diamond baguettes at 6 and 9...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

Rolex Day-Date 40 President Rose Gold Sundust Dial Watch 228235 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Day-Date 40 President Rose Gold Sundust Dial Watch 228235 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18K rose gold case 40 mm in diameter. High polished lu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex Day-Date 40 White Gold President Blue Dial Watch 228239BLRP
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
A masculine gold watch with a statement-making simplicity. The Rolex Day-Date 40 18K White Gold President Blue Dial Automatic Men's Watch 228239BLRP attracts eyes without having to l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Rolex President Day Date 36 Everose Gold Diamond Watch 118235 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date 36 Everose Gold Diamond Watch 118235 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 18k rose gold oyster case...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Burgundy Dial Watch 118139 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Burgundy Dial Watch 118139 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Bronze Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Bronze Diamond Dial Mens Watch 118239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement with quickset date function. 18k white gold oyster c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold, Bronze

Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118238 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day Date Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 118238 Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Dial Men's Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Ruby Dial Watch 18148
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Ruby Dial Watch 18148. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. R...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Ruby Dial Watch 18238
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Ruby Dial Watch 18238. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18 Karat Rose Gold Diamond Watch 118205
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex President Day-Date Men's 18k Rose Gold Diamond Watch 118205 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. 18k rose gold case with smooth bezel (36mm diameter). Ro...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Diamond Dial Men's Watch 18248
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18248. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rol...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz President 18k Gold Champagne Dial Men's Watch 19018
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19018 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by quartz (battery) movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a tonneau sh...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Mens Watch 18239
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Tridor White Yellow Rose Gold Mens Watch 18239. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Rolex President Day-Date 40 Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 228238 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date 40 Yellow Gold Diamond Mens Watch 228238 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Double quick set function. 18k yellow gold oyster ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex 18038 18 Karat Yellow Gold Single Quick Day-Date President Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Rolex Model - 18038 Day-Date Single Quick President Case Metal - 18k Yellow Gold Case Measurement - 36mm Bracelet - Custom 18k Yellow Gold & Diamonds- Fits Wrist Size - 7.5...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18038
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18038. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Role...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18248
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Bark Diamond Dial Mens Watch 18248. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rol...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Ruby Dial Watch 18378
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold String Diamond Ruby Dial Watch 18378. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Ro...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

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Rolex President Day Date Watch For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact rolex president day date watch you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of Gold, Yellow Gold and 18k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Find an antique version now, or shop for 340 vintage or 166 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. You’re likely to find the perfect rolex president day date watch 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. A rolex president day date watch can be a stylish choice for most occasions, but Diamond rings, from our inventory of 96, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes baguette cut alternatives. If you’re browsing our inventory for a rolex president day date watch, 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 President Day Date Watch?

Prices for a rolex president day date watch can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $4,900 and can go as high as $88,500, while this accessory, on average, fetches $18,860.

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. 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.