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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

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 Date 116613 Men's Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002812 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: Date Model Number: 116613 Age: 2010 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Black Baton Glass: S...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex, Submariner, 18 Karat Gold and Steel, 16613, Men’s, 1992
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex - Submariner - 16613 - Men - 1992 Gender: Men Model : Oyster Perpetual Date - Submariner Case Diameter : 40 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Material: 18K Gold & Steel Case ma...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Submariner Date Ref 16613
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex Submariner Date Ref 16613 Comes with Rolex presentation box Circa 1990's Gender: Men Model : Submariner Ref 16613 Case Diameter : 40 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Materia...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Stainless 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 White Gold Blue Dial Ceramic Bezel Diamond Watch 116619
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner White Gold Blue Dial Ceramic Bezel Diamond Watch 116619. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Rolex Submariner 116619 White Gold BlueSMURF Automatic Mens Watch 2014 Card
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 116619 White Gold BlueSMURF Automatic Mens Watch 2014 Card 40mm
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2010s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White 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 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 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 16803 Men's Watch in 18kt Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Submariner 16803 Men's Watch in 18kt Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold SKU: 113388 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mec...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 16618 Oyster 18k Yellow Gold Blue Sunburst Dial Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
This Rolex Submariner has been polished and is in great cosmetic and mechanic condition, Blue Dial with Luminescent Hour Markers, Sweep Second Hand, Date Indicator, Quickset Movement...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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 Steel 18K Yellow Gold Blue Dial Mens Watch 116613 Unworn
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Blue Dial Mens Watch 116613 Unworn. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40.0 mm in...
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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...
Category

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 Smurf White Gold Blue Dial Bezel Watch 116619 Box Card
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Smurf White Gold Blue Dial Bezel Watch 116619 Box Card. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. 18k white gold case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

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

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Nipple Dial Service Papers 18 Karat Gold Mint
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 5257*** Year: 1978 Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Black Dial: Black Nipple Dial...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, ref. 5513 Underline Gold Graphics 1963
By Rolex
Located in milano, IT
Rare and wonderful self-winding Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner from 1963. This gorgeous wristwatch is truly enchanting, it has the dial, black and with underline gold graphics, th...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 16808 18 Karat Yellow Gold Black Gilt Nipple Dial Very Rare
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16808 Serial: 9764*** Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Sapphire Crystal Case Size: 40mm Includes:...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Date Steel Two-Tone Gold Black Dial Ceramic Watch 116613LN
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN men watch. Features a yellow case and oyster bracelet which is a combination of oyster steel and 18 ct yellow gold. The unidirectional rotating bezel h...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613 NOS Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch 16613 NOS Box Papers. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18k yellow gold case 40 mm ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner 18k Gold Steel Blue Dial Automatic Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre Owned Rolex Submariner 40mm 18k Gold Stainless Steel Blue Dial Automatic men's Watch 16613. This Beautiful Timepiece Was Produced in 1991 & is Powered by Mechanical (Automatic) M...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Two-Tone Date Watch 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Datejust 40 mm Watch, reference number 116613LB, features an oystersteel case measuring 40 mm in diameter and includes a bright blue and gold r...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

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 116613 Blue 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Steel Box and Papers, 2019
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 116613 Serial: 7RJ92*** Year: 2019 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: 18K Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Bezel: Blue Ceramic Dial: Blue Face: Sapph...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Blue Dial Model 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
40mm stainless steel case, 18K yellow gold unidirectional rotatable bezel with blue Cerachrom disc, blue dial, and stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Oyster bracelet with Glidelock ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

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 18k Yellow Gold Steel Blue Dial Automatic Mens Watch 16803
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre Owned Rolex Submariner 18k Yellow Gold Steel Blue Dial Automatic Men's Watch 16803. This Beautiful Timepiece was Produced in 1988 & is Powered by Mechanical (Automatic) Movement ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Blue Dial Automatic Watch 126613LB
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn Rolex Submariner 41mm Steel 18K Yellow Gold Blue Dial Automatic Watch 126613LB. This Beautiful Timepiece Features: Stainless Steel Case with a Two-Town Stainless Steel Rolex O...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 18k Gold Steel Holes Blue Dial Automatic Mens Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 16613 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 shape...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Custom Camo Automatic Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Custom camouflage on dial and bracelet. Has a few hairline scratches on blue bezel insert. Original Box and Papers are not included comes with a Chronostore presentation box and auth...
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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

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...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner Two-Tone Gold Black Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Watch 116613LN
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Rolex Submariner 40mm Oyster Perpetual Date in Oystersteel and yellow gold with a Cerachrom bezel insert in black ceramic and a black dial with large luminescent hour markers. It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 18k Yellow Gold Steel Black Dial Automatic Men Watch 116613BKDO
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Rolex Submariner 40mm 18k Yellow Gold Steel Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 116613BKDO. This Beautiful Timepiece: Stainless Steel Case with a Stainless Steel Rolex Oyster ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 18K Gold Steel No Holes Gray Serti Diamond Dial Watch 16613T
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Z-Series. Pre-owned condition. The bezel insert has minor blemishes. Comes with the manufacturer's box but No papers. Covered by a 1-year Chronostore warranty. Details: Brand Rolex D...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 18K Yellow Gold Ceramic Blue Dial Automatic Mens Watch 116618LB
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Excellent Mint Condition. 1 Link Short. 2017 Card. Comes With an Original Box and Original Papers. Chronostore. Covered by 1-year Chronostore Warranty. Details: Brand Rolex Color B...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 18K Gold Steel No Holes Blue Dial Automatic Men's Watch 16613
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Gold Through Buckle. F-Series. No holes case. Super Mint Condition. This watch comes with a Chronostore presentation box and authenticity card. It ships worldwide with a 30-days ha...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner 116618 Blue on Blue 18 Karat Yellow Gold Automatic Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116618 bl is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a round shape face, dat...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date Two Tone Blue Dial 126613LB 2021
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
41mm stainless steel case, 18K yellow gold unidirectional rotatable bezel with blue Cerachrom disc, blue dial, and stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Oyster bracelet with Glidelock ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Steel 18 Karat Yellow Gold Blue Dial Men's Watch 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116613LB 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 Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Papers
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner 40mm Non-Date 2 Liner Steel Mens Watch 14060 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Special ti...
Category

20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner 16613 Slate Serti Dial 18K Mens Watch Box&Papers
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 16613 Slate Serti Dial 18K Mens Watch 40mm Box&Papers
Category

1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

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Rolex Submariner 116613 18K Two Tone Automatic Mens Watch Box & Card 2011
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Submariner 116613 18K Two Tone Automatic Mens Watch 40mm Box & Card 2011
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2010s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Gold Submariner Blue
By Rolex
Located in Capri, IT
Rolex Gold Submariner Blue Stainless Steel and 18 Karat Yellow Gold Men’s date: 24/12/1988
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

ROLEX Vintage Yellow Gold Submariner
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A 1970's 18k yellow gold Submariner with original bracelet. The watch is kept in very good condition, high polished, with Rolex service papers. Rare dial variation is only available ...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

18K Yellow Gold Submariner Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
18K Yellow Gold Submariner Ref 1680
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Submariner Blue Ceramic Submariner 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch Ref 116618LB
By Rolex
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: Rolex caliber 3135 automatic movement Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: round 40mm stainless steel case with blue ceramic 18k yellow gold diving bezel, sapphire...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Mint, incredible condition 18 karat yellow gold Submariner ref. #1680, made circa 1970. This watch was serviced at Rolex and was fitted with a brand new bracelet (#92908), which is s...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Ref 16808
By Rolex
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rolex Submariner Date Ref 16808 in 18k yellow gold with blue gilt dial and is on a Rolex oyster yellow gold bracelet.
Category

Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Blue Ceramic Submariner Two-Tone 18k Gold Watch Ref 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: round 40mm stainless steel case with blue ceramic 18k yellow gold diving bezel, sapphire protective crystal, screw-d...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 16618
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic movement, 31 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. 18k yellow gold case with rotating, engraved, bezel with blue insert (40mm diameter). Blue dial with luminous style ma...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
With many vintage Rolex models priced far above their modern counterparts, vintage gold 1680s remain a relative bargain compared to the new versions. This watch has an authentic vint...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Submariner Wristwatch Ref 1680
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
A thoughtful style choice for the dapper gentleman, this handsome timepiece offers an authentic vintage look, as well as beautiful original condition. The case and dial are mint. Not...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Watch 126618LB
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This stately Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Perpetual Submariner Date 41 mm Watch, reference number 126618LB, features an 18K Yellow Gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter with a uni-direction...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Submariner Gold For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact piece of submariner gold you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Frequently made of Gold, 18k Gold and Yellow Gold, this item was constructed with great care. You can easily find a 165 antique edition and 188 modern creations to choose from as well. You’re likely to find the perfect item from our selection of submariner gold 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. As it relates to this specific piece, our collection includes designs that are universally popular, but carat weights, specifically, are sought with frequency. A choice in our collection of submariner gold can make for a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 13 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. 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. When shopping for an object in our assortment of submariner gold, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for unisex or women today than there are for men.

How Much is a Submariner Gold?

On average, a piece of submariner gold at 1stDibs sells for $14,149, while they’re typically $4,250 on the low end and $59,995 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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.