Circa 2020 ** Bank wire only at this price ** Fine Unused Rolex Watch. Authenticity is always paramount, and a Rolex watch as close as possible to its original condition (with original dial, hands, crystal, bracelet, unpolished case, etc.) The idea behind this additional complication was that it would help cave explorers or polar voyagers differentiate between night and day when looking to the sky wasn’t an option. "description": "Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Meters First Dial, Long 5 Bezel", }, "@type": "ImageObject", Considered a transitional reference, the vintage Explorer II 16550 was only produced for a few years and ones. As dedicated Rolex vintage experts, or specialists, we offer a unique and ever changing collection of fine genuine timepieces for sale at the best prices from the vintage Submariner to the collectible GMT or Daytona. This distinct case shape has led the watches’ collective nickname, the Rolex Bubble Back—also known as the Rolex Ovettone (Italian for “little egg”). 1665 “Great White” introduced in 1977 (made until the mid-1980s). Early automatic Rolex watches included protruding casebacks to accommodate the addition of the winding rotor. "contentUrl": "/images/s134427-x-zRolex-explorer-1016-134427.jpg?v=6", Safe shipping & easy returns. The first reference, the stainless steel Submariner ref. "@type": "ImageObject", Retail prices for Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches start out at $4,850 for the 26mm version in stainless steel and increase from there, depending on size. The Submariner 5512 was in production from 1959 until 1980 and underwent several modifications, most notably its crown-guards—from square crown guards to pointed crown guards to rounder crown guards. Vintage timepieces have risen in popularity and demand over the last 5--10 years with some models selling for more than a million dollars at auction houses. From time to time, our customers are seeking more than just a vintage Rolex watch to add to their collection. While a few vintage Oyster Perpetual models (references 6098, 6298, and 6150) are often referred to as “Pre-Explorer” watches, it is generally accepted that Rolex 6350 is the first official Explorer reference. 16803 in 1983. In 1971, Rolex introduced the Explorer II Explorer Two watch. *, CELEBRITIES WHO COLLECT VINTAGE ROLEX WATCHES. Vintage Rolex watches are some of the most valuable and desirable timepieces in the entire world. Prices for vintage Datejust models start around the low thousands and can quickly go up from there. Below is a quick overview of some of the most sought-after or covetable vintage Rolex watches in the market. 1. By appointment only. Today, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubble Back models can start in the low thousands price range—which is an unbelievable deal considering the significance of this model on not only Rolex’s history but also on watchmaking’s history at large. "name": "Bob's Watches", Watchnet reserves the right to remove any post from this board. 4768, 4767, 5036, 6036, and 6236. However, thanks in part to high-profile auction results and the abundance of information about vintage references available online, the popularity of vintage Rolex watches has now gone well beyond just avid collectors, attracting a wide range of buyers from newer watch enthusiasts to famous celebrities from sports, entertainment, and business. 5500 “Explorer” that is actually a 34mm Air-King case fitted with an Explorer dial, produced from the late 1950s for about a decade. Somewhere in the middle of the price range are dress watches like vintage Datejust and Day-Date watches. All rights reserved. For example, some Paul Newman Rolex Daytona models, such as the 6239, 6240, 6263 and 6265, are now valued at over $150,000.The November 10th, 2013 Christies auction in Geneva, the Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" 50 exceptional examples of the world's most celebrated chronograph wristwatch auction, realized over $12,000,000 for 50 watches or on average of $250,000 per watch. Counterfeit watches are getting increasingly convincing, and sometimes the only way to confirm that a Rolex is genuine is by opening it up and inspecting it with the help of high-powered magnification. "@type": "ImageObject", "description": "Rolex Submariner 5512 Gilt Exclamation Point Dial", Compared to other Rolex models, Cosmograph sales were slow, particularly for the exotic dial versions. No links or URLs to auctions or to other web sites or web pages, including image hosting sites, where multiple items are offered for sale. These references were in production until 1988, when Rolex replaced its manual-wound Daytona with automatic ones. Unlike the time-only Explorer I, the Explorer II was fitted with an AM/PM indicator in the form of a large arrow-tipped orange 24-hour hand pointing to a 24-hour engraved bezel. Commonly referred to as the Dato-Compax or the “Jean-Claude Killy” (nicknamed after the champion alpine skier who was rumored to wear one), the Triple Calendar Chronograph references include ref. FS: Rolex 326938 Sky-Dweller 18K Yellow Gold with Champagne Arabic Dial Box and Paper - watchexplorer - Jan 18, 2021 - 07:08 PM (558 clicks) FS:NIB ROLEX 2 tone EVEROSE/STEEL YACHT-MASTER 126621 - ponycar350 - Jan 18, 2021 - 06:43 PM (597 clicks) The size of the Rolex Air-King however, was always 34mm. Positioned as a watch for saturation divers (at the request from the commercial diving company COMEX), the 40mm case of the Sea-Dweller was equipped with a helium escape valve and boasted a water depth rating of 610 meters (which was over three times that of the Submariner of the era). A Rolex is one of the best investment watches that you can buy. Submariner ref. The Rolex 8171 is often referred to as the "Padellone" (Italian for “big frying pan” due to its large-for-the era size. The Rolex Bubble Back models were the first to combine the waterproof Rolex Oyster cases with the automatic Rolex Perpetual movements, therefore birthing the now famed Rolex Oyster Perpetual concept. "publisher": { Yet, it was the subsequent model, the Milgauss ref. Two examples are the Rolex Triple Calendar Moonphase references 8171 and 6062 with day window, a month window, a date indicator around the dial periphery, and a moon phase display. Another novelty of the Datejust was its bracelet, aptly named the Jubilee bracelet due to the commemorations. The main difference between the GMT-Master II and the original GMT-Master I is that its 12-hour and 24-hour hands can be set independently from each other, therefore the watch can now indicate three time zones. In 1945, Rolex launched the Datejust watch to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. Produced from approximately between 1949 and 1952 both models were made available in steel, rose gold, and yellow gold. But a particularly popular style in the vintage market is the so-called Stella dial versions, characterized by brightly colored enamel surfaces. WatchBox is the global leader in Guaranteed Pre-Owned Rolex watches for sale. The first version was the GMT-Master 6542, which included a 38mm steel case topped with a blue and red bezel in Bakelite filled with luminous radium numerals. From sport models such as the legendary Submariner, GMT-Master II, Explorer, and Daytona to dressier Datejust and Day-Date (Presidential) models, there is a Rolex for every purpose. With that in mind, certain vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches are crafted entirely from solid gold, and can cost significantly more than brand-new Oyster Perpetual watches that are made from stainless steel. Among the various models that make up the brand's current catalog, the cheapest Rolex is the Oyster Perpetual. To better answer the question as to how much is a vintage Rolex watch, we’ve highlighted the starting prices of some popular vintage references in the below table. "contentUrl": "/images/s135454-x-z135454.jpg?v=6", "logo": { All watches are 100% certified authentic and kept in original antique condition. Created as a simple yet durable watch for adventuring, the Rolex Explorer’s signature design traits are its stainless steel construction and its black time-only dial with Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. "embedUrl": "https://www.youtube.com/embed/CXAnTgJhDRc" A popular dial variant of the vintage Explorer II 1655 and Explorer II 16550 references are the so-called “Rail Dials.” Rail dials are those where the letter “C” in “Chronometer” aligns perfectly with the letter “C” in “Certified” in the ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ text on the dial. 6541, that introduced the quirky lightning-bolt seconds hand now largely associated with Rolex’s antimagnetic watch. However, early versions in original condition don’t come cheap and can easily cost five to six digits. All questions and comments for the seller must be sent via e-mail or private message. }, Vintage Rolex Explorer Black 1016 Creamy Yellow Hands & MarkersStainless Steel, Circa 1972, { 16550 in the mid-1980s and the watch graduated from a watch with a day/night indicator to one with dual time zones due to the 12-hour and 24-hour hands being independent of each other. Produced until the late 1980s, the 16750 is considered the last vintage GMT reference before Rolex replaced old-school details like acrylic with sapphire and tritium with Luminova. A vintage GMT-Master 6542 with the original Bakelite bezel is a highly valuable reference. To complement its line of Submariner dive watches, Rolex released the Sea-Dweller model in 1967. Every watch on our site is 100% certified authentic by WatchCSA, the industry's leading independent authority on watch authentication. Items priced below $5000 should be posted on the Trading Post board. Kicking things off was the Daytona ref. Online shopping for Rolex Watches from a great selection at Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry Store. The Day-Date watch is now widely known as the Rolex “President” watch, not just because of its bracelet but also because it became the must-have watch for some of the world’s most powerful people (including some American presidents). Many factors can influence the price of vintage Rolex watches. Other vintage Oyster Professional watches such as the Milgauss, Explorer, and Explorer II can also command high prices in the secondary market—particularly if they have special design traits coveted by collectors. "@type": "ImageObject", "contentUrl": "/ladies-rolex/images/sVintage-Rolex-3131-133254.jpg?v=6", The main difference between 8171 and 6062 is that 8171 has a 38mm non-Oyster case while 6062 has a 36mm Oyster case. Additionally, there are many used Rolex watches that sell for more than their original retail prices on the secondary market, and certain rare and collectible vintage references can be worth millions of dollars. Rolex also made several dial style options for each of the different models. There’s also the curious Rolex ref. New Price ... FS:Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101 Automatic Skeleton 15350ST.OO.D002CR.01, FS:Breguet Type XX Transatlantique 3820ST Chronograph Black Dial Bracelet Model, FS:Rolex DateJust Stainless Steel Jubilee Bracelet Blue Roman Dial 16234. Combing calendar indications and a chronograph complication, the Rolex Killy watch dials include a date indicator border, a day window, a month window, and three subdials. 6204, included a 37mm Oyster case waterproof to 100 meters, a black rotating bezel marked to 60 minutes to track immersion times, and a black time-only dial with plenty of luminescence for legality underwater. "height": 30 The original watch to implement the … Prices for vintage Explorers typically start at the low five-digit range and can easily go into the multiples of tens of thousands for rare models in mint condition. Please describe the condition of the watch or other item and whether it requires service, and for watches, please state how well they are keeping time. Under $5,900. There was the Submariner 16800 in steel and the Submariner 16808 in yellow gold, which was followed by the first two-tone Sub, ref. It officially sells for 39,650 USD. Over the following decade, Rolex released a slew of Submariner references, tweaking details like crown size, dial style, bezel markings, and water depth ratings. 1655. "contentUrl": "/images/s121417-x-z121417-x-Rolex-Submariner-5513---121417-p1.jpg?v=6", However, a good place to start is with either the non-quickset Datejust 16xx references from the 1960s and 1970s or the quick-set Datejust 16xxx from the 1970s and 1980s. Full Set Boxes & Papers. "name": "Holy Grail: Vintage Rolex Watches", In 1967, Rolex released the first Submariner Date model in the form of the reference 1680, complete with a date window at 3 o’clock and a Cyclops lens protruding from the crystal above it. Bob's Watches only sells pre-owned watches and provides its own warranties on the watches it sells. Rolex models such as the Oyster, Triple Calendar, Triple Calendar Chronograph, Datejust, Explorer, Submariner, GMT-Master, Milgauss, Day-Date, Daytona, Cellini, Sea-Dweller, and Explorer II were all introduced before the 1980s. 126613LB) elements. About Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Watches. Vintage Milgauss 1019 examples are not easy to come by and when they do appear, prices start at around $25,000 and can quickly go up from there. 40mm 18K Everose gold case, screw-down crown and push buttons, fixed Everose gold bezel with engraved tachymetric scale, chocolate dial, black Arabic numerals, Rolex calibre 4130 automatic movement, 18K Everosed gold Oyster bracelet, folding Oysterlock buckle with Easylink 5mm comfort … And the manual-wound Cosmograph Daytona set course as Rolex’s flagship chronograph collection. These vintage Submariners with crown guards include the references 5512 (initially not COSC certified then COSC-certified), 5513 (not COSC-certified), and 5514 (special issue COMEX versions with helium escape valves). will command much higher prices than one with aftermarket or later-era replacement components. 22. 3131, Circa 1961, { Our prices on Rolex President watches will save you anywhere from 10%-50% off the new retail prices. Officially … Some models, like vintage Oyster Perpetual, Oysterdate, Oyster Perpetual, and Air-King watches are relatively affordable while select vintage Daytona, GMT-Master, Submariner, and Sea-Dweller watches are some of the most expensive vintage Rolex watches in today’s market. This board is to be used for the buying, selling and trading of watches and related items priced at $5000 and up. "@context": "https://schema.org", There are two new watches in 18-karat yellow gold: There's the 126618LN with a black dial and bezel and the 126618LB with a blue dial and bezel. Rule violations can result in suspension or revocation of posting privileges. The market has seen values surge with Phillips, Sotheby's, and Christie's auction houses reporting record prices on historic watches. Copyright Bob's Watches. 15400OR.OO.1220OR.01, FS: LNIB AP Audemars LE Michael Schumacher Titanium 44mm - Ref. There are also dial variations found within this model, ranging from Mark 1 to Mark 4. Proven to be trusted by thousands, with 5-star customer service rating. "contentUrl": "/images/s112276-x-z112276-x-Rolex-Submariner-5513---112276-p1.jpg?v=6", The Submariner 1680 “Great White” with white text on the dial replaced the Red Sub in 1976. While Rolex has updated the Explorer over the years, the overall style of the watch has remained largely unchanged. Tradesy is trusted by millions of women. The vintage Explorer 6350 featured a steel 36mm Oyster case, a steel Oyster bracelet, and a black time-only dial featuring Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9. }, Mens Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Black Meters First Dial, 40MMSteel Oyster Rivet, Circa 1968, { A smooth steel bezel replaced the black rotating one and the lighting hand was exchanged for a red-tipped seconds hand. Cash wire prices shown. Some of his pieces include including a Milsub 5517, several vintage Daytona chronographs (including a few Paul Newmans), and a COMEX-signed Submariner 1680. $15,400 and up. It was in 1953 that the now-iconic Rolex Submariner dive watch made its debut. When looking for a blue watche some of the many stylish features offered can include a blue dial, waterproof case, cerachrom bezel, and large luminescent markers. It’s not uncommon to see different examples of the exact same Rolex reference selling for vastly different prices on the open market. Over the decades the Bubble Back was made in a variety of styles and metals including steel, gold, and two-tone steel. A number of Rolex Air-King models also had the typical Rolex Explorer dial, with Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Rolex subsequently replaced the Explorer 6350 with the Explorer 6610 in the mid-1950s and then the Explorer 1016 around 1963. Rolex’s first self-winding calibers would lay the groundwork for almost-all future Rolex watches—a company now famous for its collection of durable, serviceable, and high-quality automatic movements. 6543, had a similar style to the Submariner of the era, complete with a black rotating bezel and lume plots on its black honeycomb-finished dial. In the 1950s, Pan American airlines requested a watch from Rolex that would help the airline’s fleet of pilots keep track of two time zones whilst flying. If you have an item on consignment or are selling it for someone else, or if the item is not in your possession when you post the ad, please state this in the ad. "@context": "http://schema.org", Rolex made a bevy of dial styles for the President collection across the different references. Along with the steel GMT-Master 1675, Rolex also made the full yellow gold GMT-Master 1675/8 followed by the two-tone gold and steel GMT-Master 1675/3 in the late 1960s. 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