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ROLEX WATCHES

Own a Rolex watch that is synonymous with quality, performance, and exclusivity from the world's most trusted name in pre-owned Rolex, Bob's Watches.

Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex has grown significantly in both size and prestige over the course of its long and illustrious history and has carefully cultivated a reputation that is synonymous with quality, performance, and exclusivity. Today, the company is the world's leading luxury timepiece manufacturer, crafting nearly a million watches per year, and consistently earning a spot on Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful Brands. Shop our 2019 holiday picks now.

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About Rolex Watches

Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex has grown significantly in both size and prestige over the course of its long and illustrious history and has carefully cultivated a reputation that is synonymous with quality, performance, and exclusivity. Today, the company is the world's leading luxury timepiece manufacturer, crafting nearly a million watches per year, and consistently earning a spot on Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful Brands.

The company has been at the forefront of mechanical watchmaking and has become one of the most well-known and respected luxury brands in the entire world. Synonymous with precision, quality, and exclusivity, they are instantly recognizable for their iconic designs, making them an internationally recognized symbol of success and personal accomplishment.

From highly-capable sport and professional watches, such as the Submariner, Daytona, and GMT-Master, to elegant and classically styled timepieces like the Datejust, Oyster Perpetual, and Day-Date President, the brand manufacturers watches that perfectly cater to nearly every possible lifestyle. As the most trusted name in pre-owned Rolex, Bob's Watches is the leading online marketplace for luxury timepieces, where customers can buy, sell, and trade popular secondhand timepieces at fair market prices.

2019 Update: For anyone who has been watching closely, the market has been on fire lately with demand outstripping supply for a number of models. Genuine watch enthusiasts and collectors have likely seen their watches appreciate significantly.

History

For decades, the name has been synonymous with precision, elegance, and class. It is the fitting punctuation mark at the end of any successful career, the memento that is passed down from grandfather to father to son, and the only piece of jewelry to rival the engagement ring. Sprung from the imagination of Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in 1908, the brand is regarded as the status symbol, a breathtaking display of prestige and power.

Top Stories - November 2019

Geneva fall auction season is close at hand.  It's definitely one of the most exciting times of year as watch enthusiasts from all over the world descend upon the watch capital of the world to attend the Christie's, Phillips, Sotheby's, and Antiquorum watch auctions.

1. Sotheby's Important Watches - December 11, 2019 (New York)

  • Featuring a Submariner "MilSub" 5513/5517, several vintage Daytona references with Paul Newman dials, and a Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Edition in Platinum.

2. Phillips Game Changers - December 10, 2019 (New York)

  • Featuring the Marlon Brando GMT-Master 1675 from Apocalypse Now, Jack Nicklaus's President 1803, and a factory-sealed Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5711. 

3. Christie's Important Watches & American Icons - December 12, 2019 (New York)

  • Featuring a COMEX Sea-Dweller 1665, a gem-encrusted GMT-Master II 116718 SARU, and a Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6239.

4. Antiquorum Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces - December 11, 2019 (Hong Kong)

  • Featuring a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Concept 2000, several Audemars Piguet dress watches, and multiple vintage Breitling chronographs.

What's Hot, What's Not - Winter 2019

Rolex has produced stainless steel sports watches for most of their long and storied history. However, in more recent years a number of other brands - particularly those that have traditionally focused on precious metal dress watches and high-complication pieces - have also started offering steel sports watches. Despite the numerous new entries into this growing segment of the luxury watch market, the popularity of  stainless steel sports models has remained virtually unchanged. Certain collections like the Submariner and GMT-Master have been difficult to find for a number of years, while other steel models like the Daytona have had waitlists at dealers ever since they were first released. Stainless steel sports watches are certainly some of the hottest timepieces available right now, and it is the various models that sit at the top of that list.

Historically, many luxury manufacturers have placed a greater emphasis on the aesthetic of their women's watches, rather than the movements that power them. However, as an increasing number of women become interested in timepieces, many luxury brands are significantly upgrading the movements inside their ladies watches. The company has only ever used highly advanced mechanical movements for its womens watches, but the same cannot be said for all manufacturers. Many top luxury brands are moving away from outsourced quartz movements in favor of in-house mechanical calibers, and this significantly increases the appeal of their watches for female clientele with an interest in horology.    

Craftsmanship

These handcrafted Swiss timepieces, featuring the bejeweled face and the second hand that unmistakably sweeps without ever ticking, embody exquisite craftsmanship. More than a watch, this timepiece is a long-term investment that will last decades and is known to appreciate in price over time.

About The Collection

The brand currently produces about a dozen different Oyster Perpetual watch models. Among the most timeless of the available models are:

  • Submariner

    The Oyster Perpetual Submariner. Originally designed for diving and boasting an impressive maximum submergible depth of 300 meters, the Submariner can be found on 007's wrist in 11 James Bond movies.

  • President Day Date

    The President, also known as "El Presidente," this is the Day-Date model – which was the first to display the day and date in its entirety – customized with The President bracelet. Named for its first recipient, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  • Date

    The Oyster Perpetual Date GMT Master. Designed in collaboration with Pan Am Airlines to be used by pilots and navigators, this model displays two time zones at once. Before the days of GPS, an accurate GMT source was a must for aviation planning, weather forecasts, and scheduling.

  • Sea-Dweller

    The Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller. This line of watches, designed with professional divers in mind, is the most water resistant mechanical watch on the market. Director James Cameron affixed one to the DSV Deepsea Challenger as it made its dive into the deepest point of any ocean.

  • Cellini

    The Cellini. Named for Benvenuto Cellini, a goldsmith and papal sculptor during the Italian Renaissance, this watch is a true classic. This perfect dress watch, which embodies nobility and elegance, is available in three different versions, Cellini Date, Cellini Time, and Cellini Dual Time.

  • Daytona

    The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. The archetype of the sport watch for racing drivers. The late legend Paul Newman received it as a gift from his wife in 1972 and would go on to wear it every day until his passing in 2008.

  • Datejust

    The Perpetual DateJust. The first wristwatch to feature a date function, this model served as the basis for the Submariner. Chuck Yeager was wearing the Perpetual Date - just when he broke the sound barrier in 1947.

  • GMT-Master

    The Oyster Perpetual Date GMT Master. Designed in collaboration with Pan Am Airlines to be used by pilots and navigators, this model displays two time zones at once. Before the days of GPS, an accurate GMT source was a must for aviation planning, weather forecasts, and scheduling.

  • Milgauss

    The Oyster Perpetual Milgauss. This line of watches was designed as an antimagnetic watch for those who work in places where electromagnetic fields disrupt the timing mechanism of a watch, like research labs and power plants. From the Latin words mille and gauss, this watch can withstand a magnetic flux density of 1,000 gauss.

  • Air-King

    The Air King. One of the longest, continuously manufactured models and among the most affordable – the manually-wound "Warrior Watch" was created by Wildorf to be used by the British Royal Air Force during the 1930s. Senator John McCain still proudly wears an Air King.

  • Yacht-master

    The Yacht-Master. First released in 1992, this line of sport watches is available in a lady's model and is notable for being the first instance releasing a man’s model with smaller dimensions.

  • Sky-Dweller

    The Sky-Dweller was released in 2012. This line of watches is the first to offer both dual time zones and an annual calendar. The calendar only needs to be reset every fourth year to accommodate Leap Year.

Browse Our Pre-Owned Watches for Sale

Bob's Watches is the leading retailer to sell or buy watches including the popular Submariner, Day-Date, Datejust, and all other models. Great care is taken to price every watch at or below current market value as your complete satisfaction is paramount. Specializing in certified pre-owned and vintage watches, all inventory on Bob's Watches is in stock and available for immediate delivery. Every watch is guaranteed to be a 100% genuine, authentic and comes with a Certified Pre-Owned warranty. Please choose from one of the second-hand models for sale or visit our Sell Rolex page if you are looking to trade or sell your Rolex.

Your Trusted Store For Luxury Watches

Bob's Watches is a trusted name from Los Angeles to New York (and don't forget the UK, Australia, & Canada) where you can buy and sell at published market prices. We pride ourselves in superior customer care and maintain an A rating with the Better Business Bureau. See what our happy clients have to say by visiting our testimonial page.

The Making of a Perfect Luxury Watch

The brand will typically make a number of their watches out  of stainless steel, but many styles offer more luxurious metals, like 18k yellow and white gold and even rose gold. This allows for a number of metal options for those looking to buy pre-owned gold models on the secondary market. There is also a line of two tone (stainless and gold) types available. This combination of metal is referred to as Rolesor. Bezel and dial colors can include black, blue, green, white, and silver among others. 

Men's watches range in size from 34mm to 45mm, depending on the style. Depending on the materials used (such as diamonds, gold, etc), year the watch was made, its model and its rarity, prices can range from as little as a few thousand dollars to over $1.2 million for some rare vintage models.

COMMON QUESTIONS

While the brand is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable in the world, they are notoriously tight-lipped. Naturally, many people have questions and have a hard time finding reputable sources of information. We have spent years researching everything there is to know about the legendary Swiss brand, and we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions.

  • HOW MUCH IS A ROLEX WATCH?

    The price can vary greatly depending on the specific model, the metals/materials used in its construction, the overall condition of the timepiece (and its box/accessories), and whether the watch is being sold as pre-owned or brand-new. Certain used watches can be purchased for as little as a few thousand dollars; however others sell for hundreds of thousands – sometimes even millions of dollars, and represent some of the most expensive wristwatches in the world.

  • HOW MUCH IS THE CHEAPEST ROLEX?

    Prices for brand-new models start out at $4,850 for the Oyster Perpetual: the smallest and least expensive ladies model. Prices quickly increase from there depending on size, model, materials, and additional features/complications.

    For used watches, pricing can be a bit more ambiguous; however since the brand is one of the most well known luxury companies on this planet, it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever come across a genuine piece being sold for only a few hundred dollars. Additionally, not all watches are sold in proper working order; and in many instances, it is the watches being sold for the cheapest prices that often require the most expensive repairs. Below, you'll find a list of the least expensive watches in the catalogue:

    - Oyster Perpetual 26mm: $4,850
    - Oyster Perpetual 31mm: $4,950
    - Oyster Perpetual 34mm: $5,050
    - Oyster Perpetual 36mm: $5,400
    - Oyster Perpetual 39mm: $5,700
    - Lady-Datejust 31mm: $6,200
    - Air-King: $6,200
    - Lady-Datejust 28mm: $6,300
    - Date 34mm: $6,300
    - Explorer: $6,550
    - Datejust 36mm: $6,600

  • HOW MUCH IS A USED ROLEX?

    Much like brand-new watches, the price of a used model can vary greatly depending on the specific model, its materials, and the overall condition of the timepiece itself. It is also worth noting that used watches can often sell for significantly more than brand-new ones due to their age, rarity, and overall desirability. Additionally, it is not uncommon for certain pre-owned watches, which are still currently in production, to sell for more than brand-new examples, simply due to an overwhelming demand and the existence of multi-year-long waitlists at authorized retailers.

  • IS A ROLEX WATCH A GOOD INVESTMENT? / DO THEY HOLD THEIR VALUE?

    Rolex watches can retain their value better than comparable timepieces from almost any other manufacturer. This characteristic allows them to serve as functional investments that can be worn and used every single day. Nearly all watches are able to hold their value reasonably well; however certain models have the ability to appreciate if given enough time and/or the right market conditions. Additionally, even when a piece is old and damaged, it will always be worth something, since it can always be repaired or (at the very least) used for its salvageable components.

  • WHAT IS A CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED ROLEX?

    A certified pre-owned watch is a used Rolex watch that has been professionally inspected by a third-party certification service for both condition and authenticity. Certified pre-owned are issued a report, which attests to their originality/authenticity, and details the condition of the watch’s most important components. In order to be a certified authentic, each watch must go through a comprehensive process that consists of rigorous criteria and meticulously performed procedures. Certified pre-owned are guaranteed to be 100% authentic, and every timepiece sold by Bob’s Watches comes with an optional and independent third-party certification report issued by WatchCSA, the leading authority on timepiece certification.

  • ARE ALL ROLEX WATCHES MADE FROM REAL GOLD?

    The short answer is no. Although the brand makes some of the finest and most expensive watches in the world, many of their most famous and desirable offerings are constructed from their patented 904L stainless steel, while others are made from solid 950 platinum. On modern models, any components that appear to be gold are actually constructed from solid 18k gold; however many years ago, the company did manufacture watches that were made from stainless steel and covered with gold caps/shells on their outer surfaces to give them the appearance of having an all-gold construction.

Why You Should Buy Used Women's or Men's ROlex?

While the experience of walking into an authorized dealer and purchasing brand-new can be exciting, buying pre-owned is a much smarter and more practical method of securing a timepiece from one of the most important luxury watch brands in history. Buying used from Bob's Watches can be a smart choice if one is considering the purchase as a long-term investment.

The Difference Between Certified Pre-Owned vs Used vs New

Just like a car, every piece can only be sold as "brand-new" once, and can only be sold as brand-new by an authorized dealer. As soon as the watch leaves the dealership and the warranty card has been filled out, that timepiece is technically pre-owned, even if it is not worn a single time after that. 

Even if you purchased brand-new, that watch is now considered pre-owned because you are now the owner of it. Should you wish to sell that same watch – even if you only owned it for a single day, and never wore it once – that watch is technically considered used, and in the vast majority of instances, will be worth less than what you originally paid for it. While the amount of depreciation can vary significantly depending on the model of watch and its use of precious metals, there will (almost) always be some degree of reduction in value that immediately occurs the moment the watch leaves the authorized dealer.

Although used and certified pre-owned (CPO) might sound similar, the primary distinction is that CPO watches are certified authentic typically by an independent third party. At Bob's Watches, our authenticity pledge guarantees through an independent service provider that each of our pieces are in fact 100% authentic.

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Where to Buy a Used Rolex Near Me

When buying a used vintage or modern, it is imperative that you purchase it from a reputable and trustworthy source. Prices are one thing but there are other factors to consider as well.  As the most famous luxury watch manufacturer in the world has become a top target for counterfeiters and is the most replicated name in the entire luxury watch industry. Although brand-new watches are sold exclusively at authorized dealers, anyone can sell used, and there are many unknowledgeable and unscrupulous individuals on websites such as eBay and Craigslist that sell inauthentic watches, both intentionally and unintentionally.

Rolex are among the best mechanical timepieces in the world, and if purchased for the right price, can have a fantastic ability to both retain their value and serve as wearable investments. If you are on the hunt online searching Google for a "used Rolex near me", consider that you do not have to settle for going to a brick and mortar store to make that purchase. Bob's Watches has remained the leading source for buying online since 2010, and the quality of our service and watches is represented by the 5-star rating we have from over 500+ verified transactions in just the past year alone.

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Bob's Watches is an independent watch dealer and is not sponsored by, associated with and/or affiliated with Rolex, S.A. Bob's Watches only sells pre-owned Rolex watches and provides its own warranties on the watches it sells. Rolex, www.rolex.com, is under no obligation to warranty-service watches sold by Bob's Watches. Rolex Datejust, Rolex Day Date President, Submariner, Presidential, Explorer, Sea Dweller, Super President, GMT Master, GMT, YachtMaster, Prince, Milgauss, MasterPiece, Air King, Cosmograph Daytona, and PearlMaster are all registered trademarks of the Rolex Corporation ( Rolex USA, Rolex S.A.) To buy a new Rolex watch, please visit rolex.com for a list of authorized Rolex dealers near you.
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