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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Rosegold 41mm
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Rosegold 41mm
C$ 47,515
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Tradeluxe
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Patek Philippe Complications Ladies Annual Calendar White Gold...
C$ 53,547
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Avi & Co NY
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Omega SEAMASTER CHRONOMETER 2577 / 2520 CAL 352 14KT Vintage...
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Stetz & Co. Watches
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE  1940s ladies 18kt WG Diamond set
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE 1940s ladies 18kt WG Diamond set
C$ 14,321
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Patek Philippe - Calatrava - 3919 - Men - 1990-1999
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Patek Philippe - Calatrava - 3919 - Men - 1990-1999
C$ 11,171
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Rolex 18k Y/G Very Rare Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chrono 6234
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Rolex 18k Y/G Very Rare Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chrono 6234
C$ 168,120
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master II Edelstahl / Rosegold Ref. 116681
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Rolex Yacht-Master II Edelstahl / Rosegold Ref. 116681
C$ 27,258
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Uhren2000 GmbH
206
DE
Bulgari Diagono Scuba GMT SD38 G GMT -Gold 18k/750
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Bulgari Diagono Scuba GMT SD38 G GMT -Gold 18k/750
C$ 9,607
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
111
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Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold,...
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Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold,...
C$ 125,968
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Taleda
225
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Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
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Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
C$ 58,836
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
406
NL
Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Limited Edition
Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Limited Edition
C$ 16,189
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Movado Ref. 4776 Calendograf Vintage Triple Date
Movado Ref. 4776 Calendograf Vintage Triple Date
C$ 1,992
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Stetz & Co. Watches
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
C$ 16,812
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Watch Hunter
 
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-90-02-49-35-30 PanoMaticLunar
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-90-02-49-35-30 PanoMaticLunar
C$ 21,150
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
462
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Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin...
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Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin...
C$ 60,827
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Cartier Santos Dumont Power Reserve
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Cartier Santos Dumont Power Reserve
C$ 20,555
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Turelojya SL
123
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18 kt Everose-Gold 118205 Schoko DIA
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18 kt Everose-Gold 118205 Schoko DIA
C$ 38,191
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Uhren2000 GmbH
206
DE
Universal Genève Rare 18k RG Microtor Desswatch / 35 mm /...
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Universal Genève Rare 18k RG Microtor Desswatch / 35 mm /...
C$ 3,575
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VintageCaliber GmbH
30
DE
Rolex DAY-DATE 1803 18K Gold with Original Matt Blue Dial
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Rolex DAY-DATE 1803 18K Gold with Original Matt Blue Dial
C$ 11,208
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Alex Pig Timepieces
31
HK
Corum Admiral's Cup 26mm Lady's with Diamonds
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Corum Admiral's Cup 26mm Lady's with Diamonds
C$ 8,863
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
104
NL
Omega 14K Gold Bumper Automatic
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Omega 14K Gold Bumper Automatic
C$ 1,259
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Vintage Watch Services
87
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
C$ 13,076
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-90-02-45-35-04 PanoMaticLunar
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-90-02-45-35-04 PanoMaticLunar
C$ 21,150
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
462
CH
Richard Mille 18k R/G Diamond Set Skeleton Dial Extra Flat...
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Richard Mille 18k R/G Diamond Set Skeleton Dial Extra Flat...
C$ 86,172
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Zenith Academy Force Constante 18.2210.4810-01.C713 limited 150
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Zenith Academy Force Constante 18.2210.4810-01.C713 limited 150
C$ 42,418
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TimeWorld
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Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR 42 mm rose gold
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Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR 42 mm rose gold
C$ 28,152
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Rolex Day-Date 1803 President Stella Oxblood dial Full Set
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Rolex Day-Date 1803 President Stella Oxblood dial Full Set
C$ 29,120
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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady`s Diamond watch
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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady`s Diamond watch
C$ 8,788
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Joaillerie Royale
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BE
Cartier Rivoli Ladies watch 18K Gold with Diamond Bezel
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Cartier Rivoli Ladies watch 18K Gold with Diamond Bezel
C$ 8,863
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
104
NL
IWC Caliber 401 oversized 18k gold
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IWC Caliber 401 oversized 18k gold
C$ 2,227
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87
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Cartier TRINITY ref 2444 18k White Gold Diamond Bezel
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Cartier TRINITY ref 2444 18k White Gold Diamond Bezel
C$ 4,981
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Glashütte Original Men's  1-37-01-01-05-30  Senator...
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-37-01-01-05-30 Senator...
C$ 27,852
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
462
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Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Open HomeTime 107067 2015 Men's...
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Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Open HomeTime 107067 2015 Men's...
C$ 25,336
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WT Time Pieces
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UK
Raymond Weil Parsifal Gold Goldband 18kt
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Raymond Weil Parsifal Gold Goldband 18kt
C$ 8,788
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Schick Uhren u. Schmuck GmbH
32
DE
Cartier Cougar  solid gold 33mm
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Cartier Cougar solid gold 33mm
C$ 10,427
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43
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Rolex 14k Gents Date Chevrolet Edition, Ref: 15007
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Rolex 14k Gents Date Chevrolet Edition, Ref: 15007
C$ 11,490
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Tempvs Ltd
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Chopard Happy Sport 18 K Gold Medium 32mm Diamonds Box &...
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Chopard Happy Sport 18 K Gold Medium 32mm Diamonds Box &...
C$ 7,150
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Arnold & Son TE8 Tourbillon Rosegold Limited 25 Pcs.
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Arnold & Son TE8 Tourbillon Rosegold Limited 25 Pcs.
C$ 66,581
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Tradeluxe
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
C$ 2,733
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
C$ 15,566
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Glashütte Original Men's  1-36-01-02-05-01 Senator Excellence
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-36-01-02-05-01 Senator Excellence
C$ 16,377
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
462
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Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
C$ 14,321
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Rolex Chronograph 3319 Antimagnetic yellow gold Very Rare 1945’s
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Rolex Chronograph 3319 Antimagnetic yellow gold Very Rare 1945’s
C$ 35,004
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Hublot Big Bang King Min Repeater NEW 67% off
C$ 174,343
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph 18K...
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph 18K...
C$ 88,707
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WT Time Pieces
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UK
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph/An Lager/ In Stock
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph/An Lager/ In Stock
C$ 51,351
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Ronald Grob, Exklusive Zeitmesser
44
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3992 18K Yellow Gold Box+Papers 1994
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3992 18K Yellow Gold Box+Papers 1994
C$ 12,725
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Luxusbörse Zürich Exclusive
7
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Cartier Santos 100 Rose Gold
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Cartier Santos 100 Rose Gold
C$ 21,449
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OROeORA PRINTEZIS
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Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
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Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
C$ 7,472
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Glashütte Original Glashutte Men's 100-02-22-05-05 Senator...
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Glashütte Original Glashutte Men's 100-02-22-05-05 Senator...
C$ 32,762
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
462
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Patek Philippe Travel Time In SEALS Brilliant Condition  Box...
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Patek Philippe Travel Time In SEALS Brilliant Condition Box...
C$ 17,129
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MESSINKWATCHES
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Baume & Mercier 18K Gold Vintage Chronograph (rare and...
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Baume & Mercier 18K Gold Vintage Chronograph (rare and...
C$ 3,378
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Watches Of Westminster
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UK
Piaget Gold
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Piaget Gold
C$ 2,681
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Watches & Diamonds BCN
43
ES
Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
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Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
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Watches Management
5
IT
Bulgari Serpenti/In Stock/An Lager
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Bulgari Serpenti/In Stock/An Lager
C$ 6,363
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Ronald Grob, Exklusive Zeitmesser
44
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3944 18K Gold unisex Watch 33mm...
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3944 18K Gold unisex Watch 33mm...
C$ 10,155
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Luxusbörse Zürich Exclusive
7
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Cartier Tortue 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Manual LARGE Watch 2496...
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Cartier Tortue 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Manual LARGE Watch 2496...
C$ 28,716
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WT Time Pieces
21
UK
Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
C$ 14,321
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Glashütte Original Ladies 1-39-22-09-01-44 Lady Serenade Rose...
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Glashütte Original Ladies 1-39-22-09-01-44 Lady Serenade Rose...
C$ 12,506
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
462
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic 142.2.92 18K Rose Gold
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic 142.2.92 18K Rose Gold
C$ 14,693
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Phigora
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Rolex 18K yellow Gold Lady Datejust 26mm 179158 with Diamond...
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Rolex 18K yellow Gold Lady Datejust 26mm 179158 with Diamond...
C$ 24,078
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Watches Of Westminster
21
UK

Gold Watches: Elegant and Valuable

A gold watch is the epitome of luxury. For thousands of years, this precious metal has been a symbol of permanence and wealth. Most gold watches are elegant dress watches, though some have a sportier design.

Features

  • 18-karat or 750 gold indicates it's 75% gold
  • 14-karat gold or 585 gold is less common
  • Many gold-electroplated vintage watches
  • Watches with modern PVD coating are in the lower price range
  • Some manufacturers offer their own alloys such as Everose or Sedna gold

Gold Cases: The Mixture Makes the Difference

When gold comes to mind, people most often think of yellow gold. However, many types of gold are used in the watch industry, such as white, pink, and red gold . There are also in-house alloys made by manufacturers like Omega's Sedna gold and Rolex's Everose, both red gold alloys. A unique alloy is Hublot's Magic Gold, which combines yellow gold and ceramic, making it extremely scratch resistant.
Technically, a timepiece can only be considered a gold watch if the case is made of solid gold . However, you can count watches in a lower price range as well, as their cases are made of stainless steel which is then coated in gold.
A gold watch is almost always produced from an metal alloy. Pure gold, which you find in the form of coins or bars available for purchase, is used to plate the surfaces of cases made of a different material. As it's relatively soft, some manufacturers mix it with other metals in-house in order to make it harder and more scratch resistant or to give it another hue.
A value of one karat means that the material is composed of 1/24th gold. Pure gold is thus 24 karat. Watch cases with the highest percentage of gold are 18-karat cases , a value equal to 750 gold. The 750 represents the percentage of pure gold out of 1,000. In a 750 alloy, 75% of the material is pure gold, while the rest consists of other metals. Silver and copper are mixed together with yellow gold. The amount varies, however, in order to slightly change the tone of the yellow gold.
Red and pink gold have a much larger percentage of copper than silver, which gives the gold its reddish-pinkish hue. White gold, on the other hand, has more silver than copper. Particularly valuable 18-karat white gold watches are made with an alloy containing platinum or palladium.
Cases made of 14-karat gold (585 gold) can also be found, although most manufacturers offer 18-karat gold watches today. This applies to watches in both mid and upper price ranges, such as those from Longines, Maurice Lacroix, and Tissot.
Some manufacturers use gold-colored coatings that resemble gold, but are actually something else entirely. The most common of these methods uses a PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating. During this process, the coating is applied via vacuum deposition. PVD coatings can also be made of gold and are regarded as very scratch resistant.
An alternative is electroplating gold on stainless steel cases. The gold layer is very thin; 20 microns is the norm. One micron is 1/1,000th of a millimeter. The gold plating is either 18 or 24-karat gold and prone to scratches, but can be redone if necessary. The PVD method has grown in popularity in recent years, so you will most frequently encounter electroplated watches in the vintage market.

Buying Advice

If you want to buy a gold watch, then you should pay attention to the karats. An 18-karat gold watch is an 18-karat gold watch, regardless of the manufacturer.
The price difference between gold and stainless steel versions of the same watch can be quite considerable. A stainless steel Rolex Submariner with a date display costs about 7,000 euros new, while a yellow gold version in the same condition costs 21,000 euros.
The price and value of an 18-karat gold watch also depends on the price of gold. The market price varies, but has usually been over $1,000 for one troy ounce (31 grams) of gold over the last few years. In the summer of 2011, it shot up to around $1,900. It is unlikely that the price will drop below $1,000. The price of gold watches has gone up simply due to their material worth. In the 1990s, the price was still oscillating between $300 and $400. Since gold also functions as a replacement currency in crisis situations, gold watches are a relatively secure investment. In the worst case, the watch retains value based on the weight of its gold. For this to be the case, however, one should imagine that times are tough and the gold price is thus very high.
Normally, the collector's value and the manufacturer's reputation play a deciding role in determining the price of a timepiece. Gold watches from an independent manufacturer powered by in-house calibers cost the most. Rolex's Submariner isn't the only expensive gold watch they offer. Other series have gold models, such as the Daytona or the Day-Date. The Day-Date is offered with a white gold, yellow gold, or Everose alloy, and the cases are available in many different sizes.
The story is similar with Omega. Their diving watch Seamaster is available in 18-karat gold, and the company offers a large selection of gold watches in their De Ville collection.
Patek Philippe is the ultimate manufacturer of gold watches. No other renowned Swiss manufacturer relies so much on the precious metal like the Genevan family business. The Calatrava is Patek Philippe's most classic series.
Patek Philippe is one of the few manufacturers who doesn't only make the case out of gold, but important parts of the movement as well. A good example is the rotor of an automatic movement, which is often decorated with engravings. Rolex also uses white gold indices - even on the models with a stainless steel case. Not just for aesthetic reasons, either: Gold doesn't tarnish.

Swiss Dominance

According to tradition, the first solid gold wristwatch was made by Girad-Perregaux and was delivered to the German Emperor William I in 1879. Now, around 500,000 gold watches are produced each year, with 90% of them being made in Switzerland. Rolex plays a prominent role in this, as they alone produce 200,000 of these gold watches. In one year, Rolex produces around 800,000 watches, making gold watches a quarter of their total production. The company produces cases in their own foundry. Gold plays an even more important role for the luxury manufacturer Patek Philippe, however. Gold watches dominate Patek's portfolio; there are only a few stainless steel models available. Usually, it's the other way around. Gold remains an expensive exception for most companies. A popular compromise is to create a bicolor watch, where parts of the case and bracelet are made of stainless steel and others of gold. Rolex calls this Rolesor.