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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$ 14,251
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Rolex DAY-DATE 40 Rose Gold President White Roman Dial
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Rolex DAY-DATE 40 Rose Gold President White Roman Dial
C$ 38,866
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
C$ 25,912
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Rolex Pre-owned 36mm 18K Yellow Gold Daydate Vintage Watch  #1808
Rolex Pre-owned 36mm 18K Yellow Gold Daydate Vintage Watch #1808
C$ 12,956
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Rolex Very Rare Pre-Daytona Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chrono Gold
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Rolex Very Rare Pre-Daytona Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chrono Gold
C$ 170,146
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82
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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$ 9,836
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122
DE
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C$ 69,035
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20
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Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
C$ 50,112
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Patek Philippe Régulateur Quantième annuel 5235 Full Set
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Patek Philippe Régulateur Quantième annuel 5235 Full Set
C$ 57,189
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RIVIERAWATCH
55
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Zenith Elite HW Power Reserve Limited Edition No. 1480
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Zenith Elite HW Power Reserve Limited Edition No. 1480
C$ 5,222
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127
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Rolex Datejust 26 Lady 69198 Im Yellow Gold, Diamonds And...
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Rolex Datejust 26 Lady 69198 Im Yellow Gold, Diamonds And...
C$ 25,448
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Taleda
256
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
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C$ 6,478
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Rolex 36mm 18k Yellow Gold Rolex Daydate Watch New Style
Rolex 36mm 18k Yellow Gold Rolex Daydate Watch New Style
C$ 39,515
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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$ 28,517
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
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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$ 35,838
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Patek Philippe 1543 Calatrava Fancy Lugs, Box+Papers
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Patek Philippe 1543 Calatrava Fancy Lugs, Box+Papers
C$ 11,423
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TodoReloj
242
ES
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
C$ 39,150
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Linde Werdelin LTD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra chronographe 230.2.45
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra chronographe 230.2.45
C$ 15,530
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TimeWorld
20
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Longines Flagship 18k 30L
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Longines Flagship 18k 30L
C$ 2,524
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127
NL
Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold,...
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Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold,...
C$ 127,891
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Taleda
256
CH
Eberhard & Co. Traversetolo
Eberhard & Co. Traversetolo
C$ 5,441
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Chopard Happy Diamonds
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Chopard Happy Diamonds
C$ 12,048
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Joaillerie Royale
266
BE
Glashütte Original Men's 1-65-01-25-15-04 PanoReserve Red...
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-65-01-25-15-04 PanoReserve Red...
C$ 21,190
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Triple Calendar 141.008.1 Moon Phase Full Set...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Triple Calendar 141.008.1 Moon Phase Full Set...
C$ 10,599
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Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
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Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
C$ 32,390
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Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
C$ 53,245
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Linde Werdelin LTD
Rolex 14k Gents Date Chevrolet Edition, Ref: 15007
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Rolex 14k Gents Date Chevrolet Edition, Ref: 15007
C$ 11,628
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
C$ 2,666
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Vintage Watch Services
127
NL
Patek Philippe Travel Time In SEALS Brilliant Condition  Box...
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Patek Philippe Travel Time In SEALS Brilliant Condition Box...
C$ 17,538
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Rolex Bubble back
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C$ 8,421
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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady`s Diamond watch
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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady`s Diamond watch
C$ 8,998
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Joaillerie Royale
266
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-36-03-02-05-30 Senator Excellen...
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Glashütte Original Men's 1-36-03-02-05-30 Senator Excellen...
C$ 21,343
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
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Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date
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Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date
C$ 19,825
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OROeORA PRINTEZIS
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Piaget MASSIVE 36mm 1970s 18KT WG AUTOMATIC CUFFLING SET BOX
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Piaget MASSIVE 36mm 1970s 18KT WG AUTOMATIC CUFFLING SET BOX
C$ 7,774
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Bulgari B.Zero 1  18K Gold   22mm Box &  Papers
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Bulgari B.Zero 1 18K Gold 22mm Box & Papers
C$ 4,423
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NOS 1969
200
PL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic 142.2.92 pink gold...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic 142.2.92 pink gold...
C$ 14,259
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Omega Ref 14707 18K Gold caliber 267
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Omega Ref 14707 18K Gold caliber 267
C$ 2,557
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127
NL
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$ 25,642
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Hamilton Piping Rock
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C$ 2,850
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Richard Mille RM 035 Rafael Nadal limited Editions Black Toro
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Richard Mille RM 035 Rafael Nadal limited Editions Black Toro
C$ 212,477
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Sea Wave Diamonds
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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$ 33,543
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
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Doxa GRANDE METRE BLUE PLANET LIMITED EDITION 800PCS WORLD
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Doxa GRANDE METRE BLUE PLANET LIMITED EDITION 800PCS WORLD
C$ 5,039
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Cartier 1920s Art Deco Platinum Diamond Enamel Gold Shutter CLOCK
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Cartier 1920s Art Deco Platinum Diamond Enamel Gold Shutter CLOCK
C$ 32,390
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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$ 7,320
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NOS 1969
200
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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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IWC Caliber 401 oversized 18k gold
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IWC Caliber 401 oversized 18k gold
C$ 2,280
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127
NL
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph 18K...
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph 18K...
C$ 89,775
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UK
Universal Genève Universal Geneve
Universal Genève Universal Geneve
C$ 1,296
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Vacheron Constantin epoca
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Vacheron Constantin epoca
C$ 9,150
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
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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$ 16,768
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
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Blancpain Villeret Ultra Slim 18k Yellow Gold 34mm G
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Blancpain Villeret Ultra Slim 18k Yellow Gold 34mm G
C$ 5,910
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Pawndeluxe
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Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
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Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
C$ 5,441
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Breguet Marine Tourbillon Chronograph PINK 60% OFF
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Breguet Marine Tourbillon Chronograph PINK 60% OFF
C$ 84,084
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
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Rolex Datejust Ovettone 4467 black dial first series very...
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Rolex Datejust Ovettone 4467 black dial first series very...
C$ 29,814
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IWC 18K Gold caliber 423
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IWC 18K Gold caliber 423
C$ 2,251
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Vintage Watch Services
127
NL
Corum Admiral's Cup 26mm Lady's with Diamonds
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Corum Admiral's Cup 26mm Lady's with Diamonds
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
110
NL
Rolex Oyster perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster perpetual Date
C$ 4,146
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 18K blue dial
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 18K blue dial
C$ 68,666
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Sea Wave Diamonds
70
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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$ 12,804
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
C$ 19,427
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AJ Watches
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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Travelgraph 18k Yellow Gold GMT
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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Travelgraph 18k Yellow Gold GMT
C$ 8,421
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Daniele Trissi
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vacheron & Constantin Jager leCoultre...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vacheron & Constantin Jager leCoultre...
C$ 3,645
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Berlin-Watches
 
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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.