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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Yellow Gold Case 33mm #3419J
C$10,757
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Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 26600OR.OO.D002CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Tourbillon Openworked 26600OR.OO.D0...
C$252,147
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5172G-001 Unworn White gold 41mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 5172G-001 White Gold, Chronograph, 2021 Unworn
C$93,636
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Rolex Daytona 116509 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 40mm 18K White Gold Blue Dial 116509
C$71,589
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Jacob & Co. Astronomia AS300.40.AP.AK.A New Rose gold 44.5mm Manual winding
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Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Planets Ltd 101 Pcs (New Full Set)
C$273,626
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Roger Dubuis Much More M34574053/2 Very good Rose gold Automatic
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Roger Dubuis Muchmore Bi-retrograde Calender Rose Gold
C$18,618
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126655-0002 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 18k Rose Gold OysterFlex 40mm 126655 - &...
C$45,602
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date President 36 Boxes Papers Factory Champagne...
C$29,748
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 211.088 New Rose gold 40mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
C$61,945
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800J Yellow Gold Ivory Dial with Box...
C$95,030
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Zenith Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Zenith Chronometre 18k Dress Cal. 12-4 1946
C$3,969
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Rolex Daytona 116518 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex UNWORN Daytona — Tahitian Pearl Dial — Box and Papers —...
C$61,453
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 34014 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin PATRIMONY ULTRA SLIM ULTRAFLACH SERVICE...
C$6,601
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719
DE
Jacob & Co. ES802.30.BD.BD.A New White gold 45mm Automatic
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Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Tourbillon Baguette White Gold (New Full...
C$374,607
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Rolex Daytona 116515ln New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Brown/Chocolate Oysterflex Box/Papers/...
C$65,253
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Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 40mm 18k YG 116618 LB Pappa Smurf - Discontin...
C$58,919
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 / 8 Unworn Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-President Datejust 26 Buckley Roman Numeral...
C$12,473
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195
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3520G Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava White Gold Ref: 3520 with Silver...
C$12,669
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118205 Very good Rose gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 36mm President Rose Gold Complete Set Year 2000...
C$36,745
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Movado Very good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Movado Automatic 18k Ref. 1151 Pyramid 1962
C$4,263
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT Master II "Pepsi" White Gold Black Dial 116719 -...
C$53,204
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Omega Constellation 168005/6 Automatic Chronometer Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan 18K Gold Gelbgold Automatik
C$6,601
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719
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 26239BC.GG.1224BC.01 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ltd 200 Pcs...
C$292,356
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Rolex Submariner Date 126619LB-0003 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 41 Date Blue Smurf 18K White Gold Box/Papers/...
C$60,185
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5153R-001 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 5153r Calatrava Automatic 5153R-001 38mm 18k...
C$36,618
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-President Datejust 26 Sapphire Blue Diamond Dial...
C$14,428
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 2407 Fair Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava 2407 with Archive Extract Papers
C$15,522
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Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex All Gold Blue Submariner Date "Sunburst" Dial Year 1989
C$37,125
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Arnold & Son 1CTAR.G01A Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
Arnold & Son TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph TEC1
C$55,000
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Vintage Datejust President 6917
C$6,525
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A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret 118.032 Very good Rose gold 25.5mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Moon Phase Box + Extract from the...
C$32,709
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CZ
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion 525.OX.5180.RX.ORL21 New Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ltd 200 Pcs Aerofusion Chronograph...
C$45,604
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Rolex Datejust 126334 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41 Black Index Fluted Oyster Box/Papers/Card...
C$16,471
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Cartier Tank MC W5330001 Very good Rose gold Automatic
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Cartier Tank MC Mechanical Silver Dial Men's BROWN Leather...
C$15,838
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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.