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Rolex Daytona 116503 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Steel and 18K Yellow Gold Oyster...
C$ 30,833
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3166
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Rolex Datejust II 126331 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41 Grey Steel/18k Everose Gold 41mm - 126331
C$ 20,084
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3166
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 178274 New White gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Lady 31 Silver Dial Stainless Steel Jubilee...
C$ 11,889
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3166
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Blue and Red Bezel White Gold...
C$ 67,175
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3166
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Rolex Rolex 1803 White Gold with Purple Diamond Dial Good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex 1803 Rare Purple Diamond Dial
C$ 21,765
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8
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Cartier Crash CRWHCH0006 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
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Cartier Mechanical Legends Crash Skeleton Limited Edition 18K...
C$ 100,530
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80
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Rolex Submariner Date 116619LB New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Smurf White Gold Blue Dial/Insert New Style...
C$ 61,801
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89
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
Rolex GMT-Master II
C$ 54,000
Free shipping
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28
CA
Breitling H13356 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic Canada, Ohsweken
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Breitling Crosswind Special limitee a 25 exemplaires
C$ 80,000
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CA
Corum 254.102.85 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Corum Enamel Peacock Jump Hour Limited Edition No. 46/50 18k...
C$ 32,110
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52
US
Franck Muller Vanguard V41SCDTACBL New Rose gold Automatic
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Franck Muller V41 Sc Dt Ac Bl Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Gold
C$ 20,153
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134
US
Very good Yellow gold 35mm Quartz Canada, Vancouver
Cartier Tank Américaine, Ref 1713, Ladies, 18K White Gold, F 1713
C$ 7,389
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7
CA
Omega Constellation 2852 Very good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation 18k Rose Gold Pie Pan 1958
C$ 6,650
Free shipping
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117
DE
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 EG Transitional Series New White gold 36mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
C$ 157,193
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5
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Breitling Navitimer 806 Fair Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding Canada, Toronto
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Breitling Navitimer
C$ 5,999
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CA
Franck Muller Master Banker 5850MB Very good Yellow gold 32mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Master Banker 18K Yellow Gold & Leather Box/Pape...
C$ 9,069
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89
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW390405 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
IWC Portuguese Chronograph Flyback Pink Gold
C$ 19,800
Free shipping
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28
CA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Q1752440 Very good Rose gold 41.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Q1752440
C$ 17,197
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222
US
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 704.032 Very good Rose gold 38.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Rose Gold 38.5mm ref....
C$ 107,348
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31
US
Rolex Daytona 116515ln New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Choco-Black Dial 116515LN NEW 2019
C$ 49,651
Free shipping
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66
US
Rolex Chronograph 4062 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Rolex Vintage Chrono pre Daytona ref. 4062 art. Rdy11
C$ 31,980
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434
IT
Longines Flagship 3418 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Longines Flagship Automatic 18k Yellow Gold 1965
C$ 6,175
Free shipping
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117
DE
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 J Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
C$ 132,337
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5
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Chronographe Suisse Cie Good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding Canada, Vancouver
Chronographe Suisse Cie 37 mm Tropical Dial Vintage Gold...
C$ 675
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7
CA
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 384.031 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase Box/Papers 18K Rose Gold...
C$ 33,587
Free shipping
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89
US
IWC Big Pilot IW502703 Very good White gold 46mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot 18K White Gold Le Petit Prince Calendar Watch
C$ 41,940
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96
UK
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 4936G-001 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar 4936G
C$ 39,634
Verified Dealer
222
US
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116655 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 EverRose Gold 40mm ref. 116655
C$ 35,603
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31
US
Rolex Daytona 116515LN Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold 40mm Chocolate Dial 116515LN
C$ 42,858
Free shipping
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66
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.63.44.52.02.001 New Yellow gold Automatic
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Omega Moonphase Speedmaster 304.63.44.52.02.001 Yellow Gold...
C$ 28,194
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769
US
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Ultra Thin 18k Yellow Gold Cal. 1003 1950s
C$ 4,908
Free shipping
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117
DE
Patek Philippe Chronograph 1463 Very good Yellow gold 35.5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Chronograph
C$ 178,689
Verified Dealer
5
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava 4820 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe : Ladies Calatrava 'Tiffany' : 4820 : 18k...
C$ 15,652
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650
US
Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona White Gold Blue Dial - September 2020 - New...
C$ 59,114
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89
US
Longines Longines 1930’s Monopusher Chronograph CAL13.33 Good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Longines 1930’s Monopusher Chronograph CAL13.33 35mm 18k
C$ 21,220
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8
US
Bulgari Octo 102946 New Rose gold 40mm Manual winding
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Extra Thin 102946
C$ 30,901
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222
US
Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070R Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 5070R-001 Chronograph 18kt Rose Gold 42mm -...
C$ 86,657
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31
US
Rolex Daytona 116578SACO Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Orange Sapphire MOP Dial 116578SACO NEW
C$ 261,988
Free shipping
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66
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180/2 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
C$ 20,362

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Bovet AIF0T006-03 Very good White gold 44mm Manual winding
Bovet 1822 Fleurrier 0 - AIF0T006-03
C$ 119,574
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18
US
IWC Very good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
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IWC Dress Cal. 89 18k Yellow Gold Oversize 1950
C$ 4,592
Free shipping
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117
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava 570G Very good White gold 35.5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref 570
C$ 47,695
Verified Dealer
5
US
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 116.032 Very good Rose gold 41.9mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Box/Papers 18K Rose Gold...
C$ 36,946
Free shipping
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89
US
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 220.52.41.21.03.001 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Omega Aqua Terra Cegna Gold Blue Dial 220.52.41.21.03.001...
C$ 17,983
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769
US
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5065J-001 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5065J-001
C$ 77,925
Verified Dealer
222
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180/000G-9230 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine White Gold 40mm...
C$ 24,855
Verified Dealer
31
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Meteorite Dial Watch 126719BLRO
C$ 71,877
Free shipping
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66
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Lady 140.252.1 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Damenuhr Gold...
C$ 8,803

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Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion 517.OX.0180.LR New Rose gold 45mm Automatic
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Moonphase - 517.OX.0180.LR
C$ 33,001
Verified Dealer
18
US
IWC Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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IWC 18k Yellow Gold Linen Dial Dress 1957
C$ 4,908
Free shipping
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117
DE
Breitling Bentley 6.75 K44362 Unworn Rose gold Automatic
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Breitling Bentley 6.75
C$ 19,481
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437
US
Rolex Datejust 126334 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41 Blue Index - Jubilee - October 2020 -...
C$ 16,121
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89
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15400OR.OO.1220OR.03 Very good Rose gold 41mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
C$ 87,329
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9
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 86020/000G-9508 New White gold 42.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Bi-Retrograde Day & Date...
C$ 47,695
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222
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711G-001 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 5711G Nautilus White Gold 40mm ref. 5711G-001 -...
C$ 87,329
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31
US
Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Olive Green Dial 228235
C$ 62,743
Free shipping
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66
US
Breguet Classique 5930 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
Breguet Classique 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Automatik Herrenuhr...
C$ 12,445

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Rolex Daytona 116509 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Meteorite
C$ 51,047
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424
US
Longines Very good Yellow gold 31mm Manual winding
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Longines Grand Prix Art Deco 14k Yellow Gold 1925
C$ 2,217
Free shipping
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117
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava 2526J Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Ref 2526 Calatrava
Price on request
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5
US
Rolex Datejust 69068 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 26 mm gold 750 rare ref. 69068 serviced
C$ 12,588
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114
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm
Rolex Day-Date 36mm
C$ 23,512
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9
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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier W1580046 Very good Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon W1580046
C$ 87,329
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222
US
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.032 Very good Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Silver Dial Rose Gold 39mm ref....
C$ 57,100
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31
US

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.


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