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Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak 33mm Frosted Rose Gold...
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Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak 33mm Frosted Rose Gold...
C$ 52,595
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Avi & Co NY
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Audemars Piguet AP Offshore Chronograph 42mm Rose Gold...
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Audemars Piguet AP Offshore Chronograph 42mm Rose Gold...
C$ 70,554
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Avi & Co NY
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Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Rose Gold Brown Dial
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Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Rose Gold Brown Dial
C$ 62,857
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Avi & Co NY
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Breguet Classique
C$ 21,802
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AJ Watches
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Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak Quartz 33mm White Gold...
C$ 84,665
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Avi & Co NY
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik
C$ 19,756
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Orlando Watch Company
 
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Glashütte Original PanomaticLunar White Gold model # 900231140...
Glashütte Original PanomaticLunar White Gold model # 900231140...
C$ 14,105
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AbsolutelyROLEX!
 
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Rolex 1972 Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 1803 18K Yellow Gold...
Rolex 1972 Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 1803 18K Yellow Gold...
C$ 11,538
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IWC Portuguese Automatic 18K Rose Gold (IW500113)
IWC Portuguese Automatic 18K Rose Gold (IW500113)
C$ 20,524
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The Watch Movement
 
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Cartier Panther Diamonds 18k Gold
Cartier Panther Diamonds 18k Gold
C$ 7,056
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Time Merchants
 
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe
C$ 33,161
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WatchUKnow.com
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Cartier Ballon Bleu
Cartier Ballon Bleu
C$ 31,941
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Elements of Time
 
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Jaquet-Droz Rose Gold MoonPhase Triple Calender 40mm
Jaquet-Droz Rose Gold MoonPhase Triple Calender 40mm
C$ 12,764
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Royal Watch Inc.
 
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
C$ 79,535
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Arco International
 
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
C$ 24,372
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Grand Plaza
 
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Versace Signature Solid 18kt Yellow Gold Quartz Watch
Versace Signature Solid 18kt Yellow Gold Quartz Watch
C$ 17,953
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Once Upon A Diamond
 
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Rolex 1995 Men's Rolex Yacht-Master White 16628 18K Yellow...
Rolex 1995 Men's Rolex Yacht-Master White 16628 18K Yellow...
C$ 19,233
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TAG Heuer Monaco 18K Yellow Gold CW5140
TAG Heuer Monaco 18K Yellow Gold CW5140
C$ 8,979
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The Watch Movement
 
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Longines Conquest
Longines Conquest
C$ 673
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Time Merchants
 
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Zenith Grande Class El Primero Chrono
Zenith Grande Class El Primero Chrono
C$ 8,787
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WatchUKnow.com
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Cartier Tank Americaine
Cartier Tank Americaine
C$ 26,810
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Elements of Time
 
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Carl F. Bucherer Manero
Carl F. Bucherer Manero
C$ 12,508
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LD Concept, LLC
 
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Rolex Day-Date 18038 Watch with 18k Yellow Gold Bracelet and...
Rolex Day-Date 18038 Watch with 18k Yellow Gold Bracelet and...
C$ 12,187
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Crown & Caliber
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Girard Perregaux tourbillon
Girard Perregaux tourbillon
C$ 67,990
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Robichau's Jewelry
 
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Franck Muller Crazy Hours
Franck Muller Crazy Hours
C$ 13,149
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Temporis Aeterni
 
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Omega MINT Omega Constellation 34mm Diamond Roman 18K Yellow...
Omega MINT Omega Constellation 34mm Diamond Roman 18K Yellow...
C$ 5,830
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rolex Lady-Datejust
C$ 10,198
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Once Upon A Diamond
 
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Omega Seamaster 18k Gold 145.006-66 Cal 321
Omega Seamaster 18k Gold 145.006-66 Cal 321
C$ 8,659
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Time Merchants
 
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Patek Philippe Ladies Gondolo  7041R-001
Patek Philippe Ladies Gondolo 7041R-001
C$ 32,712
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Orafi inc
 
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Ebel Dual time
Ebel Dual time
C$ 8,209
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Elements of Time
 
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Carl F. Bucherer 00.10620.03.93.01
Carl F. Bucherer 00.10620.03.93.01
C$ 39,511
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LD Concept, LLC
 
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Blancpain Ultra Slim Villeret Collection
Blancpain Ultra Slim Villeret Collection
C$ 4,105
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Arco International
 
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Silver Dial 18kt 5196G Watch with...
Patek Philippe Calatrava Silver Dial 18kt 5196G Watch with...
C$ 17,960
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Crown & Caliber
10
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Baume & Mercier Quartz
Baume & Mercier Quartz
C$ 1,924
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Raskin's Jewelers
 
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Longines Vintage 1948 Longines 14K Yellow Gold Swiss Mechanica...
Longines Vintage 1948 Longines 14K Yellow Gold Swiss Mechanica...
C$ 929
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Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Limited Edition
Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Limited Edition
C$ 12,508
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Temporis Aeterni
 
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Art Deco
Jaeger-LeCoultre Art Deco
C$ 3,464
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Time Merchants
 
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Patek Philippe Calatrava  5107J-001
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5107J-001
C$ 20,269
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Orafi inc
 
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Bulgari Diamond and Gold
Bulgari Diamond and Gold
C$ 30,787
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Elements of Time
 
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
C$ 49,389
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Oliver Smith Jeweler
 
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Tiffany Atlas
Tiffany Atlas
C$ 1,796
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Holsten Jewelers
 
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940J Watch with Leather...
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940J Watch with Leather...
C$ 35,919
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Crown & Caliber
10
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Omega Deville
Omega Deville
C$ 1,219
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Raskin's Jewelers
 
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Rolex Day-Date President 36mm Diamond Black 1803 Yellow White...
Rolex Day-Date President 36mm Diamond Black 1803 Yellow White...
C$ 11,408
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Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec
Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec
C$ 23,091
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Orlando Watch Company
 
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Eberhard & Co. Chronograph Pre Extra-Fort
Eberhard & Co. Chronograph Pre Extra-Fort
C$ 4,875
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Time Merchants
 
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Audemars Piguet Promesse 18K Yellow Gold Large Size
Audemars Piguet Promesse 18K Yellow Gold Large Size
C$ 17,062
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Orafi inc
 
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Piaget Tigers eye and diamond
Piaget Tigers eye and diamond
C$ 8,594
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Elements of Time
 
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Breguet Transatlantique Type XXI
Breguet Transatlantique Type XXI
C$ 17,831
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Oliver Smith Jeweler
 
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Franck Muller Secret Hours
Franck Muller Secret Hours
C$ 20,525
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Grand Plaza
 
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Hublot Classic Fusion 561.PX.1180.RX Watch with Rubber...
Hublot Classic Fusion 561.PX.1180.RX Watch with Rubber...
C$ 11,096
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Crown & Caliber
10
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Bulova Accutron
Bulova Accutron
C$ 1,924
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Raskin's Jewelers
 
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IWC Portuguese Portugieser 2000 7-Day 18K Rose Gold 5000...
IWC Portuguese Portugieser 2000 7-Day 18K Rose Gold 5000...
C$ 15,128
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Patek Philippe Reference 5134R Travel Time 18k Rose Gold
Patek Philippe Reference 5134R Travel Time 18k Rose Gold
C$ 21,167
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Arco International
 
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Rolex Cellini 4233 Danaos 18k White & Rose Gold Black Arabic...
Rolex Cellini 4233 Danaos 18k White & Rose Gold Black Arabic...
C$ 4,104
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Alux Watches
 
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Patek Philippe Complications Ladies Watch 4968G-001
Patek Philippe Complications Ladies Watch 4968G-001
Price on request
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Orafi inc
 
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Raymond Weil 2837-PC-00659
Raymond Weil 2837-PC-00659
C$ 1,148
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Glezerkraus
 
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Cartier Tank Française
Cartier Tank Française
C$ 16,035
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Oliver Smith Jeweler
 
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Rolex Yacht-Master
Rolex Yacht-Master
C$ 9,236
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Henne Jewelers
 
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196G-001 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196G-001 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
C$ 18,601
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Crown & Caliber
10
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Cartier Pasha
Cartier Pasha
C$ 12,187
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Lana's Jewelry
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 14K Yellow Gold Manual Hand-Winding...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 14K Yellow Gold Manual Hand-Winding...
C$ 1,923
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
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Rolex Day-Date
Rolex Day-Date
C$ 14,500
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IT'S ABOUT TIME & JEWELRY
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Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Rose Gold
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Rose Gold
C$ 35,791
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de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524G-001
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524G-001
Price on request
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Orafi inc
 
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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.

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