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Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II 40mm Everose Gold 126715CHNR
C$ 60,084
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 178384 New White gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Midsize Green/Steel Ø31mm - 178384
C$ 19,622
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167R-001 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 5167R-001 Rose Gold Aquanaut, Complete, Like New
C$ 108,534
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Rose Gold Day-Date 40 Olive Green Roman Dial 228235 2021
C$ 72,196
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IWC Portofino Hand-Wound IW516101 New White gold 45mm Manual winding
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IWC Hand Wound Big Date 8 Days IW516101
C$ 18,536
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292
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Cartier Ronde Solo de Cartier W6701009 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Cartier 18k Rose Gold Ronde Solo XL W6701009 (3516)
C$ 8,246
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 86020/000R-9239 New Rose gold 42.5mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Bi-Retrograde
C$ 35,795
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353
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Patek Philippe 4399/1 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 4399/1 Lapis Lazuli & Factory Dimonds Extremely...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15400OR.OO.1220OR.03 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
C$ 125,920
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209
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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 (New Full Set)
C$ 271,415
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 1590 Vintage Herrenuhr cal. 12-120 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K Gold Gelbgold Handaufzug Manual...
C$ 21,234
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Richard Mille RM 010 RM 010 AG RG Very good Rose gold Automatic Canada, Winnipeg
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Richard Mille RM 010
C$ 250,000
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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 Emerald Green Index...
C$ 29,777
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179
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 47300/000J-9065 Very good Yellow gold Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Historique Toledo 1952
C$ 21,732
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292
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Corum Coin Watch 293.645.56/0001 MU51 Very good Yellow gold 35.5mm Quartz
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Corum Coin Watch, Original Box and Papers, $20 Eagle
C$ 10,080
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84
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8968BR/11/986 0D00 New Rose gold 34.95mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine De Naples 8968BR/11/986 0D00
C$ 21,349
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1503 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
Rolex 1980 Vintage Date Mens 14K Yellow Gold 1503 Hang Tag
C$ 6,100
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Rolex Daytona 116505 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 40mm Rose Gold Cosmograph Black Dial 116505
C$ 77,342
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Cartier Panthère 86691 Very good Yellow gold 22mm Quartz
Cartier Panthere 18K ( 0,750) Gelbgold Damenuhr Gold Ref....
C$ 12,826

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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Automatic Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day Date President 18K Gold Gelbgold 750 Automatik
C$ 18,062
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603-0001 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Automatic
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Two Tone 18k Gold and Steel 43mm 126603 Box...
C$ 22,883
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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$ 30,014
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179
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur EX45-781-20-00 RDDBEX0264 Good White gold 45mm Automatic
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur
C$ 29,403
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN Oysterflex JUNE 2021 NEVER WORN Black...
C$ 58,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO-0002 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 2021 GMT-Master II Meteorite Pepsi White Gold Box/Papers...
C$ 88,207
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Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding Canada, Toronto
Jaeger 18K Gold Chronograph Watch Reference 2634
C$ 7,900
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Rolex Submariner Date 116619 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date 40mm White Gold "Smurf"
C$ 54,331
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak C80281 Very good White gold 25mm Quartz
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 18K (0,750) Weissgold Damenuhr Gold...
C$ 10,701

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 4956 Oversize Small Second Very good Red gold 36mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Vintage Rose Pink Gold Patrimony 18K...
C$ 30,205
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Vacheron Constantin Yellow gold 25mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Vintage 1950’s Manual Winding 18k - Fully...
C$ 3,836
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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$ 14,557
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Franck Muller Conquistador 8005 CC King Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Conquistador 18k White Gold 8005 CC King
C$ 30,341
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Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar 1-90-02-42-32-05 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
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Glashütte Original 18K ROSE GOLD PANOMATIC PANORAMADATUM 3 ATM
C$ 16,696
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Rolex Daytona 16518 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Inverted 6 White Dial Zenith 18K Yellow Gold
C$ 35,154
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph 150.2.22 Unworn Yellow gold 46mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World
C$ 18,999
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15450OR.OO.1256OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm Rose Gold Grey Dial
C$ 86,291
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81180 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Weissgold Handaufzug...
C$ 13,433

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Vacheron Constantin 6441 Very good Red gold 36mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Vintage Patrimony Calatrava Fullset Box &...
C$ 19,580
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Piaget Protocole 5221 Very good Yellow gold 17mm Quartz
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Piaget Miss Protocole with 4 extra bracelets
C$ 3,746
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69138 69018 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust RARE Moire President Factory Diamond Dial...
C$ 19,013
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Rolex Datejust 126234-0017 Unworn White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36mm Blue Dial White Gold Bezel on Jubilee...
C$ 14,951
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre RARE Old New Stock 18K Yellow Gold Ref. 2777...
C$ 7,670
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Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524G-001 Very good White gold 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 2020 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time White Gold...
C$ 54,969
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Breitling Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding Canada, Toronto
Breitling Cadette Reference 242 18K Yellow Gold Chronograph
C$ 3,700
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167R New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 18K RG Chocolate Dial
C$ 104,188
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18039 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 18K Weissgold Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster...
C$ 25,879

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Omega Constellation 2648 SC Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan 18K Gold Gelbgold Hammer Automatik...
C$ 6,815
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Omega Seamaster 2850 SC Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Olympic Xvi 2850 Sc 18k 1956
C$ 8,044
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 79178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-President DateJust 26 White MOP Diamond Dial Boxes...
C$ 15,176
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116655 Good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master 40mm
C$ 35,731
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154
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326235 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
Rolex 2021 Sky-Dweller Everose Gold OysterFlex NEW Slate Dial...
C$ 60,717
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575
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Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master 42 White Gold Oysterflex Card/Box/Papers...
C$ 41,866
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6567 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
Rolex 1956 Date Mens 6567 Yellow Gold Watch Tropical dial with...
C$ 11,900
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326135-0007 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 42mm Rose Gold Dark Rhodium Dial 326135
C$ 54,331
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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 266-33 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Automatic
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 18K Gold Automatik Ref. 266-33
C$ 15,254

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Vacheron Constantin Squarre Vintage Very good Red gold 28mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Squarre 18K Gold Rosé Rotgold Pink Manual
C$ 6,056
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Eterna Matic Unworn Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Eterna Matic Centenaire 18k 1961 Nos
C$ 3,339
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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$ 37,712
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date Wood Dial President
C$ 26,782
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154
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN New White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex 2021 White Gold Daytona Steel Dial NEW OysterFlex 116519LN
C$ 58,799
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575
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Rolex Submariner Date 126619LB New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex 2021 Submariner 41 Date Blue Smurf 18K White Gold...
C$ 60,083
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Omega Constellation Very good Yellow gold 22mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
Omega Constellation 18K Yellow Gold 'My Choice' 1171.71 -...
C$ 5,000
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40mm 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Roman Dial 228238
C$ 58,166
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Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 36 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster...
C$ 13,584

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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.