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Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm
C$ 52,536
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The Jewels of Beverly Hills
 
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Cartier Santos Demoiselle Small 18KT White Gold Diamond Case...
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Rolex Pearlmaster Datejust 69318
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Richard Mille RM 011 03 Rose Gold TI
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Avi & Co NY
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Rolex Ladies President Datejust Diamond Bezel
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Rolex Ladies President Datejust Diamond Bezel
C$ 5,925
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Cristina's Jewelry
 
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan 18K Gold Automatic Service 09/18
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan 18K Gold Automatic Service 09/18
C$ 6,057
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Timeless Watches GmbH
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Rolex Daytona Black/18k yellow gold Ø40mm - 116508
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Rolex Daytona Black/18k yellow gold Ø40mm - 116508
C$ 41,343
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre DUOMETRE A QUANTIEME LUNAIRE
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Jaeger-LeCoultre DUOMETRE A QUANTIEME LUNAIRE
C$ 33,000
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Private Seller
 
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Patek Philippe 3970J Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 18K Yellow...
Patek Philippe 3970J Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 18K Yellow...
C$ 104,676
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European Watch Company
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Chopard Imperiale 18K Rose Gold 31 Diamond Bezel
Chopard Imperiale 18K Rose Gold 31 Diamond Bezel
C$ 40,159
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King Jewelers
 
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Richard Mille RM 011 Ivory
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Richard Mille RM 011 Ivory
C$ 263,335
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Express Watches
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon...
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon...
C$ 559,590
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Exquisite Timepieces
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Omega Seamaster De Ville 14K Gold Filled mens watch + Box
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Omega Seamaster De Ville 14K Gold Filled mens watch + Box
C$ 1,725
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Fine Auction Club
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Omega Constellation Ladies 18K Gold
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Omega Constellation Ladies 18K Gold
C$ 4,470
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Cristina's Jewelry
 
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Corum GOLDEN BRIDGE
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Corum GOLDEN BRIDGE
C$ 28,500
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Private Seller
 
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Omega Constellation 18 K Gelbgold Pie Pan
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Omega Constellation 18 K Gelbgold Pie Pan
C$ 4,539
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Timeless Watches GmbH
247
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Rolex Daytona Black 18k White Gold Dia 40mm - 116519GLN
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Rolex Daytona Black 18k White Gold Dia 40mm - 116519GLN
C$ 39,315
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
311
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Patek Philippe 3848/8 Golden Ellipse 18K Yellow Gold Bracelet...
Patek Philippe 3848/8 Golden Ellipse 18K Yellow Gold Bracelet...
C$ 8,558
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European Watch Company
169
US
Bovet Chateau de Motiers Diamond Bezel 18k Rose Gold
Bovet Chateau de Motiers Diamond Bezel 18k Rose Gold
C$ 21,067
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King Jewelers
 
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Richard Mille RM 010
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Richard Mille RM 010
C$ 118,500
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Express Watches
6
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Patek Philippe Grand Complication Chronograph 5270G-014
Patek Philippe Grand Complication Chronograph 5270G-014
C$ 164,585
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Exquisite Timepieces
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Moonphase Grand Complication...
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Moonphase Grand Complication...
C$ 86,177
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Stein Diamonds
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Certina Solid 14K Gold Mens Quartz watch vintage men's wristwatch
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Certina Solid 14K Gold Mens Quartz watch vintage men's wristwatch
C$ 1,034
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Fine Auction Club
213
UK
Patek Philippe Pink Gold Calatrava with Rare Scrolled Lugs,...
Patek Philippe Pink Gold Calatrava with Rare Scrolled Lugs,...
C$ 16,979
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Luxury Swiss Watches
 
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IWC PORTUGIESER YACHT CLUB CHRONOGRAPH ROSE GOLD
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IWC PORTUGIESER YACHT CLUB CHRONOGRAPH ROSE GOLD
C$ 24,000
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Private Seller
 
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Rolex Daytona Pink with Baguette/18k rose gold Ø40mm - 116505 A
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Rolex Daytona Pink with Baguette/18k rose gold Ø40mm - 116505 A
C$ 50,362
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
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Patek Philippe 5107G-001 Calatrava Automatic 18K White Gold...
Patek Philippe 5107G-001 Calatrava Automatic 18K White Gold...
C$ 23,964
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European Watch Company
169
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Roger Dubuis Hommage Automatic Rose Gold Diamond Bezel
Roger Dubuis Hommage Automatic Rose Gold Diamond Bezel
C$ 32,917
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King Jewelers
 
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Vacheron Constantin Vacheron Skeleton
Vacheron Constantin Vacheron Skeleton
C$ 26,332
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Express Watches
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Rolex President Day Date 118238
Rolex President Day Date 118238
C$ 32,259
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon...
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon...
C$ 282,824
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The Luxury Well
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Omega 14K Yellow Gold Seamaster Deville Automatic Men's
Omega 14K Yellow Gold Seamaster Deville Automatic Men's
C$ 1,646
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Swiss Brands, Inc.
 
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Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
C$ 17,709
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Glore Jewelry
 
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Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm
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Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm
C$ 16,500
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Private Seller
 
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Rolex Daytona Ivory/18k rose gold Ø40mm - 116505
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Rolex Daytona Ivory/18k rose gold Ø40mm - 116505
C$ 42,475
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Patek Philippe 2526R Calatrava 2526 'First Series' Rose Gold...
Patek Philippe 2526R Calatrava 2526 'First Series' Rose Gold...
C$ 131,010
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169
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Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight Rose Gold Automatic
Dewitt Twenty-8-Eight Rose Gold Automatic
C$ 27,084
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King Jewelers
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Summer Edition
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Summer Edition
C$ 73,733
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15466BC
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15466BC
C$ 100,068
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Rose Gold
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 Rose Gold
C$ 86,901
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Rolex 14K Bubble Back Automatic Ref. 3131
Rolex 14K Bubble Back Automatic Ref. 3131
C$ 2,831
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Zenith Cal 135 37mm Rose Gold
C$ 13,035
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C$ 14,600
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Rolex Yacht-Master II White/18k white gold Ø44 mm - 116689
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Rolex Yacht-Master II White/18k white gold Ø44 mm - 116689
C$ 50,085
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Rolex 116518LN Daytona Black Dial 18K Yellow Gold / Rubber...
Rolex 116518LN Daytona Black Dial 18K Yellow Gold / Rubber...
C$ 34,892
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169
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Bedat & Co Nº8 Rose Gold and Diamond Watch
Bedat & Co Nº8 Rose Gold and Diamond Watch
C$ 16,353
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King Jewelers
 
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Rolex GMT-Master II Everose Gold 126715 CHNR NEW
Rolex GMT-Master II Everose Gold 126715 CHNR NEW
C$ 47,394
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160
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rare Slate Dial Zenith Movement
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rare Slate Dial Zenith Movement
C$ 46,084
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Bulgari Bvlgari 18K Solid Gold Men's 35mm- Box & inhouse...
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Bulgari Bvlgari 18K Solid Gold Men's 35mm- Box & inhouse...
C$ 2,809
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Pawndeluxe
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NL
Rolex Presidential Day Date Red Vignette Dial Diamond Watch 18038
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Rolex Presidential Day Date Red Vignette Dial Diamond Watch 18038
C$ 22,382
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148
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Patek Philippe Chronograph
Patek Philippe Chronograph
C$ 61,883
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Express Watches
6
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Harry Winston Ocean Triple Retrograde 44mm Rose Gold
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Harry Winston Ocean Triple Retrograde 44mm Rose Gold
C$ 23,000
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Private Seller
 
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Rolex Daytona Black/18k yellow gold Ø40mm - 116508
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Rolex Daytona Black/18k yellow gold Ø40mm - 116508
C$ 41,343
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
311
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Patek Philippe 3919J-001 Calatrava 18K Yellow Gold (28735)
Patek Philippe 3919J-001 Calatrava 18K Yellow Gold (28735)
C$ 10,402
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European Watch Company
169
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Patek Philippe Patek 5213G Minute Repeater Retrograde Perpetual
Patek Philippe Patek 5213G Minute Repeater Retrograde Perpetual
C$ 696,525
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Chad Warrick
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Rolex Ladies Rolex Datejust President 18k Gold 1957 Serviced
Rolex Ladies Rolex Datejust President 18k Gold 1957 Serviced
C$ 3,753
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Time Merchants
33
CA
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Ladies 67650OR.OO.1261OR.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Ladies 67650OR.OO.1261OR.01
C$ 35,550
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Exquisite Timepieces
21
US
Piaget Tanagra Ladies Yellow Gold w/ Diamond Bezel & Bracelet
Piaget Tanagra Ladies Yellow Gold w/ Diamond Bezel & Bracelet
C$ 9,085
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Swiss Brands, Inc.
 
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Bovet 1822 Fleurrier 0 - AIF0T015-50
Bovet 1822 Fleurrier 0 - AIF0T015-50
C$ 156,685
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The Timepiece Collection, Ltd.
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James
C$ 96,117
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Express Watches
6
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Rolex Day-Date II / President II 41MM Champagne Diamond Dial
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Rolex Day-Date II / President II 41MM Champagne Diamond Dial
C$ 40,817
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Luxury Time NYC
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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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