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Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Rose Gold UNWORN
Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Rose Gold UNWORN
$43,999
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Avi & Co NY
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 40mm Rose Gold Chocolate Rubber Strap...
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 40mm Rose Gold Chocolate Rubber Strap...
$31,999
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Avi & Co NY
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Chronographe Suisse Cie Mens
Chronographe Suisse Cie Mens
$775
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MKG
 
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Rolex Daytona Cosmograph In 18kt White Gold Mop Diamond Dial...
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph In 18kt White Gold Mop Diamond Dial...
$18,000
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE  1940s ladies 18kt WG Diamond set
Patek Philippe VINTAGE 1940s ladies 18kt WG Diamond set
$15,000
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Watch Hunter
 
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Hublot Big Bang 41 mm
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm
$30,000
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, White Dial, 18K Yellow Gold REF: 116518
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, White Dial, 18K Yellow Gold REF: 116518
$15,950
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Sea Wave Diamonds
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Rolex 41mm Day-Date 18k YG Factory Diamond Bezel  & Dial...
Rolex 41mm Day-Date 18k YG Factory Diamond Bezel & Dial...
$64,995
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Austins Watches Inc.
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Rolex Mens 18K Yellow Gold Day-Date President - Champagne Dial...
Rolex Mens 18K Yellow Gold Day-Date President - Champagne Dial...
$9,500
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SD & CO LLC
 
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Breguet Marine Chronograph 18k Rose Gold
Breguet Marine Chronograph 18k Rose Gold
$17,800
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Averstime NY Luxury Watches
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Paul Picot Atelier 18K Solid Gold Chronometer Rattrapante
Paul Picot Atelier 18K Solid Gold Chronometer Rattrapante
$9,795
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Swiss Moves
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
$18,000
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Fine Watch Bank
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Charriol St. Tropez Ladies Stainless Steel Gold Tone Case...
Charriol St. Tropez Ladies Stainless Steel Gold Tone Case...
$1,206
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
5
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Cartier 1920s Art Deco Platinum Diamond Enamel Gold Shutter CLOCK
Cartier 1920s Art Deco Platinum Diamond Enamel Gold Shutter CLOCK
$35,750
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Watch Hunter
 
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon
$10,000
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Private seller
 
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
$14,999
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Sea Wave Diamonds
47
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Patek Philippe 3919J Calatrava
Patek Philippe 3919J Calatrava
$9,950
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Harold Freeman Jewelers
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Breguet Classique Alarm "Le Reveil du Tsar" Mens Watch
Breguet Classique Alarm "Le Reveil du Tsar" Mens Watch
$22,500
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Daniele Trissi
7
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Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser 45mm
Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser 45mm
$55,000
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Express Watches
 
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Audemars Piguet 26559OR.OO.D088CR.01 (15705)
Audemars Piguet 26559OR.OO.D088CR.01 (15705)
$79,999
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Chronostore
88
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Patek Philippe Complication World Time 5130J-001
Patek Philippe Complication World Time 5130J-001
$36,000
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Fine Watch Bank
8
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Franck Muller Cintre Curvex 18kt White Gold Blue Dial With...
Franck Muller Cintre Curvex 18kt White Gold Blue Dial With...
$4,500
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
5
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
$10,750
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Watch Hunter
 
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface
$8,000
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Private seller
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 18K blue dial
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 18K blue dial
$53,200
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Sea Wave Diamonds
47
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Piaget Rare Lady's Oval 18K White Gold Diamond Dial Woven...
Piaget Rare Lady's Oval 18K White Gold Diamond Dial Woven...
$4,745
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Luxury Horology
62
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Franck Muller Master Banker 18K Yellow Gold
Franck Muller Master Banker 18K Yellow Gold
$7,800
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Daniele Trissi
7
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Omega Constellation 18K Yellow Gold 4961080
Omega Constellation 18K Yellow Gold 4961080
$5,699
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Phigora
59
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Cartier Pasha  (16350)
Cartier Pasha (16350)
$24,999
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Chronostore
88
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Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002
$1,650,000
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
6
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Ebel Classic Wave 23mm 2 Tone Dark Grey Dial 166901
Ebel Classic Wave 23mm 2 Tone Dark Grey Dial 166901
$950
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
5
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
$12,000
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Watch Hunter
 
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Tourneau Datofix Triple Date Moon Phase
Tourneau Datofix Triple Date Moon Phase
$8,500
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Private seller
 
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Patek Philippe Complication Wold Time 5130R-001
Patek Philippe Complication Wold Time 5130R-001
$37,000
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Fine Watch Bank
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Piaget Ladies Piaget  16031 M 401 D 18K Yellow Gold Diamond
Piaget Ladies Piaget 16031 M 401 D 18K Yellow Gold Diamond
$5,795
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Luxury Horology
62
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Breguet Héritage 18k white gold
Breguet Héritage 18k white gold
$14,850
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Daniele Trissi
7
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Chopard Happy Sport 18K Yellow Gold/Diamonds 27/6150-23
Chopard Happy Sport 18K Yellow Gold/Diamonds 27/6150-23
$6,999
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Phigora
59
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Rolex Mens 18K White Gold OysterQuartz President - Silver Dial...
Rolex Mens 18K White Gold OysterQuartz President - Silver Dial...
$12,500
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SD & CO LLC
 
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite...
A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Merite...
price on request
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
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Cartier Cougar 26mm Small Size 18kt Yellow Gold Silver Dial On...
Cartier Cougar 26mm Small Size 18kt Yellow Gold Silver Dial On...
$4,500
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
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Vacheron Constantin VINTAGE  18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
Vacheron Constantin VINTAGE 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
$21,500
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Watch Hunter
 
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm
$24,999
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Pawn and Jewelry Place
 
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Rolex Day-date President 18k Yellow Gold 36mm Ref:118138 Green...
Rolex Day-date President 18k Yellow Gold 36mm Ref:118138 Green...
$15,810
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La Jolla Jewelry and Collateral Loan Company
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Rose gold
Patek Philippe Nautilus Rose gold
$40,500
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Private seller
 
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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Donna 18k Rose gold  Ivory dial
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Donna 18k Rose gold Ivory dial
$12,750
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Daniele Trissi
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Rolex Cellini 18K White Gold 1464
Rolex Cellini 18K White Gold 1464
$4,299
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Phigora
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Cuervo y Sobrinos Authentic Ladies Esplendidos 02012 Automatic...
Cuervo y Sobrinos Authentic Ladies Esplendidos 02012 Automatic...
$2,395
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Luxury Horology
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Rolex Day-Date II / President II
Rolex Day-Date II / President II
$29,995
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Diamonds by Raymond Lee
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Rolex 40mm Yacht-master 18kt Yellow Gold White Dial On Oyster...
Rolex 40mm Yacht-master 18kt Yellow Gold White Dial On Oyster...
$19,500
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
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Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
$8,500
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Watch Hunter
 
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
$10,495
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Watcheslikenew.com
 
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Girard Perregaux 18k Rose Pink Gold 36mm Dress  Watch
Girard Perregaux 18k Rose Pink Gold 36mm Dress Watch
$1,895
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La Jolla Jewelry and Collateral Loan Company
7
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Rolex sky dweller 18K yellow gold
Rolex sky dweller 18K yellow gold
$31,200
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Private seller
 
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Breguet REINE DE NAPLES 8968, 18k Rose gold, Strap.
Breguet REINE DE NAPLES 8968, 18k Rose gold, Strap.
$16,900
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Daniele Trissi
7
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Chopard 18K Solid Gold W/ Factory Diamonds 10/7023/8-20
Chopard 18K Solid Gold W/ Factory Diamonds 10/7023/8-20
$8,999
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Phigora
59
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
$106,000
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Zeitgeist Watches LLC
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
$39,500
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White Glove Watch Company
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Breguet Classique Power Reserve Moonphase Rose Gold 7787br
Breguet Classique Power Reserve Moonphase Rose Gold 7787br
$19,500
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
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Laurent Ferrier Galet Square
Laurent Ferrier Galet Square
$39,995
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WatchUWant.com
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Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
$25,400
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Grand Watch Gallery
 
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Rolex Yacht-Master
Rolex Yacht-Master
$14,995
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Diamonds by Raymond Lee
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Carl F. Bucherer Manero 18Kt (750) Rose Gold Power Reserve...
Carl F. Bucherer Manero 18Kt (750) Rose Gold Power Reserve...
$6,290
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WorldJewelryBuyers.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.