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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5125G-010 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 5125G-010 Annual Calendar, Wempe, Limited...
$64,900
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TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2A51.FC6450 New 45mm Automatic United States of America, California, Burlingame
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Skeleton Dial...
$10,349
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Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master
$52,440
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Piaget Altiplano P10584 - 18K White Gold Case Fair White gold 38mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
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Piaget Altiplano - 18K White Gold Case
$5,900
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Rolex Datejust 1602 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Coral Gables
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Rolex Datejust - 18k Yellow Gold Ref. 1602 - Morellis /...
$7,499
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Rolex Submariner Date 126618LN-0002 New Yellow gold Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Submariner 41 Date Black 18K Yellow Gold Box/Papers...
$41,999
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Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Blue Dial model 116509
$55,885
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850
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296G White gold 38mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Patek Philippe (On Hold) 36062: 18k White Gold Calatrava,...
$22,500
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Rolex Daytona 116515LN-0041 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 116515LN Daytona Everose Gold Chocolate Dial Oysterflex...
$55,995
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272
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 J Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
$105,000
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5159R-001 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
$72,500
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343
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Rolex Daytona 116598RBOW Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Rainbow Factory Gem Bezel Black...
$355,199
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358
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Parmigiani Fleurier Toric PFC423-1201401-HA1441 New White gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chonometre 18k White Gold 41mm Mens...
$8,999
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Cartier Ronde Solo de Cartier W6701009 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Cartier 18k Rose Gold Ronde Solo XL W6701009 (3516)
$6,750
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Cartier Tank Louis Cartier 2441 Very good Yellow gold Quartz United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Cartier Tank Louis Date Yellow Gold Box/Papers 2441 Brown Leather
$6,499
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 9985 Good Yellow gold 32mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hallandale Beach
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon
$24,199
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253
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Cartier Santos Dumont WH100251 White gold 30mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Cartier 34363: Cartier 18k White Gold Medium Santos Dumont,...
$12,500
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190
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 228235 Day-Date 40 Olive Green 60th Anniversary 2020
$59,995
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272
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970R Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester County
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
$145,000
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Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu 465.OS.89P8.VR.1204.MXM20 New Rose gold United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Hublot BIG BANG ONE CLICK SANG BLEU KING (Gold, Pink Diamonds)
$28,899
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Rose Gold Blue...
$461,199
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358
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919J Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K Yellow Gold Ref. 3919J
$10,700
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Corum Coin Watch 293.645.56/0001 MU51 Very good Yellow gold 35.5mm Quartz United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Corum Coin Watch, Original Box and Papers, $20 Eagle
$8,650
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Breguet Classique 7727BR/12/9WU New Rose gold 41mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Breguet 2021 Classique 7727 Chronometrie Hi-Beat Rose Gold...
$27,499
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach
Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar White Gold 5740/1G-001
$240,000
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070R Rose gold 42mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Patek Philippe 36010: 18k Rose Gold Chronograph, Ref. 5070R,...
$74,000
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190
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR-0001 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 126715CHNR GMT-Master II ‘Rootbeer’ Everose Gold 2020
$47,995
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 2458 Unworn Rose gold 37mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref 2458 R
$27,850
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.60.42.50.01.001 Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Sedna Gold
$35,000
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.PX.130.RX Unworn Rose gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Hublot Big Bang Original Gold Black Dial Chronograph Watch...
$27,899
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118238 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Day-Date President 118238 18K Yellow Gold
$25,500
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 79178 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Rolex Ladies Datejust 26mm 18k Yellow Gold Oyster Rivet...
$12,500
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Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 New White gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Yacht-Master 42 White Gold Oysterflex Card/Box/Papers...
$32,999
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119G-001 Very good White gold 36mm Manual winding United States of America, Arizona, SCOTTSDALE
Patek Philippe Calatrava
$16,850
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Rolex Daytona 116509 White gold 40mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex M36053: Rolex 18k White Gold Daytona, Ref. 116509,...
$57,000
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 116508 Daytona 18K Yellow Gold Champagne New Style...
$57,495
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Day-Date President 36 UN-WORN Boxes Papers Factory...
$22,878
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396G-001 Unworn White gold 38.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Westchester County
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
$41,000
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227J-001 Unworn Yellow gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Calatrava Yellow Gold Lacquered Index Dial...
$38,999
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358
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Rolex Yacht-Master 168628 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Yacht-Master Midsize Blue Dial 18K Yellow Gold Ref. 68628
$17,800
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Rolex Datejust 126234-0013 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Datejust 36mm Silver Stick white gold fluted bezel
$9,899
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Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524G-001 Very good White gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Patek Philippe 2020 Calatrava Pilot Travel Time White Gold...
$43,999
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC283-1062500-XC2521 New Rose gold 33.7mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metropolitaine Selene 18k Rose Gold...
$9,499
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Rose gold 40mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex 36018: Rolex 18k Rose Gold Daytona, Ref. 116505, 2011...
$55,000
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190
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G Unworn White gold Automatic United States of America, Florida, MIAMI
Patek Philippe 5168G Aquanaut White Gold 42mm Blue Dial Men's...
$94,995
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272
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Rolex Cellini 4112 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Men's Cellini 18kt Solid Gold 1996 White Roman Dial 32mm...
$4,683
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Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Rolex Submariner Date - Unpolished Mint Full Set
$35,553
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Rolex Pearlmaster 86405RBR Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust 39 Pearlmaster Rose Gold Factory Diamond Paved...
$201,499
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358
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14700BA Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Champagne Dial 18K Yellow Gold Re....
$31,500
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Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex GMT-Master Rootbeer Yellow Gold 16758 Circa 1981
$30,199
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167
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 86020/000R-9239 New Rose gold 42.5mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Vacheron Constantin 2021 Patrimony Retrograde Day Date Rose...
$30,999
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFA242-1207000-HC2541 New White gold 38mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Grande Lune Aventurine Funambule 18k...
$39,999
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1025
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Rolex Daytona 116509 White gold 40mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex M36036: Rolex 18k White Gold Daytona Blue Dial, Ref....
$52,500
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190
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, MIAMI
Rolex 228239 Day-Date 40 Silver Dial 18K White Gold Men's Watch
$44,999
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272
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Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19019 Unworn White gold 36mm Quartz United States of America, New York, Westchester County
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz
$30,000
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WHSA0016 New Rose gold United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Cartier Santos de Cartier (Large, Pink Gold)
$60,899
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343
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Rolex Daytona 116588TBR Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Daytona Eye of The Tiger Pave Diamond Dial Watch 116588
$190,899
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358
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Patek Philippe World Time 5110J-001 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe World Time 18K Yellow Gold Ref. 5110J-001
$28,900
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Rolex Daytona 116528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Daytona "Paul Newman"
$45,999
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Rolex Daytona 116518 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Coral Gables
Rolex Daytona 116518 - Tahitian Mother of Pearl with Roman...
$35,499
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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa PFC128 New White gold 44.5mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpagraphe Chronograph 18k White Gold...
$12,999
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1025
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118238 Yellow gold 36mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex M36146: Rolex "Sultan of Oman" Day-Date, Ref. 118238,...
$35,000
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Rolex Daytona 116515LN-0017 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 116515LN Osyter Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 40mm
$47,995
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272
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 E168 Very good Rose gold 35.3mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic E168
$42,000
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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.