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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Green Dial 18K Yellow Gold Oyster M
$47,319
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1535
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5970J-001 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Ref# 5970J-001, Perpetual Chronograph, Complete
$149,900
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7
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.8mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 40MM Rose Gold Watch 5164R
$70,200
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218
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Piaget Very good White gold 27mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York, New York
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Piaget 1970s For Cartier Diamond Pearl Dial Woven Bracelet Watch
$25,000
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25
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3846 Good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Ellipse 3846 Gold Dial with Papers
$6,000
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109
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Rolex Daytona 116505 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Woodbridge
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Cosmograph 2019 NEW 116505
$39,500
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26
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, ATLANTA
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
$9,900
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10
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Rolex Datejust Rolex Very good Rose gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex 18K Rose Gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch, 1970s
$20,000
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196R-001 Good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
$14,399
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01 Unworn Yellow gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202BA yellow gold
$69,999
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Rolex Submariner Date 116619LB Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
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Rolex Submariner Date
$33,449
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162
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G-001 Unworn White gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary - 5976/1G-001
$314,000
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218
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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Daytona 40mm 18kt Yellow Gold Green Dial
$45,200
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71
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Rolex Day-Date II 218239 Very good White gold 41mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date II 218239
$24,113
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 New Yellow gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Woodbridge
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 42mm Black Dial NEW 326938 2019
$42,500
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26
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Ulysse Nardin Freak 020-88 Very good White gold 44mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Austin
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Ulysse Nardin : Freak II 28,800 : 020-88 : 18k White Gold
$28,790
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454
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Chopard Chopard Tigers Eye Very good Yellow gold 38mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Chopard 18 Karat Yellow Gold Tiger's Eye Bracelet Watch, 1970s
$15,500
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Black/Rose Gold Divers Roman Dial...
$15,650
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61
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 New Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 Rose Gold
$165,000
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73
US
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935-0005 Unworn Rose gold Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
$42,849
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162
US
F.P.Journe Souveraine CT G BOUTIQUE ED Very good Rose gold 40mm Manual winding United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
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F.P.Journe Centigraphe Souverain Boutique Edition CT G...
$47,950
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663
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 A.Lange & Sohne  Lange 1 - 704032 Very good Rose gold 38.5mm Manual winding United States of America, Connecticut, Greenwich
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Limited Edition
$78,000
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10
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.PB.131.RX Rose gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Hublot Big Bang Chronograph in 18K Pink Gold and Black Ceramic
$8,000
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Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Woodbridge
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Rolex Submariner Date Gold 116618LB NEW 2019 Blue Dial
$31,800
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26
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
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Rolex Day-Date 18038 Watch with 18k Yellow Gold Bracelet and...
$11,500
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486
US
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 6850 CC MC AT Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Magnum 18k Yellow Gold Ref. 6850...
$15,000
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19
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good 36mm United States of America, Missouri, BRANSON
Rolex 18238
$14,500
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US
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 42mm 18kt Rose Gold Black Dial
$44,500
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73
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 Unworn Yellow gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
$41,849
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162
US
F.P.Journe Vagabondage II Vagabondage III Very good Rose gold 45.2mm Manual winding United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
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F.P.Journe Vagabondage III VAGABONDAGE III
$73,950
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663
US
Universal Genève Compax 12266 Good Rose gold Chronograph United States of America, Colorado, Colorado Springs
Universal Genève Tri Compax (C24-135)
$6,850
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10
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.8mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 5164R Aquanaut 18K Rose Gold Mens Watch
$75,999
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193
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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Woodbridge
Rolex Daytona Mother Of Pearl Diamond Dial Dark 116508 UNWORN...
$41,000
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26
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
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Rolex Datejust 69178 Watch with 18k Yellow Gold Bracelet and...
$5,875
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486
US
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 215.029 Very good White gold 37mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 18kt White Gold Manual Winding 37mm
$11,000
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19
US
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture 1186-122/42 New Rose gold 45mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture Automatic Black...
$10,399
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430
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Patek Philippe Nautilus White Gold 5740/1G
$194,500
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73
US
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 00684 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic
$21,999
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162
US
F.P.Journe Octa QP G 42 A Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
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F.P.Journe Octa Quantième Perpétuel QP G 42 A
$49,950
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663
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex President Day-Date Ref. 18238 in 18K Yellow Gold
$10,000
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Fortuna
 
Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Tennesse, Nashville
Rolex Day-Date 40
$30,200
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152
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach
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Rolex Day-Date 36 w/Champagne Dial, Diamond Hour Markers and...
$15,562
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US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15037 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
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Rolex Date 15037 Watch with 18k Yellow Gold Bracelet and 18k...
$7,875
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486
US
Audemars Piguet Huitième Very good Yellow gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Audemars Piguet Huitieme 18kt Yellow Gold Chronograph Ref....
$8,450
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19
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Girard Perregaux 1966 49535-52-151-BK6A New 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Girard Perregaux 1966 Automatic Men's 18k Rose Gold Triple-Dat...
$9,999
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430
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.A125CR.01 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 42mm Rose Gold
$35,500
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73
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange 252.032 Unworn Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange
$63,049
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162
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Day-Date 36 President Morellis Blue Diamond Dial Box Papers
$12,889
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64
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118238 Very good 36mm United States of America, Missouri, BRANSON
Rolex - Mens 18kt Gold President Day Date Champagne DIAMOND...
$18,000
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Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 Unworn White gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Tennesse, Nashville
Rolex Yacht-Master 42
$31,500
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152
US
Girard Perregaux Very good White gold 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Diego
Girard Perregaux 4980 18K White Gold WW TC World Timer
$9,995
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112
US
Rolex Cellini Dual Time 50525 Very good Rose gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
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Rolex Cellini Dual Time 50525 Watch with Leather Bracelet and...
$11,011
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486
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Patek Philippe Calatrava PATEK PHILIPPE Very good Yellow gold 33,5mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5096J 18kt Yellow Gold
$13,000
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19
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Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 3346-126/91 TANG New Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Automatic Men's 18k Rose Gold Watch...
$9,299
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430
US
Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Day-Date 40 18k White Gold Green Roman Dial
$29,900
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73
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Breitling Montbrillant H30030.1 Very good Rose gold Automatic
Breitling Montbrillant Navitimer 18K RG Men’s Auto Watch 2018...
$8,708
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75
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Rolex Submariner Date 16618 16808 116618 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Submariner Date Boxes Papers RARE 18kt Gold Blue Dial Bezel
$20,837
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64
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5650G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 5650G-001 Advanced...
$284,999
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293
US
Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Tennesse, Nashville
Rolex Day-Date 40
$28,900
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152
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5204/1R-001 New Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Rose Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph...
$252,500
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 Watch with 18k White Gold...
$25,253
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486
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.A002CR.01 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 18k Rose Gold
$35,500
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19
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Zenith 18.1965.670 Good Rose gold 33mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Zenith Vintage 1965 18k Rose Gold Men's Watch Limited to 250...
$6,499
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430
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Richard Mille RM 029 RM029 Unworn Rose gold 48mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Richard Mille RM 029 Rose Gold
$105,000
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73
US
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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.