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Jaquet-Droz Lady 8 Shiny
$25,881
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
140
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Rolex Datejust 31 Pink 18k White Gold/Steel 31mm - 178274
$6,299
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
776
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Champagne 18k Yellow Gold/Leather 42mm - 326138
$29,569
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776
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Rolex Lady Datejust White MOP Steel/18k Yellow Gold Dia 28mm -...
$17,359
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
776
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IWC Portuguese Grande Complication
$115,000
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Chad Warrick
20
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A. Lange & Söhne Honey Gold Lange 1 Tourbillion "Homage to F....
Price on request
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Shreve, Crump & Low
 
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Rolex Day-Date 40mm 18K Yellow Gold
$26,500
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Luxury Time NYC
21
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712GR-001
$59,950
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WatchBox
443
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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 18k yellow gold
$3,875
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Daniele Trissi
37
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Patek Philippe Split-Seconds Chrono Perpetual Calendar Ref....
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Twain Time
 
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Breitling Chronomat 18K Rose Gold 40mm White Chronograph Date...
$12,143
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
109
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Omega Constellation
$55,000
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Siglers Collectibles
13
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
$41,000
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The Jewels of Beverly Hills, The Jewel Buyers
5
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange 760.032
$140,000
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Chad Warrick
20
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Moon Phase Rose Gold 37mm...
$45,000
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Shreve, Crump & Low
 
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Rolex Day-Date 40mm 18kt Yellow Gold Black Baguette Diamond Dial
$29,950
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Luxury Time NYC
21
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph "Leo Messi" Limited...
$44,950
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WatchBox
443
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Baume & Mercier Clifton 18k Rose gold and diamond bezel
$4,950
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Daniele Trissi
37
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Rolex Day-Date President White Dial 18K Yellow Gold Ref. 118283
Price on request
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Twain Time
 
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Jacob & Co. Epic x Chrono
$540,000
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Wrist Aficionado
 
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Rattrapante 3754-003
$15,500
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Sky Diamonds
114
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Rolex Day-Date
$20,177
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The Jewels of Beverly Hills, The Jewel Buyers
5
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IWC Big Pilot
$38,500
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Portuguese Grande Complication IW377402 Minute Repeater RG
$108,700
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14
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Rolex Day-Date 40 18kt Yellow Gold Silver Roman Dial
$29,250
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Luxury Time NYC
21
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Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar 5146G-001
$31,950
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WatchBox
443
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Cartier Pasha Diamond grid 18k white gold
$8,500
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Daniele Trissi
37
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Rolex Submariner 18K Yellow Gold 16808 Tropical Dial
Price on request
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Twain Time
 
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Audemars Piguet 26571OR.OO.A002CA.01 ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE GRANDE...
$575,000
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Wrist Aficionado
 
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Rolex Lady-President DateJust 26 MOP Diamond Dial Bezel Box...
$8,971
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Mt. Vernon Specialties
32
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
$43,980
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The Jewels of Beverly Hills, The Jewel Buyers
5
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Breguet Marine Tourbillon Rose Gold Bracelet
$92,000
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Chad Warrick
20
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Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Pele 525.VX.0179.VR.PEL14 18k
$24,700
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Class-Watches
14
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Rolex Day-Date 40 18kt White Gold Blue Dial
$27,300
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Luxury Time NYC
21
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F.P.Journe Chronometre Souverain Havana CS RG 40 HAVANA
$27,950
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WatchBox
443
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IWC Grand Complication Minute Repeater Prepetual
$89,800
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
47
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Audemars Piguet Piguet Royal Oak 18K Rose Gold 41 mm
Price on request
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Twain Time
 
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Jacob & Co. Epic x Chrono
$540,000
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Wrist Aficionado
 
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Cartier New Santos Dumont W2006951 Rose Gold
$11,000
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Sky Diamonds
114
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
$10,800
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The Jewels of Beverly Hills, The Jewel Buyers
5
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Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon #1 HCOMDT48WZ001
$300,000
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Chad Warrick
20
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18k Gold 1007 Integrated Bracelet
$9,500
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14
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Rolex Day-Date 36
$10,900
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Glore Jewelry
13
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk 140.032
$49,950
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WatchBox
443
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm Rose Gold Diamonds
$125,000
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
47
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Patek Philippe Power Reserve Moon Phase 18K White Gold Ref. 5055G
$21,500
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Twain Time
 
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Richard Mille RM11-03 Rose Gold Full Diamond
$290,000
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Wrist Aficionado
 
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Piaget Vintage Piaget 18k White Gold Lapis Lazuli Dial Facto
$5,800
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Sky Diamonds
114
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual
$3,686
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The Jewels of Beverly Hills, The Jewel Buyers
5
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Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar
$21,800
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Chad Warrick
20
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Rolex Daytona 18k Everose Gold/Rubber 40mm ref. 116515LN
$29,800
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Pristine Outfitter
5
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Hublot Big Bang King Diver 312.PM.1128.RX 18k Rose Gold/ Ceramic
$16,700
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Class-Watches
14
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F.P.Journe Chronometre a Resonance
$52,950
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WatchBox
443
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
$89,500
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
47
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K Yellow Gold Ref. 2526J With...
Price on request
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Twain Time
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon
$194,000
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Wrist Aficionado
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
$32,650
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Glore Jewelry
13
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
$55,080
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The Jewels of Beverly Hills, The Jewel Buyers
5
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Harry Winston Opus VII 500/MMAS45WL
$105,000
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Chad Warrick
20
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Rolex GMT Master II 116748 SARU Yellow Gold
$96,000
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Pristine Outfitter
5
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Ladies 4700/1J Diamond Bezel 18k...
$16,700
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14
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Anniversary Limited Series...
$18,950
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WatchBox
443
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Patek Philippe World Time NYC Edition
$59,500
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
47
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 18K Rose Gold
Price on request
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Twain Time
 
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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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