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Bulgari Bulgari 101965 New 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Bulgari Bvlgari Automatic White Dial Men's Watch - 101965
$8,169
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3907
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3941 Yellow gold 36mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Patek Philippe 35679: 18k Perpetual Calendar, Ref. 3941, 1988...
$44,000
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 4897G-001 New White gold 33mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Burlingame
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Manual-winding Blue Dial Diamond 18kt...
$26,739
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205G-013 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205 White Gold / Blue - 5205
$49,000
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477
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712R-001 Very good Rose gold Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Ref# 5712R-001, Rose Gold Nautilus, Like New
$84,900
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Day-Date President 36 Boxes Books Emerald Green Index...
$18,932
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Rolex Datejust 116238 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 18K Gold 36mm Champagne Index Fluted Jubilee...
$18,500
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Day-Date 40 White Roman 2021 228238
$39,899
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421
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 234.026 New White gold 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 UP/DOWN White gold with dial in argenté...
$26,124
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Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 526.OX.0124.VR New Rose gold Automatic United States of America, Virginia, Virginia Beach
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari Gt King Gold Limited Edition...
$32,041
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Day-Date President 18238 Ferrite Stone Dial Watch Box...
$29,999
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472
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Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold Automatic
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Rolex DAYTONA GOLD 116519 Mother pearl NEW 99%
$31,440
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC267-1202400-HA1441 New White gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Sarasota
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 18k White Gold Auto 39mm Men's...
$5,999
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895
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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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12
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 79178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 26 Factory Champagne Diamond Dial Fluted...
$9,934
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150
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326235 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Rose Gold Oysterflex White Box/Papers/Card...
$41,250
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Movado Circa Very good Yellow gold 25mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Movado Vintage Circa 1980's Mens, White Dial - Yellow Gold on...
$1,895
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk 145.032 New Rose gold 44.2mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time Rose Gold (New Full Set)
$104,233
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12
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Omega Speedmaster 36233300 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Omega Speedmaster 39mm Ref#3623.33.01
$10,285
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819
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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Coconut Creek
Rolex Daytona 116508 Yellow Gold Green Dial 2021
$79,995
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Piaget Altiplano G0A39110 New Rose gold 38mm Manual winding United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Piaget Altiplano
$17,430
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17
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5970J-001 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Patek Philippe 5970J Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Moonphase...
$145,500
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Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524G-001 Very good White gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Ref# 5524G-001, Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
$45,900
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12
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 79178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Lady-President DateJust 26 White MOP Diamond Dial Boxes...
$9,871
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A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus 363.068 New White gold United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus 363.068 18K White Gold Grey Dial /...
$59,900
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680
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15467OR.OO.1256OR.01 New Rose gold 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked...
$96,662
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.62.44.51.01.001 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer...
$26,124
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, California, San Francisco
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Jaeger-LeCoultre RARE Old New Stock 18K Yellow Gold Ref. 2777...
$6,500
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Coconut Creek
Rolex Daytona 116508 Yellow Gold Black Dial 40 MM Men’s Watch
$49,950
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Rolex Day-Date Rolex 6611B Day Date Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Texas
Rolex 6611B
$8,500
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 414.026 Unworn White gold 39.5mm Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Flyback Chronograph White Gold 39.5mm...
$56,500
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170R-010 Very good Rose gold 39.4mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 5170R-010 Chronograph, Rose Gold, Black Dial,...
$63,900
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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
$51,995
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243
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 219.026 Very good White gold 35mm Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 219.026 Manual Wind 18K White Gold...
$11,900
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680
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202OR.OO.1240OR.01 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Blue Dial Fully Sealed Dealers...
$92,080
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk 140.032 New Rose gold 41.9mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Rose Gold (New Full Set)
$67,290
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 87172/000R-9302 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle
$17,780
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Q6062520 Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Coconut Creek
Jaeger-LeCoultre Unique Travel Time 42mm Rose Gold Mens Watch...
$32,495
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 405.031 Very good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph
$57,995
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270R-001 Very good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Patek Philippe TIFFANY & CO. 5270R-001 Perpetual Calendar...
$137,500
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5053G-001 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe 5053G-001 White Gold, Officer's Campaign
$25,900
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12
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 228235 Day-Date 40mm Everose Gold Chocolate Baguette...
$49,895
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243
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 36899 Very good Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Rose Gold Tourbillon Limited Edition...
$84,500
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680
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Rolex Submariner Date 116619LB New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Rolex Submariner 40mm Discontinued Model Never Worn “New”...
$45,599
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31
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk 140.029 New White gold 41.9mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk White Gold (New Full Set)
$71,248
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Parmigiani Fleurier Toric PFC423-1202401-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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Panerai Radiomir PAM 00062 Good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Panerai Radiomir White Gold
$9,499
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156
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 233.032 Very good Red gold 40mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rose Gold
$18,895
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21
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Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Rolex Submariner Date Blue Dial Yellow Gold 40mm ref. 16618
$25,500
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38
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170G-001 Very good White gold 39mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Ref# 5170 White Gold, Chronograph, Breguet...
$57,900
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12
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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...
$42,999
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243
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126719 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Rolex GMT Master II 126719 Ceramic "Pepsi" 18k Blue Dial 2019...
$48,500
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680
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Rolex Datejust II 126334 New White gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Rolex Datejust 2 Fluted Bezel Oyster Bracelet AZZURRO BLUE...
$10,999
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31
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Piaget 4326D2 Very good White gold 19mm United States of America, New York, New York
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Piaget 4326D2 Blue Opal Diamond 18K White Gold Ladies Watch
$12,999
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472
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Ebel 1911 8157114 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Ebel 1911 18K Yellow Gold Factory Diamond Bezel & Markers Box...
$4,999
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167
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Breguet Marine 5817BR/Z2/5V8 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Austin
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Breguet : Marine : 5817BR/Z2/5V8 : 18k rose gold
$14,510
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Glashütte Original Senator Navigator Panorama Date 39-42-07-11-04 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Glashütte Original Senator Navigator Panorama Date
$7,350
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156
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 384.032 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moonphase Rose Gold 40mm (384.032)
$24,000
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 570G Very good White gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 570G, White Gold, Vintage Calatrava, Circa 1967
$39,900
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex IN STOCK 116508 Green Dial Yellow Gold Daytona 2020
$74,995
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243
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940 Very good Yellow gold Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940 '1st Series' 18k Yellow...
$83,500
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680
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5320G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5320G Fully Sealed November...
$77,391
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31
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Cartier Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Cartier Santos Yellow Gold Ladies Watch
$5,999
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472
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
Rolex 2021 Day-Date 40 NEW Champagne Index Dial President 228238
$39,995
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497
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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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