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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26574BA.OO.1220BA.01 Unworn Yellow gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
$98,700
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Day Date 40 Yellow Gold Silver Roman Dial 40MM Watch 228238
$34,499
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Cartier Tank Solo W5200026 New 31mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Cartier Tank Solo 40.85 mm x 31 mm Automatic White Dial 18kt...
$6,669
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Rolex Daytona 116503 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18K Yellow Gold Automatic White Dial...
$18,569
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Hublot Big Bang King 312.PM.1189.RX New Rose gold 44mmmm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Hublot Big Bang King 18k Rose Gold 312.PM.1189.RX
$19,250
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Ulysse Nardin GMT +/- Perpetual 320-60/62 New White gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Tavernier
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Ulysse Nardin GMT +/- Perpetual
$18,990
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Harry Winston Midnight MIDAHD42RR001 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Connecticut, Greenwich
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Harry Winston Midnight
$14,500
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.1220OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph - 26331OR.OO.1220OR.01
$61,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR-0001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Rolex GMT-Master II Root Beer FULLY SEALED
$34,999
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Cartier WE70047H Good Yellow gold 24mm Quartz
Cartier タンキッシム SM WE70047H
$9,654
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Breguet Marine 5827BR/Z2/5ZU Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Manhattan
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Breguet Marine Chronograph Rose Gold
$23,500
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401.RO.OO.A002.CA.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet 26401.RO.OO.A002.CA.01 Black Royal Oak...
$35,500
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Day-Date President 36 Emerald Green Dial Fluted Boxes Books
$13,570
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN Fair White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Coconut Creek
Rolex Daytona
$33,000
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1503 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic United States of America, California, Marina Del Rey
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 18kt Yellow Gold Mens Vintage Watch
$4,495
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Rolex Daytona 116515ln New Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Choco-Black Dial 116515LN NEW 2019
$32,299
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Hublot 521.OX.7180.LR Unworn Rose gold 45mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey - 521.OX.7180.LR
$16,500
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 26288OF.OO.D002CR.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Laredo
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph
$115,000
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Louis Moinet Memoris Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary LM 54.70.20 Very good White gold Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary LM 54.70.20
$39,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15305OR New Rose gold United States of America, New York, Patchogue
Audemars Piguet Baguette Diamond Royal Oak Skeleton
$215,000
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 6006G-001 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 6006G-001 Black Calatrava NEW
$26,500
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 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 Box Books
$8,271
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Corum Golden Bridge B313/03296 New Rose gold 42mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
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Corum Golden Bridge Stream Skeleton Automatic Dress Watch...
$60,000
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 179178 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
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Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Datejust 26 President 179178 NEW
$14,995
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Rolex Daytona 116578SACO New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Orange Sapphire MOP Dial 116578SACO NEW
$175,000
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Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G-010 Unworn White gold 39.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph - 5930G-010
$54,300
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26180OR.OO.D101CR.01 Very good Rose gold Automatic United States of America, Texas, Laredo
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Ginza Limited...
$39,000
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Bulgari Diagono CH 35 G Very good Yellow gold 35mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Miami
Bulgari Diagono Chronograph 18K Gold
$3,990
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Patchogue
Rolex Day-Date 36
$12,000
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Richard Mille RM 011 Richard Mille RM 11-03 Full Rose Very good Rose gold Automatic United States of America, New York
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Richard Mille RM11-03 Full Rose Gold
$285,000
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 Very good Yellow gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 44mm 18k Yellow Gold Yacht-Master II Watch Ref 116688
$37,000
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Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Mckinney
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Rolex 1803 Rare Purple Diamond Dial unique band, 18k wg bracelet
$21,233
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Breitling Montbrillant K35330 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Marina Del Rey
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Breitling Montbrilliant Navitimer Limited Edition 100 Pieces
$9,995
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Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Day-Date 36 Diamond-Paved 128238 NEW 2020
$56,999
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO NEW 2020
$44,499
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Ulysse Nardin Classic Skeleton Tourbillon 1706-129 Very good Rose gold 44mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
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Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Rose Gold...
$36,990
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Rolex Cellini 3651 Very good White gold Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Cellini Ultra Flat 18K White Gold Ref. 3651
$3,790
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15450BA.OO.1256BA.01 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Patchogue
Audemars Piguet Diamond Royal Oak
$65,000
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 5980/1R-001 Rose Gold/Black Nautilus NEW
$147,500
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
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Rolex Day-Date 40mm White Roman Dial 18K Yellow Gold President
$34,195
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116718LN Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 40mm 18k Yellow Gold GMT-Master II Watch 116718LN
$34,500
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Daytona 40mm 18kt Yellow Gold Green Dial
$50,500
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Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
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Vacheron Constantin Men's Vacheron & Constantin 18K Gold Dress...
$5,400
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Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
Rolex Daytona 116509 NEW 2020
$37,449
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Breguet Classique Complications 5347BR119ZU New Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Breguet Classique Complications Double Tourbillon Watch...
$260,000
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Piaget 14254 Very good Yellow gold 28mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Miami
Piaget Protocol 18K Gold
$4,500
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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, Patchogue
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
$54,000
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001 Unworn White gold 42.2mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 5168G-001 Blue Aquanaut NEW
$59,500
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5125R-010 Very good 37mm United States of America, Texas, Houston
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5125R-010 18k Rose Gold Wempe...
$48,500
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Rolex Cellini 5116 Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 32mm Classic 18k White Gold Cellini Watch 5116
$4,100
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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
$57,950
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Men Day-Date 18238 President 18k Gold 36mm-Champagne...
$14,936
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 NEW
$31,799
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301PB131RX New Rose gold Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Hublot Big Bang Chronograph 44mm Mens Watch 301PB131RX
$19,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500OR.OO.1220OR.01 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500OR 41mm Rosegold 2020 EU
$67,689
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1503 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Patchogue
Rolex Diamond Oyster Perpetual Date
$48,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407OR.OO.1220OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407OR
$122,800
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15450OR.OO.1256OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 37mm Rose Gold Grey Dial
$39,500
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 4820 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Quartz United States of America, Texas, Austin
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Patek Philippe : Ladies Calatrava 'Tiffany' : 4820 : 18k...
$11,650
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118205 Very good Rose gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
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Rolex Day-Date 118205
$16,950
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Eight Days Q1602420 Very good Rose gold 41.5mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 18k Rose Gold Master Control Eight Days Watch...
$13,850
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935 Diamonds Rose Gold
$70,499
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Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 3346-126/92 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Houston
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Ulysse Nardin Rose Gold Classic Dual Time Automatic GMT Watch...
$26,500
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Andersen Genève Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
Andersen Genève Perpetual Secular Calendar
$18,500
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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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