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Chopard Your Hour 136621-1001 Good White gold 24.5mm Quartz
TOP
Chopard 18k W/G MOP Dial Diamond Bezel H Watch B&P 136621-1001
8 390 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
472
UK
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 47040/000R-9666 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Vacheron Constantin 47040/000R-9666 Overseas
24 182 
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Chopard Happy Diamonds 207449 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Quartz
TOP
Chopard Happy Diamonds Happy Time Yellow Gold
14 950 
Verified Dealer
1317
NL
Piaget Altiplano G0A40105 New Rose gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Piaget G0A40105 ALTIPLANO
19 358 
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Hublot King Power 703.OM.6912.HR.FMC12 Very good Rose gold 48mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot King Power Rose Gold F1 Great Britain Limited Edition
23 900 
Verified Dealer
1317
NL
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona Zenith 16528 Black Dial A Serial
24 500 
Verified Dealer
214
IT
Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Yacht-Master Yellow Gold 16628
17 950 
Verified Dealer
715
NL
Cartier Pasha 2308 Very good White gold Automatic
TOP
Cartier Pasha Weißgold Revisioniert C35
4 900 
Verified Dealer
102
DE
Bulgari Very good Yellow gold 26mm Quartz
TOP
Bulgari Tubogas
2 000 
Verified Dealer
168
IT
Rolex Day-Date 1807 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date 1807 Linen Sigma Dial 18k Gold Bark - Service...
11 499 
Verified Dealer
284
DE
Rolex Cellini 4109 Very good 26mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Cellini 18k (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Damenuhr Ref. 4109...
2 360 
Verified Dealer
2179
DE
Vacheron Constantin 70001 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Classique 18K Yellow Gold Mid-size Top...
2 100 
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563
NL
Franck Muller 7000R Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Rattrapante Very Rare Full Set
10 800 
Verified Dealer
142
IT
Rolex Cellini 6692 Very good White gold 24.5mm Quartz
TOP
Rolex Cellini White Gold
5 650 
Verified Dealer
1317
NL
Rolex GMT-Master II 116718 LN GR New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT Master II
33 670 
Verified Dealer
185
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25770BA.OO.D009XX.01 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Yellow Gold 25770BA "FIRST...
39 750 
Verified Dealer
715
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26022BC.OO.D002CR.01 Very good White gold 39mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph SERVICED 2020 COMPLETE
22 900 
Verified Dealer
12
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15300BA.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic Date 18K Gelbgold 39mm...
20 999 
Verified Dealer
584
DE
Rolex Day-Date 18349 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date 18349A MINT / UNPOLISHED all original Diamonds...
14 999 
Verified Dealer
284
DE
Patek Philippe Travel Time 5134G011 Very good White gold 37mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava Travel Time 18k Gold Herren Ref....
18 630 
Verified Dealer
2179
DE
Chronographe Suisse Cie 830155 Very good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding
TOP
Chronographe Suisse Cie Chronograph Caliber Landeron 18K Solid...
1 450 
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563
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A002CA.02 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
38 500 
Verified Dealer
 
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Q8012520 Very good Rose gold 39.6mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
10 440 
Verified Dealer
1424
ES
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5320G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
66 840 
Verified Dealer
185
DE
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 Very good White gold 46.2mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 White Gold
14 500 
Verified Dealer
715
NL
Rolex Very good Yellow gold 26mm
Rolex Ladies Gold President- MOP String Diamond - Yellow Gold...
5 513 
Free shipping
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163
US
Patek Philippe World Time 5110g-001 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time
24 200 
Verified Dealer
108
PL
Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 MM) RB0127121G1P1 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Navitimer 01 B01 Chronograph 46MM 18k Rosegold -...
13 999 
Verified Dealer
284
DE
Rolex Cellini 5115 Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Cellini 18k (0,750) Weissgold Handaufzug Medium Herrenuh...
3 760 
Verified Dealer
2179
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus 141.119.1 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Moonphase Automatic Kalendarium Triple Date -...
3 400 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
563
NL
Omega Constellation New Rose gold 24mm Quartz
Omega Constellation Brushed 24mm 123.50.24.60.53.001
9 861 
Verified Dealer
124
UK
Maurice Lacroix Maurice Lacroix Jour et Nuit 18 kt Gold Unworn Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Maurice Lacroix Jour et Nuit 18 kt Gold massiv
5 555 
Verified Dealer
114
CH
Universal Genève Compax 484.122/3363.CD Unworn Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Universal Genève SCONTO 50% Okeanos Compax Limited Edition...
7 950 
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864
19 850 
Verified Dealer
715
NL
A. Lange & Söhne 840.029 New White gold Automatic
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Saxonia Automatic White Gold Watch...
34 028 
Verified Dealer
196
US
Rolex Day-Date 1811 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date
20 000 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
9
CH
Tissot H634320 and 13LA0004429 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Quartz Finland, Imatra
Tissot Q (N) T600021380 14K
330 
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FI
Girard Perregaux 7700 Very good Red gold 33.5mm Quartz
TOP
Girard Perregaux 7001 Chronograph 18k Rosegold Herrenuhr Gold...
2 530 
Verified Dealer
2179
DE
Corum Coin Watch Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
TOP
Corum Coin Watch 36 MM Double Eagle - Yellow Gold
3 900 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
563
NL
Piaget 8005 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Quartz
TOP
Piaget 8005 Damenuhr 18K 750er Gelbgold
1 900 
Verified Dealer
1063
DE
Universal Genève Polerouter Very good Rose gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Universal Genève Polerouter Date 'De Luxe' 18K Pink gold...
2 295 
Verified Dealer
193
ES
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69158 Very good 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex President Lady 69158 18k Yellow Gold 26mm-Factory...
12 507 
Verified Dealer
106
US
Ulysse Nardin GMT +/- Perpetual 320-82 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Calendar 320-8 18k White Gold Pave...
38 258 
Verified Dealer
16
US
Cartier Diabolo 1400 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
TOP
Cartier Diabolo Chronoreflex Oro Giallo quartz art. Ca177
3 451 
Verified Dealer
389
IT
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date white gold diamonds
7 350 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
9
CH
Hamilton Lady Hamilton Good White gold Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Hamilton Lady Hamilton solid 14k with 8 diamonds manual winding
490 
Verified Dealer
111
FI
Cartier Pasha 2727 Very good White gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Cartier Pasha 18k (0,750) Weissgold Automatik Herrenuhr Gold 2727
6 730 
Verified Dealer
2179
DE
Omega De Ville Prestige 4678.31.02 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville Prestige 18K Solid Rose Gold - 4678
3 100 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
563
NL
Gucci G-Frame YA127507 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Quartz
TOP
Gucci G-Frame Rectangle Lady 18K 750erGold
995 
Verified Dealer
1063
DE
Breguet Tradition 7057BR/R9/9W6 New Rose gold Manual winding
Breguet Brequet Tradition 7057 18K Rose Gold Men's Watch...
17 768 
Verified Dealer
196
US
Omega Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Automatic 18K gold, 162.033, Swiss case, near perfect.
1 295 
Verified Dealer
193
ES
Ulysse Nardin GMT +/- Perpetual Good White gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Calendar 320-22 18k White Gold...
22 072 
Verified Dealer
16
US
Gérald Genta Arena Bi-Retro BSP.Y.66 Unworn White gold 45mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Gérald Genta Arena Bi-Retro
15 900 
Private Seller
 
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Le coultre reserve gold 14kt Very good Yellow gold 43mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Riserva di carica Calibre 481
3 000 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
9
CH
Tissot Good Yellow gold Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Tissot Seastar Seven 34mm 18k 34g
990 
Verified Dealer
111
FI
A. Lange & Söhne Very good Yellow gold 57.5mm Manual winding
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Duf 14k (0,585) Roségold Lépine Handaufzug...
2 760 
Verified Dealer
2179
DE
Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim 0021141855 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Blancpain Villeret Automatic Solid 18K Gold Ultra Slim 34mm -...
3 500 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
563
NL
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G-001 Very good White gold Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Full Set Ita
321 500 
Verified Dealer
142
IT
Omega De Ville Hour Vision 431.63.41.21.13.001 New Red gold Automatic
Omega De Vile Hour Vision Co-Axial Master 18K Red Gold Men's...
13 450 
Verified Dealer
196
US
Bulgari 102450 New Rose gold 35mm Quartz
TOP
Bulgari Tubogas 102450 Rose Gold 35mm
23 044 
Verified Dealer
589
CH
Roger Dubuis Sympathie s40575 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Roger Dubuis Sympathie s40575 18k rose gold Silver dial 40mm...
7 817 
Verified Dealer
16
US
Omega De Ville 5110379 Good Yellow gold 24mm Automatic Finland, JYVÄSKYLÄ
Omega De Ville
1 900 
Private Seller
 
FI
Junghans Meister Chronometer 027/9334.00 New Rose gold 38,4mm Automatic
Junghans Meister Chronometer
7 950 
Verified Dealer
13
DE
Tiffany Good Yellow gold Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Tiffany Chronograph 18k Moonphase
4 900 
Verified Dealer
111
FI
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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.