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Audemars Piguet 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Chronograph Gents
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Audemars Piguet 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Chronograph Gents
7,743 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
178
UK
IWC Portuguese Chrono Rattrapante IW371203
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IWC Portuguese Chrono Rattrapante IW371203
10,266 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
178
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Rose Gold
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Rose Gold
18,300 
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Istock LTD
88
LV
Rolex YACHTMASTER  GOLD 750 AUTOMATIK 35MM MEDIUM MID SIZE
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Rolex YACHTMASTER GOLD 750 AUTOMATIK 35MM MEDIUM MID SIZE
12,790 
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Timeless Watches GmbH
198
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Vollkalender Triple Date 18 Karat...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Vollkalender Triple Date 18 Karat...
6,950 
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Uhrmacherhandwerk
211
DE
Paul Picot mediterranneè
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Paul Picot mediterranneè
2,200 
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ANNIBALI&CO
88
IT
Eterna-Matic 14K gents dress watch
Eterna-Matic 14K gents dress watch
1,100 
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Harri Asunta
8
FI
Concord c1 rose gold
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Concord c1 rose gold
4,795 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Cartier Santos W25062X9 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch
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Cartier Santos W25062X9 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch
13,947 
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AB Time Inc.
145
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
9,450 
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Filipucci Juweliers
423
NL
Hublot King Power F1 Limited Roségold Pinkgold 18K
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Hublot King Power F1 Limited Roségold Pinkgold 18K
23,000 
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LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
75
DE
Zenith Depose
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Zenith Depose
22,800 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Perrelet New Diamond Flower Gold
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Perrelet New Diamond Flower Gold
8,850 
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Istock LTD
88
LV
Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
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Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
14,646 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Bulgari
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Bulgari
4,070 
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ANNIBALI&CO
88
IT
Bulova Accutron 18K NOS new old stock
Bulova Accutron 18K NOS new old stock
1,950 
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Harri Asunta
8
FI
Chopard Ice Cube diamond dial from 2000 complete with box and...
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Chopard Ice Cube diamond dial from 2000 complete with box and...
3,450 
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Watchdeals
145
NL
Rolex Presidential Day Date Red Vignette Dial Diamond Watch 18038
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Rolex Presidential Day Date Red Vignette Dial Diamond Watch 18038
14,819 
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Watch My Diamonds
111
US
Piaget Lady Gold 18K Diamonds
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Piaget Lady Gold 18K Diamonds
5,900 
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SUBASTAS REGENTS ,SL
8
ES
Rolex Yacht-Master Rosé 40mm ungetragen mit Orig. Rechnung
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Rolex Yacht-Master Rosé 40mm ungetragen mit Orig. Rechnung
17,347 
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LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
75
DE
Daniel Roth Academic Ellipsocurvex Chronomax Masters Chronograph
Daniel Roth Academic Ellipsocurvex Chronomax Masters Chronograph
8,200 
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Luxury Watch Helsinki
 
FI
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture 43mm
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture 43mm
13,900 
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Kellokonttori
12
FI
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
52,742 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Bulgari serpente tre colori
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Bulgari serpente tre colori
9,300 
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ANNIBALI&CO
88
IT
Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
7,718 
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
43
CH
Louis Moinet Sideralis
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Sideralis
212,470 
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Louis Moinet
Cartier Santos Demoiselle WF9008Z8 Original Diamonds
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Cartier Santos Demoiselle WF9008Z8 Original Diamonds
21,903 
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Watch My Diamonds
111
US
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Venus 18K Gelbgold Limidet Edition
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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Venus 18K Gelbgold Limidet Edition
4,799 
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Uhrencenter Berlin
374
DE
Rolex Day-Date Tridor Dia Dial factory Bezel Orig. Brill Lünette
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Rolex Day-Date Tridor Dia Dial factory Bezel Orig. Brill Lünette
19,600 
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LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
75
DE
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Rose Gold
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Rose Gold
32,500 
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Turelojya SL
180
ES
Breguet Tradition Power Reserve 18kt Gelbgold 38mm
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Breguet Tradition Power Reserve 18kt Gelbgold 38mm
22,780 
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LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
48
DE
Cartier Ultra Thin Montre Conteau Minute Repeater Hunting Pocket
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Cartier Ultra Thin Montre Conteau Minute Repeater Hunting Pocket
18,307 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Patek Philippe Grand Complication NEU 19%Mwst Rose 5270R-001
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Patek Philippe Grand Complication NEU 19%Mwst Rose 5270R-001
125,000 
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Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
55
DE
Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.55/0001 Fn02 Rose Gold Leather 37mm
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Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.55/0001 Fn02 Rose Gold Leather 37mm
24,282 
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Taleda
368
CH
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
225,478 
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Louis Moinet
IWC Portofino (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold 4531-001.
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IWC Portofino (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold 4531-001.
1,600 
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Pawndeluxe
113
NL
Girard Perregaux Laureato Or rose 18kt.
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Girard Perregaux Laureato Or rose 18kt.
9,366 
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
43
CH
Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time
Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time
7,999 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Zenith El primero Chronograph Open Rose Gold
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Zenith El primero Chronograph Open Rose Gold
8,500 
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Turelojya SL
180
ES
Cartier Cougar Chronograph
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Cartier Cougar Chronograph
5,950 
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T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
670
DE
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
23,974 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
14,000 
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Luxandwatches
17
ES
Baume & Mercier Baume Et  Lady White Gold 19mm
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Baume & Mercier Baume Et Lady White Gold 19mm
4,249 
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Taleda
368
CH
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
95,395 
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Louis Moinet
Cartier Tank Mechanical Louis Cartier Grain De Riz Mesh 18K Gold
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Cartier Tank Mechanical Louis Cartier Grain De Riz Mesh 18K Gold
4,750 
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Pawndeluxe
113
NL
Omega Constellation My Choice
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Omega Constellation My Choice
4,250 
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Ducado Jóias, Lda
35
PT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
3,321 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase FC-705V4S9
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase FC-705V4S9
5,000 
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Luxury Watch Helsinki
 
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuelle Blu Dial -...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetuelle Blu Dial -...
69,900 
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CONCEPT LUXURY
162
IT
Piaget Rare Limelight 18kt White Gold Diamond Set Factory wrist
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Piaget Rare Limelight 18kt White Gold Diamond Set Factory wrist
20,487 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Réveil gold 18
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Réveil gold 18
22,000 
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Luxandwatches
17
ES
Rolex Daytona Gold Ref 116509  Papiere Box 2017
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Rolex Daytona Gold Ref 116509 Papiere Box 2017
27,499 
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Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
55
DE
Louis Moinet Memoris
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Memoris
47,602 
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Louis Moinet
Bulgari Diagono Scuba Automatic Chronograph 18K Gold  SC38G...
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Bulgari Diagono Scuba Automatic Chronograph 18K Gold SC38G...
5,750 
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Pawndeluxe
113
NL
Cartier Santos Demoiselle small
Cartier Santos Demoiselle small
8,250 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Glashütte Original Glashutte Bei Dresden
Glashütte Original Glashutte Bei Dresden
2,750 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Breitling Montbrillant Navitimer Blue Angels 18k 38mm 1996...
Breitling Montbrillant Navitimer Blue Angels 18k 38mm 1996...
5,380 
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Chrono Finland
38
FI
Graham Chrono Sprint 18Karat Roségold
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Graham Chrono Sprint 18Karat Roségold
5,950 
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T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
670
DE
Piaget 1970s Rare Ruby & Diamond Set 18 Kt Yellow Gold Wristwatch
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Piaget 1970s Rare Ruby & Diamond Set 18 Kt Yellow Gold Wristwatch
10,025 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 175th Anniversary  - 5975g
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Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 175th Anniversary - 5975g
62,500 
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
162
IT
Patek Philippe  750er Gold Uhr von 1995 Zertifikat Ref.3919
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Patek Philippe 750er Gold Uhr von 1995 Zertifikat Ref.3919
9,900 
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Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
55
DE
Piaget Altiplano
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Piaget Altiplano
13,442 
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INEICHEN
31
CH
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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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