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Cartier Tank 18k. Gold Diamond #K2964 Faltschließe, Box
TOP
Cartier Tank 18k. Gold Diamond #K2964 Faltschließe, Box
3,700 
Seller
Uhrenboerse
119
DE
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Jubilee 1755
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Jubilee 1755
26,000 
Seller
Rattrapante SRL
 
RO
Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
TOP
Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
2,150 
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
160
DE
Rolex Daytona 116509 - Diamond Set - Serviced By Rolex
TOP
Rolex Daytona 116509 - Diamond Set - Serviced By Rolex
27,292 
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
65
UK
Rolex Rare Zenith Daytona Pave Diamond & Ruby Dial 16528
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Rolex Rare Zenith Daytona Pave Diamond & Ruby Dial 16528
63,510 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
25,426 
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 m Co-Axial Chronograph 45.5mm
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 m Co-Axial Chronograph 45.5mm
24,400 
Free shipping
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Istock LTD
58
LV
Montblanc 117051
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Montblanc 117051
11,500 
Seller
E.MONTI SNC
17
IT
Zenith Vintage Handaufzug
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Zenith Vintage Handaufzug
550 
Seller
K&K Juwelier GmbH
67
DE
Rolex Yacht Master Rainbow 116695sats
TOP
Rolex Yacht Master Rainbow 116695sats
68,000 
Seller
Mall of the Watch
577
MC
Breguet Tradition Power Reserve 18kt Gelbgold 38mm
TOP
Breguet Tradition Power Reserve 18kt Gelbgold 38mm
22,780 
Seller
LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
30
DE
Zenith Depose
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Zenith Depose
24,800 
Seller
Private Seller
 
FI
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
69,900 
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Zenith El Primero Doublematic
TOP
Zenith El Primero Doublematic
22,700 
Seller
On Time Watchgroup
8
DE
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
32,545 
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Rose Gold
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Rose Gold
17,520 
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Istock LTD
58
LV
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.1220OR.01
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.1220OR.01
41,800 
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
301
DE
Ebel 1911
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Ebel 1911
4,800 
Seller
K&K Juwelier GmbH
67
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon – Q500142a...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon – Q500142a...
75,000 
Seller
Mall of the Watch
577
MC
Rolex Gmt-Master II LN 18K Yellow Gold
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Rolex Gmt-Master II LN 18K Yellow Gold
20,500 
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
574
NL
Breitling Navitimer ChronoMatic 18k 8806 1976 Orginal BOX/Pape...
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Breitling Navitimer ChronoMatic 18k 8806 1976 Orginal BOX/Pape...
8,900 
Seller
Chrono Finland
35
FI
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297
66,500 
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Corum Admiral's Cup Competition 48
TOP
Corum Admiral's Cup Competition 48
9,700 
Seller
On Time Watchgroup
8
DE
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
34,579 
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President- Pink Diamond Dial -...
TOP
Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President- Pink Diamond Dial -...
5,001 
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LovinTyme
69
US
Zenith El primero Chronograph Open Rose Gold
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Zenith El primero Chronograph Open Rose Gold
8,900 
Seller
Turelojya SL
162
ES
Baume & Mercier 18259
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Baume & Mercier 18259
880 
Seller
K&K Juwelier GmbH
67
DE
Zenith El Primero 36’000 Vph 42mm – 18.2041.400/76.c795
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Zenith El Primero 36’000 Vph 42mm – 18.2041.400/76.c795
10,200 
Seller
Mall of the Watch
577
MC
Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
TOP
Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
39,500 
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
574
NL
Bulgari Diagono Scuba GMT SD38 G GMT -Gold 18k/750
TOP
Bulgari Diagono Scuba GMT SD38 G GMT -Gold 18k/750
6,250 
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
160
DE
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo La Sirène Diamant
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo La Sirène Diamant
94,700 
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Breguet Marine Royale
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Breguet Marine Royale
29,950 
Seller
Prestige Luxusuhren GmbH
3218
DE
Cvstos EVOSQUARE 45 LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH  18K Pinkgold 750
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Cvstos EVOSQUARE 45 LIMITED EDITION CHRONOGRAPH 18K Pinkgold 750
17,000 
Seller
LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
66
DE
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
56,305 
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Rotgold Ref. 5500V/00...
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Rotgold Ref. 5500V/00...
37,900 
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
301
DE
Bulova Selfwinding
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Bulova Selfwinding
830 
Seller
K&K Juwelier GmbH
67
DE
Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President - Black String Diamond...
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Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President - Black String Diamond...
5,585 
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Seller
LovinTyme
69
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
19,900 
Seller
Kellokonttori
11
FI
Omega 166.0163
Omega 166.0163
1,100 
Seller
Private Seller
FI
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Classique
20,900 
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Quator
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Quator
14,625 
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
99
ES
Cartier Pré Santos Paris Ref. 4577
TOP
Cartier Pré Santos Paris Ref. 4577
3,400 
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
102
NL
Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
TOP
Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
1,543 
Free shipping
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Blancpain MINT Blancpain Leman Chronograph 2185-1418-53 White...
Blancpain MINT Blancpain Leman Chronograph 2185-1418-53 White...
7,331 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Chopard Happy Spirit Diamond Mother of Pearl-XXL : 38-40 mm
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Chopard Happy Spirit Diamond Mother of Pearl-XXL : 38-40 mm
55,000 
Seller
K&K Juwelier GmbH
67
DE
Bulgari -  Sotirio Retrograde Date Rose Gold NEW
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Bulgari - Sotirio Retrograde Date Rose Gold NEW
7,800 
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
574
NL
Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President - Champagne Diamond Dial -...
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Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President - Champagne Diamond Dial -...
2,415 
Free shipping
Seller
LovinTyme
69
US
Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
TOP
Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
3,850 
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
59
NL
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
24,000 
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Parmigiani Fleurier Ionica 8 days power reserve gold
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Ionica 8 days power reserve gold
9,350 
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
99
ES
Longines dolcevita oro giallo
TOP
Longines dolcevita oro giallo
7,400 
Seller
Gioielleria PIERANTOZZI
 
IT
Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
TOP
Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
7,924 
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Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Blancpain Villeret Ultra Slim Series 2000 Jubilee
Blancpain Villeret Ultra Slim Series 2000 Jubilee
5,500 
Seller
Private Seller
 
FI
Ebel quartz
TOP
Ebel quartz
4,800 
Seller
K&K Juwelier GmbH
67
DE
Audemars Piguet Piguet Canape Automatic White Gold
TOP
Audemars Piguet Piguet Canape Automatic White Gold
7,450 
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
574
NL
Parmigiani Fleurier Parmigiani Kalpagraphe PFC128
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Parmigiani Kalpagraphe PFC128
8,800 
Seller
Spliedt & Cie GmbH
 
DE
Zeno-Watch Basel Valjoux Bicompax 18K Gold - Tribute to...
TOP
Zeno-Watch Basel Valjoux Bicompax 18K Gold - Tribute to...
4,150 
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Seller
Pawndeluxe
59
NL
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
25,000 
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
TOP
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
13,950 
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
99
ES
Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
TOP
Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
83,058 
Seller
Taleda
336
CH
Cartier Cougar Chronograph
TOP
Cartier Cougar Chronograph
5,950 
Seller
T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
603
DE
Glashütte Original Glashutte Bei Dresden
Glashütte Original Glashutte Bei Dresden
2,750 
Seller
Private Seller
 
FI
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
23,500 
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Omega RARE 1962 Omega Constellation Tiffany Pie Pan 14K Yellow...
Omega RARE 1962 Omega Constellation Tiffany Pie Pan 14K Yellow...
4,166 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Omega 14ct golden vintage serviced in very good working condition
Omega 14ct golden vintage serviced in very good working condition
645 
Seller
hankkija ou
705
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.

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