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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296R-001
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296R-001
17,129 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
221
UK
Rolex Daytona 116519
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Rolex Daytona 116519
15,467 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
221
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date "Blue"  18K Gold Service 03/2018
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date "Blue" 18K Gold Service 03/2018
4,790 
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Timeless Watches GmbH
230
DE
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Rose Gold
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Rose Gold
32,500 
Seller
Turelojya SL
204
ES
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto
6,460 
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Antichorloge
23
CH
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Chronograph 18k
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Chronograph 18k
13,500 
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Kellokonttori
13
FI
Concord c1 rose gold
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Concord c1 rose gold
4,743 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Paul Picot mediterranneè
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Paul Picot mediterranneè
2,200 
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ANNIBALI&CO
99
IT
Omega Geneve
Omega Geneve
1,190 
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Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
6
FI
Daniel Roth Datomax Big Size Rose Gold NEW
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Daniel Roth Datomax Big Size Rose Gold NEW
8,300 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
726
NL
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 1988 18k Patek Philippe serviced...
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 1988 18k Patek Philippe serviced...
24,900 
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Chrono Finland
52
FI
Zenith Depose
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Zenith Depose
22,800 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Chopard Imperiale Diamonds
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Chopard Imperiale Diamonds
5,450 
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TopHorloges.EU
161
NL
Waltham Art Deco
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Waltham Art Deco
1,800 
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Ingo Freiherr von Seld
9
DE
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph Red Gold, Mint
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph Red Gold, Mint
13,900 
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Kellokonttori
13
FI
Montblanc Gabiddu Grand Chronographe Régulateur
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Montblanc Gabiddu Grand Chronographe Régulateur
40,377 
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Taleda
387
CH
Bulgari serpente tre colori
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Bulgari serpente tre colori
9,300 
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ANNIBALI&CO
99
IT
Movado Vintage Ladies´ Goldwatch
Movado Vintage Ladies´ Goldwatch
2,995 
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Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
6
FI
Audemars Piguet Piguet Canape Automatic White Gold
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Audemars Piguet Piguet Canape Automatic White Gold
7,450 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
726
NL
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar 18k 2008 42mm
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar 18k 2008 42mm
16,490 
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Chrono Finland
52
FI
Baume & Mercier Classima 39 Date White Dial
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Baume & Mercier Classima 39 Date White Dial
3,880 
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Montredo GmbH
735
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
3,286 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Cartier Vendome Ronde Solid 18K Yellow Gold Case & Buckle -...
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Cartier Vendome Ronde Solid 18K Yellow Gold Case & Buckle -...
1,850 
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Pawndeluxe
169
NL
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 18k Black Surf LE
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 18k Black Surf LE
9,990 
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Kellokonttori
13
FI
Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
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Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
121,132 
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Taleda
387
CH
Rolex Lady White Gold MOP Diamond Datejust
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Rolex Lady White Gold MOP Diamond Datejust
19,000 
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Bernardo Antichita'
24
IT
Omega Vintage Gold
Omega Vintage Gold
2,337 
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Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
6
FI
Zenith El Primero Grande Class White Gold Limited Edition Ref....
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Zenith El Primero Grande Class White Gold Limited Edition Ref....
4,900 
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Orologeria Duomo Milano
82
IT
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII Flyback 18k Fullset B&P Serviced 16
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII Flyback 18k Fullset B&P Serviced 16
9,900 
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Chrono Finland
52
FI
Longines Elegant 29mm Date Black Leather
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Longines Elegant 29mm Date Black Leather
3,440 
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Montredo GmbH
735
DE
Zenith El Primero rainbow 18k
Zenith El Primero rainbow 18k
12,000 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Rado Esenza Limited Edition Ref. R53740306 NEW with Tags
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Rado Esenza Limited Edition Ref. R53740306 NEW with Tags
1,395 
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Pawndeluxe
169
NL
Patek Philippe Calatrava Grey Dial, Complete
Patek Philippe Calatrava Grey Dial, Complete
18,500 
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Kellokonttori
13
FI
Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
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Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
87,933 
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Taleda
387
CH
Vacheron Constantin Vintage  Gold Center Second Circa 1960
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Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Center Second Circa 1960
2,800 
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Bernardo Antichita'
24
IT
Omega De Ville Vintage
Omega De Ville Vintage
790 
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Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
6
FI
Rolex Rare Solid 18K Gold Cellini Pocket Watch 3727 Hand-Wind...
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Rolex Rare Solid 18K Gold Cellini Pocket Watch 3727 Hand-Wind...
4,657 
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GMTSKY
376
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 26mm 18k Gold
Rolex Lady-Datejust 26mm 18k Gold
1,990 
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Chrono Finland
52
FI
Bulgari bvlgari gold bb 26 gld quartz
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Bulgari bvlgari gold bb 26 gld quartz
2,199 
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Flale' Gioielli S.R.L.
11
IT
Chopard L.U.C. XP
Chopard L.U.C. XP
3,800 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Girard Perregaux Vintage Collection 45 18K Solid Rose Gold - 2591
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Collection 45 18K Solid Rose Gold - 2591
2,150 
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Pawndeluxe
169
NL
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM180 White Gold
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM180 White Gold
11,900 
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Kellokonttori
13
FI
Corum Admiral's Cup 986-691-13-v761 Rose Gold Carbon, 44mm
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Corum Admiral's Cup 986-691-13-v761 Rose Gold Carbon, 44mm
23,329 
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Taleda
387
CH
Cartier Panthère Ladies 18K Gold, Original Diamonds +Boxed
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Cartier Panthère Ladies 18K Gold, Original Diamonds +Boxed
8,500 
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Bernardo Antichita'
24
IT
Omega Genève
Omega Genève
1,685 
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Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
6
FI
Eterna-Matic 14K gents dress watch
Eterna-Matic 14K gents dress watch
1,100 
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Harri Asunta
9
FI
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 41,5mm 18K 212g RARE B&P
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 41,5mm 18K 212g RARE B&P
12,900 
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Chrono Finland
52
FI
Patek Philippe calatrava
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Patek Philippe calatrava
6,900 
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goedhorloge.nl - goodwatch.eu
34
NL
Cartier Santos Demoiselle small
Cartier Santos Demoiselle small
8,250 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Blancpain Ultra Slim Léman 2100 - 18K Solid Gold - Retail;...
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Blancpain Ultra Slim Léman 2100 - 18K Solid Gold - Retail;...
5,650 
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Pawndeluxe
169
NL
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Saxonia Automatic, Factory Serviced 2017
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Saxonia Automatic, Factory Serviced 2017
16,900 
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Kellokonttori
13
FI
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403032 Rose Gold 39mm
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403032 Rose Gold 39mm
32,751 
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Taleda
387
CH
Universal Genève Yellow Gold Automatic Wristwatch Ref 170.37
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Universal Genève Yellow Gold Automatic Wristwatch Ref 170.37
4,500 
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Bernardo Antichita'
24
IT
Bulova Accutron
Bulova Accutron
1,195 
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Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
6
FI
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
14,800 
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Gellot Oy Ltd
 
FI
Rolex Sky-Dweller Pink Gold 326935 ( 99,99% New )
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Pink Gold 326935 ( 99,99% New )
32,999 
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exclusive-chrono.com
193
NL
Chopard Tank Handaufzug 2112 -Gold 18k/750
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Chopard Tank Handaufzug 2112 -Gold 18k/750
1,900 
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Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
202
DE
Rolex Day-Date II / President II - White Gold, Silver Dial,...
Rolex Day-Date II / President II - White Gold, Silver Dial,...
22,588 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Baume & Mercier Classic Quartz All 14K Gold 26 Diamonds MOP...
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Baume & Mercier Classic Quartz All 14K Gold 26 Diamonds MOP...
2,100 
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Pawndeluxe
169
NL
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
TOP
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
12,950 
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Fernando Monge SA
126
ES
Cartier Rotonde W1556051 Central Chronograph White Gold 42mm
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Cartier Rotonde W1556051 Central Chronograph White Gold 42mm
23,868 
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Taleda
387
CH
Cartier Pasha
Cartier Pasha
6,000 
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Private Seller
 
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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