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Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
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Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
£1,907
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
159
DE
Rolex Daytona 116509 - Diamond Set - Serviced By Rolex
TOP
Rolex Daytona 116509 - Diamond Set - Serviced By Rolex
£23,420
Seller
Mark Worthington Jewellers
65
UK
Cartier Tank 18k. Gold Diamond #K2964 Faltschließe, Box
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Cartier Tank 18k. Gold Diamond #K2964 Faltschließe, Box
£3,282
Seller
Uhrenboerse
118
DE
Rolex Rare Zenith Daytona Pave Diamond & Ruby Dial 16528
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Rolex Rare Zenith Daytona Pave Diamond & Ruby Dial 16528
£54,500
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Jubilee 1755
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Jubilee 1755
£23,060
Seller
Rattrapante SRL
 
RO
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
£22,199
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Eberhard & Co. Chrono 120 ÉME Aniversario
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Eberhard & Co. Chrono 120 ÉME Aniversario
£9,135
Seller
CANTELI JOYEROS SL
 
ES
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
£35,295
Seller
UK Time Legend
 
UK
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
£20,842
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex Day-Date
Rolex Day-Date
£14,500
Seller
A. W. Porter & Son Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President- Pink Diamond Dial -...
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Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President- Pink Diamond Dial -...
£4,364
Free shipping
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LovinTyme
68
US
Rolex Datejust In 18ct Gold Oyster Perpetual With Factory Red...
Rolex Datejust In 18ct Gold Oyster Perpetual With Factory Red...
£5,500
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Rolex Day-Date
Rolex Day-Date
£8,950
Seller
Avanti Fine Jewellery
 
UK
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
£49,131
Free shipping
Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
£28,414
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Breguet Rattrapante
Breguet Rattrapante
£15,500
Seller
Neil Watches
 
UK
Rolex Day-Date 40mm Yellow Gold Ruby Diamonds Rare Ref. 228238
Rolex Day-Date 40mm Yellow Gold Ruby Diamonds Rare Ref. 228238
£91,205
Seller
Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001
£44,495
Seller
UK Time Legend
 
UK
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm
£15,250
Seller
A. W. Porter & Son Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President - Black String Diamond...
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Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President - Black String Diamond...
£4,873
Free shipping
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LovinTyme
68
US
Rolex Datejust With Factory Champagne Dial & Rolex Paperwork
Rolex Datejust With Factory Champagne Dial & Rolex Paperwork
£6,000
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Ebel 1911
Ebel 1911
£4,950
Seller
Avanti Fine Jewellery
 
UK
Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
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Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
£6,915
Free shipping
Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
£30,190
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Rolex Sky-Dweller
Rolex Sky-Dweller
£32,000
Seller
The Diamond Box
 
UK
Patek Philippe Geneve
Patek Philippe Geneve
£15,750
Seller
Christopher Poel Watches and Jewellery
 
UK
Rolex Day-Date Еverose 40 mm Ref. 228235-0025
Rolex Day-Date Еverose 40 mm Ref. 228235-0025
£22,450
Seller
Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Rolex Daytona 16528 diamond dial
Rolex Daytona 16528 diamond dial
£30,598
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President - Champagne Diamond Dial -...
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Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President - Champagne Diamond Dial -...
£2,107
Free shipping
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LovinTyme
68
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual With White Roman Numeral Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual With White Roman Numeral Dial
£5,500
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Patek Philippe Travel Time  5524G-001
Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524G-001
Price on request
Seller
UK Time Legend
 
UK
Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
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Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
£1,347
Free shipping
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Lancaster Italy Pillo Deco Diamond Chronograph Watch Rose Gold...
Lancaster Italy Pillo Deco Diamond Chronograph Watch Rose Gold...
£1,975
Seller
WatchesandCrystals
 
UK
Rolex Factory Diamond Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 18038 18K...
Rolex Factory Diamond Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 18038 18K...
£11,642
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Cartier Santos 100
Cartier Santos 100
£11,000
Seller
The Diamond Box
 
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak DOUBLE BALANCE WHEEL OPENWORK...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak DOUBLE BALANCE WHEEL OPENWORK...
£64,200
Seller
Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Jaquet-Droz Automata THE BIRD REPEATER J031033202
Jaquet-Droz Automata THE BIRD REPEATER J031033202
£426,240
Seller
The Watch Source Limited
 
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe
£18,815
Seller
WatchUKnow.com
6
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual With Factory Diamonds Dial & Papers
Rolex Oyster Perpetual With Factory Diamonds Dial & Papers
£5,500
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rose Gold
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rose Gold
£39,911
Seller
Guardian Of Time
474
UK
Cartier Ballon Bleu
Cartier Ballon Bleu
£18,123
Seller
Elements of Time
 
US
Lancaster Italy Pillola Deco Diamond Watch Gold 4.20 carat
Lancaster Italy Pillola Deco Diamond Watch Gold 4.20 carat
£1,913
Seller
WatchesandCrystals
 
UK
Rolex 2015 Rolex Day-Date II 41mm Diamond President 218238 18K...
Rolex 2015 Rolex Day-Date II 41mm Diamond President 218238 18K...
£30,565
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Breguet Classique Automatic 5920BA
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Breguet Classique Automatic 5920BA
£5,144
Free shipping
Seller
Elite Chrono Ltd.
241
UK
Rolex Cellini Time 39 mm White Gold Ref. 50509-0005
Rolex Cellini Time 39 mm White Gold Ref. 50509-0005
£11,897
Seller
Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Piaget Ladies Piaget  16031 M 401 D 18K Yellow Gold Diamond
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Piaget Ladies Piaget 16031 M 401 D 18K Yellow Gold Diamond
£3,927
Free shipping
Seller
Luxury Horology
181
US
Zenith Grande Class El Primero Chrono
Zenith Grande Class El Primero Chrono
£4,986
Seller
WatchUKnow.com
6
US
Rolex Date just Solid 18ct  Oyster Perpetual With Baby Blue Dial
Rolex Date just Solid 18ct Oyster Perpetual With Baby Blue Dial
£4,500
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Patek Philippe Complications World Time White Gold Chronograph
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Patek Philippe Complications World Time White Gold Chronograph
£50,731
Seller
Guardian Of Time
474
UK
Cartier Tank Americaine
Cartier Tank Americaine
£15,212
Seller
Elements of Time
 
US
Lancaster Italy Pillola Deco Diamond Watch Rose Gold 4.20 carat
Lancaster Italy Pillola Deco Diamond Watch Rose Gold 4.20 carat
£1,913
Seller
WatchesandCrystals
 
UK
Rolex 1995 Men's Rolex Yacht-Master White 16628 18K Yellow...
Rolex 1995 Men's Rolex Yacht-Master White 16628 18K Yellow...
£10,913
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
IWC Portuguese Automatic 18K Rose Gold (IW500113)
IWC Portuguese Automatic 18K Rose Gold (IW500113)
£11,645
Seller
The Watch Movement
 
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph White Gold Ref. 25978BC....
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph White Gold Ref. 25978BC....
£109,642
Seller
Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Cartier Santos
Cartier Santos
£7,643
Seller
Andante Fine Jewelry
 
US
Rolex daytona
Rolex daytona
£13,800
Seller
IG Publishing and Design Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Factory Champagne Diamond Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Factory Champagne Diamond Dial
£9,995
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Jaquet-Droz Rose Gold MoonPhase Triple Calender 40mm
Jaquet-Droz Rose Gold MoonPhase Triple Calender 40mm
£7,242
Seller
Royal Watch Inc.
 
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rolex Lady-Datejust
£5,787
Free shipping
Seller
Once Upon A Diamond
 
US
Piaget NOS Ladies Coussinet G0A19520 18K Solid Yellow Gold...
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Piaget NOS Ladies Coussinet G0A19520 18K Solid Yellow Gold...
£2,835
Free shipping
Seller
Luxury Horology
181
US
Patek Philippe Complications World Time 37mm 18K White Gold...
Patek Philippe Complications World Time 37mm 18K White Gold...
£16,881
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
£13,829
Seller
Grand Plaza
 
US
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Centre Seconds Rose Gold Ref. 1343-0105
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Centre Seconds Rose Gold Ref. 1343-0105
£12,288
Seller
Chronus Bridge Limited
 
UK
Cartier Watch Tank Vermeill 81974913
Cartier Watch Tank Vermeill 81974913
£2,910
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-Wound Ladies Rose Gold Diamond...
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Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-Wound Ladies Rose Gold Diamond...
£15,210
Seller
Guardian Of Time
474
UK
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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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