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Rolex DAY-DATE 40
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Rolex DAY-DATE 40
£22,500
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Rich Time Ltd
 
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph [Box & Papers]
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph [Box & Papers]
£30,995
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Charles Fish
28
UK
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
£29,745
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Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
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Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
£19,225
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Patek Philippe Chronograph
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Patek Philippe Chronograph
£39,604
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£7,925
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Cartier Tank Francaise 2403 18k White Gold & Diamonds
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Cartier Tank Francaise 2403 18k White Gold & Diamonds
£6,690
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Phigora
73
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Bulgari Tubogas Bangle 18K Yellow & White Gold BB262T
£3,076
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May Street Services LLC
41
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Cartier 18K Yellow Gold Panthere Quartz 22mm w/ Custom...
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£4,995
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Austins Watches Inc.
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Patek Philippe Complicated Watches NEW
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Patek Philippe Complicated Watches NEW
£21,168
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Noblesse LP
12
UK
Zenith Elite Power Reserve 18ct Rose gold 18.1125.685
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Zenith Elite Power Reserve 18ct Rose gold 18.1125.685
£3,250
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David Summerfield Ltd
14
UK
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
£23,238
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Linde Werdelin LTD
Rolex 18k W/Gold Unworn Pavé Diamond Dial Daytona B&P...
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Rolex 18k W/Gold Unworn Pavé Diamond Dial Daytona B&P...
£95,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar
£9,344
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Heritage Jewelry and Loan
5
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Breitling 60s Chronomat 217012 Solid 18k Gold Swiss Mens...
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Breitling 60s Chronomat 217012 Solid 18k Gold Swiss Mens...
£6,821
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GMTSKY
191
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Chopard 18K Solid Gold Factory Diamonds 10/7023/8-20
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Chopard 18K Solid Gold Factory Diamonds 10/7023/8-20
£5,536
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Phigora
73
US
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time - Limited Edition
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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time - Limited Edition
£35,882
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Rolex  submariner SERTI DAIL18ct Gold
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Rolex submariner SERTI DAIL18ct Gold
£13,995
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
24
UK
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
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Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
£17,500
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
£31,604
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Rolex Daytona Gold Mother Of Pearl Dial Baguette Diamond Bezel
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Rolex Daytona Gold Mother Of Pearl Dial Baguette Diamond Bezel
£49,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Chronograph Solid 18K Rose...
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Chronograph Solid 18K Rose...
£14,995
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WT Time Pieces
24
UK
Ulysse Nardin UN Maxi Marine Chronometer 43mm
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Ulysse Nardin UN Maxi Marine Chronometer 43mm
£8,613
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Noblesse LP
12
UK
Vacheron Constantin Mint 1946 18k Gold + Extract From the...
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Vacheron Constantin Mint 1946 18k Gold + Extract From the...
£4,495
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
7
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon White Gold
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon White Gold
£13,460
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Breguet Marine Chronograph 2015 - white gold
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Breguet Marine Chronograph 2015 - white gold
£12,450
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Tempo and Time Ltd
UK
Rolex Sky-Dweller Rose Gold Chocolate Dial 326935
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Rose Gold Chocolate Dial 326935
£29,500
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Global Watch Shop
UK
Rolex Datejust Midsize 18k Tridor with Diamond Dial,  With Papers
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Rolex Datejust Midsize 18k Tridor with Diamond Dial, With Papers
£8,000
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Rolex Pre-owned 36mm 18K Yellow Gold Daydate Vintage Watch  #1808
Rolex Pre-owned 36mm 18K Yellow Gold Daydate Vintage Watch #1808
£7,690
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Chopard 18k Y/G & 18k W/G Fully Loaded Happy Sport...
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Chopard 18k Y/G & 18k W/G Fully Loaded Happy Sport...
£59,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Harry Winston excenter
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Harry Winston excenter
£25,000
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EXCLUSIVE WATCHES LTD
 
UK
Bovet "Perpetual Calendar Retrograde" 42 mm Amadeo
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Bovet "Perpetual Calendar Retrograde" 42 mm Amadeo
£11,689
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Noblesse LP
12
UK
IWC Automatic 18k Gold Cal. 8541B
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IWC Automatic 18k Gold Cal. 8541B
£2,449
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
7
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
£45,315
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Rolex Day-Date 1803 - vintage rare dial
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Rolex Day-Date 1803 - vintage rare dial
£5,250
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Tempo and Time Ltd
UK
Cartier Tortue 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Manual LARGE Watch 2496...
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Cartier Tortue 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Manual LARGE Watch 2496...
£14,995
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WT Time Pieces
24
UK
Rolex Datejust President Ladies 18k, Wood Dial, Ref: 69178
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Rolex Datejust President Ladies 18k, Wood Dial, Ref: 69178
£5,250
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Rolex Day-Date 40 Chocolate 18k Rose Gold Gents 228235 - COM1254
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Chocolate 18k Rose Gold Gents 228235 - COM1254
£22,995
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Xupes.com
58
UK
Breguet Classique Regulator Rose Gold
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Breguet Classique Regulator Rose Gold
£9,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master
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Rolex Yacht-Master
£12,950
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Chase Hattan
9
UK
Patek Philippe NEW COMPLICATED WATCHES 5135
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Patek Philippe NEW COMPLICATED WATCHES 5135
£20,763
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Noblesse LP
12
UK
Rolex Pearlmaster 80318
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Rolex Pearlmaster 80318
£9,695
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Charles Martin Watch Company Ltd
 
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
£50,628
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Omega Seamaster 300M 2636.50.91 - Serviced By Omega
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Omega Seamaster 300M 2636.50.91 - Serviced By Omega
£11,175
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
20
UK
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Mens 18K White Gold Watch
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Mens 18K White Gold Watch
£14,500
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WT Time Pieces
24
UK
Rolex Day-Date with Aventurine Diamond Dial,  Ref: 18038
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Rolex Day-Date with Aventurine Diamond Dial, Ref: 18038
£13,750
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Chopard "H" 13/6621 Box & Papers Full diamond...
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Chopard "H" 13/6621 Box & Papers Full diamond...
£6,995
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Vintage & Prestige
13
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus White Gold
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Patek Philippe Nautilus White Gold
£29,750
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Rolex Day-Date 18238 President
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Rolex Day-Date 18238 President
£9,500
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Swiss Watch Trader
 
UK
Breguet Marine Royale
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Breguet Marine Royale
£19,610
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Noblesse LP
12
UK
Cartier panthere 18k Yellow Gold 27mm
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Cartier panthere 18k Yellow Gold 27mm
£4,495
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
24
UK
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
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Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
£15,180
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ultra Slim Ultraflach 18K Gold...
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ultra Slim Ultraflach 18K Gold...
£2,254
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Timeless Watches GmbH
105
DE
Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump Rose Gold - 6106-131/E2-oil
Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump Rose Gold - 6106-131/E2-oil
£63,828
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H&Y Jewellery
12
UK
Rolex Datejust President Ladies 18k Bark Finish, Ref:  69278
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Rolex Datejust President Ladies 18k Bark Finish, Ref: 69278
£4,700
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Rolex Sky-Dweller Full Rose Gold Sundust/Roman 326935
Rolex Sky-Dweller Full Rose Gold Sundust/Roman 326935
£26,500
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
14
UK
Carl F. Bucherer 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Diamond Dial Ladies...
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Carl F. Bucherer 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Diamond Dial Ladies...
£1,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Omega Constellation Pie Pan
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan
£4,500
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Swiss Watch Trader
 
UK
Cvstos Challenge-R 50 HF
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Cvstos Challenge-R 50 HF
£8,075
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Noblesse LP
12
UK
Patek Philippe Complications Chronograph 5170G-001 | Pulsation...
Patek Philippe Complications Chronograph 5170G-001 | Pulsation...
£38,500
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A Collected Man
5
UK
Rolex Cellini Time 18ct White Gold 50509
Rolex Cellini Time 18ct White Gold 50509
£7,995
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ChronoEdge
66
UK

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.