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Cartier Phantere Vendome 18kt. Gold Ladies Watch
£4,500
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Depot Luxury Ltd.
9
UK
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Cartier Roadster | Large 18ct Yellow Gold Crocodile Strap|...
£6,500
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Freddie Keeble Watches & Diamonds
7
UK
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Franck Muller 18k White Gold Conquistador Cortez, Ref: 9000 H...
£24,500
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Tempvs Ltd
133
UK
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime 500 exemplaires
£8,596
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KronologY
70
FR
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Hublot Big Bang 38mm Cappuccino Rose Gold Diamonds
£11,176
Seller
S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
US
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Rolex Submariner 18ct gold with Gold Serti dial
£17,995
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
118
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 18k Yellow Gold
£5,069
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
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Rolex Submariner in 18k Gold with Blue Dial & Insert, Ref: 16808
£17,950
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Tempvs Ltd
133
UK
H.Moser & Cie. Venturer Tourbillon
£32,500
Seller
Veritime Ltd
9
UK
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Rolex GMT-Master II 18ct White Gold Pepsi 2017
£25,500
Seller
David Summerfield Ltd
95
UK
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Cartier Pasha 85 0072 38.5mm Yellow Gold - Serviced by Cartier
£13,490
Seller
Mark Worthington Jewellers
174
UK
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
£11,752
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
607
UK
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IWC Portuguese Yacht Club 18ct Rose Gold Chronograph IW390209
£12,995
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ChronoEdge
217
UK
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Graham Swordfish Chronograph ROSE GOLD
£11,176
Seller
S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
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Cartier Unique Diamond Flying Tourbillon Rotonde CRHPI00507
£450,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
328
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ladies White Gold
£26,889
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
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Rolex Ladies Pearlmaster, Yellow Gold, Tridor Bracelet
£8,950
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
133
UK
Omega Geneve
£750
Seller
David Mellor Family Jewellers
20
UK
Cartier Tank Americaine
£9,000
Seller
Veritime Ltd
9
UK
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Breitling Starliner K71340 - Diamond Set - Box & Paperwork 2010
£9,325
Seller
Mark Worthington Jewellers
174
UK
Omega Geneve Manual
£1,495
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
118
UK
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IWC Pilots 18ct Rose Gold Automatic Chronograph IW371713
£8,995
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ChronoEdge
217
UK
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Harry Winston Premier Excenter Timezone 015619 18k Rose Gold...
£12,603
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S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Fully Loaded Rose Gold 5719/10R-010
£410,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
328
UK
Cartier Tank Americaine 18k Yellow Gold Factory Diamonds
£7,450
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
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Corum Golden Bridge Rose Gold,
£11,950
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
133
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 2
£25,995
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Luxewatches.co.uk
11
UK
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A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk White Gold
£34,876
Seller
NoblesseWatch
273
UK
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Ebel Beluga Yellow Gold M.O.P. Diamond Dial - Box & Papers 2011
£7,285
Seller
Mark Worthington Jewellers
174
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
£9,995
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
118
UK
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Rolex 18ct Everose Lady-Datejust 31 178245F
£14,500
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ChronoEdge
217
UK
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize
£7,213
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S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
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Patek Philippe 18k White Gold White Enamel Roman Dial Calatrav...
£7,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
328
UK
Cartier Pasha Full Factory Diamonds
£68,327
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
Hublot Big Bang Tourbillion with Box and Papers
£64,995
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Charles Fish
147
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona White Gold
£23,995
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Luxewatches.co.uk
11
UK
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Blancpain Leman Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar SALE
£31,563
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NoblesseWatch
273
UK
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Breguet Hora Mundi 5727
£45,025
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
607
UK
Omega SEAMASTER AUTOMATIC
£1,295
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
118
UK
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Rolex Day-Date Rare Mop Jubilee Diamond Dial 118235 - Full Set
£16,995
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The Luxury Hut
33
UK
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Breitling Bentley 6.75 Big Date Yellow Gold Chronograph K44362
£11,176
Seller
S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 206.032
£8,500
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
328
UK
Cartier Paris White Gold Diamonds
£3,394
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Watch Center London
920
UK
Rolex Day-Date 40
£25,500
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Trilogy Jewellers Limited
 
UK
Richard Mille RM 023 Automatic Rose Gold
£74,995
Seller
Luxewatches.co.uk
11
UK
Omega Constellation
£4,500
Seller
Watches of Lancashire
25
UK
Rolex Daytona with Box and Papers
£20,795
Seller
Charles Fish
147
UK
Omega Geneve 9 ct solid gold case
£1,150
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
118
UK
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Breguet Classique La Musicale Ref 7800 like new Full Set
£41,878
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Spliedt & Cie GmbH
9
DE
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Cartier Roadster 18k Yellow Gold Large W62005V1
£11,176
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S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116758SARU
£115,000
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
328
UK
Cartier Tank Américaine Chronograph Yellow Gold
£4,495
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
Patek Philippe Patek 5213G Minute Repeater Retrograde Perpetual
£419,299
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona White Gold
£18,995
Seller
Luxewatches.co.uk
11
UK
Audemars Piguet 15400OR.OO.1220OR.01 Royal Oak 41mm - Rose...
£31,500
Free shipping
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Watch Club
70
UK
Rolex Day-Date with Box and Papers
£14,250
Seller
Charles Fish
147
UK
Minerva Vintage gents dress watch solid 18ct Gold
£1,295
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
118
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master II
£23,950
Seller
Trilogy Jewellers Limited
 
UK
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
£15,456
Seller
Heritage Jewelry and Loan
10
US
Patek Philippe World Time 5131J-014
£90,000
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
328
UK
Zenith Elite Yellow Gold
£3,394
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
IWC Portuguese Grande Complication
£91,152
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph
£124,995
Seller
Luxewatches.co.uk
11
UK
Rolex 116505 Cosmograph Daytona - Everose Gold Box & Papers
£23,900
Free shipping
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Watch Club
70
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.