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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime 500 exemplaires
£8,671
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KronologY
65
FR
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Chopard 1970s Tutti Frutti Multi Gem Happy Diamond Bracelet Watch
£6,124
Free shipping
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
22
US
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Vacheron Constantin Classique Deux tons Circa 1950
£4,002
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MONTRES MANIA
13
FR
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Breitling Starliner Diamond Bezel - Serviced by Breitling
£10,365
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
153
UK
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Rolex 6611B with rare bracelet original laquer/stella dial
£20,805
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Providence Trading Co.
 
US
TOP
Rolex 18038 36mm 18K Day-Date Black 8+2 Diamond Dial
£10,324
Free shipping
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SGA Watches & Jewelry
27
US
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Glashütte Original Senator PanoLunar Tourbillion 18K Rose Gold...
£59,995
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Xupes.com
206
UK
Universal Genève Tri-Compax Calendar Chrono 12253
£5,500
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
298
UK
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Cartier Tank Francaise Rose Gold 2793 W500264H Womens Watch 18...
£8,008
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Sky Diamond
84
US
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 18ct White Gold(Patek Philippe...
£9,995
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ChronoEdge
200
UK
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
£15,309
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Heritage Jewelry and Loan
10
US
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371482
£10,005
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Your Luxury Time LTD
493
UK
Bremont Watch Kingsman BKM-RG
£12,750
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
TOP
Patek Philippe 2526 cream porcelain enamel dial for 18k yg
£12,365
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Providence Trading Co.
 
US
Hublot King Power 701.OX.0180.RX. FACTORY BAGUETTE BEZEL
£27,800
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Grayson Black & Co
6
UK
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Cartier Tank Francaise Diamond 18K White Gold Unisex 2404MG -...
£13,995
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Xupes.com
206
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master 116655
£16,750
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
298
UK
Ebel 1911
£4,950
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Avanti Fine Watches
 
UK
TOP
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club 18ct Rose Gold Chronograph IW390209
£12,995
Free shipping
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ChronoEdge
200
UK
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Rolex Daytona
£23,500
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Masterpiece Jewellers Limited
 
UK
Rolex Day-Date
£8,900
Free shipping
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M J GILLAN LTD
11
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret
£9,950
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Chaipaval Partnership
 
UK
Rolex Watch Daytona 6265
£125,000
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic 'JUMBO' White Dial -...
£31,950
Seller
Grayson Black & Co
6
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18K Yellow Gold Men's 18038 - W5741
£10,195
Seller
Xupes.com
206
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3445G
£10,500
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
298
UK
Rolex 6622/8
£3,100
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Avanti Fine Watches
 
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, AP serviced 2018. Offshore rose...
£28,995
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ChronoEdge
200
UK
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar white gold full set
£27,481
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
11
UK
Patek Philippe Classic Calatrava Mint condition Circa 1970
£6,500
Free shipping
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M J GILLAN LTD
11
UK
Cartier Tortue
£5,750
Free shipping
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Chaipaval Partnership
 
UK
Vacheron Constantin Watch Patrimony 81180
£7,500
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Cartier Americaine XL Rose Gold W2609156
£6,990
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Grayson Black & Co
6
UK
Franck Muller Gravity Skeleton Tourbillon 18K Rose Gold Men's...
£139,995
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Xupes.com
206
UK
Rolex Day-Date II 218349
£29,000
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
298
UK
Rolex 16233
£4,750
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Avanti Fine Watches
 
UK
Hublot King Power Unico 18ct Rose Gold (Hublot Serviced 2019)
£18,995
Free shipping
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ChronoEdge
200
UK
Rolex Daytona
£23,553
Free shipping
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Forever Yours Luxury
8
US
Patek Philippe Automatic back winder Calatrava 1981
£7,250
Free shipping
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M J GILLAN LTD
11
UK
Patek Philippe Travel Time
£39,500
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Chaipaval Partnership
 
UK
Hublot Watch Big Bang 601.OX.0183.LR
£25,750
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Longines Classic
£800
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Hopkins & Jones Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Datejust 26 18K Yellow Gold Women's 69178 - W5736
£5,895
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Xupes.com
206
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava 4858J-010
£12,750
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
298
UK
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Cartier Tank Vermeil 2413
£1,295
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Charles Martin Watch Company Ltd
7
UK
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18ct White Gold Automatic...
£17,995
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ChronoEdge
200
UK
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Omega Olympic official timekeeper pink gold full set
£8,440
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
11
UK
Cartier Captive de Cartier Diamond Gold Watch
£34,000
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Mi Mi Jewellery Ltd
 
UK
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Breitling Headwind Yellow Gold - Serviced by Breitling
£14,530
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
153
UK
Patek Philippe Watch Nautilus 3800/1J-001
£23,750
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. 5524G-001
£33,500
Seller
The Watch Directory
64
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18K Yellow Gold Men's 18238 - W5743
£11,995
Seller
Xupes.com
206
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296R-001
£14,250
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
298
UK
Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43
£11,739
Seller
Premium Watches
6
UK
Cartier Tank Francaise 18ct Gold Automatic (Cartier serviced...
£4,500
Free shipping
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ChronoEdge
200
UK
Patek Philippe 3816/6
£17,500
Free shipping
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Chaipaval Partnership
 
UK
Zenith Chronograph Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon
£30,238
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Elite Chrono Ltd.
323
UK
Cuervo y Sobrinos HISTORIADOR CRONOGRAFO GOLD L.E.
£27,478
Free shipping
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Forever Yours Luxury
8
US
A. Lange & Söhne Watch Datograph 410.038FE
£87,500
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
TOP
Omega Constellations 1960 Chronometer Soild 18k gold case an...
£3,995
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Private Seller
 
UK
Omega De Ville Cal.1012 18K Yellow Gold Unisex - W4917
£3,995
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Xupes.com
206
UK
Vacheron Constantin Renaissance Gold NOS 92084
£4,500
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
298
UK
TOP
Rolex Submariner in 18k Gold with Blue Dial & Insert, Ref: 16808
£19,750
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Tempvs Ltd
125
UK
Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 18ct Rose Gold...
£23,995
Free shipping
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ChronoEdge
200
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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