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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 White Gold - Box & Papers 2015
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 White Gold - Box & Papers 2015
£16,010
Seller
Mark Worthington Jewellers
84
UK
Patek Philippe Travel Time
TOP
Patek Philippe Travel Time
£46,116
Seller
Haute Horologe
AE
Rolex 31mm Presidential Champagne Dial/Diamond Bezel 68278
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Rolex 31mm Presidential Champagne Dial/Diamond Bezel 68278
£8,454
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Watch My Diamonds
107
US
Longines Conquest Automatic Vintage 18k Yel Gold 1960s Mens...
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Longines Conquest Automatic Vintage 18k Yel Gold 1960s Mens...
£2,934
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GMTSKY
342
US
Ulysse Nardin 670-85 Sonata Silicium Grey Dial Automatic Men's...
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Ulysse Nardin 670-85 Sonata Silicium Grey Dial Automatic Men's...
£22,750
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Iceberg Jewelers
143
US
Rolex Datejust Midsize Yellow Gold  Ref: 68278 (1996 papers)
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Rolex Datejust Midsize Yellow Gold Ref: 68278 (1996 papers)
£7,400
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Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3448 | Archive Extracts |...
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3448 | Archive Extracts |...
Price on request
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A Collected Man
9
UK
Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-Wound Ladies Rose Gold Diamond...
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Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-Wound Ladies Rose Gold Diamond...
£17,293
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Guardian Of Time
604
UK
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar IW503202(IWC Serviced 2017)
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IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar IW503202(IWC Serviced 2017)
£15,995
Free shipping
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ChronoEdge
124
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 18k White Gold Factory MOP Diamond Dial (B&P)
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 18k White Gold Factory MOP Diamond Dial (B&P)
£11,794
Seller
Watch Center London
671
UK
Omega Seamaster
Omega Seamaster
£1,325
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G.W Blower
 
UK
Rolex Presidential Day Date Red Vignette Dial Diamond Watch 18038
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Rolex Presidential Day Date Red Vignette Dial Diamond Watch 18038
£13,065
Seller
Watch My Diamonds
107
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K White Gold Men's 5524G-001 - COM1571
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K White Gold Men's 5524G-001 - COM1571
£39,995
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Xupes.com
127
UK
Breguet 18k White Gold Transatlantique Type XX Flyback...
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Breguet 18k White Gold Transatlantique Type XX Flyback...
£7,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Rolex Rose  Gold Day-Date, Black Arabic Dial Ref: 118205 (2011)
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Rolex Rose Gold Day-Date, Black Arabic Dial Ref: 118205 (2011)
£13,150
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Rolex Day-Date, ref: 1803.  Grey dial.  Yellow  Gold. 1967.
Rolex Day-Date, ref: 1803. Grey dial. Yellow Gold. 1967.
£7,995
Seller
Prestige Watches
 
UK
IWC Automatic 18k Gold Cal. 8541B
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IWC Automatic 18k Gold Cal. 8541B
£1,800
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
14
UK
Rolex 116515LN NEW
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Rolex 116515LN NEW
£19,500
Seller
Watches R US Ltd
13
UK
Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold New Unworn (Box&Papers)
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Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold New Unworn (Box&Papers)
£12,326
Seller
Watch Center London
671
UK
GC X44001G1 Mens B1-Class Chronograph Swiss Watch
GC X44001G1 Mens B1-Class Chronograph Swiss Watch
£175
Seller
Its Watch Time Ltd
5
UK
Cartier Santos Demoiselle WF9008Z8 Original Diamonds
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Cartier Santos Demoiselle WF9008Z8 Original Diamonds
£19,311
Seller
Watch My Diamonds
107
US
Rolex Watch Daytona 116519
Rolex Watch Daytona 116519
£15,750
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Cellini Asymmetrical Vintage 4100
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Rolex Cellini Asymmetrical Vintage 4100
£1,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Hublot King Power F1 India,  Ltd Edition, Box & Papers
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Hublot King Power F1 India, Ltd Edition, Box & Papers
£16,500
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Rado Quartz Midsize 121.9028.2 Watch
Rado Quartz Midsize 121.9028.2 Watch
£199
Seller
Vintage Time Watches
11
UK
Patek Philippe Gondolo - stunning -
Patek Philippe Gondolo - stunning -
£14,395
Seller
Prestige Watches
 
UK
Cartier Tank Franchise 18K White Gold Watch Ref 2366
Cartier Tank Franchise 18K White Gold Watch Ref 2366
£3,500
Seller
The Classic Watch Buyers Club Ltd.
10
UK
Cartier Tank Française Lay 18k Yellow Gold Factory Diamonds
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Cartier Tank Française Lay 18k Yellow Gold Factory Diamonds
£7,005
Seller
Watch Center London
671
UK
Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic 38mm Rose Gold
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Hublot Classic Fusion Automatic 38mm Rose Gold
£11,262
Free shipping
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Istock LTD
81
LV
Rolex Day-Date President Pink MOP Roman  Diamond Dial Bezel 18038
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Rolex Day-Date President Pink MOP Roman Diamond Dial Bezel 18038
£11,528
Seller
Watch My Diamonds
107
US
Hublot Watch Big Bang 301.PB.131.RX
Hublot Watch Big Bang 301.PB.131.RX
£15,750
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Date Vintage 1509
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Rolex Date Vintage 1509
£6,950
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Dual Time White Gold, Ref: 385.026
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Dual Time White Gold, Ref: 385.026
£11,950
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT
£354,722
Seller
Guardian Of Time
604
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Saxonia. Automatic. Big Date. 37mm
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Saxonia. Automatic. Big Date. 37mm
£14,795
Seller
Prestige Watches
 
UK
Junkers G38 Automatic Watch Gold Case 6964_5
Junkers G38 Automatic Watch Gold Case 6964_5
£423
Seller
The Classic Watch Buyers Club Ltd.
10
UK
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm Rose Gold (Box&Papers)
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm Rose Gold (Box&Papers)
£10,197
Seller
Watch Center London
671
UK
Patek Philippe 5170R-010 - Rose Gold - Men - Complications
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Patek Philippe 5170R-010 - Rose Gold - Men - Complications
£44,579
Seller
WATCHGUY NYC
 
US
Patek Philippe 2526J Vintage Automatic Calatrava
Patek Philippe 2526J Vintage Automatic Calatrava
£30,360
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Watch Daytona 116528
Rolex Watch Daytona 116528
£18,750
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Precision Rare Chronometer Vintage 4134
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Rolex Precision Rare Chronometer Vintage 4134
£12,500
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Rolex Day-Date Silver Pinstripe Dial Ref: 18238 (with papers)
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Rolex Day-Date Silver Pinstripe Dial Ref: 18238 (with papers)
£9,950
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Rose Gold Chronograph...
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Rose Gold Chronograph...
£94,445
Seller
Guardian Of Time
604
UK
Michael Kors MK5774 Parker Ladies Chronograph Quartz Ladies Watch
Michael Kors MK5774 Parker Ladies Chronograph Quartz Ladies Watch
£129
Seller
Its Watch Time Ltd
5
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon – Q500142a...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon – Q500142a...
£66,510
Seller
Mall of the Watch
650
MC
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 18k Yellow Gold Mid Size Manual...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 18k Yellow Gold Mid Size Manual...
£6,295
Seller
Watch Center London
671
UK
Hublot Big Bang Pop Art King Gold Apple (Limited Edition)
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Hublot Big Bang Pop Art King Gold Apple (Limited Edition)
£17,470
Free shipping
Seller
Istock LTD
81
LV
Rolex Daytona 116509 2017
Rolex Daytona 116509 2017
£23,500
Free shipping
Seller
MJJ Watches
 
UK
Audemars Piguet Watch Royal Oak 26120OR.OO.D002CR.01
Audemars Piguet Watch Royal Oak 26120OR.OO.D002CR.01
£19,950
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Vintage 6825
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback Vintage 6825
£4,250
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Bulgari Ladies B.Zero 1 18k Yellow Gold, Ref: BZ22G
TOP
Bulgari Ladies B.Zero 1 18k Yellow Gold, Ref: BZ22G
£1,900
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master II 44mm 18ct Yellow Gold
Rolex Yacht-Master II 44mm 18ct Yellow Gold
£26,604
Seller
Guardian Of Time
604
UK
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 18238 Black Onyx Dial 18K
Rolex President Day-Date Men's Watch 18238 Black Onyx Dial 18K
£18,000
Seller
Wilson Watches
10
UK
Omega De Ville - Automatic - Yellow Gold 9Carat Gent's Used Watch
Omega De Ville - Automatic - Yellow Gold 9Carat Gent's Used Watch
£2,350
Seller
Depot Luxury Ltd.
6
UK
Chanel Shanerura 18k White Gold Factory Diamonds
TOP
Chanel Shanerura 18k White Gold Factory Diamonds
£4,433
Seller
Watch Center London
671
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Rose Gold
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Rose Gold
£16,229
Free shipping
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Istock LTD
81
LV
Cartier Tortue Privee
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Cartier Tortue Privee
£5,500
Seller
Weybridge Watches
 
UK
Rolex Watch Daytona 116518
Rolex Watch Daytona 116518
£14,950
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Cellini 6682/9
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Rolex Cellini 6682/9
£5,250
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Rolex Day-Date Cognac Dial Leather Strap, Ref: 118138
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Rolex Day-Date Cognac Dial Leather Strap, Ref: 118138
£10,200
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Split Sec Chronograph...
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Split Sec Chronograph...
£150,757
Seller
Guardian Of Time
604
UK
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
£9,223
Seller
PatekMonger
 
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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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