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Omega vintage or rose COLLECTOR Serviced 2 YEAR WARRANTY
£1,993
Seller
Pascal Karp Watches Expertise
23
BE
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IWC Vintage or rose Jumbo Cal 89 SERVICED 2 YEAR WARRANTY
£2,174
Seller
Pascal Karp Watches Expertise
23
BE
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Rolex M50525-0008 CELLINI DUAL TIME
£12,870
Seller
COHERENTHK 時尚站
6
HK
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, Yellow Gold, MOP Diamond Dial
£10,750
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Tempvs Ltd
141
UK
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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Jumping Seconds Rose gold
£45,999
Seller
Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
20
US
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
£15,600
Seller
Heritage Jewelry and Loan
10
US
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Vacheron Constantin Ref: 333 Men watch
£5,850
Seller
Depot Luxury Ltd.
9
UK
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Cartier Tank Americaine
£8,500
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Veritime Ltd
14
UK
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Graham Swordfish Chronograph 2SWAR 18k Rose Gold
£9,995
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CHRONO WATCH
145
UK
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Breguet Tradition rose gold 18K anthracite movement full set...
£15,308
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
16
UK
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Patek Philippe Calatrava - Ref. 3520/D - Fully Serviced
£7,195
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
36
UK
Rolex Lady- 26mm 179179-0165-83139
£13,750
Seller
The Watch Directory
76
UK
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master Nipple Dial Yellow Gold 16758 - W5386
£17,599
Seller
Xupes.com
220
UK
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
£11,712
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
650
UK
TOP
Rolex Submariner 18ct gold with Gold Serti dial
£16,995
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
131
UK
Rolex 6265 Cosmograph Daytona Box & Certificate” - Rare 18ct...
£150,000
Free shipping
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Watch Club
86
UK
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Omega 14K Solid Gold Mens Seamaster De Ville Black dial watch...
£1,999
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Fine Auction Club
462
UK
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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Chronograph Rose Gold 8880 CC AT
£11,500
Seller
CHRONO WATCH
145
UK
TOP
Omega Olympic official timekeeper pink gold full set
£8,596
Seller
TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
16
UK
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 9ct Gold Automatic - Asprey - Fully...
£1,995
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
36
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36MM 118209-00-73209
£15,995
Seller
The Watch Directory
76
UK
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Rolex Cellini Danao 18k White & Rose Gold, Ref: 4233 Papers
£3,750
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
141
UK
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IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 150 Years
£29,566
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
650
UK
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Corum 5971 Corum Buckingham
£175,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Audemars Piguet 25654BA Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar - 39mm...
£32,500
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Watch Club
86
UK
Omega De Ville - Automatic - Yellow Gold 9Carat Gent's Used Watch
£3,000
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Depot Luxury Ltd.
9
UK
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Ebel Beluga Yellow Gold M.O.P. Diamond Dial - Box & Papers 2011
£7,285
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
194
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master 268655
£13,950
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
349
UK
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Cartier Vendome 18k Gold - Fully Serviced
£2,295
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
36
UK
Rolex Pearlmaster 34 Special Edition 81209-0018-72849
£14,500
Seller
The Watch Directory
76
UK
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Piaget Dancer White Gold, Salmon Dial, Ref: GOA23011
£8,450
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Tempvs Ltd
141
UK
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Rolex Daytona classic blue arabic dial full set and Rolex...
Price on request
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
16
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36, 1803. 1967
£8,350
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Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Audemars Piguet 25940OK.OO.D002CA.01 Royal Oak Offshore 42mm -...
£20,950
Free shipping
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Watch Club
86
UK
Omega Vintage Caliber 601 Mechanical Men Watch Omega Box
£850
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Depot Luxury Ltd.
9
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Black Dial Rose Gold 18k 39MM...
£15,350
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Swiss Horology
91
UK
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5035G-001
£14,950
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
349
UK
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Rolex Prince Ref. 1879 "Ultra Prima" - Serviced
£4,995
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
36
UK
Rolex Ladies Yacht-Master 169628-04-78738
£9,500
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The Watch Directory
76
UK
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Rolex Day-Date 36 presidential Band - Straight from Rolex service
£11,350
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UK
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Breguet Hora Mundi 5727
£46,260
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WatchesofMayfair.com
650
UK
Omega Constellation
£4,450
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Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Patek Philippe 3940J Perpetual Calendar 1st Series - Grande...
£37,995
Free shipping
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Watch Club
86
UK
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£8,000
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Depot Luxury Ltd.
9
UK
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£5,250
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CHRONO WATCH
145
UK
Rolex Day-Date 1803
£6,950
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349
UK
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Cartier Baignoire 18k Yellow Gold - Diamond - Fully Serviced
£6,995
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
36
UK
Rolex Cellini Prince 5441/9-0002
£8,000
Seller
The Watch Directory
76
UK
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
£13,011
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Private Seller
 
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava Yellow gold Discontinued 5119J-001
£12,950
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H&Y Jewellery
52
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36. Diamond Bezel. 18238
£11,950
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Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Vacheron Constantin 4322 Historically Important - Marshal Tito
£22,500
Free shipping
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Watch Club
86
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Classic Vintage Mechanical Men Slim Watch...
£3,750
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9
UK
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 18k Rose Gold 42mm
£8,950
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145
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26470OR.OO.A002CR.01
£27,000
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
349
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 Factory Diamond Dial MINT condition 1993 papers
£11,395
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Ramsdens Whitby
8
UK
Rolex Cellini Prince 5443/9-0002
£8,000
Seller
The Watch Directory
76
UK
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Rolex Day-Date
£16,990
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Private Seller
 
UK
Patek Philippe Grand Complication Minute Repeater Tourbillion
£399,987
Free shipping
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Fine Watch Bank
57
US
Rolex Daytona 116518. Box and Papers 2014
£16,950
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Market Cross Jewellers
 
UK
Cartier W2609956 2928 Tank Americaine XL - White Gold Full Set
£6,795
Free shipping
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Watch Club
86
UK
IWC Schaffhausen De Luxe Gold 18Carat
£1,485
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Depot Luxury Ltd.
9
UK
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Complications 5205G-010
£27,799
Seller
H&Y Jewellery
52
UK
Cartier Unique Diamond Flying Tourbillon Rotonde CRHPI00507
£450,000
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
349
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.