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Breguet 8918bb58864d00d
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Breguet 8918bb58864d00d
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
9
HK
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
R 173,682
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Watch Hunter
 
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Vacheron Constantin Rare Vintage Ref.4961 "Ultra-fine"...
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Vacheron Constantin Rare Vintage Ref.4961 "Ultra-fine"...
R 73,405
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
R 136,861
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Watch Hunter
 
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Hublot Big Bang King  Min Repeater NEW 65% off
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Hublot Big Bang King Min Repeater NEW 65% off
R 2,076,536
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
7
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ''Leo Messi"...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ''Leo Messi"...
R 636,174
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Filipucci Juweliers
284
NL
Vacheron Constantin Calatrava/ Dress watch, seconds 6456 -Gold...
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Vacheron Constantin Calatrava/ Dress watch, seconds 6456 -Gold...
R 56,685
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Zenith Academy Force Constante 18.2210.4810-01.C713 limited 150
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Zenith Academy Force Constante 18.2210.4810-01.C713 limited 150
R 464,814
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TimeWorld
19
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon White Gold
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon White Gold
R 242,562
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Chopard Imperiale White Gold Chrono 40MM, Full Diamond...
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Chopard Imperiale White Gold Chrono 40MM, Full Diamond...
R 619,862
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M.J.WATCHES
46
BE
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
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Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
R 320,421
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Tempvs Ltd
47
UK
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
R 28,514
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Vintage Watch Services
114
NL
Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
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Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
R 347,363
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Watch Hunter
 
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Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 60% +off
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Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 60% +off
R 188,965
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
7
US
Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
R 260,995
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
IT
Zenith Chronomaster Vollkalender Mondphase 18k/750 Gold
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Zenith Chronomaster Vollkalender Mondphase 18k/750 Gold
R 111,738
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Franck Muller INFINITY FULL DIAMONDS PAVE
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Franck Muller INFINITY FULL DIAMONDS PAVE
R 2,947,608
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ZEGG & CERLATI
14
MC
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
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Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
R 273,555
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger – Master Calendar 18kt Rose Gold...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger – Master Calendar 18kt Rose Gold...
R 208,418
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
7
US
Chopard Imperiale Or rouge 18KT.
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Chopard Imperiale Or rouge 18KT.
R 252,127
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
13
CH
Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
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Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
R 13,294
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Vintage Watch Services
114
NL
Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
R 134,777
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Watch Hunter
 
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Chopard Happy Diamonds PAPERS manual winding 0,15crt 18k 1980...
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Chopard Happy Diamonds PAPERS manual winding 0,15crt 18k 1980...
R 26,083
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vtgwatch.com
82
NL
Patek Philippe Pocket-Watch NEW
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Patek Philippe Pocket-Watch NEW
R 112,554
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Paradiso Luxury Srl
9
IT
Corum Lepine Taschenuhr mit Kette in Gold 18k/750 38mm
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Corum Lepine Taschenuhr mit Kette in Gold 18k/750 38mm
R 32,461
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox jumbo silver bicolor dial rose gold 1960
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox jumbo silver bicolor dial rose gold 1960
R 57,908
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Watches Management
7
IT
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle date
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle date
R 332,116
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Breguet Classique Power Reserve Moonphase Rose Gold 7787br
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Breguet Classique Power Reserve Moonphase Rose Gold 7787br
R 243,154
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
7
US
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
R 250,000
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Private seller
ZA
Rolex Daytona  rose gold chocolate dial full set 2017  116505
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Rolex Daytona rose gold chocolate dial full set 2017 116505
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
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Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
R 59,746
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Watch Hunter
 
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Cal.478 Dresswatch / 18k YG / 36 mm /...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Cal.478 Dresswatch / 18k YG / 36 mm /...
R 39,149
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Audemars Piguet Ladies' Gold
Audemars Piguet Ladies' Gold
R 250,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
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Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
R 37,355
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Rolex Day-Date 18 Carat Yellow Gold 18238 With Box and Paper
Rolex Day-Date 18 Carat Yellow Gold 18238 With Box and Paper
R 200,492
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Beau Gems Ltd
 
UK
Omega 750/18kt Gelbgold exklusive Chronometer Herrenuhr v 1944...
Omega 750/18kt Gelbgold exklusive Chronometer Herrenuhr v 1944...
R 54,483
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Antique Watches GmbH
41
DE
Cartier Tank Française Francese Francaise French Ref. W50001R2
Cartier Tank Française Francese Francaise French Ref. W50001R2
R 260,995
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Gioielleria De Meo
 
IT
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
R 80,000
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EstateGems (Pty) Ltd
ZA
Zenith Oro 18 KT Ref.06.0210.626
Zenith Oro 18 KT Ref.06.0210.626
R 13,050
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Teodori Gioielleria
9
IT
Patek Philippe VINTAGE  PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
R 116,714
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Watch Hunter
 
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IWC Rare Vintage Cal.83 / Teardrop / 14k YG / 1944 / Serivced
IWC Rare Vintage Cal.83 / Teardrop / 14k YG / 1944 / Serivced
R 48,936
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
R 199,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre reverso or 18k 250.1.86
Jaeger-LeCoultre reverso or 18k 250.1.86
R 114,185
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Joaillerie Landauer
6
FR
Cartier Drive de Cartier 2016 with box and papers
Cartier Drive de Cartier 2016 with box and papers
R 200,492
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Beau Gems Ltd
 
UK
Omega Seamaster DeVille Automatik 750/18kt Rotgold Herrenuhr...
Omega Seamaster DeVille Automatik 750/18kt Rotgold Herrenuhr...
R 41,580
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Antique Watches GmbH
41
DE
Cartier Pasha Ref. W3004151 , NUOVO, NEW UNWORN, chrono reflex
Cartier Pasha Ref. W3004151 , NUOVO, NEW UNWORN, chrono reflex
R 133,156
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Gioielleria De Meo
 
IT
Urban Jürgensen Perpetual Calendar Moonphase
Urban Jürgensen Perpetual Calendar Moonphase
R 632,912
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Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
Magik Watch in Oro Chronograph
Magik Watch in Oro Chronograph
R 21,206
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Teodori Gioielleria
9
IT
Chopard snake Chopard 18k Y/G Happy Diamonds Lds Snake Watch
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Chopard snake Chopard 18k Y/G Happy Diamonds Lds Snake Watch
R 201,471
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Watch Hunter
 
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IWC Vintage Jumbo Cal.852 Pellaton / 36.5 mm / 18k YG / 1952
IWC Vintage Jumbo Cal.852 Pellaton / 36.5 mm / 18k YG / 1952
R 40,780
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
R 199,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre OR ROSE 1950
Jaeger-LeCoultre OR ROSE 1950
R 30,993
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Joaillerie Landauer
6
FR
Condor C1 rose gold chronograph
Condor C1 rose gold chronograph
R 127,253
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Paris Jewels
 
UK
Longines 750/18kt Gelbgold Herrenuhr von 1973 - Kaliber 284 -...
Longines 750/18kt Gelbgold Herrenuhr von 1973 - Kaliber 284 -...
R 17,111
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Antique Watches GmbH
41
DE
Audemars Piguet Huittieme Ref. OR77113/002
Audemars Piguet Huittieme Ref. OR77113/002
R 133,156
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Gioielleria De Meo
 
IT
IWC Portugieser 7 Tage
IWC Portugieser 7 Tage
R 194,115
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Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
Rolex DAY-DATE Mother of Pearl and Diamonds
Rolex DAY-DATE Mother of Pearl and Diamonds
R 276,418
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Abu Jameel Jewellery Co. W.L.L
BH
Breitling 1970S EMERALD DIAMOND SET CONCEALED DIAL 18KT YG
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Breitling 1970S EMERALD DIAMOND SET CONCEALED DIAL 18KT YG
R 208,418
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Watch Hunter
 
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Omega 221.53.49.10.01.002
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Omega 221.53.49.10.01.002
R 199,435
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
9
HK
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
R 128,850
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Juwelier Rubin GbR
 
DE
Universal Genève Calendrier, modèle 11307
Universal Genève Calendrier, modèle 11307
R 57,093
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Joaillerie Landauer
6
FR
Franck Muller Vanguard 18k Rose Gold Gold Automatic V 45 Sc Dt...
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Franck Muller Vanguard 18k Rose Gold Gold Automatic V 45 Sc Dt...
R 211,900
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
17
HK

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.