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R 177,036
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上海天仪轩钟表有限公司
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Chopard Two O Ten Chronograph
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Patek Philippe RARE 1940s ladies 18kt White gold Diamond set
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R 174,499
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US
Vacheron Constantin Malte Régulateur Dual Time
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CH
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph - 5960R-001
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph - 5960R-001
R 756,412
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
63
CH
Breguet Classique 18 K Yellow Gold
Breguet Classique 18 K Yellow Gold
R 78,005
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
101
NL
Breguet Classic 18kWG Diamonds 72% off
Breguet Classic 18kWG Diamonds 72% off
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
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US
Parmigiani Fleurier TORIC TECNICA MINOS
Parmigiani Fleurier TORIC TECNICA MINOS
R 9,266,048
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ZEGG & CERLATI
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Franck Muller V 45 T Gravity CS Yachting 5N.BL
Franck Muller V 45 T Gravity CS Yachting 5N.BL
R 1,174,511
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VI Watch Guy
VI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chrono 146.2.25 Red Gold, 41mm
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chrono 146.2.25 Red Gold, 41mm
R 174,521
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Taleda
212
CH
Rolex Chronograph 3319 Antimagnetic yellow gold Very Rare 1945’s
Rolex Chronograph 3319 Antimagnetic yellow gold Very Rare 1945’s
R 370,327
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Watches Management
 
IT
Patek Philippe 1960s PATEK PHILIPPE 18KT YG REF 3425 CALATRAVA...
Patek Philippe 1960s PATEK PHILIPPE 18KT YG REF 3425 CALATRAVA...
R 119,465
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
R 302,425
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Tempvs Ltd
41
UK
Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Automatic 18K Rose Gold 521.OX.2611.OX
Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Automatic 18K Rose Gold 521.OX.2611.OX
R 370,327
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KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
 
RO
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
R 231,651
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OROeORA PRINTEZIS
42
GR
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
R 548,399
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Artex AG
 
CH
Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 56% off
Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 56% off
R 200,674
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
6
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto JLQ 7052421
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto JLQ 7052421
R 166,144
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TimeWorld
17
CH
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 4914g-001 White Gold, Leather
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 4914g-001 White Gold, Leather
R 273,650
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Taleda
212
CH
Cartier Tank Obus 16302 yellow gold Full Set 1994’s
Cartier Tank Obus 16302 yellow gold Full Set 1994’s
R 62,246
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Watches Management
 
IT
Patek Philippe Mint 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
Patek Philippe Mint 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
R 154,364
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Omega De Ville 14k gold caliber 565
Omega De Ville 14k gold caliber 565
R 60,749
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Vintage Watch Services
72
NL
Graham Chronofighter 43mm Roségold 2CFAR.B10A.C54B
Graham Chronofighter 43mm Roségold 2CFAR.B10A.C54B
R 137,888
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KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
 
RO
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
R 250,000
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Private seller
ZA
Chopard Diamond & 18k Gold Cocktail Watch for Kutchinsky
Chopard Diamond & 18k Gold Cocktail Watch for Kutchinsky
R 103,689
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Nicolas Watch Co.
 
UK
Patek Philippe World Time Cloisoneé
Patek Philippe World Time Cloisoneé
R 1,575,858
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Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref  2143
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref 2143
R 76,902
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
UK
Chronographe Suisse Cie Mens
Chronographe Suisse Cie Mens
R 10,403
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MKG
 
US
Vacheron Constantin Asymmetrical 35202 Prestige De La France 1972
Vacheron Constantin Asymmetrical 35202 Prestige De La France 1972
R 149,707
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Watches Management
 
IT
Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
R 483,227
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
R 28,917
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Vintage Watch Services
72
NL
Chopard L.U.C. 1937 Classic Rosé Gold, NEW
Chopard L.U.C. 1937 Classic Rosé Gold, NEW
price on request
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WatchesNorte
ES
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz
R 119,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Rolex Day Date Men's Watch
Rolex Day Date Men's Watch
R 156,900
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Luxurytime South Africa
ZA
Urban Jürgensen Perpetual Calendar Moonphase
Urban Jürgensen Perpetual Calendar Moonphase
R 611,433
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Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
IWC Portuguiser
IWC Portuguiser
R 209,426
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Gold Time
 
CH
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5159J-001
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5159J-001
R 800,536
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Spliedt & Cie GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
price on request
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Watches Management
 
IT
Vacheron Constantin 1980s 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
Vacheron Constantin 1980s 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
R 288,594
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
R 12,843
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Vintage Watch Services
72
NL
Patek Philippe Calatrava Water Lilies and Lotus Double Sealed
Patek Philippe Calatrava Water Lilies and Lotus Double Sealed
R 1,859,513
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Watch & Bullion
 
GI
Audemars Piguet Ladies' Gold
Audemars Piguet Ladies' Gold
R 250,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Bulgari -   chronograph - BB 38 GL CH
Bulgari - chronograph - BB 38 GL CH
R 73,277
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New Watches Barcelona, S.L.
 
ES
Paul Picot Technograph
Paul Picot Technograph
R 212,741
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Plinio Gioielli S.R.L.
 
IT
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
R 80,000
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EstateGems (Pty) Ltd
ZA
Ulysse Nardin El Toro- Dualtime Perpetual Calendar
Ulysse Nardin El Toro- Dualtime Perpetual Calendar
R 471,182
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Spliedt & Cie GmbH
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jumbo enamel cloisonne very rare rose gold...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jumbo enamel cloisonne very rare rose gold...
price on request
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Watches Management
 
IT
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18kt WG 1960s...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18kt WG 1960s...
R 56,377
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Omega Seamaster Cosmic vintage 1968 18k gold automatic 35mm
Omega Seamaster Cosmic vintage 1968 18k gold automatic 35mm
R 25,214
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Foto Camera
21
IT
Rolex GMT Master II Yellow Gold Black dial
Rolex GMT Master II Yellow Gold Black dial
R 386,085
Seller
Watch & Bullion
 
GI
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
R 199,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Longines - Longines 30 millionth Longines watch” limited...
Longines - Longines 30 millionth Longines watch” limited...
R 56,731
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New Watches Barcelona, S.L.
 
ES
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
R 132,372
Seller
Plinio Gioielli S.R.L.
 
IT
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chrono-Flyback
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chrono-Flyback
R 2,174,685
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Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Vintage 1983
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Vintage 1983
R 140,251
Seller
Spliedt & Cie GmbH
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Enamel cloisonne very rare yellow gold 18KT...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Enamel cloisonne very rare yellow gold 18KT...
price on request
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Watches Management
 
IT
Patek Philippe Gay Freres 1941 Massive Herringbone concealed
Patek Philippe Gay Freres 1941 Massive Herringbone concealed
R 154,364
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Watch Hunter
 
US
IWC 1895 solid 18k gold hunting case chronometer pocket watc
IWC 1895 solid 18k gold hunting case chronometer pocket watc
R 41,760
Seller
Foto Camera
21
IT
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Ladies 67651BA.ZZ.1261BA.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Ladies 67651BA.ZZ.1261BA.01
R 386,085
Seller
Watch & Bullion
 
GI
Rolex Cellini
Rolex Cellini
R 93,543
Seller
Gold Time
 
CH
Patek Philippe -  Retrograde Perpetual Calendar - 5050R
Patek Philippe - Retrograde Perpetual Calendar - 5050R
R 764,291
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New Watches Barcelona, S.L.
 
ES
Audemars Piguet BA 4136
Audemars Piguet BA 4136
R 44,124
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Plinio Gioielli S.R.L.
 
IT

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.