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Patek Philippe Gondolo 5200G-001 New White gold 32.4mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Gondolo
Price on request
Verified Dealer
5
SG
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus 40MM 18K Rose Gold Chronograph Watch...
R 3 178 079
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
298
US
Richard Mille RM 010 RM010 Very good Rose gold 48mm Automatic
TOP
Richard Mille RM010 Limited Edition Le Mans Classic Rose Gold...
R 2 233 196
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
298
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Very good Yellow gold Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton Automatic 1978 Rare 1st...
R 739 474
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
32
US
Baume & Mercier Clifton M0A10059 New Rose gold 38.8mm Automatic
TOP
Baume & Mercier Clifton Rose Gold
R 76 801
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
537
LV
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 18.2041.4061/77.C494 Very good Rose gold
TOP
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Rolling Stones 18k Rose...
R 233 319
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
166
ES
Omega Genève 38533173 Good Yellow gold 34.5mm Automatic South Africa, ALBERTON
Omega Geneve Automatic 18ct Solid Gold BA.166.163
R 23 006
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
Rolex Day-Date 36
R 285 000
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, ladysmith
Rolex Day-Date 36
R 210 000
Private Seller
ZA
IWC Big Pilot IW502617 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
R 435 370
Verified Dealer
697
US
Piaget Limelight P10120 Very good White gold 18mm Quartz
TOP
Piaget Limelight, White Gold Ladies Diamond Jewellery Watch
R 169 576
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
51
CH
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180/2 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
R 250 040

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DE
Breguet Tradition 7027BB/G9/9V6 Very good White gold 37mm Manual winding
TOP
Breguet Tradition White Gold 7027BB/G9/9V6
R 256 120
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
647
UK
IWC IWC Cal. 97 Art Deco Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
TOP
IWC 14K Gold Cal 97 Art Deco Pocket watch taschenuhr
R 35 951
Verified Dealer
109
HU
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.53.42.21.06.001 Very good Rose gold 41.5mm Automatic South Africa, ladysmith
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
R 120 000
Private Seller
ZA
Frederique Constant Manufacture FC-760DG4H9 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Frederique Constant Manufacture Flyback Chronograph rose gold...
R 180 628
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
49
FR
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179 White Gold
R 229 812
Verified Dealer
774
US
Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona Gold "Newman dial" New 2020
R 725 233
Verified Dealer
512
ES
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph IW390209 Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph
R 239 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Universal Genève Polerouter Very good Yellow gold 34mm Quartz
TOP
Universal Genève Sector Dial Polerouter Electric, Huguenin...
R 84 788
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
51
CH
Cartier Tank Américaine 819908 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Américaine 18K (0,750) Gold Mondphase Herren Ref....
R 104 021

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DE
Rolex Daytona Rolex Daytona 16588SARO Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yellow Gold Daytona Zenith Diamond, Ruby & Pink Sapphire...
R 2 893 403
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
647
UK
IWC IWC Cal. 52 Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
TOP
IWC 14K Gold Cal 52 Pocket watch taschenuhr 1919
R 33 034
Verified Dealer
109
HU
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5320G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
R 1 164 650
Verified Dealer
19
CY
Cartier Tank Américaine W 2601156 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Quartz
TOP
Cartier Tank Americaine Chronograph Yellow Gold 26 x 45 mm - ...
R 92 355
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
780
NL
Gérald Genta Gefica Gèrald Genta G.2940.4 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Quartz
TOP
Gérald Genta Gefica Safari Yellow Gold 18K Rare Meteor Dial...
R 58 330
Verified Dealer
170
IT
Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT PAM 00576 Very good Rose gold 44mm Manual winding
TOP
Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Gmt 2019
R 355 811
Verified Dealer
512
ES
Ulysse Nardin Freak 026-88 Very good Rose gold 44.5mm Manual winding South Africa, Paarl
Ulysse Nardin Freak
R 999 000
Verified Dealer
15
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Good Yellow gold 21mm Manual winding
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Doublesigned Art Deco Tank: Turler, Engraved...
R 75 367
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
51
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Lady 140.252.1 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Damenuhr Gold...
R 102 077

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Rolex Day-Date Rolex Day-Date 1807 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Yellow Gold Day-Date Omani Vintage 1807
R 653 695
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
647
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Fair Yellow gold 34mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Yellow Gold Gold Dial 34mm (1997)
R 159 999
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
103
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Q8012520 Very good Rose gold 39.6mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
R 203 960
Verified Dealer
1693
ES
Breguet Classique 5140BB/12/9W6 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Classique Automatic Extra-thin Breguet 18KT White Gold...
R 154 574
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
780
NL
H.Moser & Cie. Venturer 2100-0402 Very good Rose gold 41.5mm Manual winding
TOP
H.Moser & Cie. & Cie Venturer Big Date 2100-0402
R 245 670
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
1188
US
Cartier Roadster W62021Y3 Very good Yellow gold 48mm Automatic
TOP
Cartier Roadster XL Chronograph "Full Set"
R 184 711
Verified Dealer
512
ES
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 197.2.25 Very good Rose gold 44mmmm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX
R 260 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Gérald Genta Gefica G.3279 Very good White gold 26mm Quartz
TOP
Gérald Genta White Gold Ladies Gefica with Mother of Pearl...
R 75 367
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
51
CH
Breguet Classique 5930 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
Breguet Classique 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Automatik Herrenuhr...
R 140 963

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DE
Rolex Datejust Rolex Datejust 69088 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Yellow Gold Diamond & Sapphire Set Datejust 69088
R 198 252
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
647
UK
IWC Portuguese Automatic IW500106 Very good White gold 42.3mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
IWC Portugieser 7 Days Grey Dial 18ct White Gold Crocodile...
R 165 999
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
103
ZA
Breitling Navitimer 8 RB0117131Q1P1 BREITLING Mod. NAVITIMER New Rose gold 43mm Automatic South Africa, QUMBU
Breitling Navitimer
R 366 910
Verified Dealer
 
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 14704 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Divers Vintage Seal Edition 14K Yellow Gold Caliber 391...
R 45 692
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
780
NL
Omega Constellation 398.0872 Good Yellow gold 38mm Quartz
TOP
Omega Constellation Manhattan with original 18ct golden...
R 86 522
Verified Dealer
1459
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q9022450 New Rose gold 42mm
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Rose Gold "New 2020"
R 386 920
Verified Dealer
512
ES
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 521.OX.2705.NR.ITI17 Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent King
R 295 000
Verified Dealer
15
ZA
Zenith El Primero 65.0520.4026 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith Grande Class Grande Date Rattrapante, Split Second,...
R 254 364
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
51
CH
Patek Philippe Gondolo 4269 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
R 135 325

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DE
Audemars Piguet Very good White gold 21mm Manual winding
TOP
Audemars Piguet Cocktail Dress Watch Blue Opal Diamond Set
R 277 552
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
647
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Ultra Thin Q1352520 Good Rose gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Ultra Thin 18k Gold 40mm
R 159 398
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
103
ZA
Eberhard & Co. 30121 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Eberhard & Co. Chronograph 120 Anniversaire (Ltd. Edition)...
R 161 087
Verified Dealer
1693
ES
Cartier Panthère 8057916 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Quartz
TOP
Cartier Vendome Yellow Gold Diamonds Splendid Ladies Cocktail...
R 109 854
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
780
NL
Omega 711.5782 Fair White gold 16mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega white golden vintage rarity with original golden bracelet
R 18 471
Verified Dealer
1459
FI
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81180/000G-9117 New White gold 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
R 272 205
Verified Dealer
144
PT
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401.RO.OO.A002.CA.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
R 679 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Piaget Emperador 12336 C 516 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Piaget Massive Emperador, Original Diamond Set Dial and Bezel
R 386 256
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
51
CH
Mido Multifort M902.407.76.057.00 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Mido Multifort Datometer Limited Edition M902.407.76.057.00
R 73 729
Verified Dealer
5709
DE
Patek Philippe Patek Philippe 3523 18kt white gold Very good White gold 35mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 3523
R 106 938
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
17
CH
Rolex 279178 Good Yellow gold 28mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18k Yellow Gold 28mm (1991)
R 109 999
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
103
ZA
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960R-010 New Rose gold Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph
Price on request
Verified Dealer
5
SG
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3545 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Champagne "Gilt" Dial Signed...
R 152 629
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
780
NL
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 40 MM 18K Yellow Gold Black Dial...
R 558 697
Verified Dealer
28
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180/000J-9231 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
R 384 004
Verified Dealer
144
PT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145022-69 Good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 1969 BA145022-69
R 494 959
Verified Dealer
80
JP

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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