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Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200/50G-010 Very good White gold 34mm
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Patek Philippe Calatrava New York 2017 Edition 7200/50g-010...
R 528 395
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318
US
Louis Moinet LM-64.50.DR New Rose gold 45mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Derrick Blue Unique Watch 1 pcs Limited edition...
R 482 176
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410
EE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept 26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Rose Gold Flying Tourbillon...
R 2 706 663
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337
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26473 Bespoke New White gold 42 mmmm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
R 675 544
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AU
Breitling Navitimer World H24322 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Breitling Navitimer World Box & Papers
R 210 169
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8
ZA
Franck Muller Casablanca 7880 Very good Rose gold 47mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Casablanca Chronographe 7880 18k pink gold
R 294 663
Professional dealer
15
MC
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
Rolex Day-Date 36
R 285 000
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ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116619LB Good White gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
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Rolex Submariner Date "Smurf" (2008) Reference 116619 LB
R 630 000
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ZA
Cartier Santos Dumont 2649 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Cartier Santos Dumont Yellow Gold Large W2008751
R 150 903
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1185
NL
Omega 2618 Very good Rose gold 37,5mm Automatic
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Omega Huge 18K Rose Gold 1950 Automatic Cal. 332 Special Indexes
R 70 541
Professional dealer
126
DE
Hublot Classic Fusion Blue 511.OX.7180.LR Good Rose gold Automatic South Africa, East London
Hublot Classic Fusion Blue 45mm King Gold
R 199 000
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ZA
Omega Constellation 168004/14 Fair Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Omega Constellation 168.004
R 40 000
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Datejust 1601 Fair Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
Rolex Datejust
R 117 560
Private Seller
ZA
Omega De Ville Ladymatic 425.30.34.20.55.001 Very good Yellow gold Automatic South Africa, East London
Omega De Ville Ladymatic Solid 18ct Gold
R 49 999
Private Seller
ZA
Longines Présence L4.743.6 Fair Yellow gold Quartz South Africa, Roodepoort
Longines Présence
R 25 842
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Patek Philippe 5711/1R-001 Nautilus Rose Gold Box & Papers
R 2 176 752
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8
ZA
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 33093/3 Very good White gold 31.5mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Weissgold Handaufzug...
R 95 542

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Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524R Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Brown Dial 5524R-001
R 674 042
Professional dealer
14
US
Zenith Very good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding
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Zenith Large Chronometer 18K Rose Gold Cal.135 Vintage French...
R 141 081
Professional dealer
126
DE
Cartier Panthère 80579 Very good Yellow gold 21mm Quartz
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Cartier Panthere Diamonds, Champagne color Patina Dial, 18K...
R 160 636
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931
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25721BA.OO.1000BA.02.A Unworn Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 'Brick'
R 916 627
Professional dealer
231
UK
Breguet Reine de Naples 8968BR/X1/J50 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8968BR/X1/J50 0D00
R 329 515
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1452
US
Jaquet-Droz J017533270 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grande Heure Minute Quantieme Meteorite Dial...
R 283 948
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625
LV
Zenith 785172 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Zenith 133.8
R 25 000
Private Seller
ZA
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15400OR.OO.1220OR.03 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm Blue Dial Rose Gold 15400OR.OO....
R 1 200 966
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8
ZA
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 206.027 Very good White gold 36mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 18K (0,750) Weissgold Handaufzug...
R 229 480

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DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q2623402 New White gold 21mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Joaillerie
R 366 097
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247
ES
IWC Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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IWC Automatic DE LUXE 18K Gold 1961 Cal.853
R 77 684
Professional dealer
126
DE
Piaget Gouverneur 1595 Very good Yellow gold 33.5mm Automatic
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Piaget Gouverneur Automatic Enamel Dial Yellow Gold Very Rare...
R 91 078
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931
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Omega Genève Geneve Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Omega Geneve vintage 14K Gold with box 1972
R 24 091
Professional dealer
140
HU
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC231-1002400 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres 42mm Men's 18k Rose Gold...
R 210 154
Professional dealer
926
US
Omega Speedmaster 36233300 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster 39mm Ref#3623.33.01
R 154 399
Professional dealer
831
US
Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Chronomat "18K Gold" (1990)
R 220 000
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ZA
IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371480 Unworn Rose gold 40.9mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
IWC Chronograph Portuguese
R 150 121
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8
ZA
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 92240 Very good Yellow gold 32.5mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug...
R 106 257

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DE
Ulysse Nardin Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold Rare Vintage
R 44 467
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18
DE
Chopard L.U.C 161934-5001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard L.U.C.
R 274 345
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116
CH
Chronographe Suisse Cie CSC 29445 Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
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Chronographe Suisse Cie Grande Chronograph Solid 18K Rose Gold...
R 18 751
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931
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IWC Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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IWC Cal. 89 Rose Gold Shark Lugs SERVICED
R 47 889
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24
CH
Montblanc Star Classique 107075 Good Rose gold 39mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Montblanc Star Classique Automatic
R 54 900
Professional dealer
18
ZA
Ball Trainmaster NM3888D-PG-LCJ-WH New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
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Ball NM3888D-PG-LCJ-WH Trainmaster 18k Rose Gold Automatic...
R 75 045
Professional dealer
449
US
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 5850 SC Good White gold 32mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 18ct White Gold
R 115 000
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ZA
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 86060/000R-9640 Unworn Rose gold 42.5mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time
R 405 326
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8
ZA
TAG Heuer Carrera CS3140 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
TAG Heuer 1964 Carrera Re-Edition 18K Gold Chronograph...
R 89 113

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IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph IW390209 Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
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IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph
R 218 500
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22
ZA
Rolex 279178 Good Yellow gold 28mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18k Yellow Gold 28mm (1991)
R 109 999
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134
ZA
Maurice Lacroix 05877 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Quartz
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Maurice Lacroix limited edition, DOUBLE, DATE MOONPHASE, 14K,...
R 38 396
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931
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC267-1263800-HA2421 New White gold 39mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 18k White Gold Tahiti MOP Dial...
R 90 057
Professional dealer
US
Piaget Protocole 26100 Good White gold 31mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Piaget Protocole XL
R 99 900
Professional dealer
18
ZA
Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 694550371CG12 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada 600...
R 266 090
Professional dealer
102
ES
Breitling Montbrillant Good Rose gold Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant 18K Rose Gold Watch H35330...
R 249 000
Professional dealer
 
ZA
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326135 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Sky-Dweller
R 555 447
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8
ZA
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 12050-16050 Very good Yellow gold 24.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 18K Automatik Damenuhr Ref....
R 220 551

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DE
Zenith Captain Chronograph 18.2110.400/01.C498 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
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Zenith Captain Chronograph El Primero
R 136 000
Professional dealer
22
ZA
Hublot Big Bang 38 mm 361.PX.1280.RX.1104 Very good Red gold 38mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Hublot Big Bang Quartz 38mm Ladies
R 179 999
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134
ZA
Cartier 0960.1 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Quartz
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Cartier de Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Quartz Chronograph Mens...
R 120 544
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931
NL
Urwerk UR-202 UR-202 New White gold
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Urwerk 202
R 857 202
Professional dealer
118
CH
Breguet Reine de Naples 8908BB/52/864.D00D Very good White gold 28.45mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Breguet Reine de Naples
R 299 900
Professional dealer
18
ZA
Hermès Kelly Very good Yellow gold 20mm Quartz
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Hermès Kelly Watch 20th Anniversary Special Edition Yellow...
R 119 651
Professional dealer
22
IT
Rolex Prince 1490 Fair Yellow gold Manual winding South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Prince (1934) 9ct
R 179 000
Professional dealer
 
ZA
Breguet Marine 5847BB/12/5ZV Very good White gold 45mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Breguet Marine Royale 5847 18K White Gold Men's Watch
R 367 796
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8
ZA
Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Very good Yellow gold 39.5mm Automatic
Breitling Chronomat GT 18K Gold Chronograph Automatik Herrenuh...
R 104 471

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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 90275-52-111-BA6A Unworn Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Perpetual Calendar Equation...
R 404 212
Professional dealer
24
CH
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 161294-5001 Very good Rose gold 44.5mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 18k Rose Gold Limited Ed.
R 149 999
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134
ZA

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.