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Chopard Happy Spirit Diamond Mother of Pearl-XXL : 38-40 mm
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Chopard Happy Spirit Diamond Mother of Pearl-XXL : 38-40 mm
R 974,587
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K&K Juwelier GmbH
83
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 1b
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A. Lange & Söhne 1b
R 66,981
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Ingo Freiherr von Seld
9
DE
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H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Fumé 18k Roségold Diamonds
R 286,529
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12
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Chopard L’heure Du Diamant Medium Oval – 139383-1001
R 930,288
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818
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Chopard Impériale Chronograph 18K Weißgold 3,24 CT Brillanten...
R 256,919
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334
DE
Rolex Lady Datejust Lapis 18K GOLD GELBGOLD DAMENUHR
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Rolex Lady Datejust Lapis 18K GOLD GELBGOLD DAMENUHR
R 115,001
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Timeless Watches GmbH
229
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Universal Genève Vintage Time Capsule 18K Yellow Gold
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Universal Genève Vintage Time Capsule 18K Yellow Gold
R 30,298
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May Street Services LLC
81
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Richard Mille RM010 Le Mans Classic Limited Edition 30 pcs
R 1,284,683
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AP Watches
14
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Rolex Day-Date President
R 180,000
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Vacheron Constantin Geneve Ultra-Thin  18K Gold 28mm Ladies
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Vacheron Constantin Geneve Ultra-Thin 18K Gold 28mm Ladies
R 63,614
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NOS 1969
270
PL
Rolex Daytona White gold  Oro Bianco - Blue Dial - quadrante Blue
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Rolex Daytona White gold Oro Bianco - Blue Dial - quadrante Blue
R 478,416
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2924
IT
De Grisogono UNO GS N08 Or 18 KT. Bruni
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De Grisogono UNO GS N08 Or 18 KT. Bruni
R 156,003
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
51
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Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Caramel 18K Solid Gold - Case 31mm
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Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Caramel 18K Solid Gold - Case 31mm
R 100,914
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Pawndeluxe
168
NL
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal. 12-400...
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal. 12-400...
R 177,180
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Uhrenkapital
334
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava Oman 18K Gold Manual Service 04.2018
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Oman 18K Gold Manual Service 04.2018
R 132,721
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Timeless Watches GmbH
229
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph
R 187,090
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Metals In Time
6
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Patek Philippe Annual Calender Moonface 5396/1r-001 Rose Gold...
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Patek Philippe Annual Calender Moonface 5396/1r-001 Rose Gold...
R 724,864
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Taleda
387
CH
Vacheron Constantin vintage 18K Gold Mens watch Full Set
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Vacheron Constantin vintage 18K Gold Mens watch Full Set
R 53,142
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qualityextra
13
HU
Parmigiani Fleurier KALPA KALPAGRAPHE CHRONOGRAPH DATE 18K...
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Parmigiani Fleurier KALPA KALPAGRAPHE CHRONOGRAPH DATE 18K...
R 184,943
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125
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Rolex YACHT-MASTER Oyster, 40 mm,  Everose Pavè Diamonds
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Rolex YACHT-MASTER Oyster, 40 mm, Everose Pavè Diamonds
R 611,314
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2924
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R 140,900
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Luxurytime South Africa
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Cartier Vendome Ronde Solid 18K Yellow Gold Case & Buckle -...
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Cartier Vendome Ronde Solid 18K Yellow Gold Case & Buckle -...
R 32,782
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168
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Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
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Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
R 229,471
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Fernando Monge SA
126
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Longines Pocket Watch 14K Solid Gold 1917
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Longines Pocket Watch 14K Solid Gold 1917
R 18,765
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ZEGARKI-VINTAGE
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Chopard 329540
R 33,668
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83
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67602bc.zz.1212bc.01 White Gold...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67602bc.zz.1212bc.01 White Gold...
R 772,137
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Taleda
387
CH
Longines 18K Gold Pocket watch Full Set
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Longines 18K Gold Pocket watch Full Set
R 26,562
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13
HU
Girard Perregaux 1966 AUTOMATIC DATE CLASSIC KLASSIK CLASSIQUE
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Girard Perregaux 1966 AUTOMATIC DATE CLASSIC KLASSIK CLASSIQUE
R 80,301
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Omega CONSTELLATION OMEGA CO-AXIAL 38 MM ROSE GOLD
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Omega CONSTELLATION OMEGA CO-AXIAL 38 MM ROSE GOLD
R 186,040
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2924
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IWC Da Vinci Gold Uhr Chronograph Papiere Box 2002
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IWC Da Vinci Gold Uhr Chronograph Papiere Box 2002
R 228,585
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58
DE
Blancpain Ultra Slim Léman 2100 - 18K Solid Gold - Retail;...
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Blancpain Ultra Slim Léman 2100 - 18K Solid Gold - Retail;...
R 100,117
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Pawndeluxe
168
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Bell & Ross Vintage 126XL  Limited Edition
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Bell & Ross Vintage 126XL Limited Edition
R 132,455
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Fernando Monge SA
126
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
R 1,027,746
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WatchesofMayfair.com
441
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
R 1,098,626
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Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
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Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
R 2,127,318
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387
CH
IWC 18K Gold vintage automatic date Cal 8541 1964
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IWC 18K Gold vintage automatic date Cal 8541 1964
R 35,422
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Chronoswiss RÉGULATEUR TOURBILLON ROSE GOLD CH3121R - BOX &...
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Chronoswiss RÉGULATEUR TOURBILLON ROSE GOLD CH3121R - BOX &...
R 300,719
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Audemars Piguet Jules Extra Thin Oro Rosa  Rose Gold NEVER...
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Audemars Piguet Jules Extra Thin Oro Rosa Rose Gold NEVER...
R 127,565
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Hublot Big Bang Chronograph Rose Gold Box&Documens 2012
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Hublot Big Bang Chronograph Rose Gold Box&Documens 2012
R 263,139
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86
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Longines DolceVita 18K Pure Yellow Gold - L51587
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Longines DolceVita 18K Pure Yellow Gold - L51587
R 17,454
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168
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F.P.Journe Chronomètre Souverain CS.RG.40 | rose gold | silver...
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F.P.Journe Chronomètre Souverain CS.RG.40 | rose gold | silver...
R 315,702
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A Collected Man
12
UK
Breitling Chronomat Chronograph Yellow Gold 39MM Box&Papers/19...
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Breitling Chronomat Chronograph Yellow Gold 39MM Box&Papers/19...
R 85,055
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M.J.WATCHES
148
BE
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic
R 602,472
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WatchesofMayfair.com
441
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25960bc.oo.1185bc.01 White Gold...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25960bc.oo.1185bc.01 White Gold...
R 661,832
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Taleda
387
CH
Roger Dubuis Limited Edition 18/88
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Roger Dubuis Limited Edition 18/88
R 354,395
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Reclaimed Jewels
11
NL
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DA VINCI CHRONOGRAPH DATE - BOX & PAPERS
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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DA VINCI CHRONOGRAPH DATE - BOX & PAPERS
R 177,124
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125
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Longines Solid Gold 18k Longines Presence # L7 989 6
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Longines Solid Gold 18k Longines Presence # L7 989 6
R 15,443
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Vintage Watch Trading
196
CH
Longines 13zn
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Longines 13zn
R 194,917
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Safe watches
10
IT
Zenith El Primero
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Zenith El Primero
R 155,934
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Casowatches.com
14
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Omega DeVille Ladymatic 425.60.34.20.51.002 Ladies Watch
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Omega DeVille Ladymatic 425.60.34.20.51.002 Ladies Watch
R 136,326
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AB Time Inc.
154
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Cvstos Jetliner
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Cvstos Jetliner
R 219,660
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VI Watch Guy
84
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IWC Big Pilot’s Annual Calendar  "Antoine De Saint Exupery"
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IWC Big Pilot’s Annual Calendar "Antoine De Saint Exupery"
R 637,912
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WatchesofMayfair.com
441
UK
Montblanc Gabiddu Grand Chronographe Régulateur
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Montblanc Gabiddu Grand Chronographe Régulateur
R 709,106
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Taleda
387
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Ref. 18048 in 18K Gold
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Ref. 18048 in 18K Gold
R 106,043
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Fortuna
 
Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 MANUAL SUB SECOND ARABIC WHITE...
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Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 MANUAL SUB SECOND ARABIC WHITE...
R 82,361
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A.S. INVESTMENTS SP. Z O.O.
125
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time
R 399,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Patek Philippe Anniversary World Time Moon White Gold 5575G-001
Patek Philippe Anniversary World Time Moon White Gold 5575G-001
R 1,424,146
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
221
UK
Hermès Dressage 18K Gold
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Hermès Dressage 18K Gold
R 79,153
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BorysenkoWatch
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Rolex DAYTONA GOLD Mother pearl   NEW 99%
Rolex DAYTONA GOLD Mother pearl NEW 99%
R 335,258
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Watches Mallorca
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Piaget 1970s Piaget 18kt 2.25 Diamond  Bracelet Watch
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Piaget 1970s Piaget 18kt 2.25 Diamond Bracelet Watch
R 76,502
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
16
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Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours
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Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours
R 661,479
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WatchesofMayfair.com
441
UK
Hublot Big Bang King  Min Repeater NEW 68% off
Hublot Big Bang King Min Repeater NEW 68% off
R 2,075,411
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
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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.

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