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Patek Philippe Chronograph 1579 Good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Unique Piece Unique Dial ref. 1579 Chronograph
R 2 527 288
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UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5140R-001 Unworn Rose gold 37.2mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Grand Complications 37mm Perpetual Calendar...
R 986 381
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215
US
Patek Philippe World Time 5110J-001 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe World Time 5110J-001
R 354 792
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475
UK
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-010 New White gold 42.2mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Aquanaut White Gold JUMBO Khaki Green 42mm...
R 1 046 028
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268
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new official retail price:...
R 1 210 158
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36
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3426 Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Vintage White Gold Linen Dial Calatrava
R 128 315
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21
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179White Gold
R 164 026
Verified Dealer
604
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 6269 Very good Red gold 32,5mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Rosé Rotgold...
R 90 296
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461
DE
Vacheron Constantin 6413 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin 6413
R 49 342
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170
IT
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.029 Very good White gold 38.5mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.029
R 357 942
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723
US
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864
R 326 481
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719
NL
IWC Cal. 32 Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
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IWC Cal 32 14K gold Pocket watch from 1885
R 46 036
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57
HU
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph IW3711 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph 18K Yellow Gold - 3713
R 142 270
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568
NL
Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.59/0001 FK01 New White gold 51.8mm Automatic
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Corum Golden Bridge, limited 29/200, official price: 45.550 CHF
R 380 336
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36
CH
Piaget Emperador 12336 C 516 Unworn Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Piaget Massive Emperador, Original Diamond Set Dial and Bezel
R 315 025
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21
CH
Breitling Bentley Flying B R4436512/B874 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Breitling 18 K. Bentley Flying B Jumbo Chrono. Full set
R 195 724
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277
NL
Breguet Marine 3460 Very good Yellow gold 35.5mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Marine Chronograph3460 18 KT. Gold Automatic
R 236 653
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125
CH
Patek Philippe Unworn Rose gold 33,5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 5000 FR LIMITED
R 195 724
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170
IT
F.P.Journe Octa AR G 40 A Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa Automatique Reserve AR G 40 A
R 402 778
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723
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger-LeCoultre Vacheron 615-208 Very good White gold Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Misterioso
R 67 434
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10
CH
IWC IWC Cal. 52 Very good Rose gold 47mm Manual winding
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IWC 14K Gold Pocket watch taschenuhr from 1914
R 28 766
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57
HU
Franck Muller Conquistador 8001 L SC Very good Yellow gold 28mm Automatic
Franck Muller Conquistador Lady Yellow Gold Limited Edition
R 53 454
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568
NL
Breguet Classique 5247BR/29/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, official retail price: 44.700 CHF
R 384 024
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36
CH
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 4066 Very good Rose gold 34mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Vintage Rose Pink Gold Dress Watch, Patrimony
R 92 203
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21
CH
Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Chronomat
R 199 999
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ZA
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 77239OR.ZZ.A088CR.01 New Rose gold Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Small Seconds 18K Pink Gold &...
R 310 715
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197
US
Chopard 1319655 Very good Yellow gold Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Chopard JACKY ICKX LIMITED EDITION SERIES 4 (50 of 250)
R 104 999
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ZA
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5068R-001 Unworn Rose gold 35,6mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce Ref. 5068R-001 VAT refound p
R 777 798
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489
DE
Cuervo y Sobrinos Espléndidos Cuervo y Sobrinos 1704 New White gold Manual winding
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Cuervo y Sobrinos Esplendido 1704
R 41 118
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10
CH
Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
R 118 750
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1427
ES
Patek Philippe Gondolo 2488 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Gondolo Tank Yellow Gold - 2488
R 97 862
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568
NL
Chaumet Liens W23870-02A New Rose gold 33mm Automatic
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Chaumet Liens 33, new, official retail price: 14.410 CHF
R 92 049
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36
CH
Piaget Emperador 7131 C 516 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Quartz
TOP
Piaget Massive Yellow Gold Emperador Bracelet Watch, Full Set
R 169 038
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21
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 175.0034 Good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase
R 239 999
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ZA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 40mm W6920089 New Rose gold Manual winding
Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K Pink Gold Men's Watch W6920089
R 199 670
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197
US
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 541.OX.1181.LR Good Rose gold 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph
R 199 999
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ZA
Chopard Happy Sport 27/6137-23 Very good Yellow gold Quartz
TOP
Chopard Happy Sport Orginal Besatz 679 Diamanten
R 376 645
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19
DE
Cartier Pasha Very good Rose gold
TOP
Cartier PASHA LARGE 42MM – 18CT ROSE GOLD – W3019351
R 135 988
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41
UK
Patek Philippe Gondolo 5024-J Very good 30mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo
R 176 206
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37
US
Piaget Possession G0A43091 New Rose gold 34mm Quartz
TOP
Piaget Possession 34 mm
R 115 132
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796
UK
Jaquet-Droz J016933210 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
TOP
Jaquet-Droz Grand Date, new, official retail price: 25.200 CHF
R 211 298
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Piaget 8177 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Piaget Rare Bumper Calatrava, 1952
R 69 152
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19018 Good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz
R 189 999
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ZA
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BR/58/J20 Very good Rose gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Reine De Naples 8918br/58/j20.d000 Rose Gold 36.5mm
R 537 848
Verified Dealer
590
CH
Rolex Cellini 5112 Fair Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Cellini
R 64 999
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ZA
Omega Good Yellow gold 17mm Manual winding
Omega Vintage - Ladies 1971 - M4RQ?P
R 15 475
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693
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date 36
R 1 023 218
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SG
Zenith Captain Chronograph 18.2110.400/01.C498 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Zenith Captain Chronograph
R 139 000
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ZA
Rolex Day-Date 36 118239 Unworn White gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day Date Weißgold Armband Präsident 36mm Ref. 118239 UVP...
R 437 419
Verified Dealer
1273
DE
Rolex Pearlmaster 81208 New Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Pearlmaster 34, new, official retail price: 33.800 CHF
R 330 316
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Piaget Polo 7131 C 701 Very good White gold 25mm Quartz
TOP
Piaget Polo, White & Yellow Gold, Onyx Dial, Full Set
R 153 671
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Rolex Prince 1490 Fair Yellow gold Manual winding South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Prince
R 179 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296G-010 Very good White gold 38mm Automatic
Patek Philippe - Calatrava
R 325 866
Verified Dealer
117
SE
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 206931 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Patek Philippe ELLIPSE
R 120 000
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ZA
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5970R-001 Very good Rose gold 40mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. 5970R Full...
R 2 400 991
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104
IT
Patek Philippe World Time 5230R-001 New Rose gold 38.5mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe World Time
R 566 621
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SG
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69068 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady-Datejust 26 from 1993 complete with B+P
R 234 375
Verified Dealer
694
NL
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80298 Very good 29mm
Rolex - 29mm Ladies 18kt Gold PearlMaster MOP Roman Dial -...
R 281 721
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6
US
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PX.7518.VR.1975 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Zebra Bang, limited edit., official retail price:...
R 353 289
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36
CH
Vacheron Constantin Harmony 61201 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Harmony, Full Original Diamond Set
R 307 342
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra 18K Yellow Gold and Onyx Good Yellow gold Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra
R 109 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G-001 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
Patek Philippe - Nautilus
R 4 810 406
Verified Dealer
117
SE
Cartier Ballon Bleu 33mm WE902063 Good Rose gold 33mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Cartier Ballon Bleu 33mm
R 149 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master II 44mm Steel & 18K Rose Gold Watch 116681
R 324 315
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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.