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Graham Chronofighter Oversize
R 134 105
Seller
S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
US
TOP
Blancpain Villeret Ultraslim White Dial 18K Gold
R 90 268
Free shipping
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
3442
IT
TOP
Graham Swordfish Chronograph ROSE GOLD
R 207 790
Seller
S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
US
TOP
IWC DRESSWATCH 18K CAL 89 1949
R 39 397
Free shipping
Seller
Goldammer
35
DE
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Weisgold...
R 98 000
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
323
DE
TOP
Omega vintage 18ct gold dress watch
R 72 574
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
125
UK
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Grand Complication White...
R 1 171 579
Seller
Stein Diamonds
123
US
TOP
Breguet Classique
R 176 842
Seller
Private Seller
ZA
TOP
Omega vintage Cal 268 14K Gold 1962 with box
R 21 324
Seller
qualityextra
36
HU
TOP
Glashütte Original Senator 39-59-01-15-04
R 190 842
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
476
US
TOP
Piaget Impressive & Massive Emperador, Diamond Bezel, Rare
Price on request
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
10
CH
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master II - Whitegold BLUE Dial - 2019 NEW
R 720 635
Seller
Qunto Watches Gmbh
6
DE
TOP
Omega Vintage 1959 memns gold mechanical cal 285 wristwatch + Box
R 18 614
Seller
Fine Auction Club
432
UK
TOP
Breguet Marine 18K Gold Tropical Papiere & Box Service 12/2018
R 205 028
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
323
DE
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Vintage Chronometer 14K Gold
R 26 100
Seller
Timeless Watches & Jewellery AG
560
LI
TOP
Corum Admirals Cup Challenger 44 Chrono/ An Lager / In Stock
R 167 459
Seller
Ronald Grob, Exklusive Zeitmesser
224
CH
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Trilogy of Time (Planetarium, Tellerium,...
Price on request
Seller
INEICHEN
76
CH
Chopard Superfast
R 189 000
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
TOP
Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Jour & Nuit W1556243 Rose Gold 43.5mm
R 409 507
Seller
Taleda
485
CH
TOP
Gérald Genta Perpetual Calendar Automatic, Rare
R 124 315
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
10
CH
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Mécanique or 18kts Fully Serviced...
R 21 340
Seller
Pascal Karp Watches Expertise
19
BE
TOP
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
Price on request
Free shipping
Seller
Chronolux.com
11
UK
TOP
Patek Philippe Rectangular Carée 18K Gold Gelbgold Manual...
R 205 028
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
323
DE
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Girard Perregaux World Timer Lady Or 18KT. Diamants
R 358 318
Seller
Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
93
CH
TOP
Franck Muller Double Mystery 39mm
R 701 280
Seller
Ronald Grob, Exklusive Zeitmesser
224
CH
TOP
Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada
R 228 174
Seller
CANTELI JOYEROS SL
40
ES
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Réveil
R 330 320
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
TOP
Montblanc Grace Kelly rose gold, full set
R 329 068
Seller
My Local Time
23
CH
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Vacheron Constantin Harmony, Factory Set Diamonds, Men Size, Rare
R 241 316
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
10
CH
Omega Vintage 18K Gold
R 39 000
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
R 1 608 776
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Rolex President Day-Date Silver Diamond Dial Watch 118205
R 287 368
Seller
DeMesy Fine Watches
93
US
TOP
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Triple Time Zone RDDBEX0258 GOLD
R 425 895
Seller
S HANKAR TRADING CO LLC
 
US
TOP
Franck Muller Double Mistery 39mm
R 701 280
Seller
Ronald Grob, Exklusive Zeitmesser
224
CH
TOP
Rolex rare early Princess 1910 -1920 solid gold, fully serviced
R 24 607
Free shipping
Seller
vtgwatch.com
154
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
R 399 000
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
TOP
Franck Muller Long Island 1000 QZ Quartz white gold
R 88 421
Seller
PP Kirnoz
UA
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Thin Tank, Black Onyx Dial
R 64 351
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
10
CH
Chopard JACKY ICKX LIMITED EDITION SERIES 4 (50 of 250)
R 104 999
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
R 3 802 562
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold - Oysterflex
R 504 000
Seller
Timepiece Perfection
29
US
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II RDDBEX0495
R 3 787 369
Seller
Luxury Bazaar
74
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 1969 BA145.022-69
R 831 751
Seller
complet.co.ltd
38
JP
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Piaget Polo with cufflinks white gold red dial ca 1969 cal P9
R 106 683
Free shipping
Seller
vtgwatch.com
154
NL
Patek Philippe Gondolo
R 297 500
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
TOP
Omega Constellation
R 810 526
Seller
Siglers Collectibles
15
US
TOP
Ebel Rectangular Lapis Dial & Diamond Bezel, Rare
R 117 002
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
10
CH
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
R 177 650
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Dhofar
R 4 680 076
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
TOP
Rolex Pre Daytona 6238 14k gold w certificate
R 1 805 691
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Hublot Mp 02 Key of Time King Gold 902.OX.1138.RX
R 3 197 895
Seller
Luxury Bazaar
74
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI BA345.0802
R 554 501
Seller
complet.co.ltd
38
JP
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Chopard rare diamond set white gold Chopard museum ref 5038
R 147 722
Free shipping
Seller
vtgwatch.com
154
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre
R 398 400
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
TOP
Rolex M268655-0002 YACHT-MASTER 37
R 269 484
Seller
時尚站 COHERENTHK
6
HK
TOP
Piaget Polo, White Gold, Onyx Dial, Rare
R 153 565
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
10
CH
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Annual Calendar 18K Gold
R 198 999
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Sideralis Rose Gold
R 3 729 436
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Edition White Gold...
R 5 894 723
Free shipping
Seller
Avi & Co NY
150
US
Ulysse Nardin El Toro/Black Toro GMT Perpetual 43mm 326-03
R 611 579
Seller
Luxury Bazaar
74
US
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph
R 182 000
Seller
Metals In Time
6
US
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual
R 334 903
Free shipping
Seller
Clock-Agent
RU
Cartier Baignoire
R 300 000
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
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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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