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A. Lange & Söhne Chronometer 18k Gold Qualität 1A Taschenuhr...
R 274,324
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Antiquitäten carsten berger
9
DE
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Van Cleef & Arpels 1940 VAN CLEEF & ARPELS SAPPHIRE 18KT YG...
R 381,694
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
22
US
TOP
Breguet Classique
R 654,643
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
133
HK
TOP
Zenith Academy
R 413,360
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
133
HK
TOP
Breguet Classique
R 170,000
Seller
Chronometrie Stäuble AG
9
CH
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Breguet Classique Power Reserve Moonphase
R 335,858
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
11
CH
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Rolex Datejust 16018
R 436,813
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
315
UK
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Breguet Classique
R 205,527
Seller
Private Seller
ZA
TOP
IWC Da Vinci or jaune 18k Série Limitée quantième perpétuel.
R 236,728
Seller
Curtit Swiss Watches
20
CH
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Zenith Taschenuhr Dürrstein & Co in Dresden Carillon Grand...
R 357,452
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Antiquitäten carsten berger
9
DE
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Patek Philippe Pagoda 5500R rose gold NOS box papers full set
R 504,665
Seller
Vintage & Prestige
33
UK
TOP
Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada
R 231,097
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CANTELI JOYEROS SL
33
ES
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Harry Winston Midnight 42mm Champagne Dial 18k Rose Gold...
R 190,773
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The Watch Outlet
170
US
TOP
Breguet Reine de Naples
R 339,557
Seller
Chronometrie Stäuble AG
9
CH
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G - Sealed 2019
R 3,341,764
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KRONOS 360
101
FR
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Patek Philippe Twenty-4 4910/11R-001
R 286,355
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
315
UK
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
R 221,620
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WatchesofMayfair.com
584
UK
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Franck Muller Casablanca Havana 18K Rose Gold Limited Edition...
R 115,549
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Pawndeluxe
308
NL
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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL rose gold like new 18k with Papers
R 108,050
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The Watch Firm
377
AT
Rolex Submariner Date Blue Dial
R 330,312
Seller
Beverly Hills Watch Company
46
US
Rolex Watch Sky-Dweller 326138
R 441,667
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
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Zenith Grande Port Royal El Primero Chrono Men's 18K Rose Gold...
R 146,732
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The Watch Outlet
170
US
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Chopard Damenuhr -750- Gelbgold mit Brillantlünette
R 47,367
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Gute Zeiten Leer
98
DE
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Rolex Daytona 116505
R 464,023
Seller
KRONOS 360
101
FR
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Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8928bb/51/844
R 415,642
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Spliedt & Cie GmbH
8
DE
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Carl F. Bucherer PATRAVI CHRONODATE ANNUAL 00.10619.03.93.01
R 238,207
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WATCHESPEDIA
 
CH
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Blancpain Léman Ultra Slim 18K Yellow Gold - 2100-141853
R 86,370
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Pawndeluxe
308
NL
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Eternamatic
R 9,617
Seller
Curtit Swiss Watches
20
CH
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Omega vintage 18ct gold dress watch
R 75,617
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
112
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
R 89,900
Seller
Luxurytime South Africa
ZA
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Jaquet-Droz 18k White Gold Complication La Chaux-De-Fonds...
R 220,193
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The Watch Outlet
170
US
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas 49150/000r-9338 Rose Gold 42mm
R 517,842
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Taleda
453
CH
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Hublot Big Bang Titanium Or Rose Série Limitée 250 exemplaires
R 297,766
Seller
KRONOS 360
101
FR
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Rolex GMT-Master II - Whitegold BLUE Dial - 2019 NEW
R 796,371
Seller
Qunto Watches Gmbh
5
DE
TOP
Carl F. Bucherer PATHOS QUEEN 00.10551.03.75.31
R 218,973
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WATCHESPEDIA
 
CH
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier New Brand Tonda 1950
R 145,736
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newtimepieces.ch
5
CH
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Paul Picot mediterranneè
R 37,740
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
114
IT
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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 41mm
R 215,303
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
157
ES
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
R 79,900
Seller
Luxurytime South Africa
ZA
TOP
Movado Sub sea Kingmatic special order for Emir Bahreïn King
R 48,215
Seller
Rare Watches & Co
5
FR
TOP
Franck Muller Master Of Complication 8880 B Sc Dt Rose Gold 45mm
R 532,638
Seller
Taleda
453
CH
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster - ref 30.0243.410
R 99,422
Seller
KRONOS 360
101
FR
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Piaget 9228 Black Onyx Dial 18k gold
R 65,916
Seller
Watch Works
19
US
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
R 177,650
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The Diamond Channel
ZA
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
R 193,169
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Chronolux.com
10
UK
Bulova Accutron Day-Date
R 30,924
Seller
Juwelier van Willegen Rotterdam
18
NL
Chopard Superfast
R 189,000
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
TOP
Piaget G0A40125 ALTIPLANO WATCH
R 1,049,300
Seller
時尚站 COHERNTHK
 
HK
Hublot Big Bang King Min Repeater NEW 68% off
R 2,011,232
Seller
Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
20
US
Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar Rose Gold Limited 9 pcs.
Price on request
Free shipping
Seller
Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Ref 116515LN
R 449,060
Seller
KRONOS 360
101
FR
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Rado 56-H Chronometre, 1st Version, Very Rare
R 114,665
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
7
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Ultra Thin
R 104,999
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
Cartier Tank Louis de Cartier 18 K Yellow Gold
R 82,796
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
959
NL
Longines vintage
R 23,276
Seller
Juwelier van Willegen Rotterdam
18
NL
Cartier Baignoire
R 300,000
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
TOP
Rolex 116598SACO LEOPARD DAYTONA
R 1,049,300
Seller
時尚站 COHERNTHK
 
HK
Piaget Limelight Tonneau New XL 55% off
R 9,116,605
Seller
Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
20
US
Rolex Daytona 116508 Yellow Gold Green Dial
R 546,985
Seller
DREYFUSS & MAYET
5
CH
TOP
Cartier Mini Baignoire 18k - Ref W8000017
R 137,993
Seller
KRONOS 360
101
FR
TOP
Breitling Navitimer Fighters, Limited: 1/100, Full Set, Rare
R 247,824
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
7
CH
Breitling Starliner
R 119,000
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
Rolex Datejust 31 Midsize President Yellow Gold / Diamonds MOP...
R 153,788
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
959
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographique
R 138,825
Seller
Juwelier van Willegen Rotterdam
18
NL
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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.