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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26420RO.OO.A002CA.01 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph...
R1 127 059
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4,91 (124)
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26315OR.OO.1256OR.01 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 38mm Rose Gold Silver...
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+ R5 123 for shipping
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4,91 (162)
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yachtmaster II (Full Set, Box, Papiere, 2014)
R777 518
+ R1 206 for shipping
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4,61 (1 168)
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407OR.OO.1220OR.01 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Openworked Dial 15407OR.OO...
R4 527 004
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4,95 (301)
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
Rolex Day-Date 36
R245 000
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Day-Date 36 with 12 Diamond Bezel
R320 000
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Rolex Prince 971U Good White gold 42.5mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannebsurg
Rolex Prince
R114 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Piaget Polo 9131 Very good White gold 25.4mm Quartz South Africa, 7441
Piaget Polo
R478 146
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Omega De Ville 4610.32.02 Very good 26mm Quartz South Africa, Heidelberg
Omega De Ville
R32 019
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Daytona Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Baguette Diamond Discontinued Pink...
R1 263 655
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4,86 (256)
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Chopard 37680152891 Very good Red gold 300mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Chopard 20/6205-21 Vintage Happy Heart Collection
R150 000
Excl. shipping
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ZA
Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40 President 18K White Gold Blue Roman Dial...
R942 614
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 642.MX.0130.RX New Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Full Magic Gold 42 mm
R567 978
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Breguet Tradition 7097 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Breguet Tradition Retrograde, 18ct White Gold, Skeleton Dial,...
R319 999
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4,86 (279)
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G-001 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar White Gold
R6 206 000
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4,50 (6)
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67650OR.OO.1261OR.01 Very good Rose gold 33mm Quartz South Africa, Paarl
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady
R961 930
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4,94 (33)
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Ulysse Nardin Classico 8106.116 Very good Rose gold 31mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Classico Automatik 750er 18K Rosegold 31mm
R96 993
+ R3 058 for shipping
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4,95 (932)
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119G New White gold 39mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe CALATRAVA
R609 921
+ R1 206 for shipping
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Cartier Cartier ellipse gondolo Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
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Cartier Ellipse Gondole 18k with folding clasp
R65 536
+ R2 429 for shipping
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4,88 (179)
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Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Very good White gold 41mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Datejust 41 Jubilee Bracelet-Fluted Bezel-Rodium Dial
R239 000
+ R259 for shipping
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4,87 (18)
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Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Rolex Cellini Moonphase 18K Rose Gold White Dial Watch 50535
R554 974
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4,95 (301)
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Zenith 18.3200.3600/69.C901 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Zenith Chronomaster Original
R270 882
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Rolex Cellini Dual Time 50529 Very good White gold 39mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Cellini Dual Time Silver Dial Black Leather Strap 39mm...
R199 999
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4,86 (279)
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326238 New Yellow gold 42mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Gold Rolex Sky-Dweller, 42mm
R801 430
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Daytona
R1 015 430
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Baume & Mercier 2600.004.50 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Baume & Mercier 14k Yellow Gold Very Rare Gold Bracelet -...
R46 312
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4,81 (805)
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Rolex Pearlmaster 86348SAJOR New Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Rolex Pearlmaster, 39 mm, yellow gold, 48 baguette-cut...
R1 341 642
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Maurice Lacroix Maurice Lacroix Jour et Nuit 18 kt Gold Unworn Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
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Maurice Lacroix Jour et Nuit 18 kt Rose-Gold 43mm
R69 870
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona White Gold Silver with Black Dial Watch
R959 691
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4,95 (301)
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Chopard Mille Miglia 161296-5001 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control
R244 493
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3648 Good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 18CT Yellow Gold Black Leather...
R89 999
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4,86 (279)
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 279138RBR Very good Yellow gold 28mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Lady-Datejust
R588 393
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4,50 (6)
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167R-001 Good Rose gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
R1 600 000
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4,94 (33)
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IWC Da Vinci (submodel) 9310 Unworn Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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IWC Ultra-Plat DaVinci NOS, Full Set
R204 782
+ R1 790 for shipping
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4,95 (77)
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Omega Genève 166.070 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Geneve Automatic 18k Gold 166.070 SERVICED
R25 000
+ R259 for shipping
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4,87 (18)
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Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Grandes Complications Tourbillon, 5 days power reserve...
R1 413 244
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IWC IW3703 Unworn Yellow gold 38 mmmm Automatic
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IWC Amalfi Chronograph
R155 539
+ R1 555 for shipping
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Rolex Cellini Dual Time 50529 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
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Rolex Cellini Dual Time 18K White Gold Black Dial Watch 50529
R341 516
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4,95 (301)
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 47050 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendar
R190 229
+ R1 551 for shipping
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4,79 (223)
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Patek Philippe Travel Time 4934R-001 Very good Rose gold 35mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Patek Philippe Travel Time Brown/MOP Dial Brown Leather Strap...
R319 999
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4,86 (279)
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18248 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Day-Date 36
R373 430
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4,50 (6)
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Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
Rolex Cellini Moonphase Rose Gold ref - 50535
R487 539
+ R5 479 for shipping
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4,86 (99)
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Girard Perregaux 8795 FA Very good White gold 35mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux GyroMatic: White Gold & Diamonds, Unicorn
R232 706
+ R1 790 for shipping
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4,95 (77)
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Omega Constellation Day-Date 168.029 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Constellation 18k Gold "C-Case" Cal.751
R50 000
+ R259 for shipping
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4,87 (18)
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80319 New White gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, 29 mm, white gold, 12...
R410 816
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IWC Portofino Chronograph 3730 Unworn Yellow gold 28 mmmm
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IWC IW3730
R68 157
+ R1 555 for shipping
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4,11 (20)
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228348 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40 18K Yellow Gold Green Roman Dial Watch...
R1 431 007
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4,95 (301)
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919G Very good White gold 33mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919 Weißgold
R218 453
+ R1 398 for shipping
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4,91 (73)
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 489 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Silver Dial 10k Yellow Gold Brown...
R14 999
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4,86 (279)
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Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Day-Date 36
R695 393
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4,50 (6)
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 2591 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava 2591 35mm w/ original papers, mint...
R175 652
+ R1 716 for shipping
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4,87 (85)
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IWC Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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IWC De Luxe with Fancy Lugs, cal 8521 Pellaton Automatic
R89 502
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4,95 (77)
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Patek Philippe World Time 5131J-014 New Yellow gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Complications World Time 5131J-014 [ Sealed ]
R2 933 770
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4,86 (99)
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Breguet Tradition 7037BA/11/9V6 New Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Tradition, 39 mm, yellow gold, off-centered hand-guill...
R392 916
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IWC 3550 Unworn Yellow gold Automatic
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IWC 3550
R103 110
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT Master II 18K White Gold Pepsi Bezel Blue Dial Watch...
R778 678
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202OR.OO.1240OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Flach 39 mm BLAUES BLATT...
R3 652 536
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 2285 Good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Automatic 18k Yellow Gold Silver...
R39 999
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4,86 (279)
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80318 Very good Yellow gold 29mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Rare Rolex Gold PearlMaster, ladies, Complete set.
R319 930
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Rolex Daytona 116509 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Racing Black 116509 white gold full set with...
R826 979
+ R1 716 for shipping
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Art Deco Tank
R44 751
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4,95 (77)
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396R-011 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar 5396R-011
R901 306
+ R5 479 for shipping
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4,86 (99)
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Jaquet-Droz Astrale J015134222 New White gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz "The Times Zones", unique watch (no. 1/1), white...
R411 353
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4,80 (44)
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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.