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Rolex Day-Date
TOP
Rolex Day-Date
R 252,024
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
IT
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 66344ba.zz.0722ba.01 Red Gold...
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 66344ba.zz.0722ba.01 Red Gold...
R 336,455
Seller
Taleda
368
CH
H.Moser & Cie. Venturer Small Seconds 18k Weissgold
TOP
H.Moser & Cie. Venturer Small Seconds 18k Weissgold
R 183,505
Seller
chronostars
8
AT
Cartier Pasha Automatic 1889 38mm 18K Gold
TOP
Cartier Pasha Automatic 1889 38mm 18K Gold
R 75,450
Seller
Watchplanet
45
DE
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940G | English dial | box...
TOP
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940G | English dial | box...
R 747,629
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A Collected Man
11
UK
Rolex LADY DATEJUST 18K GOLD DIAMANT AUTOMATIK SERVICE 11/2016
TOP
Rolex LADY DATEJUST 18K GOLD DIAMANT AUTOMATIK SERVICE 11/2016
R 69,149
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
198
DE
Hublot King Power F1 India,  Ltd Edition, Box & Papers
TOP
Hublot King Power F1 India, Ltd Edition, Box & Papers
R 293,711
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
102
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Arkade Großdatum 18K White gold Luxus Lady...
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Arkade Großdatum 18K White gold Luxus Lady...
R 137,022
Seller
Uhrenkapital
301
DE
Audemars Piguet QE II Cup Ref-15334OROO 18k Rose Gold Limited...
TOP
Audemars Piguet QE II Cup Ref-15334OROO 18k Rose Gold Limited...
R 242,258
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
49
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Watch 18K from 1970 Perfect
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Watch 18K from 1970 Perfect
R 29,912
Free shipping
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ZEGARKI-VINTAGE
14
PL
Rolex Day-Date President 1803 Green Aquamarine Stella dial 1974
TOP
Rolex Day-Date President 1803 Green Aquamarine Stella dial 1974
R 471,757
Seller
Watches Management
28
IT
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Fumé 18k Roségold Diamonds
TOP
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Fumé 18k Roségold Diamonds
R 254,701
Seller
chronostars
8
AT
IWC 18K Gold vintage Mens cal 403 International Watch Co 1974
TOP
IWC 18K Gold vintage Mens cal 403 International Watch Co 1974
R 23,611
Seller
qualityextra
6
HU
Rolex Day-Date President Pink MOP Roman  Diamond Dial Bezel 18038
TOP
Rolex Day-Date President Pink MOP Roman Diamond Dial Bezel 18038
R 202,917
Seller
Watch My Diamonds
111
US
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
R 817,502
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
410
UK
Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
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Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
R 227,282
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Chopard Imperiale White Gold 40MM Chronograph Full Diamonds...
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Chopard Imperiale White Gold 40MM Chronograph Full Diamonds...
R 567,053
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M.J.WATCHES
125
BE
Chopard Happy Sport
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Chopard Happy Sport
R 381,816
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Heursel 1745
 
BE
Omega Seamaster De Ville Automatic 14K Gold vintage mens watch
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Omega Seamaster De Ville Automatic 14K Gold vintage mens watch
R 21,343
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Fine Auction Club
125
UK
Rolex Day-Date 1803 President Yellow Lacquered Stella Taxi Driver
TOP
Rolex Day-Date 1803 President Yellow Lacquered Stella Taxi Driver
Price on request
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Watches Management
28
IT
Chopard Imperial Chrono 38/3168-23 Whiete Gold Diamonds 32mm
TOP
Chopard Imperial Chrono 38/3168-23 Whiete Gold Diamonds 32mm
R 200,527
Seller
Taleda
368
CH
IWC 14K Gold Pocket watch International Watch Co taschenuhr 1919
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IWC 14K Gold Pocket watch International Watch Co taschenuhr 1919
R 25,187
Seller
qualityextra
6
HU
Breguet Classique
Breguet Classique
R 185,000
Seller
Private Seller
ZA
Franck Muller Round Double Mystery
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Franck Muller Round Double Mystery
R 871,844
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
410
UK
Piaget 1970s Rare 18kt WG Factory Set Double Diamond Set Line...
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Piaget 1970s Rare 18kt WG Factory Set Double Diamond Set Line...
R 200,225
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Louis Moinet Sideralis
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Sideralis
R 3,297,260
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
IWC Portofino (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold 4531-001.
TOP
IWC Portofino (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold 4531-001.
R 25,202
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
113
NL
Franck Muller CINTREE CURVEX
TOP
Franck Muller CINTREE CURVEX
R 108,685
Seller
OROeORA PRINTEZIS
78
GR
IWC Yacht Club 18K / 750 Solid Gold vintage mens watch + Box
TOP
IWC Yacht Club 18K / 750 Solid Gold vintage mens watch + Box
R 89,003
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Fine Auction Club
125
UK
Rolex Cellini 18K Solid Gold 1995 Swiss Ladies Original Lux...
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Rolex Cellini 18K Solid Gold 1995 Swiss Ladies Original Lux...
R 47,364
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GMTSKY
347
US
Corum lady
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Corum lady
R 78,757
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
IT
Rolex Day-Date President
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Rolex Day-Date President
R 180,000
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Private Seller
ZA
Blancpain L-Evolution Quantième Complet 8 Jours
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Blancpain L-Evolution Quantième Complet 8 Jours
R 419,147
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
410
UK
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
R 372,040
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
R 3,499,132
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Bulgari Diagono Scuba Automatic Chronograph 18K Gold  SC38G...
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Bulgari Diagono Scuba Automatic Chronograph 18K Gold SC38G...
R 90,571
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Pawndeluxe
113
NL
Chopard L.U.C Pink Gold chrono One 22000ht
TOP
Chopard L.U.C Pink Gold chrono One 22000ht
R 406,388
Seller
RIVIERAWATCH
85
FR
Chopard cal. 80 automatic vintage dress watch 18k yellow gold
TOP
Chopard cal. 80 automatic vintage dress watch 18k yellow gold
R 26,612
Seller
Vintage & Prestige
20
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gold Ref.250.111.862 Papiere
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gold Ref.250.111.862 Papiere
R 155,940
Seller
Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
55
DE
Roger Dubuis Golden Square 18k White Gold Limited To 28
TOP
Roger Dubuis Golden Square 18k White Gold Limited To 28
R 94,509
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
29
RO
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
R 100,809
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
190
DE
IWC Portugieser Automatic
TOP
IWC Portugieser Automatic
R 293,450
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
410
UK
Cartier Ultra Thin Montre Conteau Minute Repeater Hunting Pocket
TOP
Cartier Ultra Thin Montre Conteau Minute Repeater Hunting Pocket
R 284,103
Free shipping
Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
R 1,480,402
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Daniel Roth Datomax Big Size Grande Date 18K White Gold 208.X.40
TOP
Daniel Roth Datomax Big Size Grande Date 18K White Gold 208.X.40
R 93,721
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
113
NL
Roger Dubuis La Monegasque Moon Phase Perpetual Calendar Rose...
TOP
Roger Dubuis La Monegasque Moon Phase Perpetual Calendar Rose...
R 470,969
Seller
RIVIERAWATCH
85
FR
Cvstos Jetliner
TOP
Cvstos Jetliner
R 196,166
Seller
VI Watch Guy
78
VI
Patek Philippe 5131R Sealed  Never worn new
Patek Philippe 5131R Sealed Never worn new
R 1,826,376
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Paul Picot Technograph Bicolor Automatic 18k Pink Gold 44 mm
TOP
Paul Picot Technograph Bicolor Automatic 18k Pink Gold 44 mm
R 75,607
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
29
RO
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
R 149,639
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
190
DE
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
TOP
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
R 264,940
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
410
UK
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
R 818,487
Free shipping
Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Louis Moinet Mobilis
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Mobilis
R 3,297,260
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Girard Perregaux Vintage 45 18K Rose Gold 2591
TOP
Girard Perregaux Vintage 45 18K Rose Gold 2591
R 44,892
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
113
NL
Rolex Day Date Olive Green 18 K Rose Gold 228235
TOP
Rolex Day Date Olive Green 18 K Rose Gold 228235
R 425,059
Seller
Ultimate Watches AB
 
SE
Cartier Tank Francaise WE1001R8
Cartier Tank Francaise WE1001R8
R 155,940
Seller
Helmut Seidl GmbH
9
DE
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
R 155,580
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar, full set
TOP
Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar, full set
R 173,611
Seller
My Local Time
 
CH
Patek Philippe Worldtimer
Patek Philippe Worldtimer
R 1,457,012
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
190
DE
Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours
TOP
Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours
R 588,003
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
410
UK
Piaget Rare Limelight 18kt White Gold Diamond Set Factory wrist
TOP
Piaget Rare Limelight 18kt White Gold Diamond Set Factory wrist
R 317,925
Free shipping
Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
14
US
Louis Moinet Metropolis
Straight from the manufacturer
Louis Moinet Metropolis
R 405,794
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
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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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