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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 18238 Day-Date 36 (super rare Grossular dial / LC 100)
R 572 694
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63
DE
Cartier 1980 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Quartz
TOP
Cartier Colisee Yellow Gold Diamond Bezel
R 116 678
Verified Dealer
87
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26180OR.OO.D101CR.01 Very good Rose gold Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Ginza Limited...
R 691 030
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14
US
Chopard Happy Diamonds Very good Yellow gold 22mm Quartz
TOP
Chopard 1980s Happy Diamond Emerald 20Cts approx Bracelet Watch
R 451 828
Free shipping
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30
US
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3738/100G-012 Very good White gold 31.1mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3738/100G-012
R 309 196
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14
FR
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 31160 Very good White gold 33mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Weiss White...
R 116 483
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538
DE
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3589 Good White gold 33.5mm Automatic South Africa, Somerset West
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
R 324 176
Private Seller
ZA
IWC Big Pilot IW502617 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
R 469 440
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542
US
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin 18ct gold vintage jumbo
R 174 929
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214
UK
Patek Philippe Very good White gold 21mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 3368/2
R 106 845
Verified Dealer
29
SE
Hermès Dressage DR1.785 Unworn Yellow gold 40  case without crownmm Automatic
TOP
Hermès Dressage 1928 18K Gold New Box Papers
R 250 857
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412
PL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67605BA.ZZ.D080SU.01 Very good Yellow gold 33mm
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady (new ap service)
R 748 683
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61
NL
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 414.026 Very good White gold 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Flyback Chronograph 414.026
R 814 176
Free shipping
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947
US
Audemars Piguet 5279 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet 18k Gold 5279
R 85 564
Verified Dealer
14
FR
Omega Constellation 167.005/6 Automatik Chronometer Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation 18K Gold Automatic Service 04/2020
R 155 376
Verified Dealer
538
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 116619LB Good White gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Submariner Date
R 450 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 234.026 Unworn White gold 39mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up\/Down 18k White Gold 39mm
R 455 354
Verified Dealer
412
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3993/17 Very good Yellow gold 34.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18ct gold with Factory diamond bezel...
R 503 125
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Omega Seamaster 26365091 Very good Rose gold
TOP
Omega Seamaster Professional 18 Rosegold wavy dial
R 155 376
Verified Dealer
277
DE
Rolex Daytona 116508 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Chronograph Yellow Gold 116508 - Just Serviced...
R 856 571
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335
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Day-Date President 18k Yellow Gold (36mm)
R 199 999
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31
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Q601244J Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Chronograph Q601244J
R 530 676
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947
US
Omega Genève Geneve Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Geneve vintage 14K Gold 1975 with box
R 25 261
Verified Dealer
85
HU
Piaget G0A37044 Unworn Rose gold 26mm South Africa, Pretoria
TOP
Piaget Traditional Diamond Pave
R 599 900
Verified Dealer
12
ZA
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
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Q8012520 Very good Rose gold 39.6mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
R 203 019
Verified Dealer
1538
ES
Patek Philippe 4815 Very good Yellow gold 21mm Quartz
TOP
Patek Philippe La Flamme” 18 ct gold with Diamond decoration...
R 253 696
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Franck Muller Conquistador 8001 L SC Very good Yellow gold 28mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Conquistador Yellow Gold Limited Edition...
R 82 647
Free shipping
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677
NL
Cartier Panthère W25014B9 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Quartz
TOP
Cartier Panthère Medium yellow gold Original diamond box & papers
R 239 189
Verified Dealer
118
BE
Breguet Reine de Naples 8928BR51944DD0D New Automatic
Breguet Reine de Naples
R 477 348
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
694
MC
Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex GMT-Master Burnt Red Nipple Dial 16758
R 389 999
Verified Dealer
31
ZA
Omega 611.093 Good White gold 17mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega solid 18 k white gold, 24 diamonds lovely vintage watch...
R 18 455
Free shipping
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209
NL
Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Chronomat
R 199 999
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ZA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 4700/001 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Quartz South Africa, Centurion
Patek Philippe Nautilus
R 145 000
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ZA
IWC IWC Ref. 210 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
IWC 18K Gold Cal 95 Pocket watch taschenuhr
R 36 929
Verified Dealer
85
HU
Patek Philippe 2554/3 Very good Yellow gold 22mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Patek Phillipe tri colour gold with Sapphire...
R 1 071 015
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Omega 2581 Very good Yellow gold 32.5mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Vintage Automatic 14 K Gold Caliber 28,10 RA
R 43 754
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677
NL
Omega De Ville Trésor Unworn White gold 40mm Manual winding
Omega De Ville Tresor Master Co-Axial 40mm 432.53.40.21.52.001
R 253 768
Free shipping
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613
US
Ulysse Nardin Classico Luna 8296-122-2/491 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Classic Luna 8296-122-2/491 Watch with Leather...
R 158 405
Free shipping
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668
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 79178 Good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Lady-Datejust 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Dial 26mm (1999)
R 119 999
Verified Dealer
31
ZA
Omega BA 511.034 62 ba 511034 6 Saphette Very good Yellow gold 17mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Sapphette 18 k solid gold vintage 1962
R 16 510
Free shipping
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209
NL
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 175.0034 Good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase
R 239 999
Verified Dealer
 
ZA
Eberhard & Co. Extra-Fort eberhard extra fort Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Eberhard & Co. extra fort
R 184 740
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Cartier Tank Anglaise WT100008 Very good White gold 30mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Anglaise 18k White Gold Wt100008 Quartz - Watch Only
R 420 802
Verified Dealer
63
US
Omega Very good Yellow gold 38mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Vintage Gents dress watch 18K Jumbo
R 76 470
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Omega De Ville Co-Axial 1681057 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville Caliber 2500 Co-Axial Chronometer 18K 750 Rose...
R 65 145
Free shipping
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677
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Unworn Rose gold 41.6mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time 8102520
R 356 944
Free shipping
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613
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q3032420 Very good Rose gold 29mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Q3032420 Watch with Leather...
R 230 343
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668
US
Rolex Cellini 5116 Fair Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Cellini
R 49 999
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31
ZA
Omega 10791 Very good Yellow gold 17mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Barrel shaped 18k solid gold case, vintage year 1958
R 16 510
Free shipping
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209
NL
Rolex Prince 1490 Fair Yellow gold Manual winding South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Prince
R 179 999
Verified Dealer
 
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q3832420 Unworn Rose gold 47mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duo Face/ An Lager/In Stock
R 246 748
Verified Dealer
345
CH
Vulcain Cricket Vulcain Cricket Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Vulcain Cricket Alarm Yellow Gold 14K
R 48 616
Verified Dealer
121
IT
Bulgari 102450 New Rose gold 35mm Quartz
TOP
Bulgari Tubogas 102450 Rose Gold 35mm
R 444 880
Verified Dealer
651
CH
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL 10660101-05 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Glashütte Original Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition 18K...
R 106 955
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677
NL
Chopard Unworn Rose gold 36mm Automatic
Chopard Alpine Eagle 36mm 295370-5001
R 478 406
Free shipping
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613
US
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Date AU1047 Very good Yellow gold Quartz
TOP
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Date
R 21 842
Verified Dealer
116
PL
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 161294-5001 Very good Rose gold 44.5mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 18k Rose Gold Limited Ed.
R 177 650
Verified Dealer
31
ZA
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph IW390209 Good Rose gold 45mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph
R 220 900
Verified Dealer
12
ZA
Breitling Montbrillant Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant 1903 Special Edition Good Rose gold 42mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant 1903 Special Edition
R 199 999
Verified Dealer
 
ZA
Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde J003033338 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
TOP
Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde
R 285 274
Verified Dealer
345
CH
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa PF008629.01 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL
R 153 626
Verified Dealer
189
FR
Piaget Emperador 12336 C 516 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Piaget Massive Emperador, Original Diamond Set Dial and Bezel
R 333 889
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28
CH
Zenith Captain Central Second 18.2021.670/38.C498 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith Captain Central Second 18K Special Edition 40 MM - 182021
R 86 536
Free shipping
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677
NL

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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