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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous 346.2.56.S New Rose gold 34mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Diamonds
NZ$ 20,962
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53
IT
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26210OI.OO.A109CR.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Lebron James...
NZ$ 100,296
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13
US
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece 50730 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Manual winding
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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece "WEHRMACHTSKALIBER"; Limited...
NZ$ 5,085
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252
DE
Patek Philippe World Time 5230g-022 New White gold Automatic
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Patek Philippe World Time “Mexico Edition (Limited of 40...
NZ$ 103,641
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13
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Vacheron Constantin 4072 Good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Ref. 4072 | yellow gold
NZ$ 61,054
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 2573-2 Herrenuhr Very good White gold 33mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K Weissgold White Gold Handaufzug...
NZ$ 14,564
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534
DE
Hermès Dressage DR1.785 Unworn Yellow gold 40  case without crownmm Automatic
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Hermès Dressage 1928 18K Gold New Box Papers
NZ$ 23,513
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412
PL
Rolex Daytona 116589RBR Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona SODALITE-GHIERA DIAMANTI
NZ$ 67,259
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17
IT
IWC Big Pilot IW502617 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
NZ$ 44,288
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541
US
Patek Philippe Very good White gold 21mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 3368/2
NZ$ 10,033
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29
SE
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date
NZ$ 12,201
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214
UK
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
NZ$ 76,811
Free shipping
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940
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 118205F Very good Rose gold 31mm Automatic New Zealand, Tauranga
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Waterproof Day Date
NZ$ 38,447
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Omega Seamaster 26365091 Very good Rose gold
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Omega Seamaster Professional 18 Rosegold wavy dial
NZ$ 14,564
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274
DE
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 31160 Very good White gold 33mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Weiss White...
NZ$ 10,918
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534
DE
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)
NZ$ 70,175
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61
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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
NZ$ 28,982
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14
FR
Omega 611.093 Good White gold 17mm Manual winding
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Omega solid 18 k white gold, 24 diamonds lovely vintage watch...
NZ$ 1,730
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207
NL
Franck Muller Casablanca 6850 SC Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Casablanca Curvex Yellow Gold Platinum Rotor -...
NZ$ 12,121
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674
NL
Patek Philippe Vintage 2488 Good Yellow gold 24mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Vintage Gents Dress watch
NZ$ 11,590
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214
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Q601244J Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Chronograph Q601244J
NZ$ 50,065
Free shipping
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940
US
Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur 1182-310/40 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur 1182-310/40 Watch with Leather...
NZ$ 14,944
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664
US
Omega Genève Geneve Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Omega Geneve vintage 14K Gold 1975 with box
NZ$ 2,368
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85
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Omega Constellation 167.005/6 Automatik Chronometer Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation 18K Gold Automatic Service 04/2020
NZ$ 14,564
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534
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Q8012520 Very good Rose gold 39.6mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
NZ$ 19,029
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1533
ES
Audemars Piguet 5279 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet 18k Gold 5279
NZ$ 8,020
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14
FR
Franck Muller 2852SCDP Unworn Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Curve Rotor Platinium 2852SCDP Rose Gold ...
NZ$ 16,386
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149
ES
Franck Muller Conquistador 8001 L SC Very good Yellow gold 28mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Conquistador Yellow Gold Limited Edition...
NZ$ 7,747
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674
NL
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin 18ct gold vintage jumbo
NZ$ 16,271
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214
UK
Movado Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Movado Rare st. Christopher religious coin watch for Tiffany
NZ$ 10,025
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567
IT
Ulysse Nardin Classico Luna 8296-122-2/491 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Classic Luna 8296-122-2/491 Watch with Leather...
NZ$ 14,944
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664
US
IWC IWC Ref. 210 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
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IWC 18K Gold Cal 95 Pocket watch taschenuhr
NZ$ 3,461
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85
HU
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 4830J Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
NZ$ 11,830
Verified Dealer
534
DE
Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
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Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
NZ$ 13,160
Verified Dealer
1533
ES
Rolex Daytona Rolex 2017 UNWORN White Gold Daytona 116509 Box and Papers New White gold Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex 2017 Daytona UNWORN White Gold 116509 Box &Papers BLUE
NZ$ 53,500
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20
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Cartier Roadster w62005v2 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
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Cartier Roadster 18k gold
NZ$ 11,692
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113
PL
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL 10660101-05 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition 18K...
NZ$ 10,025
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674
NL
Omega Very good Yellow gold Quartz
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Omega Mega Quartz Stardust 18ct gold
NZ$ 18,306
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q3832420 Unworn Rose gold 47mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duo Face/ An Lager/In Stock
NZ$ 23,148
Verified Dealer
344
CH
IWC Portofino Chronograph IW3910-21 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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IWC Portofino IW3910-21 Watch with Leather Bracelet and 18k...
NZ$ 15,880
Free shipping
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664
US
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa PF008629.01 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL
NZ$ 14,400
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187
FR
Vulcain Cricket Vulcain Cricket Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Vulcain Cricket Alarm Yellow Gold 14K
NZ$ 5,177
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121
IT
Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck 1062-113 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Astronomical 1062-113 Rose...
NZ$ 57,654
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649
CH
Piaget Polo Piaget Polo Ladies 18k White Gold Diamond P10140 Wristwatch Very good White gold 28mm Quartz New Zealand, Auckland
Piaget Polo Ladies 18k White Gold Diamond P10140 Wristwatch
NZ$ 9,900
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20
NZ
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Date AU1047 Very good Yellow gold Quartz
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Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Date
NZ$ 2,016
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113
PL
Omega 8606082 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding
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Omega Vintage 14 K Yellow Gold Oversized RARE - 8606082
NZ$ 4,101
Free shipping
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674
NL
Omega Very good Yellow gold 38mm Manual winding
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Omega Vintage Gents dress watch 18K Jumbo
NZ$ 7,113
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase FC-705C4S9 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase
NZ$ 12,477
Verified Dealer
344
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Hometime Q1622530 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1622530 Watch with Leather...
NZ$ 22,233
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664
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Piaget Polo 7661 C 701 Fair White gold 34mm Quartz
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Piaget White Gold Jumbo Polo
NZ$ 14,319
Free shipping
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28
CH
Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 694550371CG12 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada 600...
NZ$ 25,336
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72
ES
Bulgari 102450 New Rose gold 35mm Quartz
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Bulgari Tubogas 102450 Rose Gold 35mm
NZ$ 41,735
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649
CH
Omega Constellation Good Yellow gold Quartz
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Omega Constellation Manhattan with original 18ct golden...
NZ$ 7,200
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1303
FI
Vacheron Constantin 36002 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Schletrato Classic Oro Gold...
NZ$ 10,736
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450
IT
Omega De Ville Co-Axial 1681057 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Omega De Ville Caliber 2500 Co-Axial Chronometer 18K 750 Rose...
NZ$ 6,106
Free shipping
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674
NL
Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde J003033338 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde
NZ$ 26,762
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344
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q3032420 Very good Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Q3032420 Watch with Leather...
NZ$ 21,731
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664
US
Girard Perregaux 4961 Unworn Rose gold 27mm Manual winding
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Girard Perregaux Rose Gold Anniversary Limited Edition 1991,...
NZ$ 8,054
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28
CH
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5146J-001 New Yellow gold Automatic
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Patek Philippe annual calendar 5146J-001
NZ$ 47,209
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13
CY
Breguet Classique 5140BA/12/9W6 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique 40
NZ$ 19,783
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46
CH
Omega 711.5782 Fair White gold 16mm Manual winding
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Omega white golden vintage rarity with original golden bracelet
NZ$ 1,732
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1303
FI
Longines 6817 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Longines Moon moonphases triple date luna annual calendar oro...
NZ$ 10,189
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450
IT
Zenith Captain Central Second 18.2021.670/38.C498 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Zenith Captain Central Second 18K Special Edition 40 MM - 182021
NZ$ 8,111
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674
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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