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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 47450/B01J-9228 Good Yellow gold
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
Price on request
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5
SG
Universal Genève 12482 Very good Yellow gold 38,5mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève Oversized Chronograph Compur 18K Gold 1942...
NZ$ 24,919
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97
DE
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G Unworn White gold 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001 42mm White Gold
NZ$ 95,611
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429
US
Richard Mille RM 005 RM005 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM 005 18k Rose Gold Skelontonized 45MM Watch
NZ$ 132,198
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298
US
Baume & Mercier Clifton M0A10059 New Rose gold 38.8mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Clifton Rose Gold
NZ$ 7,133
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537
LV
Breguet Classique 5930BA/12/986 36mm Automatic
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Breguet 5930BA/12/986 Classique Gents 36mm - Yellow Gold -...
NZ$ 15,921
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210
UK
222.63.46.20.01.001 Very good Red gold Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Omega Planet Ocean Seamaster Pro 600m 45mm Co-Axial Chronome...
NZ$ 17,200
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23
NZ
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$ 40,351
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693
US
IWC 521708 Good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding New Zealand, Papamoa
IWC K18 Sold gold Antique Cal.89 Hand Winding Men's Watch
NZ$ 2,359
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NZ
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180/2 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 23,221

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DE
Piaget Emperador 12336 C 516 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Piaget Massive Emperador, Original Diamond Set Dial and Bezel
NZ$ 35,929
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51
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic Q1852670 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic GMT...
NZ$ 44,240
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144
PT
IWC IWC Cal. 97 Art Deco Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding
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IWC 14K Gold Cal 97 Art Deco Pocket watch taschenuhr
NZ$ 3,339
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107
HU
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179 White Gold
NZ$ 21,300
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773
US
Frederique Constant Manufacture FC-760DG4H9 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Manufacture Flyback Chronograph rose gold...
NZ$ 16,775
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49
FR
Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Gold "Newman dial" New 2020
NZ$ 67,353
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511
ES
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5320G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
NZ$ 108,162
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19
CY
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Dial - Reference 69178
NZ$ 12,008
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777
NL
Breguet Classique 5930 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
Breguet Classique 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Automatik Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 13,091

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Piaget Polo 7131 C 701 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Quartz
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Piaget Polo, Yellow & White Gold, Bracelet Watch
NZ$ 20,155
Free shipping
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51
CH
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81180/000G-9117 New White gold 40mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
NZ$ 25,280
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144
PT
Gérald Genta Gefica Gèrald Genta G.2940.4 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Quartz
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Gérald Genta Gefica Safari Yellow Gold 18K Rare Meteor Dial...
NZ$ 5,417
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170
IT
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Rare Day-Date 1803 tropical dial For Serpico Y Layno MM 36
NZ$ 16,250
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666
IT
H.Moser & Cie. Venturer 2100-0402 Very good Rose gold 41.5mm Manual winding
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H.Moser & Cie. & Cie Venturer Big Date 2100-0402
NZ$ 22,769
Free shipping
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1186
US
Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT PAM 00576 Very good Rose gold 44mm Manual winding
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Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Gmt 2019
NZ$ 33,044
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511
ES
Omega Constellation 398.0872 Good Yellow gold 38mm Quartz
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Omega Constellation Manhattan with original 18ct golden...
NZ$ 8,035
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1459
FI
Omega De Ville Co-Axial 5931.81 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Omega De Ville Co-axial Limited Edition Series 999 Solid 18K...
NZ$ 12,369
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777
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Lady 140.252.1 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Damenuhr Gold...
NZ$ 9,480

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DE
Ebel Good White gold 34mm Manual winding
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Ebel White Gold Gondole Dress / Pocket Watch, like Cartier
NZ$ 7,887
Free shipping
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51
CH
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180/000J-9231 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
NZ$ 35,663
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144
PT
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Q8012520 Very good Rose gold 39.6mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
NZ$ 18,942
Verified Dealer
1690
ES
Girard Perregaux Cat's Eye 80488D52A751-CK6A Very good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Cat's Eye Day & Night
NZ$ 14,428
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1747
BE
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 2603.30.00 Good Yellow gold Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Omega Aqua Terra
Price on request
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21
NZ
Cartier Roadster W62021Y3 Very good Yellow gold 48mm Automatic
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Cartier Roadster XL Chronograph "Full Set"
NZ$ 17,154
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511
ES
Omega 711.5782 Fair White gold 16mm Manual winding
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Omega white golden vintage rarity with original golden bracelet
NZ$ 1,715
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1459
FI
Cartier Tank Américaine W 2601156 Very good Yellow gold 45mm Quartz
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Cartier Tank Americaine Chronograph Yellow Gold 26 x 45 mm - ...
NZ$ 8,577
Free shipping
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777
NL
Cartier Tank Américaine 819908 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Américaine 18K (0,750) Gold Mondphase Herren Ref....
NZ$ 9,661

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DE
Universal Genève Polerouter Very good Yellow gold 34mm Quartz
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Universal Genève Sector Dial Polerouter Electric, Huguenin...
NZ$ 7,887
Free shipping
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51
CH
Mido Multifort M902.407.76.057.00 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Mido Multifort Datometer Limited Edition M902.407.76.057.00
NZ$ 6,847
Verified Dealer
5701
DE
Patek Philippe Patek Philippe 3523 18kt white gold Very good White gold 35mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 3523
NZ$ 9,931
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17
CH
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960R-010 New Rose gold Automatic
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph
Price on request
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5
SG
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 40 MM 18K Yellow Gold Black Dial...
NZ$ 51,782
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28
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q9022450 New Rose gold 42mm
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Rose Gold "New 2020"
NZ$ 35,934
Verified Dealer
511
ES
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145022-69 Good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 1969 BA145022-69
NZ$ 49,153
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80
JP
Cartier Panthère 8057916 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Quartz
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Cartier Vendome Yellow Gold Diamonds Splendid Ladies Cocktail...
NZ$ 8,938
Free shipping
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777
NL
Patek Philippe Gondolo 4269 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 12,568

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DE
Zenith El Primero 65.0520.4026 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
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Zenith Grande Class Grande Date Rattrapante, Split Second,...
NZ$ 23,660
Free shipping
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51
CH
Rolex Day-Date II 218235 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date II 41mm Presidential Rose Gold, Chocolate ...
NZ$ 69,679
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US
Cartier Baignoire Baignoire 2514 Good White gold Manual winding
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Cartier 18K White Gold Baignoire Allongée “Maxi Oval” 2514 w/...
NZ$ 49,130
Free shipping
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13
HK
Patek Philippe Gondolo 5200G-001 New White gold 32.4mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Gondolo
Price on request
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5
SG
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326135 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
Rolex Sky-Dweller
NZ$ 53,305
Verified Dealer
28
US
Jacob & Co. Astronomia AF321.40.BD.AE.B New Rose gold 42.5mm Manual winding
Jacob & Co. Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin "Rainbow" 1 Watch...
NZ$ 737,528
Verified Dealer
206
DE
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier W1580046 Very good Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon W1580046
NZ$ 98,997
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222
US
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3545 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Champagne "Gilt" Dial Signed...
NZ$ 14,175
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777
NL
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 J Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
NZ$ 150,019
Verified Dealer
5
US
Bulova Diamond 8404 Very good White gold 25mm Manual winding
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Bulova White Gold Lapis Lazuli-Dial Diamonds Ladies Jewel
NZ$ 7,887
Free shipping
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51
CH
Rolex Daytona 116518LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold - ref 116518LN
NZ$ 52,849
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IE
Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116509 / New
NZ$ 70,242
Verified Dealer
29
BE
Vacheron Constantin 43041 Very good Yellow gold
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Vacheron Constantin Saltarello
Price on request
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5
SG
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126655 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master 40
NZ$ 44,168
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28
US
Vacheron Constantin 4461 Very good Rose gold 33mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendar Moonphase Rare Pink Gold
NZ$ 39,828
Free shipping
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6
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Q1752440 Very good Rose gold 41.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Q1752440
NZ$ 19,495
Verified Dealer
222
US
Longines Oyster Longines Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Longines Vintage Automatic 36MM 18K Yellow Gold - Very Rare Model
NZ$ 4,966
Free shipping
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777
NL
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 EG Transitional Series New White gold 36mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
NZ$ 178,195
Verified Dealer
5
US

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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