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Rolex Submariner Date 126619LB New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date White Gold 41mm 12/2020
NZ$ 73,965
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133
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.PV.2010.LR.1905 Very good Rose gold 41mm
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.pv.2010.lr.1905 Rose Gold
NZ$ 29,391
Professional dealer
318
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept 26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Rose Gold Flying Tourbillon...
NZ$ 262,099
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336
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 25829BA.OO.0944BA.01 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Skeleton
NZ$ 233,742
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96
JP
Franck Muller Casablanca 7880 Very good Rose gold 47mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Casablanca Chronographe 7880 18k pink gold
NZ$ 28,514
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3748 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe SADDAM HUSSEIN Signature & Iraqi Eagle Sigma...
Price on request
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10
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Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim 6651-3642-55B Unworn Rose gold Automatic New Zealand, auckland
Blancpain Villeret Rose gold
NZ$ 21,000
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NZ
Omega 2618 Very good Rose gold 37,5mm Automatic
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Omega Huge 18K Rose Gold 1950 Automatic Cal. 332 Special Indexes
NZ$ 6,826
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124
DE
Cartier Santos Dumont 2649 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Cartier Santos Dumont Yellow Gold Large W2008751
NZ$ 14,603
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1179
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 206.027 Very good White gold 36mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 18K (0,750) Weissgold Handaufzug...
NZ$ 22,207

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Patek Philippe Gondolo 5099RG-001 Very good Rose gold 37.5mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Cabriolet 5099RG-001 White Gold & Rose...
NZ$ 15,726
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931
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Omega Speedmaster 36233300 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster 39mm Ref#3623.33.01
NZ$ 14,951
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829
US
Jaquet-Droz J017533270 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grande Heure Minute Quantieme Meteorite Dial...
NZ$ 27,478
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625
LV
Breguet Reine de Naples 8968BR/X1/J50 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8968BR/X1/J50 0D00
NZ$ 31,909
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1451
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116619LB Very good White gold 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex 2019 SMURF Submariner WHITE GOLD with Box and Papers
NZ$ 55,000
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q2623402 New White gold 21mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Joaillerie
NZ$ 35,427
Professional dealer
247
ES
Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524R Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Brown Dial 5524R-001
NZ$ 65,271
Professional dealer
14
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC231-1200100 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres 18k White Gold Men's...
NZ$ 17,443
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924
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Datejust 18K Gold Automatik Damenuhr Oyster...
NZ$ 10,628

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Cartier Pasha 1023 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Cartier Pasha, Reference 1023, A Yellow Gold And Diamond-Set...
NZ$ 14,430
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931
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IWC Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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IWC Cal. 89 Rose Gold Shark Lugs SERVICED
NZ$ 4,630
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Omega Genève Geneve Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Omega Geneve vintage 14K Gold with box 1972
NZ$ 2,331
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139
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Chopard L.U.C 161934-5001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard L.U.C.
NZ$ 26,527
Professional dealer
116
CH
Ulysse Nardin Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold Rare Vintage
NZ$ 4,303
Free shipping
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18
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Ball Trainmaster NM3888D-PG-LCJ-WH New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
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Ball NM3888D-PG-LCJ-WH Trainmaster 18k Rose Gold Automatic...
NZ$ 7,267
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445
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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$ 25,749
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102
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC267-1263800-HA2421 New White gold 39mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 18k White Gold Tahiti MOP Dial...
NZ$ 8,721
Professional dealer
924
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 15,761

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Cartier Panthère 80579 Very good Yellow gold 21mm Quartz
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Cartier Panthere Diamonds, Champagne color Patina Dial, 18K...
NZ$ 15,545
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931
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 90275-52-111-BA6A Unworn Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Perpetual Calendar Equation...
NZ$ 39,084
Professional dealer
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CH
Patek Philippe Gondolo 4386 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Onyx Dial Ladies Gondolo / Tank
NZ$ 8,162
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65
CH
Urwerk UR-202 UR-202 New White gold
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Urwerk 202
NZ$ 82,951
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119
CH
Hermès Kelly Very good Yellow gold 20mm Quartz
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Hermès Kelly Watch 20th Anniversary Special Edition Yellow...
NZ$ 11,579
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21
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Vulcain Cricket 100.505.021 New Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Vulcain Cricket Dual Time rose gold NEW
NZ$ 12,615
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275
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976 Q3732420 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976
NZ$ 14,171
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC231-1002400 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres 42mm Men's 18k Rose Gold...
NZ$ 20,350
Professional dealer
924
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille 270.1.62 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 12,546

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Piaget Gouverneur 1595 Very good Yellow gold 33.5mm Automatic
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Piaget Gouverneur Automatic Enamel Dial Yellow Gold Very Rare...
NZ$ 8,814
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931
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Rolex Datejust 126234 White Roman Oyster Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust
NZ$ 16,417
Professional dealer
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Chopard 1038 Very good White gold 33mm Automatic
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Chopard White Gold Jade Saudi Arabia: King Khalid, DoubleSigned
NZ$ 13,059
Professional dealer
65
CH
Rolex Daytona 116518 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 18K "Black Dial, Oysterflex" - 2010
NZ$ 45,852
Professional dealer
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Jacob & Co. OP110.40.AG.AB.A Very good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
Jacob & Co. Musical Watch Opera "the Godfather '' Limited...
Price on request
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124
UK
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new, rose gold, 5-days power-res...
NZ$ 113,672
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56
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Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date FULL SET - like NEW
NZ$ 49,944
Professional dealer
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Breguet Classique 8068BB/52/964 DD00 Good White gold 30mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Breguet Classique
NZ$ 22,329
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21
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Cartier Tank Française 2385 Very good Yellow gold 18.5mm Quartz
Cartier Tank Francaise Lady 18K (0,750) Gold Damenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 13,220

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Cartier Tank Française 2466 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Quartz
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Cartier REFERENCE 2466 TANK FRANCAISE A YELLOW GOLD RECTANGULA...
NZ$ 7,595
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931
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 141.008.1 Good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Triple
NZ$ 12,097
Professional dealer
18
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Ebel Lichine 8964970 Good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Ebel Green Ladies Lichine
NZ$ 4,897
Professional dealer
65
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80318 Very good Yellow gold 29mm Automatic
Rolex Pearlmaster 29 "White Roman Dial" - 2005
NZ$ 21,049
Professional dealer
7
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5123R-001 Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava Rose gold 5123R-001 [ Discontinued ]
NZ$ 28,667
Professional dealer
124
UK
Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde J014013208 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde, new, 68 hours power reserve,...
NZ$ 21,975
Professional dealer
56
CH
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5235/50R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
NZ$ 69,798
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.032 Unworn Rose gold 38.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
NZ$ 38,523
Professional dealer
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81160/1 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug...
NZ$ 17,005

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Chronographe Suisse Cie CSC 29445 Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
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Chronographe Suisse Cie Grande Chronograph Solid 18K Rose Gold...
NZ$ 1,815
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931
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Hermès Cape Cod CC1.285 Very good Yellow gold Quartz
Hermès Cape Cod
NZ$ 8,295
Professional dealer
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Zenith El Primero 65.0520.4026 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
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Zenith Grande Class Grande Date Rattrapante, 50 pcs Limited...
NZ$ 24,486
Professional dealer
65
CH
Rolex Daytona 116515LN Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
NZ$ 49,551
Professional dealer
 
IE
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205G-001 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar White Gold...
NZ$ 51,352
Professional dealer
124
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II 16718 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT Master II Sultan
NZ$ 68,953
Professional dealer
25
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Rolex Daytona 116505 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph 18K Everose Gold 116505 New Full set
NZ$ 81,223
Professional dealer
289
RO
Cartier Panthère 887968 Very good Yellow gold Quartz
Cartier Panthere
NZ$ 13,307
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Longines Master Collection L2.673.8 Very good Red gold 40mm Automatic
Longines Master Collection Chronograph 18K Roségold Automatik...
NZ$ 11,838

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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.