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Omega Globemaster
TOP
Omega Globemaster
NZ$ 18,622
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Haute Horologe
AE
Cartier Santos 18K Rose Gold
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Cartier Santos 18K Rose Gold
NZ$ 16,879
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ВИПЛОМБАРД- VIPLOMBARD.RU
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
NZ$ 26,086
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Zenith Elite
NZ$ 11,468
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STENSTRUP Watches & Jewellery
11
DK
Zenith GrandeClass Rattrapante GrandeDate, SplitSec ElPrimero,...
TOP
Zenith GrandeClass Rattrapante GrandeDate, SplitSec ElPrimero,...
NZ$ 25,507
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Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
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Franck Muller MASTER SQUARE
NZ$ 23,241
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MC
Universal Genève Tri Compax TriCompax
Universal Genève Tri Compax TriCompax
NZ$ 45,638
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Chopard Impériale Chronograph 18K Weißgold 3,24 CT Brillanten...
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Chopard Impériale Chronograph 18K Weißgold 3,24 CT Brillanten...
NZ$ 24,507
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Uhrenkapital
357
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic
NZ$ 56,489
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WatchesofMayfair.com
482
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3601
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3601
NZ$ 15,750
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About Time Ltd
NZ
Patek Philippe Calatrava
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava
NZ$ 30,609
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
59
CH
IWC Schaffhausen Yacht Club 18K / 750  Gold mens watch + Box
TOP
IWC Schaffhausen Yacht Club 18K / 750 Gold mens watch + Box
NZ$ 9,564
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Fine Auction Club
238
UK
Omega Constellation deluxe 18 ct gold
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Omega Constellation deluxe 18 ct gold
NZ$ 7,643
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
91
UK
Eterna Reveil 1948 Les Historiques, Rose Gold
TOP
Eterna Reveil 1948 Les Historiques, Rose Gold
NZ$ 8,133
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Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
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Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
NZ$ 199,622
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Taleda
409
CH
Piaget Emporador P10041
Piaget Emporador P10041
NZ$ 7,449
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Private Seller
NZ
Jacob & Co. EPIC X CHRONO Rose Gold case & Red Dial
TOP
Jacob & Co. EPIC X CHRONO Rose Gold case & Red Dial
NZ$ 26,706
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Riginov bvba
 
BE
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
NZ$ 22,531
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WatchesofMayfair.com
482
UK
Rolex TRIDOR Ladies DIAMOND BEZEL & DIAL Wristwatch. 100%...
Rolex TRIDOR Ladies DIAMOND BEZEL & DIAL Wristwatch. 100%...
NZ$ 15,000
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About Time Ltd
NZ
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Rose Gold Box & Documens
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A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Rose Gold Box & Documens
NZ$ 33,637
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120
ES
Sinn 2200 22Kt Gold Chronograph limitiert DER GOLDCHRONOGRAPH
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Sinn 2200 22Kt Gold Chronograph limitiert DER GOLDCHRONOGRAPH
NZ$ 10,987
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Classic Watch
25
DE
Omega chronometer rated cal 333 RG
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Omega chronometer rated cal 333 RG
NZ$ 4,965
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
91
UK
Blancpain Villeret Doppelchronograph / Rattrapante / Split Second
TOP
Blancpain Villeret Doppelchronograph / Rattrapante / Split Second
NZ$ 12,569
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Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Biretrogrado 86020 Rose Gold 42.5mm
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Biretrogrado 86020 Rose Gold 42.5mm
NZ$ 53,972
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Taleda
409
CH
Zenith EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER 1969
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Zenith EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER 1969
NZ$ 21,298
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ZEGG & CERLATI
55
MC
Richard Mille RM 011 03 Rose Gold TI
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Richard Mille RM 011 03 Rose Gold TI
NZ$ 353,071
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Express Watches
7
US
Piaget Rare 1970s Lilly Flower 18kt Diamond Sapphire Bracelet...
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Piaget Rare 1970s Lilly Flower 18kt Diamond Sapphire Bracelet...
NZ$ 10,428
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
21
US
Omega 1965 Solid 14k Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 8.9 carets
Omega 1965 Solid 14k Gold Diamond Ladies Watch 8.9 carets
NZ$ 13,000
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About Time Ltd
NZ
Chopard d'oro Luna 'Perpetual Calendar' Retrograde moonphase,...
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Chopard d'oro Luna 'Perpetual Calendar' Retrograde moonphase,...
NZ$ 21,467
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Vintage Times Amsterdam
35
NL
Chopard Happy Diamonds 18K Gold Handaufzug 24mm
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Chopard Happy Diamonds 18K Gold Handaufzug 24mm
NZ$ 3,372
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T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
768
DE
F.P.Journe Souveraine Tourbillon
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F.P.Journe Souveraine Tourbillon
Price on request
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INEICHEN
40
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre James Picard, Minute Repeater
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Jaeger-LeCoultre James Picard, Minute Repeater
NZ$ 7,024
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Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Breguet Type XXII Flyback Gmt 3880br/z2/9xv Rose Gold 44mm
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Breguet Type XXII Flyback Gmt 3880br/z2/9xv Rose Gold 44mm
NZ$ 33,270
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Taleda
409
CH
Chopard Ultra Flat Date Automatic 18K Yellow Gold 40 MM - 161278
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Chopard Ultra Flat Date Automatic 18K Yellow Gold 40 MM - 161278
NZ$ 7,268
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
210
NL
Patek Philippe Gondolo 18K gold box and paper
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Patek Philippe Gondolo 18K gold box and paper
NZ$ 17,748
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euro piece d'or
67
FR
H.Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Small Seconds Fumé Weissgold
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H.Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Small Seconds Fumé Weissgold
NZ$ 26,690
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chronostars
12
AT
Omega seamaster
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Omega seamaster
NZ$ 11,494
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OnlyTimeMilano
13
IT
Roger Dubuis Hommage Chronograph H37 560 rose gold
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Roger Dubuis Hommage Chronograph H37 560 rose gold
NZ$ 42,090
Free shipping
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A Collected Man
12
UK
IWC 14K Gold Full Hunter Pocket watch taschenuhr 1910
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IWC 14K Gold Full Hunter Pocket watch taschenuhr 1910
NZ$ 2,956
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14
HU
Rolex GMT-Master II 116758SARU
Rolex GMT-Master II 116758SARU
NZ$ 220,014
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Omega Constellation Manhattan Diamonds, Pave, Super Rare
TOP
Omega Constellation Manhattan Diamonds, Pave, Super Rare
NZ$ 24,398
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Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
NZ$ 108,178
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MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Chopard Vintage 18K Solid White Gold Real Diamonds Top Piece
TOP
Chopard Vintage 18K Solid White Gold Real Diamonds Top Piece
NZ$ 3,634
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
210
NL
Piaget Classic Diamond
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Piaget Classic Diamond
NZ$ 99,799
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Melvyn Franks Luxury Watches
14
US
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual 18k Weissgold Fumé
TOP
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual 18k Weissgold Fumé
NZ$ 56,286
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chronostars
12
AT
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
NZ$ 13,522
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
319
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm
NZ$ 26,030
Seller
OROeORA PRINTEZIS
87
GR
IWC 14K Gold Pocket watch International Watch Co from 1919
TOP
IWC 14K Gold Pocket watch International Watch Co from 1919
NZ$ 2,787
Seller
qualityextra
14
HU
Breguet Classique
Breguet Classique
NZ$ 6,600
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Piaget Lapis Lazuli Dial, Frackuhr / Dress Watch, Rare
TOP
Piaget Lapis Lazuli Dial, Frackuhr / Dress Watch, Rare
NZ$ 5,915
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Rolex Submariner 1680/8 Black dial
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680/8 Black dial
NZ$ 52,399
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, Reference 25940ok A Pink...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, Reference 25940ok A Pink...
NZ$ 23,836
Estimated price
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Sotheby´s
 
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine
NZ$ 25,877
Free shipping
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
H.Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds 18k Rotgold Fumé
TOP
H.Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds 18k Rotgold Fumé
NZ$ 21,416
Seller
chronostars
12
AT
Patek Philippe Worldtimer
Patek Philippe Worldtimer
NZ$ 156,351
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
319
DE
Frederique Constant Slimline Tourbillon
Frederique Constant Slimline Tourbillon
NZ$ 40,558
Free shipping
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Reijersen Juweliers
 
NL
Moritz Grossmann BENU Tourbillon, white gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Moritz Grossmann BENU Tourbillon, white gold
NZ$ 295,799
BrandBoutique Member
Grossmann Uhren GmbH
Rolex Unworn Daytona 116509
Rolex Unworn Daytona 116509
NZ$ 47,351
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
IWC 2070 Oman, Full Set, New Old Stock, Very Rare
TOP
IWC 2070 Oman, Full Set, New Old Stock, Very Rare
NZ$ 11,090
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Rolex GMT-Master II 116758SARU with 2 years warranty
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master II 116758SARU with 2 years warranty
NZ$ 116,629
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication, Reference...
Auction
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication, Reference...
NZ$ 595,903
Estimated price
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Sotheby´s
 
IWC Portofino
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IWC Portofino
NZ$ 17,448
Free shipping
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
Hublot Big Bang King  Min Repeater NEW 68% off
Hublot Big Bang King Min Repeater NEW 68% off
NZ$ 204,097
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
17
US
Breitling Chronomat
Breitling Chronomat
NZ$ 7,691
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
319
DE
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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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