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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
AU$ 16,714
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Breguet 8918bb58864d00d
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Breguet 8918bb58864d00d
Price on request
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
11
HK
Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
AU$ 18,720
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Watch Hunter
 
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Hublot Big Bang King  Min Repeater NEW 65% off
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Hublot Big Bang King Min Repeater NEW 65% off
AU$ 199,837
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
8
US
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
AU$ 51,720
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Breguet Tradition
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Breguet Tradition
AU$ 23,974
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
 
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal....
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal....
AU$ 18,886
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Uhrenkapital
193
DE
Chopard Damenuhr -750- Gelbgold mit Brillantlünette
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Chopard Damenuhr -750- Gelbgold mit Brillantlünette
AU$ 4,484
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Gute Zeiten Leer
30
DE
Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
AU$ 25,183
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
IT
Franck Muller INFINITY FULL DIAMONDS PAVE
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Franck Muller INFINITY FULL DIAMONDS PAVE
AU$ 284,415
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ZEGG & CERLATI
17
MC
Omega Seamaster 300M 2636.50.91 - Serviced By Omega
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Omega Seamaster 300M 2636.50.91 - Serviced By Omega
AU$ 19,722
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Mark Worthington Jewellers
19
UK
Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
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Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
AU$ 5,616
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Watch Hunter
 
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Chopard Imperiale Or rouge 18KT.
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Chopard Imperiale Or rouge 18KT.
AU$ 24,109
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
17
CH
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
AU$ 40,406
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Patek Philippe Pocket-Watch NEW
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Patek Philippe Pocket-Watch NEW
AU$ 10,860
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Paradiso Luxury Srl
11
IT
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm
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Hublot Big Bang 41 mm
AU$ 27,544
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Artex AG
7
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jumbo enamel cloisonne very rare rose gold...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jumbo enamel cloisonne very rare rose gold...
Price on request
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Watches Management
8
IT
Chopard Your Hour Mother of Pearl, Diamond Bezel 4451 Box...
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Chopard Your Hour Mother of Pearl, Diamond Bezel 4451 Box...
AU$ 8,030
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Girard Perregaux CAT’S EYE, TOURBILLON SOUS PONTS D’OR
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Girard Perregaux CAT’S EYE, TOURBILLON SOUS PONTS D’OR
AU$ 175,182
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ZEGG & CERLATI
17
MC
Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President - MOP String Diamond Dial -...
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Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President - MOP String Diamond Dial -...
AU$ 8,819
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SD & CO LLC
21
US
Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
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Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
AU$ 33,429
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Watch Hunter
 
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Blancpain Villeret Ultra Slim 18k Yellow Gold 34mm G
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Blancpain Villeret Ultra Slim 18k Yellow Gold 34mm G
AU$ 6,099
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Pawndeluxe
9
NL
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
AU$ 54,953
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
A. Lange & Söhne 1815
A. Lange & Söhne 1815
AU$ 20,500
Seller
Private seller
AU
Universal Genève Uni Compax Chronograph Orig; Dial &Cond...
Universal Genève Uni Compax Chronograph Orig; Dial &Cond...
AU$ 3,750
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
AU
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
AU$ 148,156
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
AU$ 87,000
Seller
Private seller
AU
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
AU$ 22,000
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Private seller
AU
r.gilbert & son pocket watch r.gilbert & son solid 18k...
r.gilbert & son pocket watch r.gilbert & son solid 18k...
AU$ 3,600
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Private seller
AU
Cartier Baignoire Women's white Gold watch
Cartier Baignoire Women's white Gold watch
AU$ 29,000
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Private seller
AU
Rolex Daytona Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Cosmograph 18k...
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Rolex Daytona Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Cosmograph 18k...
AU$ 18,750
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Private seller
AU
Chopard H Collection
Chopard H Collection
AU$ 9,900
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Private seller
AU
Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
AU$ 2,200
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Private seller
AU
Schwarz Etienne 715401
Schwarz Etienne 715401
AU$ 5,399
Seller
Private seller
AU
Election GENTS POCKET WATCH
Election GENTS POCKET WATCH
AU$ 1,500
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Private seller
AU
Elgin Lord Elgin
Elgin Lord Elgin
AU$ 800
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Private seller
AU
Rolex 18K Gold Ladies President- Pink Diamond Dial - Sapphire...
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Rolex 18K Gold Ladies President- Pink Diamond Dial - Sapphire...
AU$ 8,819
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SD & CO LLC
21
US
Omega Geneve Calendar 18k ORIG; Cross Hair Dial Orig; Rare Box
Omega Geneve Calendar 18k ORIG; Cross Hair Dial Orig; Rare Box
AU$ 2,750
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
AU
Vacheron Constantin sub seconds
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Vacheron Constantin sub seconds
AU$ 4,800
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Private seller
AU
Omega Seamaster
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Omega Seamaster
AU$ 1,890
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Private seller
AU
Cartier Pasha
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Cartier Pasha
AU$ 8,500
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Private seller
AU
Christophe Claret Baccara  NEW PRICE
Christophe Claret Baccara NEW PRICE
AU$ 90,000
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SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
AU$ 350,188
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Piaget 18 carat yellow gold quartz watch on bracelet
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Piaget 18 carat yellow gold quartz watch on bracelet
AU$ 6,619
Seller
Private seller
AU
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 29,500
Seller
Watch Exchange Pty Ltd, Australia
AU
Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President -Red Vignette Diamond Dial -...
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Rolex Ladies 18K Gold President -Red Vignette Diamond Dial -...
AU$ 8,819
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SD & CO LLC
21
US
Omega vintage 351 bumper Turler Dial Turler Box & T.Papers...
Omega vintage 351 bumper Turler Dial Turler Box & T.Papers...
AU$ 1,370
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
AU
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Am Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Am Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 9,090
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Watchpartners
AU
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3893
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3893
AU$ 11,883
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deortime
15
IT
Versace Medusa en or
Versace Medusa en or
AU$ 14,953
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Bijouterie CBBO
8
FR
Louis Moinet Jurassic Tourbillon   NEW PRICE
Louis Moinet Jurassic Tourbillon NEW PRICE
AU$ 165,000
Seller
SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Louis Moinet Sideralis
Louis Moinet Sideralis
AU$ 329,985
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Bulgari 23mm full gold box and paper
Bulgari 23mm full gold box and paper
AU$ 2,676
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L'Officina del Tempo
18
IT
Rolex Yacht Master II - Model No. 116688
Rolex Yacht Master II - Model No. 116688
AU$ 45,000
Seller
Watch Exchange Pty Ltd, Australia
AU
Breguet La Tradition White Gold
Breguet La Tradition White Gold
AU$ 23,531
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William Wien Watches
 
NL
Angelus NearMint & Handsome 1940 18k Chronograph 36m All...
Angelus NearMint & Handsome 1940 18k Chronograph 36m All...
AU$ 4,950
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
AU
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 9,090
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Watchpartners
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor World Alarm Limited Edition
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor World Alarm Limited Edition
AU$ 19,995
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Watch Trader Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust en Or
Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust en Or
AU$ 15,425
Seller
Bijouterie CBBO
8
FR
Ladoire RGT BLACK WIDOW     NEW PRICE
Ladoire RGT BLACK WIDOW NEW PRICE
AU$ 28,000
Seller
SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Louis Moinet Memoris
Louis Moinet Memoris
AU$ 73,930
BrandBoutique Member
Louis Moinet
Omega Vintage 9K Y/G 60's
Omega Vintage 9K Y/G 60's
AU$ 2,004
Free shipping
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The Watch Culture
AU

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.