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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Enamel Diamond Pocket watch 1830s w/ Aquamarine...
AU$ 9,588
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25
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 15451OR.ZZ.1256OR.04 Unworn Rose gold 37mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet ATCH-BROWN DIAL 37 M ROYAL OAK SELF-WINDING WM
Price on request
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229
US
Rolex Daytona 116505 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 18kt Rose Gold Chocolate Arabic Dial 116505
AU$ 55,314
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229
US
Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Everose / Chocolate Diagonal Motif - 228235
AU$ 44,989
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229
US
Rolex Datejust 178288 New Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 31, new, closing down sale - off. pr.: 37.700 CHF
AU$ 36,769
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30
CH
Van Cleef & Arpels VCARO8OD00 Unworn White gold Automatic Australia, sydney
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons VCARO8OD00
AU$ 87,000
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AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Custom Diamond Set Patek Philippe Nautilus Rose...
AU$ 187,494
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83
UK
Breitling Superocean K10040 Very good Yellow gold Automatic Australia, Port Hacking
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Breitling Superocean
AU$ 19,990
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AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Good Red gold 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe パテックフィリップ ノーチラス クロノ 5980R-001 自動巻 K18RG無垢 ウォッチ...
AU$ 167,339
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21
JP
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.8mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 40MM Rose Gold Watch 5164R
AU$ 103,548
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229
US
Omega Seamaster 166.010 Good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Doublesigned: Bahrain / Saudi Seamaster in Rose Pink Gold
AU$ 11,256
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19
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296R-001 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 5296R-001 Calatrava 18K Rose Gold Sector Dial...
AU$ 33,911
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396
US
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3810BR 92 9ZU Very good Rose gold Automatic
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Breguet Type XXI 3810BR 92 9ZU 18KT RG
AU$ 17,754
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207
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179178 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 26, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 24.200 CHF
AU$ 21,010
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30
CH
Rolex Cellini Date 50515 Very good Rose gold 39mm Automatic Australia, sydney
Rolex Cellini Date
AU$ 16,500
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AU
Glashütte Original Pavonina 1-03-02-04-05-30 or 103-02-04-05-30 New Red gold 31mm Quartz Australia, Melbourne
Glashütte Original Pavonina
AU$ 17,636
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25
AU
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Zenith 40mm 18k Yellow Gold Factory Diamond Dial...
AU$ 44,244
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86
US
Breitling Crosswind Racing K13055 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Automatic Australia, Sydney, NSW
Breitling 18k Yellow Gold Chronomat Crosswind Automatic
AU$ 27,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 New White gold 42mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master 42 White Gold NEU 11/2019 Ref.226659
AU$ 46,958
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67
DE
Rolex 5100 Good Yellow gold 39mm Quartz
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Rolex Beta 21 Texano
AU$ 28,516
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19
CH
Cartier Panthère Very good Yellow gold 22mm Quartz
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Cartier Rare Panthère
AU$ 44,409
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458
UK
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167R-001 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 40mm 5167R Rose Gold
AU$ 76,704
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MY
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA.58864D00D New Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 33.000...
AU$ 30,766
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30
CH
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116655 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Australia, sydney
Rolex Yacht-Master 40
AU$ 32,000
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AU
Chopard Happy Sport 274808-5014 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Chopard Happy Sport Automatic
AU$ 27,591
Free shipping
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25
AU
Piaget Gouverneur 15469 Very good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
Piaget Gouverneur 15469 18k Rose Gold
AU$ 5,357
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418
PL
Yves Saint Laurent Serial number 27564 New Yellow gold 30mm Automatic Australia, sydney
Yves Saint Laurent
AU$ 386
Private Seller
AU
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 115.032 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
AU$ 31,824
Verified Dealer
26
US
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3589 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Ellipse, Rare, Engraved Indexes in Full Set
AU$ 13,883
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19
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
Rolex Midsize 18K Solid Gold Oyster Perpetual 6050 Automatic,...
AU$ 8,828
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560
US
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4910/48G-001 Good White gold 30mm Quartz
Patek Philippe トゥエンティフォー 4910/48G-001
AU$ 58,832
Free shipping
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360
JP
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179138 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust, new, closing down sale - off. pr.: 32.000...
AU$ 29,265
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30
CH
Rolex Day-Date 36 118346-0059 Very good White gold Automatic Australia, sydney
Rolex Day-Date 36 36 mm Platinum 118346-0059
AU$ 85,000
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AU
Breguet Tradition 7057BR/G9/9W6 New Red gold 40mm Manual winding Australia, Melbourne
Breguet Tradition
AU$ 31,333
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25
AU
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 110.029 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 - Perlmutt MOP - 110.029
AU$ 35,849
Verified Dealer
260
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.A125CR.01 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic Australia, Alice Springs
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AU$ 39,826
Private Seller
 
AU
Chopard Your Hour 136621-1001 Good White gold 24.5mm Quartz
TOP
Chopard 18k W/G MOP Dial Diamond Bezel H Watch B&P 136621-1001
AU$ 13,717
Free shipping
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458
UK
Piaget Protocole 9154 Good Yellow gold 25mm Manual winding
TOP
Piaget Lapis Dial Protocole
AU$ 4,878
Verified Dealer
19
CH
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5068R-001 Unworn Rose gold 35,6mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce Ref. 5068R-001
AU$ 79,774
Verified Dealer
477
DE
Breitling Chronomat HB011112/BA51/744P Unworn Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat 01 - LIMITED EDITION / 200 pcs. - watch on...
AU$ 29,266
Verified Dealer
38
CH
Breguet Classique 8788BR/29/986 DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, new, closing down sale - off. price: 29.000...
AU$ 24,012
Verified Dealer
30
CH
Patek Philippe Complications (submodel) 4968G-001 Very good White gold 33.3mm Manual winding Australia, sydney
Patek Philippe Complications
AU$ 57,500
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AU
Ulysse Nardin Classic Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon 1786-133/52 New Rose gold 44mm Manual winding Australia, Melbourne
Ulysse Nardin Exceptional Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon
AU$ 106,244
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25
AU
Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar 5207R-001 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar
AU$ 914,529
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34
US
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 116.039 Very good White gold 41.9mm Manual winding Australia, Belconnen
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
AU$ 46,347
Private Seller
 
AU
F.P.Journe Octa RG OCTA AUTO Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Automatique Reserve Boutique Edition RG OCTA AUTO
AU$ 44,178
Free shipping
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674
US
Vacheron Constantin 7590 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Linen Dial Vintage Classic
AU$ 5,253
Verified Dealer
19
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Réveil 149.2.95 Very good Rose gold Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Reveil
AU$ 28,000
Verified Dealer
 
AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712R New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712R Custom Diamond Set
AU$ 138,151
Verified Dealer
83
UK
Rolex Pearlmaster 81208 New Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Pearlmaster 34, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 32.200 CHF
AU$ 29,265
Verified Dealer
30
CH
Omega De Ville Prestige 424.55.33.20.55.004 Very good Rose gold Automatic Australia, sydney
Omega De Ville Prestige 424.55.33.20.55.004
AU$ 18,000
Verified Dealer
 
AU
Breguet Classique 5157BB/11/9V6 New White gold 38mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Breguet Classique 5157
AU$ 21,493
Free shipping
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25
AU
Cartier Santos 100 Very good Red gold 33mm Automatic
Cartier Santos 100 W20108y1 Rose Gold & Brown Leather Strap
AU$ 16,359
Verified Dealer
573
CH
Rolex Daytona 116505 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Central
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 45,653
Private Seller
 
HK
F.P.Journe Octa QP G 40 BE A Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Quantieme Perpetual QP G 40 BE A
AU$ 79,579
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
674
US
Patek Philippe Gondolo 5010 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Gondolo, Full Set
AU$ 16,509
Verified Dealer
19
CH
Chopard 1001 New White gold 30mm Automatic
Chopard L'Heure You Diamond Round Small
AU$ 61,905
Verified Dealer
2671
DE
Audemars Piguet C30039 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Manual winding Australia, Chadstone Victoria
Audemars Piguet Classic Vintage 18K Y/G
AU$ 4,500
Verified Dealer
16
AU
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 545.OX.2210.LR New Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin, closing down sale, o.p....
AU$ 22,511
Verified Dealer
30
CH
Patek Philippe Complications (submodel) 4968R-001 Very good Rose gold Manual winding Australia, sydney
Patek Philippe Complications
AU$ 48,000
Verified Dealer
 
AU
Hublot Classic Fusion Blue 510.OX.7180.OX New Rose gold 45mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Hublot Classic Fusion Blue
AU$ 44,403
Free shipping
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25
AU
Chopard La Strada 41/9076 Very good White gold 44.5mm Quartz
TOP
Chopard La Strada - Red Carpet Edition
Price on request
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260
DE
Omega Seamaster DeVille BD 165.0020 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Omega Seamaster De Ville
AU$ 3,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Day-Date 1807 Fair Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Rolex Day-Date
AU$ 13,400
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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.