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Blancpain Villeret Ultraslim White Dial 18K Gold
AU$ 8,817
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
3378
IT
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Arnold & Son HMS1
AU$ 11,989
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
140
HK
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Arnold & Son HMS Lady
AU$ 12,716
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
140
HK
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Cartier D'Art Santos 100
AU$ 101,982
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
327
UK
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Omega Seamaster DeVille
AU$ 3,500
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AU
Eterna Jumphour (1930s)
AU$ 1,211
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AU
Rolex Day-Date 36
AU$ 18,990
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Private Seller
AU
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3796J
AU$ 12,755
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WatchBox
443
US
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Rolex Submariner 18ct gold with Gold Serti dial
AU$ 33,367
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
116
UK
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 45
AU$ 23,944
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
11
CH
Fortis Terrestis 19fortis Am Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 4,998
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Watchpartners
141
AU
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Patek Philippe Pagoda 5500R rose gold NOS box papers full set
AU$ 48,200
Seller
Vintage & Prestige
36
UK
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Rolex Datejust 18K Yellow Gold President Lapis diam. dial
AU$ 12,426
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
216
NL
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Cartier Tank Francaise Lady 18K Gold Klassik Dresswatch Top...
AU$ 10,741
Seller
Uhrenkapital
425
DE
Rolex - Sky Dweller - Yellow Gold - Alligator Strap - 326138
AU$ 39,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
20
AU
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 568,651
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Private Seller
 
AU
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Calendar 310.021
AU$ 54,086
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WatchBox
443
US
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Omega vintage 18ct gold dress watch
AU$ 7,222
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
116
UK
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Breguet Classique Grandes Complications Tourbillon
AU$ 101,413
Seller
Chronometrie Stäuble AG
11
CH
Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic
AU$ 2,452
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Private Seller
 
AU
Fortis Terrestis 19fortis Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 4,998
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Watchpartners
141
AU
Glashütte Original Senator Excellence
AU$ 18,519
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
AU
Yves Saint Laurent
AU$ 373
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AU
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Vacheron Constantin Oversize 18K Gold Dresswatch Vintage very...
AU$ 12,469
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Uhrenkapital
425
DE
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Calatrava 2451
AU$ 9,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
20
AU
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications Moon Phase Power Reserve...
AU$ 31,283
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WatchBox
443
US
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 39,000
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AU
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Breguet Classique Grandes Complications
AU$ 56,340
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
11
CH
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Perpetual Ref.:140.2.80
AU$ 20,683
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Watchplanet
89
DE
Patek Philippe 百达翡丽AQUANAUT系列5167R-001腕表
AU$ 48,605
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Private Seller
 
AU
Fortis Terrestis 19fortis Am Classic Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 4,998
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Watchpartners
141
AU
Franck Muller Master of Complication 5850cc 18k White Gold...
AU$ 29,950
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Private Seller
AU
Chopard Happy Sport Automatic
AU$ 22,543
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 26,026
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Private Seller
 
AU
Favre-Leuba 2049
AU$ 1,600
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Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 27,300
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Private Seller
 
AU
Longines Art Deco Gold Pocket Watch
AU$ 1,800
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Private Seller
 
AU
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Breguet Héritage
AU$ 35,212
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
11
CH
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar 5040J
AU$ 41,259
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WatchBox
443
US
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G
AU$ 76,665
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Private Seller
 
AU
Cartier Délices de Cartier
AU$ 22,000
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Private Seller
 
AU
Chronoswiss Delphis
AU$ 14,000
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Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Oysterflex Champagne Dial
AU$ 39,500
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Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Yacht-Master 37mm Everose Gold - 268655
AU$ 24,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
20
AU
Girard Perregaux Classic Bridges, 40mm
AU$ 28,000
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Private Seller
 
AU
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
AU$ 46,347
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Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Pocket Watch
AU$ 1,800
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Private Seller
 
AU
Bremont Kingsman
AU$ 21,500
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Private Seller
 
AU
A. Lange & Söhne 1815
AU$ 15,950
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Private Seller
 
AU
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour
AU$ 150,000
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Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex GMT-Master II Everose Gold
AU$ 52,790
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Private Seller
 
AU
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Patek Philippe Calatrava "Tiffany & Co." 4820J
AU$ 14,181
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WatchBox
443
US
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Breguet Classique "Le Réveil du Tsar"
AU$ 32,395
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
11
CH
Rolex Sky Dweller - Yellow Gold - 326938
AU$ 53,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
20
AU
Bulgari Divas' Dream
AU$ 70,932
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
AU
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
AU$ 21,372
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WatchesofMayfair.com
603
UK
Tiffany Atlas Official Chronometer
AU$ 5,500
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Private Seller
 
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Reveil
AU$ 28,000
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MTS Watches & Repairs
8
AU
Rolex Prince Duo Dial Vintage
AU$ 6,900
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Master Watchmaking P/L
 
AU
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada
AU$ 22,286
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CANTELI JOYEROS SL
37
ES
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Patek Philippe Complications Calatrava Travel Time 7134G-001
AU$ 38,409
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WatchBox
443
US
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Jaquet-Droz Majestic Beijing "The Times Zones", 1/1 - unique...
AU$ 30,986
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
11
CH
Hublot Big Bang Quartz 38mm Ladies Watch 361.PX.1280.RX.1104
AU$ 24,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
20
AU
Hublot Big Bang Jeans
AU$ 40,773
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
AU
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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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