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Vacheron Constantin 1940s  WRISTCONCEALED  DIAL  DIAMOND  18Kt...
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Vacheron Constantin 1940s WRISTCONCEALED DIAL DIAMOND 18Kt...
AU$ 21,993
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
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Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
AU$ 64,300
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
572
NL
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
AU$ 89,970
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
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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$ 10,397
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
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Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch Necklace 35773BA
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Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch Necklace 35773BA
AU$ 36,291
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold
AU$ 20,674
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CANTELI JOYEROS SL
 
ES
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
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Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
AU$ 40,887
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Girard Perregaux Heritage Place Girardet
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Girard Perregaux Heritage Place Girardet
AU$ 31,743
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Juwelier Colman
 
BE
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
AU$ 15,990
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Private Seller
 
AU
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
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Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
AU$ 113,787
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
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Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
AU$ 31,989
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 34 White Gold Diamond MOP Dial
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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 34 White Gold Diamond MOP Dial
AU$ 46,719
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
572
NL
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
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Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
AU$ 22,709
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Fernando Monge SA
99
ES
Breguet Marine 18k Yellow Gold  Automatic 26mm Ladies Diamond...
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Breguet Marine 18k Yellow Gold Automatic 26mm Ladies Diamond...
AU$ 18,602
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WT Time Pieces
34
UK
Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Tourbillon 2056-131 Rose Gold 45mm
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Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Tourbillon 2056-131 Rose Gold 45mm
AU$ 65,420
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Taleda
329
CH
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
AU$ 55,607
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001
AU$ 81,423
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UK Time Legend
 
UK
Hublot Big Bang Unico
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Hublot Big Bang Unico
AU$ 36,045
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Private Seller
AU
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
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Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
AU$ 106,299
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Zeno-Watch Basel Valjoux Bicompax 18K Gold - Tribute to...
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Zeno-Watch Basel Valjoux Bicompax 18K Gold - Tribute to...
AU$ 6,756
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Pawndeluxe
57
NL
De Grisogono Instrumento NUNO
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De Grisogono Instrumento NUNO
AU$ 14,529
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Fernando Monge SA
99
ES
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
AU$ 84,486
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
361
UK
Doxa GRANDE METRE BLUE PLANET LIMITED EDITION 800PCS WORLD
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Doxa GRANDE METRE BLUE PLANET LIMITED EDITION 800PCS WORLD
AU$ 5,035
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Przedsiębiorstwo Handlowe Usługowe
78
PL
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
AU$ 52,336
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
AU$ 65,687
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UK Time Legend
 
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712R  With BOX and Papers
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712R With BOX and Papers
AU$ 65,000
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Private Seller
AU
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Classique
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Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Classique
AU$ 34,022
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
AU$ 49,983
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
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Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
AU$ 6,267
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Pawndeluxe
57
NL
Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
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Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
AU$ 133,565
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Taleda
329
CH
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Herrenarmbanduhr
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Herrenarmbanduhr
AU$ 17,499
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
126
DE
Rolex Day-Date Borke Ref. 18078 Bj.1983 LC100 +Papiere+Brillia...
Rolex Day-Date Borke Ref. 18078 Bj.1983 LC100 +Papiere+Brillia...
AU$ 17,906
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Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
AU$ 38,255
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chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Limited Edition
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Limited Edition
AU$ 11,379
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Juwel Wago-Import Vertr.GmbH
 
DE
Blancpain 6654 Rose Gold
Blancpain 6654 Rose Gold
AU$ 19,999
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Private Seller
 
AU
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
AU$ 41,836
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
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Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
AU$ 12,662
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rolex Lady-Datejust
AU$ 29,301
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Terzian Garo & Sia OE
 
GR
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chrono 5500v/000r-b074 Rose Gold...
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chrono 5500v/000r-b074 Rose Gold...
AU$ 46,339
Seller
Taleda
329
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
AU$ 15,465
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
126
DE
Rolex Factory Diamond Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 18038 18K...
Rolex Factory Diamond Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 18038 18K...
AU$ 21,318
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
AU$ 9,442
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Saan Marco Orologi D'epoca
 
IT
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
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IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
AU$ 43,529
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
361
UK
Hublot Big Bang 38 mm
Hublot Big Bang 38 mm
AU$ 19,500
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
AU$ 46,394
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Girard Perregaux ITALIAN 18 Kt YG EMERALD RUBY FIGLEAF WATCH
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Girard Perregaux ITALIAN 18 Kt YG EMERALD RUBY FIGLEAF WATCH
AU$ 15,995
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Factory Champagne Diamond Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Factory Champagne Diamond Dial
AU$ 18,602
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
AU$ 26,046
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
IT
Hublot Big Bang Rosegold Chrono
Hublot Big Bang Rosegold Chrono
AU$ 26,453
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
126
DE
Rolex 2015 Rolex Day-Date II 41mm Diamond President 218238 18K...
Rolex 2015 Rolex Day-Date II 41mm Diamond President 218238 18K...
AU$ 55,972
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Daytona 116528 Bj.2012 LC100 + Lünette 2,0 Aftermarket
Rolex Daytona 116528 Bj.2012 LC100 + Lünette 2,0 Aftermarket
AU$ 40,696
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Omega De Ville Coaxial Limited Edition
Omega De Ville Coaxial Limited Edition
AU$ 12,697
Seller
Sfera GmbH
 
AT
Longines circa lat 1940's
Longines circa lat 1940's
AU$ 600
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
AU$ 400
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
AU$ 41,836
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
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Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
AU$ 2,466
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Rolex Datejust In 18ct Gold Oyster Perpetual With Factory Red...
Rolex Datejust In 18ct Gold Oyster Perpetual With Factory Red...
AU$ 10,236
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Omega  Classic Geneve  c 1970 18k gold
Omega Classic Geneve c 1970 18k gold
AU$ 2,133
Seller
Private Seller
AU
A. Lange & Söhne Lange I
A. Lange & Söhne Lange I
AU$ 23,604
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
126
DE
Rolex 1972 Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 1803 18K Yellow Gold...
Rolex 1972 Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 1803 18K Yellow Gold...
AU$ 11,988
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
AU$ 38,375
Seller
ROYAL WATCH
 
PL
Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.55/0001 Fn02 Rose Gold Leather 37mm
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Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.55/0001 Fn02 Rose Gold Leather 37mm
AU$ 38,161
Seller
Taleda
329
CH
Cartier Baignoire Women's white Gold watch
Cartier Baignoire Women's white Gold watch
AU$ 29,000
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Saphir
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Saphir
AU$ 39,720
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
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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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