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Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
AU$ 98,467
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MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Baume & Mercier NEU –  A10107 Capeland Worldtimer Mwst....
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Baume & Mercier NEU – A10107 Capeland Worldtimer Mwst....
AU$ 12,642
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Watchplanet
46
DE
Breguet SECRET DE LA REINE
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Breguet SECRET DE LA REINE
AU$ 139,759
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ZEGG & CERLATI
47
MC
Patek Philippe Calatrava Officers Watch 5053G
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Officers Watch 5053G
AU$ 24,899
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AU
Girard Perregaux 1950's
Girard Perregaux 1950's
AU$ 1,250
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Tick Tock Vintage Watches
AU
De Grisogono UNO GS N08 Or 18 KT. Bruni
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De Grisogono UNO GS N08 Or 18 KT. Bruni
AU$ 13,915
Seller
Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
47
CH
Revue Thommen Landmark
Revue Thommen Landmark
AU$ 625
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AU
Rolex Day-Date
Rolex Day-Date
AU$ 24,900
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AU
Chopard L’heure Du Diamant Medium Oval – 139383-1001
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Chopard L’heure Du Diamant Medium Oval – 139383-1001
AU$ 83,379
Seller
Mall of the Watch
742
MC
Patek Philippe Chronograph
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Patek Philippe Chronograph
AU$ 87,396
Free shipping
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A Collected Man
12
UK
Louis Moinet Jurassic Tourbillon   NEW PRICE
Louis Moinet Jurassic Tourbillon NEW PRICE
AU$ 195,000
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SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Girard Perregaux CAT’S EYE TOURBILLON WITH GOLD BRIDGE
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Girard Perregaux CAT’S EYE TOURBILLON WITH GOLD BRIDGE
AU$ 176,763
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ZEGG & CERLATI
47
MC
Omega De Ville Prestige 18K Gold Luxusuhr Goldband Unisex...
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Omega De Ville Prestige 18K Gold Luxusuhr Goldband Unisex...
AU$ 11,116
Seller
Uhrenkapital
320
DE
Girard Perregaux 101 392
Girard Perregaux 101 392
AU$ 1,350
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Tick Tock Vintage Watches
AU
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167 Roze Gold NEW
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167 Roze Gold NEW
AU$ 53,204
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
689
NL
Rolex LADY PEARLMASTER DATEJUST MASTERPIECE GOLD DIAMANT DIAMOND
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Rolex LADY PEARLMASTER DATEJUST MASTERPIECE GOLD DIAMANT DIAMOND
AU$ 28,571
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
217
DE
Cartier Santos 100
Cartier Santos 100
AU$ 7,723
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Private Seller
AU
Vacheron Constantin vintage 18K Gold Mens tank watch Full Set
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Vacheron Constantin vintage 18K Gold Mens tank watch Full Set
AU$ 5,557
Seller
qualityextra
12
HU
Tissot 1963 Tissot Seastar Gold-Plated Men's Watch
Tissot 1963 Tissot Seastar Gold-Plated Men's Watch
AU$ 425
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Panerai Luminor Due
Panerai Luminor Due
AU$ 23,500
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
AU$ 63,800
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
AU$ 87,000
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Private Seller
AU
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
AU$ 366
Seller
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AU
Chronoswiss Opus
Chronoswiss Opus
AU$ 13,828
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Girard Perregaux Circa 1960
Girard Perregaux Circa 1960
AU$ 3,500
Seller
Tick Tock Vintage Watches
AU
MCT Sequential 1  NEW PRICE
MCT Sequential 1 NEW PRICE
AU$ 68,500
Seller
SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Patek Philippe 3549
Patek Philippe 3549
AU$ 9,800
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Franck Muller Master of Complication 5850cc 18k White Gold...
Franck Muller Master of Complication 5850cc 18k White Gold...
AU$ 29,950
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Private Seller
AU
Chronoswiss Delphis
Chronoswiss Delphis
AU$ 14,000
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AU
Chopard L.U.C Lunar One 161927-1001
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Chopard L.U.C Lunar One 161927-1001
AU$ 52,330
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Watchdeals
166
NL
Favre-Leuba 2049
Favre-Leuba 2049
AU$ 1,600
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Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Pocket Watch
Rolex Pocket Watch
AU$ 1,800
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Private Seller
 
AU
Piaget 18 carat yellow gold quartz watch on bracelet
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Piaget 18 carat yellow gold quartz watch on bracelet
AU$ 3,750
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Rolex Yacht-Master
Rolex Yacht-Master
AU$ 22,950
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Tresor
Omega Tresor
AU$ 5,250
Seller
Tick Tock Vintage Watches
AU
Rolex Day-Date CHAMP 2RDM 8BR Y Serviced by Rolex May with...
Rolex Day-Date CHAMP 2RDM 8BR Y Serviced by Rolex May with...
AU$ 19,527
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Private Seller
 
JP
Gerald Charles Tourbillon Squelette  NEW PRICE
Gerald Charles Tourbillon Squelette NEW PRICE
AU$ 45,900
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SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Richard Mille RM010 Le Mans Classic Limited Edition 30 pcs
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Richard Mille RM010 Le Mans Classic Limited Edition 30 pcs
Price on request
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AP Watches
 
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Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
AU$ 1,600
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Private Seller
AU
Rolex Lady-Datejust
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
AU$ 6,000
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AU
Breguet Tradition 7027BA
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Breguet Tradition 7027BA
AU$ 24,934
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Watchdeals
166
NL
Hentschel Commodore WERK 1 Rose Gold / Bronze German men’s...
Hentschel Commodore WERK 1 Rose Gold / Bronze German men’s...
AU$ 18,400
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AU
Girard Perregaux Ladies Vintage 1945
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Girard Perregaux Ladies Vintage 1945
AU$ 6,000
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Private Seller
AU
Omega CK3871
Omega CK3871
AU$ 1,750
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Tick Tock Vintage Watches
AU
JOHN CROSS - Charterhouse Sq,  London - Hallmarked 1828
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JOHN CROSS - Charterhouse Sq, London - Hallmarked 1828
AU$ 5,573
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Private Seller
AU
Bulova 7871408 - Bulova Casket Dial 17J Gents Gold Filled...
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Bulova 7871408 - Bulova Casket Dial 17J Gents Gold Filled...
AU$ 750
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Private Seller
AU
Ladoire RGT BLACK WIDOW     NEW PRICE
Ladoire RGT BLACK WIDOW NEW PRICE
AU$ 48,000
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SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Hublot Big Bang 44mm Gold Ceramic
Hublot Big Bang 44mm Gold Ceramic
AU$ 19,995
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Watch Trader Pty Ltd
AU
Audemars Piguet Extra flat Automatik. 0750/ooo Yellowgold
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Audemars Piguet Extra flat Automatik. 0750/ooo Yellowgold
AU$ 5,717
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Juwelier Pichler / Filiale Innenstadt
23
DE
De Grisogono Uno DF S29
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De Grisogono Uno DF S29
AU$ 44,231
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166
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Summer edition  26408OR.OO....
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Summer edition 26408OR.OO....
AU$ 77,167
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32
CH
Bulgari Diagono Scuba SC38G 18K Gold Chronograph - FULL SET
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Bulgari Diagono Scuba SC38G 18K Gold Chronograph - FULL SET
AU$ 8,735
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
138
NL
Girard Perregaux Seahawk
Girard Perregaux Seahawk
AU$ 1,350
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Tick Tock Vintage Watches
AU
Chopard L.U.C Pink Gold chrono One 22000ht
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Chopard L.U.C Pink Gold chrono One 22000ht
AU$ 40,975
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RIVIERAWATCH
90
FR
Rolex Unpolished 18K Gold Day-Date Factory 8+2 Champagne Dial
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Rolex Unpolished 18K Gold Day-Date Factory 8+2 Champagne Dial
AU$ 19,548
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Austins Watches Inc.
188
US
Mb&f HM3 Sidewinder
Mb&f HM3 Sidewinder
AU$ 75,000
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SWISS TIME MACHINE
AU
Oris TT3 Formula Gold LE
Oris TT3 Formula Gold LE
AU$ 8,495
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Watch Trader Pty Ltd
AU
Dornblüth & Sohn Quintus Klassik Rose Gold German men’s watch...
Dornblüth & Sohn Quintus Klassik Rose Gold German men’s watch...
AU$ 19,500
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AU
Longines ultra chron
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Longines ultra chron
AU$ 2,112
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ANNIBALI&CO
92
IT
Goldpfeil by Vincent Calabrese "Seven Masters" GPVC11
Goldpfeil by Vincent Calabrese "Seven Masters" GPVC11
AU$ 11,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Universal Genève Compax No.14 Yellow Gold Limited Edition...
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Universal Genève Compax No.14 Yellow Gold Limited Edition...
AU$ 7,067
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
138
NL
Bulova American Eagle
Bulova American Eagle
AU$ 1,250
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Tick Tock Vintage Watches
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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