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De Grisogono Grande -O-N08
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De Grisogono Grande -O-N08
AU$ 12,888
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
27
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Ebel 3157H29/80900300
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Ebel 3157H29/80900300
AU$ 16,151
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
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Patek Philippe Patek 5213G Minute Repeater Retrograde Perpetual
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Patek Philippe Patek 5213G Minute Repeater Retrograde Perpetual
AU$ 663,699
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Chad Warrick
5
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Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
AU$ 50,819
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Linde Werdelin LTD
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph/An Lager/ In Stock
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph/An Lager/ In Stock
AU$ 44,268
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Ronald Grob, Exklusive Zeitmesser
58
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Universal by Geneve
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Universal by Geneve
AU$ 4,605
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Ace Jewelers Group
6
NL
Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Yacht-Master Champ Dial - w/ Box & Papers
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Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Yacht-Master Champ Dial - w/ Box & Papers
AU$ 22,330
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Austins Watches Inc.
127
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
AU$ 108,489
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ''Leo Messi" 26325OL.OO....
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ''Leo Messi" 26325OL.OO....
AU$ 60,878
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Filipucci Juweliers
336
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
AU$ 90,919
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
20
CH
Cartier Ballon Bleu W69001Z2 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch (17112)
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Cartier Ballon Bleu W69001Z2 18K Yellow Gold Ladies Watch (17112)
AU$ 18,436
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Chronostore
113
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Longines Conquest Vintage Automatik 19AS/ Gold 18k/750
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Longines Conquest Vintage Automatik 19AS/ Gold 18k/750
AU$ 3,746
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Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
134
DE
Cvstos Challenge Jet-Liner 'Proud to be Russian' (Limited...
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Cvstos Challenge Jet-Liner 'Proud to be Russian' (Limited...
AU$ 27,941
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Istock LTD
44
LV
Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
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Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
AU$ 12,176
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Relojes Exclusivos
892
ES
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
AU$ 53,995
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Linde Werdelin LTD
Chopard La Strada White Gold Diamonds 18 krt (Full Set)
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Chopard La Strada White Gold Diamonds 18 krt (Full Set)
AU$ 17,171
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Kleen Edelmetalen
121
NL
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
AU$ 51,054
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
 
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Cartier Rotonde Collection Privée
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Cartier Rotonde Collection Privée
AU$ 22,763
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
5
CH
Chopard Imperiale Or rouge 18KT.
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Chopard Imperiale Or rouge 18KT.
AU$ 22,366
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
20
CH
IWC Schaffhausen Yacht Club II 18k Gold  Automatic
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IWC Schaffhausen Yacht Club II 18k Gold Automatic
AU$ 14,594
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Wrzeciono Czasu
411
PL
Van Cleef & Arpels Traveler Worldtime/ Reveil Gold 18k/750
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Van Cleef & Arpels Traveler Worldtime/ Reveil Gold 18k/750
AU$ 7,649
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Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
134
DE
Chopard Happy Sport Mother of Pearl Diamonds 4144
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Chopard Happy Sport Mother of Pearl Diamonds 4144
AU$ 11,317
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Filipucci Juweliers
336
NL
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel (SPECIAL OFFER)
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Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel (SPECIAL OFFER)
AU$ 11,692
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Relojes Exclusivos
892
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Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
AU$ 39,702
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Linde Werdelin LTD
Chopard Imperiale 36 mm
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Chopard Imperiale 36 mm
AU$ 46,845
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WatchesofMayfair.com
264
UK
Vacheron Constantin Art Deco Chinois Onyx 18kt & Platinum...
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Vacheron Constantin Art Deco Chinois Onyx 18kt & Platinum...
AU$ 9,573
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
 
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Chopard Classic Date Automatic 18KT Croco Strap Full Set 2017
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Chopard Classic Date Automatic 18KT Croco Strap Full Set 2017
AU$ 7,415
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M.J.WATCHES
57
BE
Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Tonneau Cintrée Mid-Size B&P
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Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Tonneau Cintrée Mid-Size B&P
AU$ 9,222
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
Chopard Mille Miglia Gran Turismo XL 18K Yellow Gold
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Chopard Mille Miglia Gran Turismo XL 18K Yellow Gold
AU$ 14,033
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AJ Watches
62
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Universal Genève Tri-Compax Vollkalender mit Mondphase...
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Universal Genève Tri-Compax Vollkalender mit Mondphase...
AU$ 10,146
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Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
134
DE
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
AU$ 87,000
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Universal Genève Very Rare Vintage Compur / 37 mm / ArtDeco...
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Universal Genève Very Rare Vintage Compur / 37 mm / ArtDeco...
AU$ 10,927
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VintageCaliber GmbH
34
DE
Patek Philippe Patek 5200g Gondolo
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Patek Philippe Patek 5200g Gondolo
AU$ 42,438
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MKS Luxury LLC
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Gerald Charles Tourbillon Squelette  NEW PRICE
Gerald Charles Tourbillon Squelette NEW PRICE
AU$ 45,900
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SWISS TIME MACHINE
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Piaget Rare Massive Mens 1970 Piaget Polo Diamond Dial 100%...
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Piaget Rare Massive Mens 1970 Piaget Polo Diamond Dial 100%...
AU$ 15,316
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
 
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Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
AU$ 344,088
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Louis Moinet
Angelus NearMint Handsome 1940s 18k Chronograph 36m All Orig...
Angelus NearMint Handsome 1940s 18k Chronograph 36m All Orig...
AU$ 4,950
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
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Rolex White gold black dial GMT Master II
Rolex White gold black dial GMT Master II
AU$ 121,253
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WatchTime DXB
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Timezone 116.039
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Timezone 116.039
AU$ 42,500
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Watch Trader Pty Ltd
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Piaget Emperador
Piaget Emperador
AU$ 10,000
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Ulysse Nardin Rare Vintage Calatrave / 37.5 mm / 18k RG /...
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Ulysse Nardin Rare Vintage Calatrave / 37.5 mm / 18k RG /...
AU$ 18,732
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VintageCaliber GmbH
34
DE
Patek Philippe 7130R-012 New York Limited
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Patek Philippe 7130R-012 New York Limited
AU$ 98,917
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MKS Luxury LLC
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Christophe Claret Baccara  NEW PRICE
Christophe Claret Baccara NEW PRICE
AU$ 90,000
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 1960s Jaeger Le Coultre14Kt WG Galaxy Mystery...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 1960s Jaeger Le Coultre14Kt WG Galaxy Mystery...
AU$ 4,467
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
 
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Louis Moinet Sideralis
Louis Moinet Sideralis
AU$ 324,237
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Louis Moinet
Universal Genève Uni Compax Chronograph Orig; Dial &Cond WW2...
Universal Genève Uni Compax Chronograph Orig; Dial &Cond WW2...
AU$ 3,750
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
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Excalibur 9 Ct Gold
Excalibur 9 Ct Gold
AU$ 700
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Private Seller
AU
Election GENTS POCKET WATCH
Election GENTS POCKET WATCH
AU$ 1,300
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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
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r.gilbert & son pocket watch r.gilbert & son solid 18k barrow...
r.gilbert & son pocket watch r.gilbert & son solid 18k barrow...
AU$ 3,400
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Private Seller
AU
Rolex Yacht-Master
Rolex Yacht-Master
AU$ 29,500
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Watch Exchange Pty Ltd, Australia
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Vacheron Constantin sub seconds
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Vacheron Constantin sub seconds
AU$ 3,800
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Private Seller
AU
Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
AU$ 1,600
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Private Seller
AU
Cartier Pasha
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Cartier Pasha
AU$ 7,500
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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
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Private Seller
AU
Cartier Pasha
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Cartier Pasha
AU$ 8,000
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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$ 11,487
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
 
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Louis Moinet Jurassic Tourbillon   NEW PRICE
Louis Moinet Jurassic Tourbillon NEW PRICE
AU$ 165,000
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SWISS TIME MACHINE
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Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
AU$ 145,576
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Louis Moinet
Rolex Oyster IMPORTANT P.O.W.  History ULTRA PRIMA ELINVAR...
Rolex Oyster IMPORTANT P.O.W. History ULTRA PRIMA ELINVAR...
AU$ 7,475
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
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Cartier Tank Louis Allongee W1529956
Cartier Tank Louis Allongee W1529956
AU$ 3,995
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Watch Trader Pty Ltd
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Rolex Daytona 116505 gold everose 2 dial full set
Rolex Daytona 116505 gold everose 2 dial full set
AU$ 35,902
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Newman Watch LTD
 
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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.