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Patek Philippe Very good White gold 17mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Rare 18kt 1950s Sapphire & Round Diamond Set...
AU$ 27,034
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27
US
Piaget Malachite Dial Open Work Textured "Manchette" Bangle Watch Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding
TOP
Piaget Rare 1970s Malachite 18kt "Manchette" Cuff Bangle Watch
AU$ 100,412
Free shipping
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27
US
Jaquet-Droz Petite Heure Minute J016933210 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Petite Heure Minute (Grande Date)
AU$ 16,066
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AE
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver WGCA0009 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Cartier WGCA0009 CALIBRE DE CARTIER DIVER BLUE WATCH
AU$ 33,967
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19
HK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179138 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 26, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 33.600 CHF
AU$ 32,318
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40
CH
Vacheron Constantin Good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin 1940S 18K Gold Calatrava Original Arabic...
AU$ 6,952
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US
Rolex Daytona 116505 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Chocolate Dial 116505 NEW 2020
AU$ 61,018
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32
US
Franck Muller Long Island 952 QZ REL PLY New Rose gold 26mm Quartz
Franck Muller Long Island Playa
AU$ 7,647
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74
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 31160 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Gelbgold...
AU$ 6,668
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474
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust 279165 New Rose gold 28mm Automatic Australia, Naremburn
Rolex Lady-Datejust
AU$ 36,000
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AU
Armin Strom New White gold 38.5mm Automatic Australia, Noosa
Armin Strom Elegance white gold white dial Swiss men’s watch...
AU$ 15,770
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18
AU
Rolex Oyster Precision Good Yellow gold 16mm Manual winding
Rolex Rare Ladies Precision Vintage 18ct Gold Dress Watch 1944
AU$ 5,980
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60
UK
H.Moser & Cie. Henry Double Hairspring 5324-0201 Very good White gold 38.2mm Manual winding Australia, Trigg
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H.Moser & Cie. Swiss Alps Midnight Blue Dial
AU$ 25,500
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AU
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 545.OX.0180.LR New Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin, new, closing - o.p.: 27.300 CHF
AU$ 25,824
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40
CH
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 221.032 Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up Down 221.032 Watch with Leather...
AU$ 21,009
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559
US
Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master White Gold 2019 New Model 226659
AU$ 48,660
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32
US
Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold / Blue - 116509
AU$ 65,915
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1868
US
Rolex Bubble Back 6085 Bubbleback WAFFLE Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
AU$ 13,353
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474
DE
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116655 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Naremburn
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 July 2019 MINT
AU$ 33,000
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AU
New Rose gold 38.5mm Australia, Noosa
Dornblüth & Sohn Quintus Klassik Rose Gold German men’s watch...
AU$ 19,500
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18
AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus 4700/54 Very good Yellow gold Quartz
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 4700/54 ceramic dial
AU$ 23,981
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31
IT
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q3832420 Unworn Rose gold 47mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duo Face/ An Lager/In Stock
AU$ 21,205
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316
CH
Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.59/0001 FK01 New White gold 51.8mm Automatic
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Corum Golden Bridge, lim., new, closing down sale o.p.: 45.550...
AU$ 31,530
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40
CH
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.PB.131.RX Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang 301.PB.131.RX Watch with Rubber Bracelet and...
AU$ 20,648
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559
US
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date Perpetual Black Dial 116618LN NEW 2020
AU$ 48,660
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32
US
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10007 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic Australia, Hawthorn East
TOP
Baume & Mercier Capeland
AU$ 12,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Patek Philippe Vintage 2427 Vintage Oversize Rare Very good Yellow gold 26,5mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Rectangular Carée 18K Gold Gelbgold Manual...
AU$ 16,695
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474
DE
Rolex Day-Date 36 118209 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 36mm 118209 Silver Roman
Price on request
Free shipping
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436
US
Vacheron Constantin Quai de l'Ile 85050/000R-I022I Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Quai De L’lle 85050 Day-Date Power Reserve...
AU$ 50,051
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204
IT
Franck Muller Color Dreams 7851CH Very good Red gold 35.5mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Color Dreams 18k Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
AU$ 15,976
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2290
DE
Piaget Possession G0A43091 New Rose gold 34mm Quartz
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Piaget Possession 34 mm
AU$ 11,698
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815
UK
Jaquet-Droz New White gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz "The Times Zones", 1/1, new, closing down - o.p.:...
AU$ 31,530
Verified Dealer
40
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia 380.026 Very good White gold 38.5mm Automatic
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatik 380.026 Watch with Leather...
AU$ 22,724
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559
US
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Blue Ceramic 116618LB NEW 2020
AU$ 46,343
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32
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 118235 Very good Red gold 36mm Automatic Australia, Norwood
Rolex Day-Date 36
AU$ 38,990
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AU
Vacheron Constantin Squarre Vintage Very good Red gold 28mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Squarre 18K Gold Rosé Rotgold Pink Manual
AU$ 5,832
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474
DE
Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 694550371CG12 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada 600...
AU$ 23,229
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67
ES
Audemars Piguet 67021BC.SS.9077BC.01 Very good White gold Quartz
TOP
Audemars Piguet 67021BC.SS.9077BC.01
AU$ 167,033
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143
CH
Longines Very good White gold 32mm Automatic
TOP
Longines 18k White Gold Midsize Diamond Dress Watch, c.1960s...
AU$ 4,943
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596
US
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4910/20 Very good White gold 25mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Twenty 4 18k Weissgold Diamanten Damenuhr 4910/20
AU$ 30,465
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2290
DE
Corum 286.253.55/0001 BN68 New Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
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Corum Vintage, Charge d'affairs, new, closing - o.p.: 16.200 CHF
AU$ 11,034
Verified Dealer
40
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 320.028 Very good White gold 39.5mm Automatic
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic 320.028 Watch with Leather...
AU$ 40,718
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559
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36 Diamond-Paved 128238 NEW 2020
AU$ 92,687
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32
US
Piaget Very good Yellow gold 32mm Manual winding
TOP
Piaget Malachite Or 18kt mécanique
AU$ 7,725
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130
CH
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3848 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse in Yellow Gold Blue Dial Calibre...
AU$ 10,779
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585
NL
Omega Genève Geneve Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Geneve vintage 14K Gold 1969
AU$ 2,004
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63
HU
Hermès Dressage DR3.770 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Hermès Dressage "Full Set"
AU$ 16,545
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109
FR
Roger Dubuis Golden Square G40 14 0 3.63C Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Roger Dubuis Golden Square Whitegold
AU$ 15,074
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795
LI
Piaget 8005 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Quartz
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Piaget 8005 Damenuhr 18K 750er Gelbgold
AU$ 3,175
Verified Dealer
1093
DE
Tiffany Z1901.10.50E91A40B New Yellow gold 30mm Quartz
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Tiffany Cocktail, new, closing down sale - off. price: 24.840 CHF
AU$ 11,034
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40
CH
Chopard Mille Miglia 16/1252 Very good White gold 38.5mm Automatic
TOP
Chopard Mille Miglia White Gold Limited Edition 16/1252 Watch...
AU$ 8,496
Free shipping
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559
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126719BLRO New White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master II Meteorite Dial Watch 126719BLRO
AU$ 83,418
Free shipping
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32
US
Breguet Classique 7727BB/12/9WU Very good White gold 41mm Australia, Sydney
Breguet Classique
AU$ 31,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre 141.119.1 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Moon Triple-Date 18K Yellow Gold...
AU$ 6,100
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585
NL
Omega Omega Very good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
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Omega 14K Gold Pocket watch taschenuhr from 1914
AU$ 2,171
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63
HU
Unworn White gold 35.1mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
Goldpfeil by Vincent Calabrese "Seven Masters" GPVC11
AU$ 11,995
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22
AU
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038
AU$ 10,600
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6
AU
Chopard Happy Diamonds 4036 Good Yellow gold 24.5mm Manual winding
TOP
Chopard Happy Diamonds 18K Gold Handaufzug 24mm
AU$ 2,498
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1093
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80319 New White gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Pearlmaster 29, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 32.600 CHF
AU$ 31,530
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40
CH
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar IW5034-01 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
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IWC Portuguese IW5034-01 Watch with Leather Bracelet and 18k...
AU$ 44,799
Free shipping
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559
US
Rolex Daytona 116515ln New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold 116515LN NEW 2019
AU$ 51,749
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32
US
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm WE9004Z3 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm
AU$ 39,774
Private Seller
SK
Franck Muller Casablanca 6850 SC Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Casablanca Curvex Yellow Gold Platinum Rotor -...
AU$ 9,776
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585
NL
IWC IWC Ref. 244 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Manual winding
TOP
IWC 18K Gold Cal 95 Pocket watch from 1959
AU$ 3,174
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63
HU
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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.