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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Gelbgold
AU$ 31,166
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AU$ 14,714
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62
CH
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AU$ 20,373
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263
UK
Doxa GRANDE METRE BLUE PLANET LIMITED EDITION 800PCS WORLD
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AU$ 4,825
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AU$ 11,960
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271
DE
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AU$ 625
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366
DE
Bell & Ross Vintage 126XL  Limited Edition
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AU$ 11,936
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141
ES
Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU june 2020 Rolex warranty
AU$ 110,179
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MC
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ladies'
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Ladies'
AU$ 14,856
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Rolex Day-Date
Rolex Day-Date
AU$ 14,000
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Fortis Terrestis 19fortis Am Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
Fortis Terrestis 19fortis Am Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 4,998
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Omega Constellation deluxe 18 ct gold
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Omega Constellation deluxe 18 ct gold
AU$ 7,077
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
95
UK
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
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Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
AU$ 7,968
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271
DE
Rado 56-H Chronometre, 1st Version, Very Rare
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Rado 56-H Chronometre, 1st Version, Very Rare
AU$ 10,965
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5
CH
IWC Portofino Handaufzug Acht Tage
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IWC Portofino Handaufzug Acht Tage
AU$ 22,355
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11
CH
Rolex Datejust II Collector Estate Watch
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Rolex Datejust II Collector Estate Watch
AU$ 15,481
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 18K White Gold first serie 1996
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 18K White Gold first serie 1996
AU$ 103,792
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6
MC
Chronoswiss Delphis Jump White Gold Black Face RARE
Chronoswiss Delphis Jump White Gold Black Face RARE
AU$ 7,995
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Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
AU$ 87,000
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Breguet Reine de Naples
AU$ 31,056
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Yves Saint Laurent
AU$ 369
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Fortis Terrestis 19fortis Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
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AU$ 4,998
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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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Breitling Navitimer Fighters, Limited Edition, Full Set, Rare:...
AU$ 23,699
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5
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.039 White Gold
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.039 White Gold
AU$ 29,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116758SARU with 2 years warranty
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116758SARU with 2 years warranty
AU$ 110,179
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6
MC
Omega chronometer rated cal 333 RG
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Omega chronometer rated cal 333 RG
AU$ 4,429
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
95
UK
Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
AU$ 10,894
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
62
CH
Baume & Mercier Clifton Rose Gold
Baume & Mercier Clifton Rose Gold
AU$ 3,995
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Hublot Zebra Bang, limited edition: No. 66/250
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Hublot Zebra Bang, limited edition: No. 66/250
AU$ 35,300
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Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 4,998
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Rolex Yacht-Master
AU$ 25,950
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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$ 17,168
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Patek Philippe Gondolo
AU$ 9,904
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5
CH
Rolex GMT Master 1675/8 PCG Cornino
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Rolex GMT Master 1675/8 PCG Cornino
AU$ 62,275
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada
AU$ 23,792
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22
ES
Audemars Piguet Classic Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Classic Automatic
AU$ 7,186
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99
IT
Patek Philippe 3549
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AU$ 10,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Selfwinding
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Selfwinding
AU$ 39,900
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Corum Vintage
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Corum Vintage
AU$ 12,719
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Michel Herbelin Gold Plated Unisex Dress Watch
Michel Herbelin Gold Plated Unisex Dress Watch
AU$ 290
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Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
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Patek Philippe Beta 21, Full Set, Super Rare: X/18
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Patek Philippe Beta 21, Full Set, Super Rare: X/18
AU$ 72,865
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5
CH
Corum 3981056 V085
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AU$ 11,000
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Omega speed master professional 1974
Omega speed master professional 1974
AU$ 14,000
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AU$ 15,170
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Graham Tourbillograph Silverstone Retail 112.000,-
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Graham Tourbillograph Silverstone Retail 112.000,-
AU$ 58,283
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185
NL
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Girard Perregaux Ladies Vintage 1945
AU$ 6,000
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AU$ 22,284
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AU$ 21,500
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
AU$ 6,000
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Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Am Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
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Patek Philippe Gondolo, Full Set
AU$ 15,210
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5
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
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501
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Universal Genève COMPUR 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH 1937 CAL 285
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Universal Genève COMPUR 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH 1937 CAL 285
AU$ 10,379
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A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Rose Gold Box & Documens
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A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Rose Gold Box & Documens
AU$ 31,337
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138
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Caramel Dial Yellow Gold - 67488
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Caramel Dial Yellow Gold - 67488
AU$ 8,224
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Pawndeluxe
225
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AU$ 20,000
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Tiffany Atlas Cocktail Watch
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Tiffany Atlas Cocktail Watch
AU$ 19,794
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CH
Patek Philippe 3428 Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe 3428 Patek Philippe Calatrava
AU$ 38,000
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AU
Omega 60.23.20.57 Automatic Chronometer gold/steel
Omega 60.23.20.57 Automatic Chronometer gold/steel
AU$ 7,741
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AU
Vacheron Constantin 87172/000G-9601
Vacheron Constantin 87172/000G-9601
AU$ 25,500
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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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