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Patek Philippe Nautilus
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus
AU$ 51,381
Seller
LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
43
HK
Rolex 1982 34mm 14K Yellow Gold DATE Black Dial w/ Rolex Box
TOP
Rolex 1982 34mm 14K Yellow Gold DATE Black Dial w/ Rolex Box
AU$ 7,175
Seller
Austins Watches Inc.
165
US
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual 18k Weissgold Fumé
TOP
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual 18k Weissgold Fumé
AU$ 63,642
Seller
chronostars
5
AT
Montblanc Grace Kelly rose gold, full set
TOP
Montblanc Grace Kelly rose gold, full set
AU$ 34,559
Seller
My Local Time
 
CH
Rolex Day-Date 40 Diamond Watch
Rolex Day-Date 40 Diamond Watch
AU$ 75,000
Seller
ELITADIAMONDS
AU
Hublot King Power F1 India,  Ltd Edition, Box & Papers
TOP
Hublot King Power F1 India, Ltd Edition, Box & Papers
AU$ 31,791
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Microtor  Ultrapiatto 40mm Pink Gold 18K T
TOP
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Microtor Ultrapiatto 40mm Pink Gold 18K T
AU$ 53,286
Free shipping
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2658
IT
Franck Muller V 45 T Gravity CS Yachting 5N.BL
TOP
Franck Muller V 45 T Gravity CS Yachting 5N.BL
AU$ 110,487
Seller
VI Watch Guy
71
VI
Rolex Day-Date President Pink MOP Roman  Diamond Dial Bezel 18038
TOP
Rolex Day-Date President Pink MOP Roman Diamond Dial Bezel 18038
AU$ 20,716
Seller
Watch My Diamonds
105
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
AU$ 15,054
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
411
NL
Vulcain New Classic "The Rooster"
TOP
Vulcain New Classic "The Rooster"
AU$ 31,064
Seller
Trendpartners
16
NL
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
AU$ 82,679
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
397
UK
Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar, full set
TOP
Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar, full set
AU$ 17,868
Seller
My Local Time
 
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Diamond Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Diamond Watch
AU$ 110,000
Seller
ELITADIAMONDS
AU
Chronoswiss Opus
Chronoswiss Opus
AU$ 13,674
Seller
Private Seller
AU
IWC Portofino (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold 4531-001.
TOP
IWC Portofino (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold 4531-001.
AU$ 2,549
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
89
NL
Audemars Piguet QE II Cup Ref-15334OROO 18k Rose Gold Limited...
TOP
Audemars Piguet QE II Cup Ref-15334OROO 18k Rose Gold Limited...
AU$ 24,501
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
40
DE
Cartier Santos Demoiselle WF9008Z8 Original Diamonds
TOP
Cartier Santos Demoiselle WF9008Z8 Original Diamonds
AU$ 34,702
Seller
Watch My Diamonds
105
US
Louis Moinet Tourbillon Derrick No.04/12 limited NP:280.000 €
TOP
Louis Moinet Tourbillon Derrick No.04/12 limited NP:280.000 €
AU$ 285,155
Free shipping
Seller
Kreativ & Exclusiv
72
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Ref. 827.043
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Ref. 827.043
AU$ 26,285
Seller
Meertz WORLDOFTIME.DE
49
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Annual Calendar
AU$ 48,652
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
397
UK
Chopard cal. 80 automatic vintage dress watch 18k yellow gold
TOP
Chopard cal. 80 automatic vintage dress watch 18k yellow gold
AU$ 2,716
Seller
Vintage & Prestige
18
UK
Rolex Day-Date 40
Rolex Day-Date 40
AU$ 44,000
Seller
ELITADIAMONDS
AU
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
AU$ 56,500
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Audemars Piguet Audemarine (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold...
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Audemars Piguet Audemarine (0,750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold...
AU$ 6,213
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
89
NL
Audemars Piguet Classic Moonphase Classique 18K Gold Automatic...
TOP
Audemars Piguet Classic Moonphase Classique 18K Gold Automatic...
AU$ 6,372
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
29
RO
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Stella dial gold 18KT  Full Set 1957th
TOP
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Stella dial gold 18KT Full Set 1957th
Price on request
Seller
Watches Management
24
IT
Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph
TOP
Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph
AU$ 17,057
Seller
Metals In Time
5
US
Omega Vintage 9K Y/G 60's
Omega Vintage 9K Y/G 60's
AU$ 1,650
Seller
The Watch Culture
AU
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
AU$ 362
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
Roger Dubuis EXCALIBUR
AU$ 87,000
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
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Baume & Mercier Clifton
Baume & Mercier Clifton
AU$ 5,708
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
Waltham SIZE 10 HUNTER CASE 18K
AU$ 1,600
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
AU$ 70,000
Seller
ELITADIAMONDS
AU
Panerai Luminor Due
Panerai Luminor Due
AU$ 27,854
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Vacheron Constantin Retro 1970'S (0.750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Retro 1970'S (0.750) 18 K Solid Yellow Gold
AU$ 5,098
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
89
NL
Paul Picot Technograph Bicolor Automatic 18k Pink Gold 44 mm
TOP
Paul Picot Technograph Bicolor Automatic 18k Pink Gold 44 mm
AU$ 7,647
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
29
RO
Breguet Hora Mundi 5727
TOP
Breguet Hora Mundi 5727
AU$ 72,802
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
397
UK
Rolex GMT Master 1675/8 PCG Cornino
TOP
Rolex GMT Master 1675/8 PCG Cornino
AU$ 62,129
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
5
MC
JOHN CROSS - Charterhouse Sq,  London - Hallmarked 1828
TOP
JOHN CROSS - Charterhouse Sq, London - Hallmarked 1828
AU$ 15,000
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Patek Philippe 3549
Patek Philippe 3549
AU$ 11,500
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Rolex President Day-Date 18K Y/G 1803
Rolex President Day-Date 18K Y/G 1803
AU$ 10,999
Seller
The Watch Culture
AU
Raymond Weil Don Giovanni Walk of fame
TOP
Raymond Weil Don Giovanni Walk of fame
AU$ 39,500
Seller
Private Seller
AU
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
AU$ 40,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Chronoswiss Delphis
Chronoswiss Delphis
AU$ 14,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Lady-Datejust
TOP
Rolex Lady-Datejust
AU$ 7,000
Seller
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
Favre-Leuba 2049
Favre-Leuba 2049
AU$ 1,800
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Pocket Watch
Rolex Pocket Watch
AU$ 2,200
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Diamond Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Diamond Watch
AU$ 120,000
Seller
ELITADIAMONDS
AU
Roger Dubuis Golden Square 18k White Gold Limited To 28
TOP
Roger Dubuis Golden Square 18k White Gold Limited To 28
AU$ 9,558
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
29
RO
Longines 89051
Longines 89051
AU$ 1,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Blancpain Pocket Watch Limited Edition Complication Expression
TOP
Blancpain Pocket Watch Limited Edition Complication Expression
AU$ 5,735
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
89
NL
Longines 18K Yellow Gold Quartz Cal.L761.2
Longines 18K Yellow Gold Quartz Cal.L761.2
AU$ 1,725
Seller
The Watch Culture
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Audemars Brassus Le Coultre MINUTE MASSIVE...
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Audemars Brassus Le Coultre MINUTE MASSIVE...
AU$ 27,623
Free shipping
Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
12
US
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
Fortis Terrestis Orchestra Pm Classical Auto Watch 18k R/gold...
AU$ 4,998
Seller
Watchpartners
AU
Chopard Imperiale 36 mm
TOP
Chopard Imperiale 36 mm
AU$ 47,935
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
397
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon
Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon
AU$ 387,114
Seller
Dragon Watch
 
HK
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion
AU$ 40,000
Seller
ELITADIAMONDS
AU
Piaget Miss Protocole Ladies 18k White Gold Factory Diamonds MOP
TOP
Piaget Miss Protocole Ladies 18k White Gold Factory Diamonds MOP
AU$ 8,762
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
29
RO
Omega Genve Gold Watch 18K from 1975
TOP
Omega Genve Gold Watch 18K from 1975
AU$ 1,512
Free shipping
Seller
ZEGARKI-VINTAGE
12
PL
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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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