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Festina Lady Gold Diamonds
AU$ 8,167
Seller
Arte Oro
13
ES
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Longines Vintage Flagship 1503
AU$ 2,488
Seller
Siglers Collectibles
16
US
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Rolex Daytona SODALITE-GHIERA DIAMANTI
AU$ 65,004
Seller
Billion Bucks
10
IT
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Blancpain Villeret Ultraslim White Dial 18K Gold
AU$ 9,166
Free shipping
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
3515
IT
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Omega Seamaster DeVille
AU$ 3,500
Seller
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AU
TOP
Corum Golden Bridge, limited edition 29/200
AU$ 38,699
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
17
CH
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Bulgari - Sotirio Retrograde Date Rose Gold
AU$ 14,084
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1072
NL
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Richard Mille RM003 V2 Limited Edition Tourbillion Box&Papers
AU$ 346,691
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M.J.WATCHES
248
BE
Hentschel Commodore WERK 1 Rose Gold / Bronze German men’s...
AU$ 16,000
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Define Watches
11
AU
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K Gold Handaufzug Manual Service...
AU$ 12,484
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Timeless Watches GmbH
340
DE
Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate
AU$ 14,918
Free shipping
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
6
AU
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
Price on request
Free shipping
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Chronolux.com
13
UK
Breitling A13324121C1A1
AU$ 4,726
Seller
CRAIG GIBSON
 
AU
TOP
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T
AU$ 22,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
TOP
Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 34
AU$ 34,497
Seller
Chronometrie Stäuble AG
17
CH
Rolex Vintage President Day-Date 18K Y/G 1803 - PRICE REDUCED
AU$ 9,999
Seller
The Watch Culture
31
AU
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Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 45MM Pink Gold Box&Papers, MINT
AU$ 41,336
Seller
M.J.WATCHES
248
BE
Dornblüth & Sohn Quintus Klassik Rose Gold German men’s watch...
AU$ 19,500
Seller
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11
AU
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Oman 18K Gold Manual Service 04.2018
AU$ 9,984
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
340
DE
Bulgari LVCEA White Gold 33mm Automatic
AU$ 36,386
Free shipping
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
6
AU
Rolex - Day Date - 1984 - Gold - 18038
AU$ 15,995
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
26
AU
Bulgari 102418 BZ23WSGS/12.S
AU$ 4,624
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CRAIG GIBSON
 
AU
Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic
AU$ 2,452
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AU
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Breguet Classique
AU$ 18,892
Seller
Chronometrie Stäuble AG
17
CH
Omega Vintage 9K Y/G 60's
AU$ 1,900
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The Watch Culture
31
AU
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 115 Box&Papers Pink Gold Limited...
AU$ 26,502
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M.J.WATCHES
248
BE
Armin Strom Elegance white gold white dial Swiss men’s watch...
AU$ 15,770
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11
AU
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Gelbgold...
AU$ 4,984
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Timeless Watches GmbH
340
DE
Breguet Reine de Naples
AU$ 40,986
Free shipping
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
6
AU
Omega Speedmaster Reduced - Gold - 3713.50.98
AU$ 6,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
26
AU
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
AU$ 21,551
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WatchesofMayfair.com
652
UK
Eterna Jumphour (1930s)
AU$ 1,244
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Private Seller
 
AU
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Breguet Secret de la Reine
AU$ 82,514
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
17
CH
Rolex 18K Y/G Datejust Oxblood Stella Dial Midsize Ref.6827
AU$ 6,750
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The Watch Culture
31
AU
Bulgari 102321 BZ23C11SGCL/12
AU$ 4,545
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CRAIG GIBSON
 
AU
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President 18K Gold Ref 6917 Box Papers
AU$ 9,417
Free shipping
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NOS 1969
329
PL
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Gelbgold...
AU$ 5,817
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Timeless Watches GmbH
340
DE
Ulysse Nardin Classico
AU$ 18,151
Free shipping
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
6
AU
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Calatrava 2451
AU$ 9,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
26
AU
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Rolex Submariner Date 116619LB White Gold Full Set
AU$ 39,586
Free shipping
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Watchesnorte SL
296
ES
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie
AU$ 55,000
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Private Seller
 
AU
TOP
Tiffany Atlas 42
AU$ 14,990
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
17
CH
Zenith Vintage Cocktail Lds. 18K White Gold
AU$ 2,450
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The Watch Culture
31
AU
Ebel 1216398
AU$ 3,087
Seller
CRAIG GIBSON
 
AU
TOP
Zenith Grande Port Royal Open 18K Rosegold
AU$ 23,318
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Timeless Watches & Jewellery AG
590
LI
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Patek Philippe Ellipse TV Screen 18K Gold Automatik Automatic...
AU$ 13,318
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Timeless Watches GmbH
340
DE
Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One
AU$ 28,069
Free shipping
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Watches of Mayfair Pty Ltd
6
AU
Girard Perregaux Classic Bridges, 40mm
AU$ 28,000
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AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
AU$ 43,500
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AU
Montblanc Boheme Date Rose Gold Mother of Pearl Dial 116501
AU$ 10,500
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
26
AU
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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39
AU$ 105,022
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Chronometrie Stäuble AG
17
CH
Yves Saint Laurent
AU$ 383
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AU
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 39,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
AU$ 55,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Frederique Constant FC-310WHF2PD2B3
AU$ 3,614
Seller
CRAIG GIBSON
 
AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus
AU$ 199,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Baume & Mercier Clifton 39mm,sv d, 18RG, br-lth 74753
AU$ 5,565
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AU
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 26,026
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AU
Franck Muller Master of Complication 5850cc 18k White Gold...
AU$ 29,950
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AU
Breitling Chronomat B01
AU$ 56,000
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AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus
AU$ 120,000
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AU
Bremont Kingsman
AU$ 21,500
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AU
Rolex Yacht-Master 37
AU$ 24,800
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AU
Rolex GMT-Master II Everose Gold
AU$ 52,790
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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.