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Patek Philippe perpetual
Patek Philippe perpetual
S$ 45,651
Seller
上海天仪轩钟表有限公司
CN
Chopard Two O Ten Chronograph
Chopard Two O Ten Chronograph
S$ 5,815
Seller
Lombard Perspectiva
RU
Cartier 1920s Art Deco Platinum Diamond Enamel Gold Shutter Clock
Cartier 1920s Art Deco Platinum Diamond Enamel Gold Shutter Clock
S$ 49,496
Free shipping
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time Ref:26120OR.OO.D002CR.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time Ref:26120OR.OO.D002CR.01
S$ 31,880
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
SG
Breguet Classique 18 K Yellow Gold
Breguet Classique 18 K Yellow Gold
S$ 8,046
Seller
Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
101
NL
Vacheron Constantin Malte Régulateur Dual Time
Vacheron Constantin Malte Régulateur Dual Time
S$ 27,650
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
 
CH
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph - 5960R-001
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph - 5960R-001
S$ 78,020
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
63
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K gold rar dial dots blue hands...
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K gold rar dial dots blue hands...
S$ 16,253
Seller
Uhrenkapital
159
DE
Breguet Classic 18kWG Diamonds 72% off
Breguet Classic 18kWG Diamonds 72% off
S$ 8,169
Seller
Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
6
US
Parmigiani Fleurier TORIC TECNICA MINOS
Parmigiani Fleurier TORIC TECNICA MINOS
S$ 955,748
Free shipping
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ZEGG & CERLATI
10
MC
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chrono 146.2.25 Red Gold, 41mm
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chrono 146.2.25 Red Gold, 41mm
S$ 18,001
Seller
Taleda
212
CH
Chopard 1970s LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
Chopard 1970s LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
S$ 16,199
Free shipping
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Rolex Rose Gold Daytona Ceramic Bezel Ref 116515
Rolex Rose Gold Daytona Ceramic Bezel Ref 116515
S$ 27,380
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
SG
Rolex Chronograph 3319 Antimagnetic yellow gold Very Rare 1945’s
Rolex Chronograph 3319 Antimagnetic yellow gold Very Rare 1945’s
S$ 38,197
Seller
Watches Management
 
IT
Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Automatic 18K Rose Gold 521.OX.2611.OX
Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Automatic 18K Rose Gold 521.OX.2611.OX
S$ 38,197
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
 
RO
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
S$ 31,194
Free shipping
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Tempvs Ltd
41
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
S$ 23,894
Seller
OROeORA PRINTEZIS
42
GR
Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 56% off
Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 56% off
S$ 20,699
Seller
Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
6
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
S$ 56,565
Seller
Artex AG
 
CH
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 4914g-001 White Gold, Leather
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 4914g-001 White Gold, Leather
S$ 28,226
Seller
Taleda
212
CH
Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
S$ 49,843
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711G-001 White Gold
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711G-001 White Gold
S$ 43,980
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding in 18-carat yellow gold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding in 18-carat yellow gold
S$ 47,137
Seller
Fino Pte Ltd
SG
Cartier Tank Obus 16302 yellow gold Full Set 1994’s
Cartier Tank Obus 16302 yellow gold Full Set 1994’s
S$ 6,420
Seller
Watches Management
 
IT
Graham Chronofighter 43mm Roségold 2CFAR.B10A.C54B
Graham Chronofighter 43mm Roségold 2CFAR.B10A.C54B
S$ 14,222
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
 
RO
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto JLQ 7052421
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto JLQ 7052421
S$ 17,137
Seller
TimeWorld
17
CH
Omega De Ville 14k gold caliber 565
Omega De Ville 14k gold caliber 565
S$ 6,266
Seller
Vintage Watch Services
72
NL
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet Skeleton Dial Tourbillon Rose
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet Skeleton Dial Tourbillon Rose
S$ 58,150
Seller
Noblesse LP
 
UK
Patek Philippe 139 Driver's Vintage Yellow Gold, Leather
Patek Philippe 139 Driver's Vintage Yellow Gold, Leather
S$ 21,601
Seller
Taleda
212
CH
Patek Philippe Mint 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
Patek Philippe Mint 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
S$ 17,999
Free shipping
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Breguet Tradition Retrograde Seconds Ref 7097br/g1/9wu
Breguet Tradition Retrograde Seconds Ref 7097br/g1/9wu
S$ 27,980
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
SG
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Patek Philippe Nautilus
S$ 51,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
price on request
Seller
Watches Management
 
IT
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rolex Lady-Datejust
S$ 40,200
Seller
ARIELLE JEWELLERS AND WATCHES TRADING
SG
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116505 BK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116505 BK
S$ 35,500
Seller
Chrono95
SG
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
S$ 2,983
Seller
Vintage Watch Services
72
NL
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Ladies Date 18K gold "UAE...
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Ladies Date 18K gold "UAE...
S$ 4,500
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
S$ 28,800
Seller
Fino Pte Ltd
SG
Patek Philippe Gay Freres 1941 Massive Herringbone concealed
Patek Philippe Gay Freres 1941 Massive Herringbone concealed
S$ 15,922
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Omega Ref OT 2872 Calibre 320 Chronograph 18K Gold
Omega Ref OT 2872 Calibre 320 Chronograph 18K Gold
S$ 8,380
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
SG
Richard Mille RM 011 Rose Gold Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph
Richard Mille RM 011 Rose Gold Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph
S$ 146,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Vacheron Constantin Prestige De La France 35202 Oro giallo...
Vacheron Constantin Prestige De La France 35202 Oro giallo...
S$ 15,441
Seller
Watches Management
 
IT
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rolex Lady-Datejust
S$ 30,300
Seller
ARIELLE JEWELLERS AND WATCHES TRADING
SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty Rose Gold 2629010.O...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Novelty Rose Gold 2629010.O...
S$ 58,500
Seller
Chrono95
SG
Patek Philippe MINUTE REPEATER 18K YELLOW GOLD / 5016J
Patek Philippe MINUTE REPEATER 18K YELLOW GOLD / 5016J
S$ 788,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
S$ 1,325
Seller
Vintage Watch Services
72
NL
Rolex Ladies DateJust 18k Gold Ref: 6917
Rolex Ladies DateJust 18k Gold Ref: 6917
S$ 3,950
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Richard Mille RM 005
Richard Mille RM 005
S$ 88,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Richard Mille RM011 Ivory Felipe Massa Rose Gold
Richard Mille RM011 Ivory Felipe Massa Rose Gold
S$ 193,832
Seller
Private seller
SG
Richard Mille RM002 V2 Tourbillon Rose Gold
Richard Mille RM002 V2 Tourbillon Rose Gold
S$ 207,677
Seller
Private seller
SG
Vacheron Constantin 1980s 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
Vacheron Constantin 1980s 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
S$ 29,767
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Rolex Sky-Dweller
Rolex Sky-Dweller
S$ 47,700
Seller
ARIELLE JEWELLERS AND WATCHES TRADING
SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Ref 26401RO.OO....
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Ref 26401RO.OO....
S$ 50,880
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
SG
Richard Mille RM007 White Gold Top Paved Diamonds
Richard Mille RM007 White Gold Top Paved Diamonds
S$ 135,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Jaeger-LeCoultre Enamel cloisonne very rare yellow gold 18KT...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Enamel cloisonne very rare yellow gold 18KT...
price on request
Seller
Watches Management
 
IT
Richard Mille RM 011-01 Roberto Mancini Rose Gold
Richard Mille RM 011-01 Roberto Mancini Rose Gold
price on request
Seller
Chrono95
SG
Chopard Diamond & 18k Gold Cocktail Watch for Kutchinsky
Chopard Diamond & 18k Gold Cocktail Watch for Kutchinsky
S$ 10,695
Seller
Nicolas Watch Co.
 
UK
Rolex Day Date
Rolex Day Date
S$ 52,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
S$ 52,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Chopard L.U.C. Qualite Fleurier
Chopard L.U.C. Qualite Fleurier
S$ 13,000
Seller
Private seller
SG
Rolex Sky-Dweller
Rolex Sky-Dweller
S$ 48,000
Seller
ARIELLE JEWELLERS AND WATCHES TRADING
SG
Omega Constellation, Double Eagle
Omega Constellation, Double Eagle
S$ 12,000
Seller
Private seller
SG

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.