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Omega Globemaster
TOP
Omega Globemaster
S$ 17,414
Seller
Haute Horologe
AE
Cartier Santos 18K Rose Gold
TOP
Cartier Santos 18K Rose Gold
S$ 15,784
Seller
ВИПЛОМБАРД- VIPLOMBARD.RU
RU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
S$ 24,394
Seller
ВИПЛОМБАРД- VIPLOMBARD.RU
RU
Zenith Elite
TOP
Zenith Elite
S$ 10,799
Seller
STENSTRUP Watches & Jewellery
11
DK
Zenith GrandeClass Rattrapante GrandeDate, SplitSec ElPrimero,...
TOP
Zenith GrandeClass Rattrapante GrandeDate, SplitSec ElPrimero,...
S$ 24,107
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Franck Muller MASTER SQUARE
TOP
Franck Muller MASTER SQUARE
S$ 21,889
Seller
Montecarlo Jewels&Watches
 
MC
Richard Mille RM 30 Rose Gold
Richard Mille RM 30 Rose Gold
S$ 161,000
Seller
Private Seller
SG
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
S$ 21,220
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
483
UK
Chopard Impériale Chronograph 18K Weißgold 3,24 CT Brillanten...
TOP
Chopard Impériale Chronograph 18K Weißgold 3,24 CT Brillanten...
S$ 23,081
Seller
Uhrenkapital
357
DE
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Quator
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Quator
S$ 23,282
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
137
ES
Patek Philippe Calatrava
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava
S$ 28,929
Seller
Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
58
CH
Omega Constellation deluxe 18 ct gold
TOP
Omega Constellation deluxe 18 ct gold
S$ 7,139
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
91
UK
IWC Schaffhausen Yacht Club 18K / 750  Gold mens watch + Box
TOP
IWC Schaffhausen Yacht Club 18K / 750 Gold mens watch + Box
S$ 8,933
Seller
Fine Auction Club
237
UK
Zenith Movado Quartz
TOP
Zenith Movado Quartz
S$ 5,241
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Rose Gold Box & Documens
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Rose Gold Box & Documens
S$ 31,401
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesNorte
120
ES
Vacheron Constantin --------
Vacheron Constantin --------
S$ 33,333
Seller
Private Seller
SG
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Daymatic
S$ 53,202
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
483
UK
Richard Mille RM 011 03 Rose Gold TI
TOP
Richard Mille RM 011 03 Rose Gold TI
S$ 330,170
Free shipping
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Express Watches
7
US
Parmigiani Fleurier Ionica 8 days power reserve gold
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Ionica 8 days power reserve gold
S$ 14,885
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
137
ES
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph New Old Stock
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph New Old Stock
S$ 48,500
Seller
The Time Co.
SG
Omega chronometer rated cal 333 RG
TOP
Omega chronometer rated cal 333 RG
S$ 4,637
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
91
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
S$ 44,800
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Jaeger-LeCoultre James Picard, Minute Repeater
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre James Picard, Minute Repeater
S$ 6,638
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
S$ 39,500
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Breguet Classique
Breguet Classique
S$ 55,555
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Jacob & Co. EPIC X CHRONO Rose Gold case & Red Dial
TOP
Jacob & Co. EPIC X CHRONO Rose Gold case & Red Dial
S$ 25,152
Seller
Riginov bvba
 
BE
Omega JFK Commemorative piece,  Yellow gold on leather strap
Omega JFK Commemorative piece, Yellow gold on leather strap
S$ 20,897
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
S$ 52,000
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Chaumet Dandy Power Reserve Limited Edition (White Gold)
Chaumet Dandy Power Reserve Limited Edition (White Gold)
S$ 7,490
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
Universal Genève 18K Rose Gold Jumbo Size
Universal Genève 18K Rose Gold Jumbo Size
S$ 2,717
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
 
SG
Girard Perregaux 18k Gold Date Power Reserve
Girard Perregaux 18k Gold Date Power Reserve
S$ 4,799
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 moonphase RG
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 moonphase RG
S$ 33,435
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph
S$ 80,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
Bulgari Octo , bought in 2014
TOP
Bulgari Octo , bought in 2014
S$ 17,131
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Audemars Piguet White Gold Diamond Watch
Audemars Piguet White Gold Diamond Watch
S$ 4,500
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph
S$ 79,800
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
S$ 50,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
Omega Constellation 18k solid gold bracelet watch
Omega Constellation 18k solid gold bracelet watch
S$ 9,800
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
Harry Winston Avenue C Mini Art Deco
TOP
Harry Winston Avenue C Mini Art Deco
Price on request
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Omega Constellation
TOP
Omega Constellation
S$ 10,132
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Cartier Paris
Cartier Paris
S$ 4,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
SG
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 41mm
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 41mm
S$ 20,615
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
137
ES
TAG Heuer 6000 Series Chronometer Full Set
TAG Heuer 6000 Series Chronometer Full Set
S$ 15,046
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
 
SG
Zenith EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER 1969
TOP
Zenith EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER 1969
S$ 20,058
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
55
MC
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Boutique Only Like New
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Boutique Only Like New
S$ 14,600
Seller
The Time Co.
SG
Chopard Happy Diamonds 18K Gold Handaufzug 24mm
TOP
Chopard Happy Diamonds 18K Gold Handaufzug 24mm
S$ 3,176
Seller
T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
768
DE
Rolex Oyster DateJust Auto Chronometer Ref:1601
Rolex Oyster DateJust Auto Chronometer Ref:1601
S$ 4,147
Seller
MARTIN LUXURY PTE LTD
 
SG
Girard Perregaux Tourbillon under Three Gold Bridges
Girard Perregaux Tourbillon under Three Gold Bridges
S$ 150,000
Seller
The Watch Club
SG
Baume & Mercier White Gold Bracelet
TOP
Baume & Mercier White Gold Bracelet
S$ 4,193
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Piaget Rare 1970s Lilly Flower 18kt Diamond Sapphire Bracelet...
TOP
Piaget Rare 1970s Lilly Flower 18kt Diamond Sapphire Bracelet...
S$ 9,613
Free shipping
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
21
US
F.P.Journe Souveraine Tourbillon
TOP
F.P.Journe Souveraine Tourbillon
Price on request
Seller
INEICHEN
40
CH
Omega Vintage Seamaster Calender Honeycomb Dial Automatic
Omega Vintage Seamaster Calender Honeycomb Dial Automatic
S$ 3,692
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
 
SG
Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
TOP
Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
S$ 188,667
Seller
Taleda
409
CH
Cartier Drive White Gold WGNM0007 Like New Limited 200 Pieces
Cartier Drive White Gold WGNM0007 Like New Limited 200 Pieces
S$ 17,800
Seller
The Time Co.
SG
Chopard Vintage 18K Solid White Gold Real Diamonds Top Piece
TOP
Chopard Vintage 18K Solid White Gold Real Diamonds Top Piece
S$ 3,423
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
211
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date In White Gold Ref:118346
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date In White Gold Ref:118346
S$ 29,500
Seller
MARTIN LUXURY PTE LTD
 
SG
Richard Mille RM011 Europe Limited Edition
TOP
Richard Mille RM011 Europe Limited Edition
Price on request
Seller
Chrono95
SG
Longines UltraChron
TOP
Longines UltraChron
S$ 4,891
Seller
Plus Ultra AG
 
CH
Sinn 2200 22Kt Gold Chronograph limitiert DER GOLDCHRONOGRAPH
TOP
Sinn 2200 22Kt Gold Chronograph limitiert DER GOLDCHRONOGRAPH
S$ 10,348
Seller
Classic Watch
26
DE
Rolex Submariner 1680/8 Black dial
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680/8 Black dial
S$ 49,350
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Rolex DayDate Original Factory diamonds dial
Rolex DayDate Original Factory diamonds dial
S$ 13,931
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
 
SG
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Biretrogrado 86020 Rose Gold 42.5mm
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Biretrogrado 86020 Rose Gold 42.5mm
S$ 51,010
Seller
Taleda
409
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
S$ 32,500
Seller
The Time Co.
SG
Chopard Ultra Flat Date Automatic 18K Rose Gold 40 MM - 161278
TOP
Chopard Ultra Flat Date Automatic 18K Rose Gold 40 MM - 161278
S$ 8,198
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
211
NL
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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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