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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5811/1G-001 White gold Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
5811/1G-001 18K White Gold Blue Index Dial
S$215,501
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
18238 sapphire President
S$24,870
+ S$176 for shipping
Richard Mille RM 07 RM07-03 Unworn White gold 31mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM 07
Cupcake Cupcake 18K White Gold & Ceramic Swirl Dial
Price on request
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Rolex Day-Date 36 128349RBR Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
128349RBR 18K Yellow Gold Green Ombré Diamond Dial
S$107,751
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Rolex Datejust 36 1601/8 Fair Yellow gold Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Rolex Datejust 36
Solid Gold
S$12,900
Excl. shipping
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Richard Mille RM 005 RM005 Unworn White gold 38mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM 005
full set with gold after full service with new case
S$197,558
+ S$585 for shipping
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326235 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
Rose Gold 42mm Rhodium Dial Oysterflex 326235
S$60,610
+ S$133 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne 425.050 Very good Rose gold 41.2mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne
1815 Rattrapante "one of 100" Honey Gold
S$316,290
+ S$250 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 118338 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Singapore
Rolex Day-Date 36
118338
S$38,992
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Rolex Datejust 31 Rolex Datejust 178275F New Rose gold 31mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Datejust 31
31mm 178275F
S$41,500
+ S$15 for shipping
Chopard Mille Miglia 1254 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia
Chronograph Limited 250 Pieces Yellow Gold
S$10,975
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Daytona
FLOATING DIAL FULL SET Daytona Zenith Yellow Gold Ref. 16528
S$99,500
+ S$51 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116515LN Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
116515LN 18K Rose Gold Chocolate Arabic Dial
S$64,380
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Grand Seiko Unworn Rose gold 37.9mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Grand Seiko
SBGW046 LIMITED EDITION
S$60,610
Excl. shipping
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Audemars Piguet Very good
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Audemars Piguet
14486TR tantalum rose gold full set
S$56,341
+ S$585 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407BC.GG.1224BC.01 New White gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked
Frosted Gold 15407BC.GG.1224BC.01
S$424,269
+ S$133 for shipping
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001 Very good White gold 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut
5168G-001
S$115,726
+ S$250 for shipping
Richard Mille RM023 AJ WG Very good White gold 40mm Automatic Singapore
Richard Mille
RM 023 AJ WG
S$242,372
Free shipping
Corum Miss Golden Bridge 113.102.85/0001 0000 New Rose gold Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Corum Miss Golden Bridge
113.102.85/0001 0000
S$33,000
+ S$15 for shipping
Chopard Happy Diamonds 207450 Very good Rose gold 40mm Quartz
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Chopard Happy Diamonds
Time Butterfly 207450 Rose Gold Box & Papers
S$32,324
+ S$135 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Day-Date 36
Ref. 18038 Yellow Gold
S$15,000
+ S$51 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.A002CR.01 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
26470OR Chronograph 18K Rose Gold Pink Gold Dial
S$92,934
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 4100BA Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
4100BA
S$80,000
Excl. shipping
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Omega 396.1222 Good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
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Omega
Seamaster Polaris Day-Date Gold Titanium Diamonds
S$8,765
+ S$146 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
White Gold Day-Date 40 Fluted Bezel White Roman Dial President Bracelet (228239)
S$63,304
+ S$133 for shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
5712G "Tiffany" Full Set
S$320,536
+ S$250 for shipping
Bulgari Octo 102946 Very good Rose gold 40mm Manual winding Singapore
Bulgari Octo
Finissimo 102946
S$37,645
Free shipping
Corum 113.101.55/0001 0000 New Rose gold 21.3mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Corum
Golden Bridge
S$30,000
+ S$15 for shipping
Corum 55400 Fair Yellow gold Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Corum
15 Gram Ingot in 18k Gold Ref: 55400
S$6,050
+ S$200 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Day-Date 36
Ref. 18038 Yellow Gold only head
S$12,900
+ S$51 for shipping

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Rolex Lady-Datejust 278285RBR Rose gold Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
278285RBR Oyster 18K Rose Gold Diamond Bezel MOP Diamond Dial
S$70,037
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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle 4020T/000G-B655 Unworn White gold 41mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle
Calendrier Complet Open Face - 18K White Gold - New
S$80,140
Excl. shipping
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26557OR.ZZ.D098CR.01 Unworn Rose gold Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
26557OR.ZZ.D098CR.01
S$115,020
+ S$29 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 40 228349RBR New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
18k White Gold Meteorite Baguette Dial Diamond Bezel
S$107,751
+ S$133 for shipping
Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070R Unworn Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Chronograph
5070R-001 "Unworn & Oxidised"
S$107,400
+ S$250 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116509 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic Singapore
Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph 116509
S$47,074
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Vacheron Constantin 6470 Very good White gold 25mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin
Ladies Jewel: 30 Diamonds & Brick Bracelet
S$10,957
+ S$146 for shipping
Ulysse Nardin Classico 8106.116 Very good Rose gold 31mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Classico
Automatik 750er 18K Rosegold 31mm Referenz 8106-116
S$7,683
+ S$256 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26315OR.OO.1256OR.01 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
2021 Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26315OR Rose Gold
S$133,000
+ S$51 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 15454OR.GG.1259OR.03 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady
15454OR,18K Rose Gold Frosted Pink Dial
S$114,349
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26420RO.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
26420RO.OO.A002CA.01
S$100,000
Excl. shipping
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167R-001 Good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
Date in Rose Gold Ref: 5167R-001
S$87,450
+ S$200 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 40 228349RBR-0036 New White gold Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
White Gold Diamond Paved Baguette Dial President Bracelet
S$121,220
+ S$133 for shipping
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126655 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
"Full Set"
S$37,465
+ S$250 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Singapore
Rolex Submariner Date
116618LB
S$48,421
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Movado 8463 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Movado
Engine-Turned Dial 1950s Bumper Automatic
S$4,237
+ S$146 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26239BC.GG.1224BC.02 New White gold 41mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Frosted Gold Chronograph
S$220,000
+ S$29 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Daytona
FULL SET Daytona Zenith Ref. 16528
S$75,500
+ S$51 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II
116710BLRO Oyster 18K White Gold Pepsi Bezel Black Dial
S$47,140
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 7010R-011 Very good Rose gold 32mm Quartz Singapore, Dunearn Estate
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
7010R-011
S$89,000
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19018 Good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz
19018
S$18,731
+ S$366 for shipping
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126655 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
Rose Gold Pave Diamond Dial 126655
S$72,058
+ S$133 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116515ln Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
"Chocolate Dial"
S$74,514
+ S$250 for shipping
Roger Dubuis Sympathie S37.5772.0 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic Singapore
Roger Dubuis Sympathie
Bi-Retrograde Perpetual Calendar S37.5772.0
S$67,277
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Vacheron Constantin 6913 Good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin
Cioccolatone / Tank with Striped Dial Rare cal1001
S$6,837
+ S$146 for shipping
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q2152420 Good Rose gold Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
Quantieme Perpetual Calendar in 18k Rose Gold Ref: Q2152420
S$42,750
+ S$200 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Submariner Date
FULL SET PURPLE Submariner Date Ref. 16618
S$49,800
+ S$51 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Very good 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
228238 President 18K Yellow Gold Silver Roman Dial
S$52,931
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Seiko 4520-8020 Good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Seiko
Astronomical Observatory Chronometer
S$56,569
Excl. shipping
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
5712G-001
S$124,388
+ S$366 for shipping
Rolex Sky-Dweller M326938 New Yellow gold 42mmmm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
Yellow Gold - Champagne Dial - Oyster Bracelet M326938
S$67,344
+ S$133 for shipping
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 4936G-001 Good White gold 37mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
4936G 001 Ladies Annual Calendar
S$44,875
+ S$250 for shipping
Montblanc 4810 114864 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic Singapore
Montblanc 4810
Exo Tourbillon Slim 114864
S$25,524
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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.