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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 15454BC.GG.1259BC.03 Unworn White gold 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD SELFWINDING WATCH-BLACK...
S$ 62,494
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264
US
Jaquet-Droz Petite Heure Minute J016933210 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
TOP
Jaquet-Droz Petite Heure Minute (Grande Date)
S$ 14,369
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AE
Rolex GMT-Master II 116759SARU Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT Master II Gem Set and White Gold 40MM Watch 116759SARU
S$ 162,936
Free shipping
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212
US
Jacob & Co. Opera By Jacob & Co. OP100.40.AN.AB.A Very good Rose gold Manual winding
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Jacob & Co. Opera By Jacob & Co. OP100.40.AN.AB.A
S$ 206,250
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AE
Seiko Grand Seiko SBGL003 Unworn White gold 38.5mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Seiko GRAND SEIKO SBGL003 LIMITED EDITION, WHITE GOLD, CASE...
S$ 68,750
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SG
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk 140.032 Very good Rose gold Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Rose Gold Complete 2016
S$ 63,500
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SG
H.Moser & Cie. 3200-0903 New Red gold 42.8mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
H.Moser & Cie. PIONEER CENTRE SECONDS
Price on request
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SG
Seiko Grand Seiko 9S64OOFO Unworn Rose gold 37.9mm Manual winding Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Seiko GRAND SEIKO SBGW046, LIMITED EDITION FOR 100TH ANNIVERSA...
S$ 61,875
Private Seller
 
SG
Rolex Day-Date 18948 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece Yellow Gold - Serviced by Rolex
S$ 59,493
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UK
IWC Portofino Automatic IW356504 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
IWC Portofino Automatic 40mm Rose Gold Automatic IW356504
S$ 12,141
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845
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new official retail price:...
S$ 111,791
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36
CH
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326139 Unworn White gold 42mm Automatic
Rolex Sky-Dweller White Gold Ivory Dial 42MM Watch 326139
Price on request
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212
US
Cartier Pasha 1989 Good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Cartier Pasha 1989 Automatic 39 mm White Dial With Box
S$ 5,333
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161
IT
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Lady-Datejust
S$ 8,112
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SG
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC267-1200300-HA1441 Very good White gold Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 White Gold Slate Grey Jun 2019 Set
S$ 12,850
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SG
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4908/11R-010 New Rose gold 22mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Twenty~4
Price on request
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SG
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 81358 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Rolex Pearl Master Oyster Perpetual
S$ 88,000
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SG
Breguet Marine 5847BB/92/5ZV Very good White gold 45mm Automatic
Breguet Marine Royale White Gold - 2017 Like New
S$ 34,904
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10
LV
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 39019 Service 11.2019 Very good Yellow gold 32,5mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ultra Slim Ultraflach 18K Gold...
S$ 5,624
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457
DE
Rolex Datejust 178288 New Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 31, new, official retail price: 39.600 CHF
S$ 41,153
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36
CH
Patek Philippe World Time 5131R-001 New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time
S$ 163,548
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227
HK
Rolex Datejust 6824 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Medium Datejust
S$ 6,859
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304
DE
Rado Centrix R30953152 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic
Rado Centrix
S$ 2,271
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1651
DE
Cartier Drive de Cartier WGNM0007 Very good White gold Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Cartier Drive White Gold WGNM0007 Like New Limited 200 Pieces
S$ 16,800
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SG
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5940G-010 New White gold 37mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
Price on request
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SG
Glashütte Original PanoReserve 6501150104 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Glashütte Original 00693
S$ 22,000
Private Seller
 
SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15711OI.OO.A006CA.01 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Rose Gold Titanium...
S$ 58,681
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130
UK
H.Moser & Cie. Venturer 2327-0402 Unworn Rose gold Singapore, Singapore
H.Moser & Cie. Venture Small Seconds in 18k Rose Gold Ref:...
S$ 12,600
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24
SG
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, official retail price: 82.400...
S$ 78,005
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36
CH
Rolex Day-Date 40 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 40mm Everose Gold 228235 Pave Baguette
S$ 52,889
Free shipping
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493
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80298 New Yellow gold 29mm Automatic
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 29mm 80298
S$ 45,891
Free shipping
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405
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179White Gold
S$ 15,091
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594
US
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar IW502119 Very good Rose gold Automatic Singapore, Singapore
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Like New Full Service May 2019
S$ 26,900
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SG
Rolex Cellini 5310/9 New White gold 26mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Cellini
Price on request
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SG
Cartier Tank Louis Cartier WGTA0011 New Rose gold Manual winding
Cartier Tank Louis 18K Pink Gold Watch WGTA0011
S$ 13,640
Verified Dealer
194
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon Q1658420 Good Rose gold 41mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
S$ 52,000
Private Seller
SG
Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT 5N NR Unworn Rose gold Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Franck Muller Vanguard in 18k Rose Gold w/Aftermarket Diamonds...
S$ 22,000
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24
SG
Rolex Day-Date 36 118348 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36, new, official retail price: 48.300 CHF
S$ 47,995
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36
CH
Rolex Day-Date 40 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 40mm Yellow Gold 228348RBR Champagne Roman
S$ 67,859
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493
US
Breguet Classique 5177BA/29/9V6 New Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
Breguet Classique
S$ 24,570
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1651
DE
Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Yacht-Master Yellow Gold 16628
S$ 27,359
Verified Dealer
712
NL
Breguet Marine 5827BR/Z2/5ZU Good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
Breguet Marine Chronograph 5827 42mm
S$ 20,625
Free shipping
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UA
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711R Good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Price on request
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SG
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 1803 Unpolished 18K Gold Day-Date Champagne w/ original box
S$ 9,893
Free shipping
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339
US
Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Day-Date 40
S$ 39,500
Private Seller
 
SG
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 343.505-018 Unworn Rose gold Singapore, Singapore
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Centre Seconds in 18k Rose Gold Ref:...
S$ 12,915
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24
SG
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 545.OX.0180.LR New Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin, official retail price:...
S$ 23,778
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36
CH
Rolex Day-Date 40 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 40mm White Gold 228349RBR Black Index
S$ 71,386
Free shipping
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493
US
Piaget Altiplano G0A36118 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Piaget Altiplano Ultra-Thin
S$ 31,703
Verified Dealer
1651
DE
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 Very good White gold 46.2mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 White Gold
S$ 22,101
Verified Dealer
712
NL
Rolex Datejust 116188 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust
S$ 23,625
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Rolex Cellini 5330/9 New White gold Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Cellini
Price on request
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SG
Rado 56-H Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Rado Chronometre 56-H Mark I
S$ 9,582
Verified Dealer
21
CH
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A5B.FT6044 Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01
S$ 7,500
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SG
Chanel Première Good Yellow gold Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Chanel Premiere Gold Plated
S$ 1,420
Verified Dealer
24
SG
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4/BB63 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime, official price:...
S$ 25,197
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36
CH
Rolex Day-Date 40 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 40mm White Gold 228239 Silver Baguette
S$ 57,684
Free shipping
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493
US
Breguet Classique 5140BB/12/9W6 New White gold 40mm Automatic
Breguet Classique
S$ 21,598
Verified Dealer
1651
DE
Omega De Ville Very good Yellow gold Quartz Singapore, Singapore
Omega De Ville 18k GOLD DeVille
S$ 1,210
Verified Dealer
165
SG
Cartier Santos (submodel) 2879 Very good 33mm Automatic
Cartier Santos 1ßß 18K Gold
S$ 14,480
Verified Dealer
304
DE
Patek Philippe Gondolo 5124G-001 New White gold 33.4mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Gondolo
Price on request
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SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25770BA.OO.D009XX.01 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Yellow Gold 25770BA "FIRST...
S$ 60,586
Verified Dealer
712
NL
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 82035/000R-9359 Very good Red gold 40mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921
S$ 32,880
Private Seller
 
SG
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 277.2.62 Very good Rose gold Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 Tribute in...
S$ 12,758
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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.