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Breitling Chronomat
S$ 22,858
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Girard Perregaux Bridges 99820-52-000-BA6A New Rose gold 45mm Manual winding
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Girard Perregaux TOURBILLON GOLD BRIDGES MINUTE REPEATER
S$ 384,972
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116
MC
Franck Muller 7042 B S6 SQT BAG  5N New Rose gold 40mm Manual winding
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Franck Muller RONDE 7 DAYS SKELETON
S$ 116,695
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116
MC
Richard Mille RM 011 RM 11-03 WG Full Pave New White gold Automatic
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Richard Mille RM 011-03 WG Full Pave [NEW]
S$ 554,298
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Rolex Daytona 116599 RBOW Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Rainbow Daytona White Gold
S$ 362,425
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118348 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
S$ 48,198
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Rolex Chronograph 6238 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Pre Daytona 6238 14k gold w certificate
S$ 176,446
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MC
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$ 73,906
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Blancpain Léman Fly-Back 2185F-1430-63 Good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Blancpain Leman Flyback Chronograph
S$ 11,800
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 31039 Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Weiss White...
S$ 9,608
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558
DE
Gérald Genta Octo Bi-Retro OBR.X.60.505.CN.BD Unworn White gold Automatic
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Gérald Genta Octa Biretro Limited Edition
S$ 36,953
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92
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 Unworn Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe early NAUTILUS 3800 J | Jeans blue Dial | 1983...
S$ 76,994
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30
DE
Rolex Daytona 116578SACO New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Orange Sapphire MOP Dial 116578SACO NEW
S$ 248,723
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46
US
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PX.7518.VR.1975 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang, limited edition - no. 66/250
S$ 31,628
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48
CH
IWC Big Pilot IW502617 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
S$ 37,655
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583
US
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 414.028 Very good White gold 39.5mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815
S$ 65,000
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Franck Muller Conquistador GPG 8900 SC DT GPG TT NR 5N Good Rose gold 57mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Franck Muller Conquistador Grand Prix Rose Gold 8900 SC DT GPG
S$ 9,550
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SG
Cartier Pasha WJ130005 Very good White gold 37mm Quartz
Cartier Pasha Chronograph
S$ 40,101
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190
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.032 Very good Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.032
S$ 53,937
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1027
US
Patek Philippe Vintage 2427 Vintage Oversize Rare Very good Yellow gold 26,5mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Rectangular Carée 18K Gold Gelbgold Manual...
S$ 16,024
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558
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Blue Ceramic 116618LB NEW 2020
S$ 44,058
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46
US
Breguet Classique 5140BA/12/9W6 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique 40
S$ 16,563
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48
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 2591 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 2591 Dress Cal. 23-300 1958
S$ 12,832
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99
DE
Franck Muller Double Mystery DBLEMISTBAGSAP New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Franck Muller DOUBLE MYSTERY
S$ 139,472
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116
MC
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$ 63,957
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IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar IW502213 Good Rose gold 42.3mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar MoonPhase IW502213
S$ 24,950
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Franck Muller Double Mystery franck muller double mystery DM42 BAG CD Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Franck Muller double mystery
S$ 128,004
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11
UK
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1343-0100 Very good Rose gold 40.8mm Manual winding
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H.Moser & Cie. & Cie Endeavour Centre Seconds 1343-0100
S$ 14,199
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1027
US
Patek Philippe 3491/3 Ultra Slim flach Very good White gold 26mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Rectangular 18K Weissgold White Gold Handaufzug...
S$ 8,806
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558
DE
Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Olive Green Dial 228235 NEW 2020
S$ 56,069
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46
US
Breguet Classique 8788BR12986DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique 36
S$ 25,602
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48
CH
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167R-001 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Aquanaut In 18k Rose Gold
S$ 62,558
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872
MC
Franck Muller Master Banker 5850MB Good Rose gold 32mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
Franck Muller Master Banker
S$ 8,500
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Cartier Very good White gold Manual winding Singapore, Philippines
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Cartier de pash
S$ 14,213
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371480 Good Rose gold 40.9mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
IWC Portuguese Chronograph Rose Gold 40.9mm IW371480
S$ 13,650
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Chopard 17/3508 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Limited Edition The Prince's Foundation 17/3508
S$ 25,779
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UK
Louis Moinet LM-64.50.DR New Rose gold 45mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Derrick Blue Unique Watch 1 pcs Limited edition...
S$ 51,330
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308
EE
Patek Philippe Chronograph Very good Yellow gold 51mmmm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Genfer Pulsometer -Chronograph zweifarbig...
S$ 39,909
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DE
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126655 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Rose Gold 126655 NEW 2019
S$ 35,104
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46
US
Jaquet-Droz Astrale J015134222 New White gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz "The Times Zones", unique piece - no. 1/1
S$ 30,121
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48
CH
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Calatrava Dress Cal. 453 18k Gold 1939
S$ 6,737
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99
DE
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 2852 SC Good Rose gold 31mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex
S$ 7,000
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81590/000R-9847 Very good Rose gold 33mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Small Model
S$ 36,000
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Panerai Radiomir PAM 00231 Good Rose gold 45mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Panerai Radiomir PAM 231 "I"
S$ 13,850
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Cartier Tank Américaine 1725 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Automatic
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Cartier Tank Americaine 50 pieces worldwide "50th ANNIVERSARY...
S$ 14,837
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IT
Vacheron Constantin Quai de l'Ile 85050/000R-I022I Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Quai De L’lle 85050 Day-Date Power Reserve...
S$ 48,041
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260
IT
Montblanc Heritage Spirit 112307 New Red gold 41mm Automatic
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Montblanc Heritage Spirit Spirit Orbis Terrarum Rose Gold
S$ 17,524
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500
LV
Rolex Daytona 116515ln New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Choco-Black Dial 116515LN NEW 2019
S$ 45,906
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46
US
Rolex Datejust 116188 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
S$ 27,862
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48
CH
Baume & Mercier Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
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Baume & Mercier Chronograph Black Gilt Dial Rose Gold 1950s
S$ 4,171
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99
DE
Blancpain Villeret 1185-1418-55 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Blancpain Villeret 18K Chronograph Unisex 34mm white dial Gold...
S$ 6,735
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659
DE
Glashütte Original PanoReserve 6501150104 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Glashütte Original 00693
S$ 22,740
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SG
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar IW502119 Very good Rose gold 44.2mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar MoonPhase Rose Gold 44.2mm
S$ 25,850
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15305OR.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Rose gold 39mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 39mm Skeleton Rose Gold
S$ 90,464
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Jaeger-LeCoultre New Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rare NOS 1950S Quick Set Date Ref. 2777 18K...
S$ 9,238
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12
US
Tudor Good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
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Tudor Sub Seconds Rolex unisex 30mm Solid 9K Gold vintage watch
S$ 1,776
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908
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36 Diamond-Paved 128238 NEW 2020
S$ 81,011
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46
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon 39
S$ 105,443
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CH
Audemars Piguet 26557OR.ZZ.D098CR.02 Very good Rose gold 39mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Audemars Piguet ROO Diamond Rose Gold 39mm
S$ 40,506
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SG
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie 118470 New Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Exo TOURBILLON Slim
S$ 45,996
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ES
Audemars Piguet 67420BA.ZQ.A082CU.01 Unworn Yellow gold 28mm Quartz Singapore, Singapore
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Audemars Piguet Deva
S$ 25,582
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SG
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 18.2080.4021/01.c494 Good Rose gold 42mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Rose Gold 42mm
S$ 13,850
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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.


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