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Chopard L' Heure de Diamant
TOP
Chopard L' Heure de Diamant
S$ 74,161
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GMT Watches And Jewellery Trading
AE
Breguet Marine 18k Yellow Gold  Automatic 26mm Ladies Diamond...
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Breguet Marine 18k Yellow Gold Automatic 26mm Ladies Diamond...
S$ 18,139
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WT Time Pieces
36
UK
Pequignet Ligne Moorea Ronde
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Pequignet Ligne Moorea Ronde
S$ 30,947
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Uhren Schmuck Kunst
 
DE
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Black Dial WG/Leather
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Black Dial WG/Leather
S$ 49,000
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Gallery Rare Pte.Ltd.
SG
Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Offshore 44mm 26401ro
Audemars Piguet AP Royal Oak Offshore 44mm 26401ro
S$ 49,900
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Private Seller
SG
Rolex DAYTONA WHITE GOLD ORO BIANCO - WHITE GOLD
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Rolex DAYTONA WHITE GOLD ORO BIANCO - WHITE GOLD
S$ 43,846
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2573
IT
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
TOP
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
S$ 51,028
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
US
Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton
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Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton
S$ 38,128
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WatchesofMayfair.com
386
UK
Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold
S$ 20,176
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CANTELI JOYEROS SL
 
ES
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
S$ 15,013
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
394
NL
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5712G
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5712G
S$ 62,000
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Private Seller
SG
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Weissgold
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H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Weissgold
S$ 63,468
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chronostars
6
AT
Patek Philippe Annual Calender Regulator K18WG
Patek Philippe Annual Calender Regulator K18WG
S$ 70,000
Seller
Gallery Rare Pte.Ltd.
SG
Patek Philippe Calatrava Manual 18K/750 Noram Buckle Buterfly
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava Manual 18K/750 Noram Buckle Buterfly
S$ 6,752
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Pawndeluxe
75
NL
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
S$ 36,060
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Private Seller
SG
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1
S$ 39,500
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Private Seller
SG
Rolex DAYTONA  COSMOGRAPH  116508 Green Dial 40mm Yellow Gold...
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Rolex DAYTONA COSMOGRAPH 116508 Green Dial 40mm Yellow Gold...
S$ 42,098
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2573
IT
Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
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Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
S$ 6,123
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
US
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin
S$ 20,653
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WatchesofMayfair.com
386
UK
Omega De Ville
Omega De Ville
S$ 3,402
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Vintage Caprice Limited Edition
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Vintage Caprice Limited Edition
S$ 7,000
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Private Seller
SG
De Grisogono Power Breaker Chronograph
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De Grisogono Power Breaker Chronograph
S$ 30,979
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OROeORA PRINTEZIS
73
GR
Patek Philippe RARE 18K Golden  Ellipse With Onyx Dial & Crown
Patek Philippe RARE 18K Golden Ellipse With Onyx Dial & Crown
S$ 16,601
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Patek Philippe 5712G-001
Patek Philippe 5712G-001
S$ 55,600
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Omega Constellation, Double Eagle
Omega Constellation, Double Eagle
S$ 12,000
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Private Seller
SG
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
S$ 52,000
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Private Seller
SG
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945
S$ 6,000
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Private Seller
SG
Baume & Mercier Hampton
Baume & Mercier Hampton
S$ 4,000
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Private Seller
SG
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Oysterflex 40MM Gold
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Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Oysterflex 40MM Gold
S$ 37,888
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2573
IT
Chopard Classic
Chopard Classic
S$ 14,000
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Private Seller
SG
Chaumet Dandy Power Reserve Limited Edition (White Gold)
Chaumet Dandy Power Reserve Limited Edition (White Gold)
S$ 9,590
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Private Seller
SG
Chaumet W16080-23R
Chaumet W16080-23R
S$ 38,000
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Private Seller
SG
Omega JFK Commemorative piece,  Yellow gold on leather strap
Omega JFK Commemorative piece, Yellow gold on leather strap
S$ 20,411
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Private Seller
SG
Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
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Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
S$ 29,256
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
US
Rolex Datejust Lady President 18K/750 Gold Full Diamond
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Rolex Datejust Lady President 18K/750 Gold Full Diamond
S$ 10,724
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Pawndeluxe
75
NL
Piaget Altiplano
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Piaget Altiplano
S$ 14,968
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Private Seller
SG
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
S$ 111,049
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars
S$ 11,500
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA EVEROSE 116505
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Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA EVEROSE 116505
S$ 43,687
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2573
IT
Rolex 18K yellow Gold Lady Datejust 26mm 179158 with Diamond...
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Rolex 18K yellow Gold Lady Datejust 26mm 179158 with Diamond...
S$ 20,870
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Watches Of Westminster
28
UK
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Boutique Only Like New
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Boutique Only Like New
S$ 14,880
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The Time Co.
SG
Audemars Piguet White Gold Diamond Watch
Audemars Piguet White Gold Diamond Watch
S$ 4,500
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
S$ 87,768
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
11
US
Franck Muller Curvex Rose Gold 18K/750 Platinum Rotor
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Franck Muller Curvex Rose Gold 18K/750 Platinum Rotor
S$ 8,499
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Pawndeluxe
75
NL
Breguet 8068BB Classique Automatic Diamonds White Gold 30mm...
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Breguet 8068BB Classique Automatic Diamonds White Gold 30mm...
S$ 19,117
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Dagassan Watchionary
53
CH
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo La Sirène Diamant
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo La Sirène Diamant
S$ 150,448
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
IWC 14K Gold Pocket watch International Watch Co taschenuhr 1919
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IWC 14K Gold Pocket watch International Watch Co taschenuhr 1919
S$ 2,540
Seller
qualityextra
5
HU
Audemars Piguet Jules Extra Thin Oro Rosa  Rose Gold NEVER...
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Audemars Piguet Jules Extra Thin Oro Rosa Rose Gold NEVER...
S$ 13,026
Free shipping
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2573
IT
Rolex Oyster 34074 Vintage 1934
TOP
Rolex Oyster 34074 Vintage 1934
S$ 4,991
Seller
Watches Of Westminster
28
UK
Rolex Day-Date
TOP
Rolex Day-Date
S$ 8,881
Seller
TodoReloj
303
ES
Cartier Panther 18K White Gold with Diamond Bezel WF3091F3
TOP
Cartier Panther 18K White Gold with Diamond Bezel WF3091F3
S$ 10,206
Seller
DeMesy Fine Watches
46
US
A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Ref. 827.043
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Cabaret Ref. 827.043
S$ 26,213
Seller
Meertz WORLDOFTIME.DE
38
DE
Cartier Santos Dumont Paris Square 18K Yellow Gold 15751
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Cartier Santos Dumont Paris Square 18K Yellow Gold 15751
S$ 4,687
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Pawndeluxe
75
NL
Rolex Cellini massiv Gelbgold 18kt, Ref.6623 orig.Papiere, Quartz
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Rolex Cellini massiv Gelbgold 18kt, Ref.6623 orig.Papiere, Quartz
S$ 13,504
Seller
Uhrboerse
45
DE
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
S$ 45,277
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Girard Perregaux Tourbillon under Three Gold Bridges
Girard Perregaux Tourbillon under Three Gold Bridges
S$ 150,000
Seller
The Watch Club
SG
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Microtor  Ultrapiatto 40mm Pink Gold 18K T
TOP
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Microtor Ultrapiatto 40mm Pink Gold 18K T
S$ 53,140
Free shipping
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2573
IT
Gérald Genta Arena Bi Retro 18k Rose Gold Titanium
Gérald Genta Arena Bi Retro 18k Rose Gold Titanium
S$ 13,880
Seller
The Time Co.
SG
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
S$ 3,098
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ichrono.ie
 
IE
Chopard Imperiale 36 mm
TOP
Chopard Imperiale 36 mm
S$ 47,803
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
386
UK
Rolex Day-Date „Borke“ Orig. Diamantlünette Ref.: 18308 von...
Rolex Day-Date „Borke“ Orig. Diamantlünette Ref.: 18308 von...
S$ 20,494
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Vacheron Constantin TV Shape 18K/750 Yellow Gold
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Vacheron Constantin TV Shape 18K/750 Yellow Gold
S$ 6,196
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Pawndeluxe
75
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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