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AED 49,253
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上海天仪轩钟表有限公司
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price on request
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph - 5960R-001
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph - 5960R-001
AED 210,441
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63
CH
Breguet Classique 18 K Yellow Gold
Breguet Classique 18 K Yellow Gold
AED 21,702
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101
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Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
Chopard 18kt White Gold Internally Flawless Happy Diamond
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US
Louis Moinet Vertalor Tourbillon
Louis Moinet Vertalor Tourbillon
AED 560,161
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Breguet Classic 18kWG Diamonds 72% off
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Rolex DateJust 36 UAE Edition Dial in Rose Gold 1550
Rolex DateJust 36 UAE Edition Dial in Rose Gold 1550
AED 36,149
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Cartier - Captive Large WG600004 Diamond Bezel Grey Dial WG
Cartier - Captive Large WG600004 Diamond Bezel Grey Dial WG
price on request
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Parmigiani Fleurier TORIC TECNICA MINOS
Parmigiani Fleurier TORIC TECNICA MINOS
AED 2,577,904
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chrono 146.2.25 Red Gold, 41mm
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chrono 146.2.25 Red Gold, 41mm
AED 48,554
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212
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverse Memory
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AED 22,369
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Bovet AMADEO PERPETUAL CALENDAR DOUBLE FACE LTD 100
Bovet AMADEO PERPETUAL CALENDAR DOUBLE FACE LTD 100
AED 156,845
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Patek Philippe 1960s PATEK PHILIPPE 18KT YG REF 3425 CALATRAVA...
AED 33,236
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Hublot Meca-10 King Gold
Hublot Meca-10 King Gold
AED 110,000
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Haute Horologe
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James Edition
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James Edition
AED 233,400
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Franck Muller Vanguard Customized 44mm White Dial Rose Gold...
Franck Muller Vanguard Customized 44mm White Dial Rose Gold...
AED 42,759
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Cartier - Mecanique 3876 Diamond Bezel and Dial RG
Cartier - Mecanique 3876 Diamond Bezel and Dial RG
price on request
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm Rose Gold Blue...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm Rose Gold Blue...
AED 125,400
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Patek Philippe Twenty-4 4914g-001 White Gold, Leather
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AED 76,132
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212
CH
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
AED 84,138
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UK
Zenith Legends of Cohiba Rose Gold
Zenith Legends of Cohiba Rose Gold
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The Golden Line
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Chopard 1970s LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
Chopard 1970s LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
AED 39,211
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Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold Ceramic
Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold Ceramic
AED 89,626
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Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Automatic 18K Rose Gold 521.OX.2611.OX
Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Automatic 18K Rose Gold 521.OX.2611.OX
AED 103,028
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Franck Muller Long Island in Rose Gold and Diamond Bezel 952...
Franck Muller Long Island in Rose Gold and Diamond Bezel 952...
AED 29,054
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Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Customized Diamond R/G 26170OR.OO....
Audemars Piguet - Royal Oak Customized Diamond R/G 26170OR.OO....
price on request
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
AED 154,679
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Franck Muller V 45 T Gravity CS Yachting 5N.BL
Franck Muller V 45 T Gravity CS Yachting 5N.BL
AED 326,760
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Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 56% off
Chopard Classic 18kwg Oval Diamonds NEW 56% off
AED 55,829
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Bovet PININFARINA OTTANTASEI GOLD
Bovet PININFARINA OTTANTASEI GOLD
AED 371,573
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Vacheron Constantin 1980s 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
Vacheron Constantin 1980s 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
AED 80,290
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AED 198,000
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
AED 64,448
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Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar 343.PS.6599.NR
Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar 343.PS.6599.NR
AED 74,315
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Patek Philippe - Nautilus 7011/1G-010 W/G Full Pave Customized...
Patek Philippe - Nautilus 7011/1G-010 W/G Full Pave Customized...
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980-1R-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980-1R-001
AED 273,732
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
AED 152,570
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Artex AG
 
CH
Cartier Tank Obus 16302 yellow gold Full Set 1994’s
Cartier Tank Obus 16302 yellow gold Full Set 1994’s
AED 17,318
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto JLQ 7052421
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto JLQ 7052421
AED 46,223
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18kt WG 1960s...
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AED 15,684
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Skeleton Mens Watch
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin Skeleton Mens Watch
AED 78,422
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Haute Horologe
AE
Audemars Piguet ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD WATCH
Audemars Piguet ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD WATCH
AED 174,500
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The Store
AE
Franck Muller Master Square 33 Rose Gold Silver Dial 6002 M B...
Franck Muller Master Square 33 Rose Gold Silver Dial 6002 M B...
AED 38,688
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Luxury Stock Market
AE
Ulysse Nardin - Classico Enamel 8156-111-2 Blue Dial RG
Ulysse Nardin - Classico Enamel 8156-111-2 Blue Dial RG
price on request
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Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Omega De Ville 14k gold caliber 565
Omega De Ville 14k gold caliber 565
AED 16,901
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Vintage Watch Services
72
NL
Graham Chronofighter 43mm Roségold 2CFAR.B10A.C54B
Graham Chronofighter 43mm Roségold 2CFAR.B10A.C54B
AED 38,362
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KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
 
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Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
Rolex Dato Compax 4767 Jean-Claude Killy pink gold 18KT black...
price on request
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Watches Management
 
IT
Breguet Marine
Breguet Marine
AED 55,960
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Luxury Souq Dubai
AE
Patek Philippe Gay Freres 1941 Massive Herringbone concealed
Patek Philippe Gay Freres 1941 Massive Herringbone concealed
AED 42,946
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Patek Philippe 5068R-001 - Rose Gold - Ladies - Aquanaut
Patek Philippe 5068R-001 - Rose Gold - Ladies - Aquanaut
AED 121,368
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Haute Horologe
AE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 18K Rose Gold Automatic Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 18K Rose Gold Automatic Watch
AED 116,900
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The Store
AE
Audemars Piguet 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01 MILLENARY HAND-WOUND MOP...
Audemars Piguet 77247OR.ZZ.A812CR.01 MILLENARY HAND-WOUND MOP...
price on request
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Luxury Stock Market
AE
Jaeger-LeCoultre - Hybris Mechanica 2830570 Skeleton Dial RG
Jaeger-LeCoultre - Hybris Mechanica 2830570 Skeleton Dial RG
price on request
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Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE

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.