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Chopard Happy Spirit Diamond Mother of Pearl-XXL : 38-40 mm
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Chopard Happy Spirit Diamond Mother of Pearl-XXL : 38-40 mm
AED 239,489
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K&K Juwelier GmbH
83
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 1b
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne 1b
AED 16,459
Seller
Ingo Freiherr von Seld
9
DE
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Fumé 18k Roségold Diamonds
TOP
H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Fumé 18k Roségold Diamonds
AED 70,410
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chronostars
12
AT
Chopard L’heure Du Diamant Medium Oval – 139383-1001
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Chopard L’heure Du Diamant Medium Oval – 139383-1001
AED 228,603
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Mall of the Watch
818
MC
Chopard Impériale Chronograph 18K Weißgold 3,24 CT Brillanten...
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Chopard Impériale Chronograph 18K Weißgold 3,24 CT Brillanten...
AED 63,134
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Uhrenkapital
334
DE
Rolex Lady Datejust Lapis 18K GOLD GELBGOLD DAMENUHR
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Rolex Lady Datejust Lapis 18K GOLD GELBGOLD DAMENUHR
AED 28,260
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Timeless Watches GmbH
229
DE
Universal Genève Vintage Time Capsule 18K Yellow Gold
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Universal Genève Vintage Time Capsule 18K Yellow Gold
AED 7,445
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May Street Services LLC
81
US
Richard Mille RM010 Le Mans Classic Limited Edition 30 pcs
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Richard Mille RM010 Le Mans Classic Limited Edition 30 pcs
AED 315,690
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AP Watches
14
ES
Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Blue Dial 40mm
Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Blue Dial 40mm
AED 64,880
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WatchesWorld UAE (WW INTERNATIONAL DWC LLC)
 
AE
Rolex Day Date Ref. 1803 Year 1971 (with Papers)
Rolex Day Date Ref. 1803 Year 1971 (with Papers)
AED 70,953
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Aix Tempora LLC – Momentum Dubai
AE
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
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IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
AED 99,950
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Private Seller
 
AE
Vacheron Constantin Geneve Ultra-Thin  18K Gold 28mm Ladies
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Vacheron Constantin Geneve Ultra-Thin 18K Gold 28mm Ladies
AED 15,632
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NOS 1969
269
PL
Rolex Daytona White gold  Oro Bianco - Blue Dial - quadrante Blue
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Rolex Daytona White gold Oro Bianco - Blue Dial - quadrante Blue
AED 117,563
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2923
IT
Bulgari Octo Chronograph
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Bulgari Octo Chronograph
AED 57,701
Seller
Royal watches
33
AE
Patek Philippe Calatrava Oman 18K Gold Manual Service 04.2018
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Oman 18K Gold Manual Service 04.2018
AED 32,614
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
229
DE
De Grisogono UNO GS N08 Or 18 KT. Bruni
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De Grisogono UNO GS N08 Or 18 KT. Bruni
AED 38,335
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Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
51
CH
Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Caramel 18K Solid Gold - Case 31mm
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Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Caramel 18K Solid Gold - Case 31mm
AED 24,798
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Pawndeluxe
167
NL
Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar Chronograph...
Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar Chronograph...
AED 206,831
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WatchesWorld UAE (WW INTERNATIONAL DWC LLC)
 
AE
Rolex Datejust 'Saudi Armed Forces' Ref. 16018 Year 1991
Rolex Datejust 'Saudi Armed Forces' Ref. 16018 Year 1991
AED 60,679
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Aix Tempora LLC – Momentum Dubai
AE
Patek Philippe PHOENIX NAUTILUS WITH DIAMONDS
Patek Philippe PHOENIX NAUTILUS WITH DIAMONDS
Price on request
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Luxury Souq Dubai
 
AE
Chopard ROSE GOLD CLASSIC RACING SUPERFAST CHRONOGRAP 161284-5001
Chopard ROSE GOLD CLASSIC RACING SUPERFAST CHRONOGRAP 161284-5001
AED 77,507
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Private Seller
AE
Rolex YACHT-MASTER Oyster, 40 mm,  Everose Pavè Diamonds
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Rolex YACHT-MASTER Oyster, 40 mm, Everose Pavè Diamonds
AED 150,220
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2923
IT
Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph
AED 45,974
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Metals In Time
6
US
Montblanc Gabiddu Grand Chronographe Régulateur
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Montblanc Gabiddu Grand Chronographe Régulateur
AED 174,251
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Taleda
387
CH
Vacheron Constantin vintage 18K Gold Mens watch Full Set
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Vacheron Constantin vintage 18K Gold Mens watch Full Set
AED 13,059
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qualityextra
13
HU
Parmigiani Fleurier KALPA KALPAGRAPHE CHRONOGRAPH DATE 18K...
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Parmigiani Fleurier KALPA KALPAGRAPHE CHRONOGRAPH DATE 18K...
AED 45,447
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A.S. INVESTMENTS SP. Z O.O.
125
PL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Rose Gold...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Rose Gold...
AED 143,258
Seller
WatchesWorld UAE (WW INTERNATIONAL DWC LLC)
 
AE
Rolex Day Date Ref. 18038 Year 1986 (Full Set)
Rolex Day Date Ref. 18038 Year 1986 (Full Set)
AED 57,701
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Aix Tempora LLC – Momentum Dubai
AE
Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Grand Complications Virtuoso IV Tourbillon
Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Grand Complications Virtuoso IV Tourbillon
Price on request
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Luxury Souq Dubai
 
AE
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver
AED 111,675
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Private Seller
AE
Audemars Piguet Jules Extra Thin Oro Rosa  Rose Gold NEVER...
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Audemars Piguet Jules Extra Thin Oro Rosa Rose Gold NEVER...
AED 31,347
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2923
IT
Quinting Chronograph Baguette Diamond Set
Quinting Chronograph Baguette Diamond Set
Price on request
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Limitedluxury
AE
Patek Philippe Annual Calender Moonface 5396/1r-001 Rose Gold...
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Patek Philippe Annual Calender Moonface 5396/1r-001 Rose Gold...
AED 178,123
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Taleda
387
CH
IWC 18K Gold vintage automatic date Cal 8541 1964
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IWC 18K Gold vintage automatic date Cal 8541 1964
AED 8,704
Seller
qualityextra
13
HU
Girard Perregaux 1966 AUTOMATIC DATE CLASSIC KLASSIK CLASSIQUE
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Girard Perregaux 1966 AUTOMATIC DATE CLASSIC KLASSIK CLASSIQUE
AED 19,733
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A.S. INVESTMENTS SP. Z O.O.
125
PL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Rose Gold Blue Dial 41mm
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Rose Gold Blue Dial 41mm
AED 186,801
Seller
WatchesWorld UAE (WW INTERNATIONAL DWC LLC)
 
AE
Rolex Day Date Ref. 1803 Year 1972
Rolex Day Date Ref. 1803 Year 1972
AED 29,409
Free shipping
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Aix Tempora LLC – Momentum Dubai
AE
Chopard Imperiale Quartz 36mm Ladies Watch
Chopard Imperiale Quartz 36mm Ladies Watch
Price on request
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
 
AE
Cartier Vendome Ronde Solid 18K Yellow Gold Case & Buckle -...
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Cartier Vendome Ronde Solid 18K Yellow Gold Case & Buckle -...
AED 8,056
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Pawndeluxe
167
NL
Omega CONSTELLATION OMEGA CO-AXIAL 38 MM ROSE GOLD
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Omega CONSTELLATION OMEGA CO-AXIAL 38 MM ROSE GOLD
AED 45,716
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2923
IT
Patek Philippe Nautilus
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
AED 230,000
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Private Seller
AE
Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
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Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
AED 522,753
Seller
Taleda
387
CH
Longines 18K Gold Pocket watch Full Set
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Longines 18K Gold Pocket watch Full Set
AED 6,527
Seller
qualityextra
13
HU
Cuervo y Sobrinos HABANA PROMINENTE AUTORECARGANTE DUAL TIME...
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Cuervo y Sobrinos HABANA PROMINENTE AUTORECARGANTE DUAL TIME...
AED 20,745
Seller
A.S. INVESTMENTS SP. Z O.O.
125
PL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady Quartz Rose Gold Diamond Silver...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady Quartz Rose Gold Diamond Silver...
AED 117,132
Seller
WatchesWorld UAE (WW INTERNATIONAL DWC LLC)
 
AE
Rolex Day Date 'Salmon Stella Dial' Ref. 1803 Year 1977
Rolex Day Date 'Salmon Stella Dial' Ref. 1803 Year 1977
Price on request
Free shipping
Seller
Aix Tempora LLC – Momentum Dubai
AE
Chopard L’HEURE DU DIAMANT
Chopard L’HEURE DU DIAMANT
AED 171,240
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
 
AE
Blancpain Ultra Slim Léman 2100 - 18K Solid Gold - Retail;...
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Blancpain Ultra Slim Léman 2100 - 18K Solid Gold - Retail;...
AED 24,602
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
167
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal oak offshore chrono Rose Gold 2014
Audemars Piguet Royal oak offshore chrono Rose Gold 2014
AED 141,832
Seller
Limitedluxury
AE
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
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Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
AED 56,389
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
126
ES
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67602bc.zz.1212bc.01 White Gold...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 67602bc.zz.1212bc.01 White Gold...
AED 189,740
Seller
Taleda
387
CH
Rolex Cellini 4071/8
Rolex Cellini 4071/8
AED 37,000
Seller
Private Seller
 
AE
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DA VINCI CHRONOGRAPH DATE - BOX & PAPERS
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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DA VINCI CHRONOGRAPH DATE - BOX & PAPERS
AED 43,525
Seller
A.S. INVESTMENTS SP. Z O.O.
125
PL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Rose Gold...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Rose Gold...
AED 212,056
Seller
WatchesWorld UAE (WW INTERNATIONAL DWC LLC)
 
AE
Rolex Day Date Ref. 18078 Year 1987 (Full Set)
Rolex Day Date Ref. 18078 Year 1987 (Full Set)
AED 85,620
Free shipping
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Aix Tempora LLC – Momentum Dubai
AE
Breguet Tourbillon Messidor Grande Complication
Breguet Tourbillon Messidor Grande Complication
AED 372,262
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
 
AE
Longines DolceVita 18K Pure Yellow Gold - L51587
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Longines DolceVita 18K Pure Yellow Gold - L51587
AED 4,289
Free shipping
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Pawndeluxe
167
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AED 258,722
Seller
Limitedluxury
AE
Bell & Ross Vintage 126XL  Limited Edition
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Bell & Ross Vintage 126XL Limited Edition
AED 32,549
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
126
ES
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25960bc.oo.1185bc.01 White Gold...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25960bc.oo.1185bc.01 White Gold...
AED 162,634
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Taleda
387
CH
Chaumet Class One Xl Chronograph RG 18k Rose Gold Men's Watch
Chaumet Class One Xl Chronograph RG 18k Rose Gold Men's Watch
AED 20,102
Seller
Royal watches
33
AE
Jaeger-LeCoultre MASTER CALENDAR MOON PHASE RESERVE DE MARCHE...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre MASTER CALENDAR MOON PHASE RESERVE DE MARCHE...
AED 56,119
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A.S. INVESTMENTS SP. Z O.O.
125
PL
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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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