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Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
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Rolex Day-Date Tridor Masterpiece Meteorite Diamond Dial
AED 178,568
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
574
NL
Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch Necklace 35773BA
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Audemars Piguet Pocket Watch Necklace 35773BA
AED 101,210
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
AED 250,780
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Breguet Marine 18k Yellow Gold  Automatic 26mm Ladies Diamond...
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Breguet Marine 18k Yellow Gold Automatic 26mm Ladies Diamond...
AED 51,877
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WT Time Pieces
34
UK
Chopard L' Heure de Diamant
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Chopard L' Heure de Diamant
AED 202,481
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GMT Watches And Jewellery Trading
AE
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
AED 113,244
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Breitling Chronoliner B04
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Breitling Chronoliner B04
AED 81,732
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Private Seller
 
AE
Girard Perregaux Heritage Place Girardet
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Girard Perregaux Heritage Place Girardet
AED 88,154
Seller
Juwelier Colman
 
BE
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
AED 315,998
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Rolex Day-Date Rose Gold 118395BR
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Rolex Day-Date Rose Gold 118395BR
AED 179,064
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 34 White Gold Diamond MOP Dial
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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 34 White Gold Diamond MOP Dial
AED 129,745
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
574
NL
Rolex Day-Date 40 18 kt Weißgold Schwarz DIA 228239
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Rolex Day-Date 40 18 kt Weißgold Schwarz DIA 228239
AED 141,951
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
301
DE
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
AED 144,953
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Breitling Premier
Breitling Premier
AED 6,000
Seller
Private Seller
AE
De Grisogono Instrumento NUNO
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De Grisogono Instrumento NUNO
AED 40,347
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
99
ES
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
AED 128,841
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Rolex Cellini Asymmetrical Vintage 4100
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Rolex Cellini Asymmetrical Vintage 4100
AED 10,121
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal oak offshore chrono Rose Gold 2014
Audemars Piguet Royal oak offshore chrono Rose Gold 2014
AED 141,551
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Limitedluxury
AE
Rolex Day-Date
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Rolex Day-Date
AED 72,332
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IL CORDUSIO SAS
 
IT
Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
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Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
AED 17,405
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Pawndeluxe
59
NL
Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
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Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
AED 89,166
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon
AED 154,012
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Chopard ROSE GOLD CLASSIC RACING SUPERFAST CHRONOGRAP 161284-5001
Chopard ROSE GOLD CLASSIC RACING SUPERFAST CHRONOGRAP 161284-5001
AED 76,852
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Private Seller
AE
Breitling Transocean Day Date
Breitling Transocean Day Date
AED 43,840
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Royal watches
6
AE
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Classique
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Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Classique
AED 94,483
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Rolex Cellini 6682/9
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Rolex Cellini 6682/9
AED 27,249
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Quinting Chronograph Baguette Diamond Set
Quinting Chronograph Baguette Diamond Set
Price on request
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Limitedluxury
AE
Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Tourbillon 2056-131 Rose Gold 45mm
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Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Tourbillon 2056-131 Rose Gold 45mm
AED 181,191
Seller
Taleda
336
CH
Zeno-Watch Basel Valjoux Bicompax 18K Gold - Tribute to...
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Zeno-Watch Basel Valjoux Bicompax 18K Gold - Tribute to...
AED 18,761
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Pawndeluxe
59
NL
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
AED 139,322
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
AED 234,625
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
361
UK
Rolex Cellini 4071/8
Rolex Cellini 4071/8
AED 52,000
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Private Seller
AE
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
AED 92,881
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Royal watches
6
AE
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
AED 108,497
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Doxa GRANDE METRE BLUE PLANET LIMITED EDITION 800PCS WORLD
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Doxa GRANDE METRE BLUE PLANET LIMITED EDITION 800PCS WORLD
AED 13,863
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Przedsiębiorstwo Handlowe Usługowe
80
PL
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
AED 183,190
Seller
UK Time Legend
 
UK
Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
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Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
AED 369,932
Seller
Taleda
336
CH
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
AED 106,237
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
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Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
AED 6,873
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1815
AED 42,947
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver
AED 111,454
Seller
Private Seller
AE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
AED 37,153
Free shipping
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Royal watches
6
AE
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Homme
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Homme
AED 90,414
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Eberhard & Co. CHRONO 4 BELLISSIMO VITRÉ
Eberhard & Co. CHRONO 4 BELLISSIMO VITRÉ
AED 25,635
Seller
Limitedluxury
AE
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
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IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
AED 120,884
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
361
UK
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chrono 5500v/000r-b074 Rose Gold...
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chrono 5500v/000r-b074 Rose Gold...
AED 128,344
Seller
Taleda
336
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rolex Lady-Datejust
AED 81,373
Seller
Terzian Garo & Sia OE
 
GR
Girard Perregaux ITALIAN 18 Kt YG EMERALD RUBY FIGLEAF WATCH
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Girard Perregaux ITALIAN 18 Kt YG EMERALD RUBY FIGLEAF WATCH
AED 44,583
Free shipping
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Herrenarmbanduhr
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Herrenarmbanduhr
AED 48,598
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
Girard Perregaux WW.TC 49800
Girard Perregaux WW.TC 49800
AED 45,000
Seller
Private Seller
AE
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Patek Philippe Nautilus
AED 364,095
Free shipping
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Royal watches
6
AE
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte Carlo La Sirène Rubis
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte Carlo La Sirène Rubis
Price on request
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Limited Edition
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Limited Edition
AED 31,600
Seller
Juwel Wago-Import Vertr.GmbH
 
DE
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
AED 26,220
Seller
Saan Marco Orologi D'epoca
 
IT
Patek Philippe Nautilus
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
AED 180,000
Seller
Private Seller
AE
Richard Mille RM10 Pink Gold Squeletton
Richard Mille RM10 Pink Gold Squeletton
AED 270,791
Seller
WMC
 
FR
Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
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Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
AED 35,295
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
A. Lange & Söhne Lange I
A. Lange & Söhne Lange I
AED 65,550
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
Rolex 1972 Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 1803 18K Yellow Gold...
Rolex 1972 Rolex Day-Date President 36mm 1803 18K Yellow Gold...
AED 33,415
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Harry Winston Premier
Harry Winston Premier
AED 74,305
Free shipping
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Royal watches
6
AE
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
AED 123,868
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Omega De Ville Hour Vision
Omega De Ville Hour Vision
AED 54,249
Seller
Sfera GmbH
 
AT
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial 42 mm
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial 42 mm
AED 43,851
Seller
Soprana dal 1910 srl
 
IT
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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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