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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968G-010 New White gold 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph White Gold Case Green Dial...
AED 808,526
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23
HK
Richard Mille RM 011 RM011 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM011 Felipe Massa Rose Gold Ivory Automatic...
Price on request
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365
US
Piaget Protocole 5221 Very good Yellow gold 17mm Quartz
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Piaget Miss Protocole with 4 extra bracelets
AED 11,027
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24
US
Richard Mille RM 037 RM037 Unworn Rose gold 34mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM-037 Rose Gold Carbon Factory Gem Set Watch...
Price on request
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365
US
Jacob & Co. OP110.40.AG.AB.A Very good Rose gold 47mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather Musical Rose Gold Limited Edition...
AED 903,266
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UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26262OK.00.D002CA.01 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Restivo NOS Royal Oak Offshore Quantieme...
AED 800,743
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223
DE
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 15210CR.OO.A002CR.01 New White gold Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Selfwiding Unworn New April 2021...
AED 106,915
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344
ES
Cartier Panthère 1070 Very good Yellow gold 21.5mm Quartz
Cartier Panthere Lady 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Damenuhr Gold Ref....
AED 36,906

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Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Rolex Day-Date 40
AED 175,000
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AE
Omega Omega Gold Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding
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Omega 14K Gold Pocket watch taschenuhr 1923
AED 7,377
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160
HU
Vacheron Constantin 48511/968J Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Phidias 48511 diamonds yellow gold 18KT...
AED 51,668
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448
IT
Bulgari Diagono Very good White gold 35mm Quartz
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Bulgari Diagono 18k White Gold Black Dial Quartz Unisex Watch...
AED 15,803
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234
US
Chopard Classic 10/6115-23 Very good White gold 23mm Quartz
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Chopard Classic Diamond White Gold 10/6115-23
AED 48,537
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1320
NL
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396G-011 New White gold 38mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Complications White Gold - ref 5396G-011
AED 187,898
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UK
Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar 1-90-02-45-35-05 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar
Price on request
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798
DE
De Grisogono FG ONE N03 Very good Rose gold 33mm Automatic
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De Grisogono Fg One 18K. Pink Gold
AED 40,037
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412
NL
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 36 Sigma Dial 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
AED 61,957

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DE
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 601.OM.0183.LR Very good Rose gold 51mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang
AED 92,208
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AE
Vacheron Constantin 4072 Very good Rose gold 35mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Chrono Chronograph 18K Rose Pink Gold...
AED 178,490
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690
DE
Piaget Very good White gold 23mm Manual winding
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Piaget Ladies Jewellery, Diamonds
AED 26,190
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71
CH
Patek Philippe World Time 5230R-012 New Rose gold 38.5mm Automatic UAE, London SW3 1NX
Patek Philippe World Time Complications 5230R-012
AED 182,535
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134
UK
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326238 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Reference #: 326238
AED 163,717
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90
US
Patek Philippe World Time 5230R-012 New Rose gold 38.5mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Complications World Time Rose Gold - ref 5230R-012
AED 182,159
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UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3538 Saddam Iraqi Rare Dial Good White gold 33mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3538 Saddam Iraqi Rare Dial
AED 90,000
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AE
Patek Philippe Celestial 5102J-001 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Grand Complication Celestial Astronomical...
AED 810,629
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926
CH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 4700/51 Very good Yellow gold 24.5mm Quartz
Patek Philippe Nautilus 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Damenuhr Gold...
AED 50,773

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DE
Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Rolex (2021) Day-Date 40 Rose Gold - Chocolat Waffle Dial
AED 177,000
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AE
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3563-2 Very good White gold 34mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Backwinder 18K Gold Whitegold White...
AED 44,690
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690
DE
Baume & Mercier 35108 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Manual winding
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Baume & Mercier Doublesigned: Classic, Thin and Made for Oman
AED 12,471
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71
CH
Rolex GMT-Master II 116718LN Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex GMT-Master II Anniversary Full Yellow Gold Green Dial...
AED 187,000
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103
AE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 26288OF.OO.D002CR.01 Good Rose gold 44mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph...
AED 545,723
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90
US
Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524R-001 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Complications Calatrava Pilot Time Rose Gold -...
AED 198,643
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UK
Chopard Happy Diamonds 209415-5001 Very good Rose gold 26mm Quartz
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Chopard Happy Diamonds Icons 18K Rose Gold
AED 17,849
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18
DE
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5970R-001 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Moon Phase...
AED 702,545
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926
CH
Cartier Santos Dumont 2788 Very good Yellow gold 28mm Quartz
Cartier Santos Dumont 18K (0,750) Roségold Herrenuhr Gold Ref....
AED 24,828

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DE
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001 Unworn White gold 42.2mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut
AED 327,434
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AE
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3604-2 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 3604 Yellow Gold Jumbo Ellipse TV Screen...
AED 58,110
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690
DE
Patek Philippe 3289 Very good White gold 20mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Very Rare White Gold Diamond Ladies Jewel
AED 45,728
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71
CH
Harry Winston Premier PRNQHM36RR001 New Rose gold 36mm Quartz UAE, Dubai
Harry Winston Premier
AED 67,745
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30
AE
Cartier Ronde Louis Cartier W6800251 Good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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Cartier Ronde Louis Reference #: W6800251
AED 28,603
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90
US
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5327J-001 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Yellow...
AED 277,096
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UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex President Yellow Gold String Diamonds Day-Date 18238
AED 71,600
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9
AE
Rolex Daytona 116515ln New Rose gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Daytona
AED 174,000
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AE
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 4226 Very good Yellow gold 28mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Ellipse Sigma Dial 18K Gold Lady Handaufzug...
AED 23,485

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Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 Very good Rose gold Automatic UAE, DUBAI
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Rolex Anniversary Limited Edition
AED 235,000
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AE
Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 585.OX.1180.OX New Rose gold 33mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Hublot Classic Fusion 33mm Full Rose Gold Automatic
AED 63,780
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103
AE
Chopard La Strada 433 1 Very good White gold 18mm Quartz
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Chopard Ladies La Strada, Curved Rectangular White Gold Diamonds
AED 14,550
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71
CH
Jaquet-Droz J007633201 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Jaquet-Droz Chrono Monopoussoir Cerclée
AED 56,454
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30
AE
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Very good Red gold 32mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Jules 18K (0,750) Roségold Handaufzug Herrenuh...
AED 16,328

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus 166.7.30 Very good Yellow gold 35.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
AED 32,880

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Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 36 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster...
AED 40,037

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DE
Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR New Rose gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex GMT-Master II
AED 167,000
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AE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic 142.2.92 Very good Red gold 38mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 18K Roségold Automatik...
AED 40,037

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Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR-0001 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Rolex GMT-Master II
AED 167,000
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AE
Chopard Happy Sport 277471-5002 New Rose gold 36mm Quartz UAE, Dubai
Chopard Happy Sport 36mm Rose Gold Automatic 7 diamonds
AED 27,180
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103
AE
Piaget Limelight P10120 Very good White gold 18mm Quartz
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Piaget Limelight, White Gold Ladies Diamond Jewellery Watch
AED 39,492
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71
CH
Breguet Classique 5287BR/12/9ZU New Rose gold 42.5mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Breguet Classique
AED 124,199
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30
AE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Q1362520 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Ultra Thin Moon 18K Rosegold Automatik...
AED 60,168

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DE
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm 3682 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Damenuhr Ref...
AED 70,904

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DE
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 12050-16050 Very good Yellow gold 24.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 18K Automatik Damenuhr Ref....
AED 50,773

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DE
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126655 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Yacht-Master 40
AED 119,000
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AE
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 48100/2 Very good Red gold 31.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques 18K Roségold Automatik...
AED 36,011

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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Rolex Day-Date 40
AED 164,999
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AE
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 266-33 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Automatic
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 18K Gold Automatik Ref. 266-33
AED 44,958

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DE

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.