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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270/1R-001 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Grand Complications Rose Gold Chronograph Watch...
AED740,750
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371
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase White Gold Grey Dial Watch
AED719,672
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371
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Richard Mille RM 016 RM016 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Richard Mille RM16 Full Rose Gold Transparent Skeleton Dial...
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371
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 414.028 New White gold 39.5mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph White Gold Men’s Watch, 414.028
AED273,642
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536
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Rolex Chronograph 6238 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Pre Daytona 6238 14k gold w certificate
AED480,369
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day Date Onyx Dial Ref. 18038 Year 1986
AED131,740
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196G-001 Very good White gold 37mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K Weissgold Handaufzug Ref....
AED86,685
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Rolex Day-Date 40
AED175,000
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1400G-010 New White gold Automatic UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Nautilus full diamond with baguette
AED2,250,000
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Breitling Chronomat RB0136E31Q1S1 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Breitling Super Chronomat B01 44
AED85,254
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Vacheron Constantin 4072 Very good Rose gold 35mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Chrono Chronograph 18K Rose Pink Gold...
AED152,408
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Richard Mille RM65-01 New Rose gold Automatic UAE, Dubai
Richard Mille Rm65-01 Rose Gold
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5140G-001 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Moonphase Silver Index Dial...
AED254,442
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371
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270G-001 Very good White gold 41mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Grandes Complications 5270G-001 Perpetual...
AED502,204
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20
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day Date Diamond String Rubis Dial Ref. 18038 Year 1986
AED73,398
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18
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196J-001 Very good Yellow gold 37.5mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
AED86,685
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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
AED82,431
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1400R-011 New Rose gold Automatic UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Nautilus full diamond with baguette
AED2,160,000
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59
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Fair Yellow gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex GMT-Master
AED101,090
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Rolex Day-Date 18248 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day Date Ferrite Dial Ref. 18248 Year 1990 (with Box &...
AED138,891
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Daytona
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227J-001 Unworn Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Yellow Gold Lacquered Index Dial...
AED155,826
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371
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18078 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day Date 18078 rare 1988
AED91,707
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20
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Omega 2685 Good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Omega Dress Watch Pink Gold Honeycomb Dial Ref. 2685 Year 1956
AED28,588
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 206.032 Very good Red gold 36mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 18K Roségold Handaufzug Herrenuhr Ref....
AED58,736
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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
AED185,000
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Jaquet-Droz Les Ateliers D' Art J005023574 New Rose gold 41mm UAE, Dubai
Jaquet-Droz Les Ateliers D’ Art limited edition
AED120,000
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59
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Hublot King Power 715.OE.2118.RW Very good Rose gold 48mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Hublot Big Bang King Power Foudroyante
AED100,482
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Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 18K Weissgold Chronograph Herrenuhr Oyster...
AED142,145
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM11-03 RG Very good Rose gold Automatic UAE, Dubai
Richard Mille Rm11-03 Rose and Ti (Factory diamond set)
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18039 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 18K Weissgold Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster...
AED74,457
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Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16528 Zenith Pave Diamond & Emerald Dial W...
AED427,965
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Lady Datejust Lapis Dial Ref. 6917 Yeaer 1974
AED49,873
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.021 Very good Yellow gold 38.5mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 18K Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr 101.021...
AED89,305
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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.