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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s  Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
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Vacheron Constantin Very Rare 1970s Lozenge Pave Diamond Dial...
Rs. 4,530,208
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K White Gold Automatic Chronograph
TOP
Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K White Gold Automatic Chronograph
Rs. 1,342,217
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Loucri Jewelers
55
US
Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
Rs. 523,491
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Patek Philippe World Time
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Patek Philippe World Time
Rs. 2,241,326
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
29
HK
Vacheron Constantin 1940s  WRISTCONCEALED  DIAL  DIAMOND  18Kt...
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Vacheron Constantin 1940s WRISTCONCEALED DIAL DIAMOND 18Kt...
Rs. 1,107,384
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold
Rs. 1,049,158
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CANTELI JOYEROS SL
 
ES
Glashütte Original PanomaticLunar White Gold model # 900231140...
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Glashütte Original PanomaticLunar White Gold model # 900231140...
Rs. 737,920
Seller
AbsolutelyROLEX!
 
CA
Girard Perregaux Heritage Place Girardet
TOP
Girard Perregaux Heritage Place Girardet
Rs. 1,610,912
Seller
Juwelier Colman
 
BE
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
Rs. 4,543,596
Seller
K&K Juwelier GmbH
65
DE
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1297
Rs. 5,493,622
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE  #...
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Vacheron Constantin ASYMMETRICAL 1972 PRESTIGE DE LA FRANCE #...
Rs. 2,516,782
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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...
Rs. 942,489
Seller
WT Time Pieces
33
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Rs. 732,345
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
98
ES
Rolex Yacht-Master II Whitegold 116689
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Rolex Yacht-Master II Whitegold 116689
Rs. 1,854,614
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
378
NL
Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Tourbillon 2056-131 Rose Gold 45mm
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Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser Tourbillon 2056-131 Rose Gold 45mm
Rs. 3,312,716
Seller
Taleda
328
CH
A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual English dial
Rs. 4,287,503
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
360
UK
Patek Philippe 5270G 018
Patek Philippe 5270G 018
Rs. 8,260,258
Seller
Grandmaster Communications GmbH
 
AT
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001
Rs. 4,125,450
Seller
UK Time Legend
 
UK
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Saphir
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Poinçon de Genève Saphir
Rs. 1,916,572
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
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Van Cleef & Arpels Rare VCA 1950s Cadenas 18kt yellow gold &...
Rs. 637,585
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Rolex KING MIDAS
Rolex KING MIDAS
Rs. 805,370
Seller
Private Seller
IN
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
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Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
Rs. 1,152,421
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
98
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Factory Champagne Diamond Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Factory Champagne Diamond Dial
Rs. 942,489
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
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Cartier Pasha Flying Tourbillon Skeleton W3030021 White Gold 42mm
Rs. 6,763,461
Seller
Taleda
328
CH
Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours
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Blancpain Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours
Rs. 3,083,863
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
360
UK
Vacheron Constantin Historiques
Vacheron Constantin Historiques
Rs. 784,803
Seller
SIMARI GIOIELLI
6
IT
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Limited Edition
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Limited Edition
Rs. 577,450
Seller
Juwel Wago-Import Vertr.GmbH
 
DE
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Homme
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Homme
Rs. 1,503,518
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
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Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
Rs. 523,491
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
A. Lange & Söhne Lange I
A. Lange & Söhne Lange I
Rs. 1,197,857
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
124
DE
Rolex Day-Date Borke Ref. 18078 Bj.1983 LC100 +Papiere+Brillia...
Rolex Day-Date Borke Ref. 18078 Bj.1983 LC100 +Papiere+Brillia...
Rs. 908,719
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Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Zeno-Watch Basel Magellano Bicompax 18K Gold  6069BVD-GG-f2
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Zeno-Watch Basel Magellano Bicompax 18K Gold 6069BVD-GG-f2
Rs. 268,485
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Pawndeluxe
57
NL
Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.55/0001 Fn02 Rose Gold Leather 37mm
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Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.55/0001 Fn02 Rose Gold Leather 37mm
Rs. 1,932,418
Seller
Taleda
328
CH
Blancpain L-Evolution Quantième Complet 8 Jours
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Blancpain L-Evolution Quantième Complet 8 Jours
Rs. 2,198,275
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
360
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Rose Gold 230.2.77
Rs. 780,672
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
378
NL
Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD...
Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 TOURBILLON WITH THREE GOLD...
Rs. 16,513,909
Seller
Gomez y Molina Joyeros
 
ES
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Tourbillon Oculus 1298
Rs. 5,774,498
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
De Grisogono Instrumento NUNO
TOP
De Grisogono Instrumento NUNO
Rs. 737,302
Seller
Fernando Monge SA
98
ES
TAG Heuer CAV514C.FC8171
TAG Heuer CAV514C.FC8171
Rs. 1,338,296
Seller
JOYERÍA TACTOC
 
ES
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
Rs. 479,143
Seller
Saan Marco Orologi D'epoca
 
IT
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chrono 5500v/000r-b074 Rose Gold...
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chrono 5500v/000r-b074 Rose Gold...
Rs. 2,346,507
Seller
Taleda
328
CH
Blancpain Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel
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Blancpain Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel
Rs. 3,476,264
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
360
UK
Breitling Chronomat
Breitling Chronomat
Rs. 400,663
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
124
DE
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold
Rs. 2,070,447
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Admirale Chronographe Flyback Classique
Rs. 2,354,409
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
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Cartier Vintage Sapphire Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Mechanical...
Rs. 124,161
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Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Automatic
Price on request
Seller
LE MUSE sas
79
IT
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
Rolex Day Date 18238 lapis
Rs. 1,941,355
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
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Blancpain Ultra Slim Limited Edition To Only 333 Pieces,- 18K...
Rs. 318,052
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Pawndeluxe
57
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 66344ba.zz.0722ba.01 Red Gold...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 66344ba.zz.0722ba.01 Red Gold...
Rs. 1,725,373
Seller
Taleda
328
CH
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
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IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
Rs. 2,209,014
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
360
UK
Patek Philippe Jahreskalender
Patek Philippe Jahreskalender
Rs. 1,197,857
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
124
DE
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001
Rs. 3,328,178
Seller
UK Time Legend
 
UK
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo Femme
Rs. 1,982,660
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Girard Perregaux ITALIAN 18 Kt YG EMERALD RUBY FIGLEAF WATCH
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Girard Perregaux ITALIAN 18 Kt YG EMERALD RUBY FIGLEAF WATCH
Rs. 805,370
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Seller
Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
Gucci Vintage
Gucci Vintage
Rs. 52,871
Seller
SIMARI GIOIELLI
6
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 116618 Ceramic 18K Yellow Gold Blue 40mm...
Rolex Submariner Date 116618 Ceramic 18K Yellow Gold Blue 40mm...
Rs. 1,650,539
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Straight from the manufacturer
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold
Rs. 2,650,172
BrandBoutique Member
Linde Werdelin LTD
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rs. 450,229
Seller
Leihhaus Lohmann
11
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk
Rs. 4,135,499
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
360
UK
Hublot Big Bang Rosegold Chrono
Hublot Big Bang Rosegold Chrono
Rs. 1,342,426
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Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
124
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual With Factory Diamonds Dial & Papers
Rolex Oyster Perpetual With Factory Diamonds Dial & Papers
Rs. 518,628
Seller
Emron Watches
 
UK
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo La Sirène Diamant
Straight from the manufacturer
Ateliers deMonaco Ronde de Monte-Carlo La Sirène Diamant
Rs. 7,823,248
BrandBoutique Member
Les Ateliers deMonaco SARL
Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
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Cartier 1940s CARTIER TRIPLE CALENDAR EUROPEAN WATCH COMPANY...
Rs. 1,879,197
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
9
US
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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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