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Patek Philippe Nautilus 4700/54 ceramic dial
Rs. 1,158,797
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9
IT
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Jaeger Alarm Henry Ford Limited...
Rs. 187,855
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590
UK
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Breguet Reine de Naples
Rs. 1,057,088
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RU
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Patek Philippe Piece Unique 1978 Largest Known 35m Skeleton...
Rs. 10,118,440
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26
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Universal Genève POLEROUTER DATE ROSE GOLD 18K 1962
Rs. 201,881
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47
DE
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A. Lange & Söhne 1 Daymatic 18K Gold Wochentag Automatik Big...
Rs. 2,180,234
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527
DE
Anglo-swiss Watch company Vintage 18K gold trench watch
Rs. 100,000
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Omega 18K gold vintage ladies watch
Rs. 75,000
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TAG Heuer Connected Smart Watch Pink Gold 46mm NEW
Rs. 483,707
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787
BE
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Gelbgold...
Rs. 322,202
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392
DE
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IWC Schaffhausen Pocket Gold Watch 14K UNUSED 1916 Savonette
Rs. 230,871
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36
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Girard Perregaux La Chaux De Fonds
Rs. 289,098
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IN
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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39, closing sale - o.p. 112.000 CHF
Rs. 5,247,877
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28
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Corum Temps Mecanique Limited Edition Automatic 18K Yellow Gold
Rs. 238,220
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466
NL
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Ebel Massive Yellow Gold 1911 Chronograph, Full Set
Rs. 733,979
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15
CH
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Glashütte Original Senator Sport Chronograph 18K Weißgold
Rs. 1,671,170
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1015
DE
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Cartier Like New Tank Louis de Cartier Yellow Gold 18K Box...
Rs. 282,230
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391
ES
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Cartier Drive rose gold Grey dial NEW
Rs. 1,048,973
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787
BE
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Omega solid gold Seamaster DeVille Automatic quick set date 1967
Rs. 137,198
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169
NL
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IWC Cal 89 Ref 347 vintage 14K Gold 1962
Rs. 153,349
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51
HU
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Panerai Radiomir Whitegold PAM376
Rs. 1,129,726
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692
LI
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Rolex Day-Date 36, new, closing sale - official price 46.000 CHF
Rs. 2,238,563
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28
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5096 18k Gold with Box and Papers
Rs. 1,090,157
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9
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Gérald Genta Automatic Perpetual Calendar
Rs. 645,902
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15
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Omega Constellation Stardust Megaquartz 2,4Mhz Gold 18K Full Set
Rs. 1,195,135
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1015
DE
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Cartier Like New Box Papers Tank Louis Cartier 18kt Yellow...
Rs. 358,944
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391
ES
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Omega DeVille Prestige 18K Gold Mens dress watch Co-Axial Full...
Rs. 234,843
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590
UK
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Patek Philippe stunning solid gold 18 diamonds vintage 1963...
Rs. 403,681
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169
NL
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Bovet Fleurier Mother Of Pearl Diamonds White Gold Ladies Damen
Rs. 717,727
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158
PL
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IWC Portofino Hand Wound Moon Phase 150 Years
Rs. 1,534,295
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719
UK
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Rolex Datejust 31, new, closing down sale - off. pr. 37.700 CHF
Rs. 1,834,874
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28
CH
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm rose gold silver dial box & papers...
Rs. 637,944
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43
BE
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Ebel White Gold Rectangular Lapis Dial & Diamond Bezel
Rs. 587,183
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15
CH
Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial Diamond Index Men's Quartz Watch
Rs. 43,292
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16
IN
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Cartier Serviced Like New box + Papers Yellow Gold Tank...
Rs. 379,132
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391
ES
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Cartier Dragon Limited Edition Crw000307 White Gold 43mm
Rs. 9,908,718
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557
CH
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Omega Sapphette solid 14k white gold 10 diamonds bracelet ca
Rs. 145,274
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169
NL
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 1969
Price on request
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85
CH
Cartier Panthère
Rs. 524,890
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FR
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Rolex Datejust 36, new, closing sale - official price 28.400 CHF
Rs. 1,321,089
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28
CH
Patek Philippe Quantième Perpétuel Chronographe À Rattrapante...
Rs. 16,796,496
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8
FR
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Gérald Genta MaxiTime, Mother of Pearl- and Lapis-Dial
Rs. 550,484
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15
CH
Omega 1964 Seamaster Deville 14k Solid Gold Mens Vintage Watch
Rs. 151,777
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16
IN
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Cartier American Tank Américaine 18kt White Gold Ladies Full Set
Rs. 270,117
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391
ES
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Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Jour & Nuit W1556243 Rose Gold 43.5mm
Rs. 1,908,346
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557
CH
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Piaget Polo with cufflinks white gold red dial ca 1969 cal P9
Rs. 524,810
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169
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A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon Pour le Merite
Price on request
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85
CH
Roberge or/diamants
Rs. 306,859
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FR
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Jaquet-Droz Grande Seconde, lim. 1/8, closing down sale, o.p....
Rs. 1,210,992
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28
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Rs. 942,059
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5
CZ
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Zenith Grande Class Grande Date Rattrapante, Split Second,...
Rs. 954,173
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15
CH
Omega 1947s Automatic Seamaster 14k Gold Bumper Vintage Watch
Rs. 133,708
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16
IN
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Cartier Like New Box + Papers Ladies Yellow Gold Tank Américaine
Rs. 318,568
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391
ES
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Rolex GMT-Master II 18k Rose Gold Root Beer Black Dial
Price on request
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Breguet Classique Réf.5907ba
Rs. 553,154
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8
FR
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Patek Philippe Calatrava
Price on request
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85
CH
Bulgari
Rs. 387,611
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FR
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Breguet Classique Chronograph 43, new, closing sale, o.p....
Rs. 2,091,767
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28
CH
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A. Lange & Söhne Honey Gold Lange 1 Tourbillion "Homage to F....
Rs. 10,479,813
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6
US
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Vacheron Constantin Vintage Rose Pink Gold Dress Watch, Patrimony
Rs. 477,086
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15
CH
Piaget Winding White Gold Lapiz Dial Mens Watch
Rs. 191,528
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16
IN
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Rs. 755,599
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9
HK
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Rolex Daytona Eye of The Tiger Pave Diamond
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Rolex Daytona Réf.116508
Rs. 3,690,384
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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.