Oh, gold. First place symbol; representation of power; an entrance token to a fictional chocolate factory. There is no doubt about it; gold is bold, especially when used to create watches. A tonal choice for tanned skin, gold is reminiscent of summer all year round. Well made and it’s the perfect statement piece for any occasion. Gold can, in fact, be arguably considered the most iconic tone in timepieces, imparting a timeless and refined touch. Gold will never age. Hthere is the best real gold watches for men who want to add a touch of gold to every outfit.
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1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra
A bit different from other gold watches on the market, the design of the Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Extra model stands out with its intricate features. Its case is almost bionic, lending a little Star Wars reference to C-3PO. Featuring an 18k gold case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback as well as water resistance to 20m, Audemars Piguet has maintained its trademark precision and reliability with this timepiece. Movement with flat tourbillon, openwork movement, power reserve on the back and differential power reserve also complete the many features of the Audemars Piguet creation. Silver bolts on the frame of the dial play nicely with the gold, providing a more dimensional look.
2. Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Complet 8 Days
For true gold lovers, this is the ultimate watch. Boasting one of the most unique bands, Blancpain’s Villeret Quantieme Complet 8 Jours is not for children. Yes, the brand is not playing – this wristwatch has all the benefits of a classic aesthetic, but comes with some revived bells and whistles. A new and improved automatic movement makes this watch a benchmark for those looking for a model that won’t lack in quality. An intricate perpetual calendar also makes this timepiece an enticing option for those who appreciate the finer details and have an eye for a watch’s tiniest features. The minimalism of this watch also makes it a must-have and also means that the watch has the ability to go from day to night.
3. Cartier, Caliber De Cartier
The numbers on this watch are one of its most unique visual features. Bold and vivid, the color combination of black, ivory and gold works well for Cartier’s Caliber De Cartier, which is undoubtedly influenced by the decades that have passed. Described by the company as refined, the Caliber De Cartier is larger and is in 18k rose gold. Uniquely styled with a masculine touch, this watch is perfect for a dressy outfit. Recommended for night outings, the Caliber De Cartier also has sword-shaped hands in black oxidized steel with luminescent coating. The partially snailed silver opaline dial is also a nice touch.
4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Chronograph maintains the brand’s early ’70s aesthetic but adds a playful modernity with some of its elements, particularly with its three-counter chronograph. The dial also comes in a silvery white, which is cool and classic or can also be done in a pale powder blue tone for a redefined take on your wrist’s palette. Yellow gold applied indexes and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating complete this exceptional timepiece. We personally recommend the Royal Oak Chronograph to gentlemen who aren’t afraid to stick with a more conservative model but still want something elegant and eye-catching.
5. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40
Available in 18k gold or platinum, the Oyster Perpetual Day-date 40 was the first timepiece to display the date and day/week spelled out in a window on the dial. A president bracelet and the iconic Rolex logo on this classic timepiece make it an alluring choice for lovers of the Rolex brand. This model also plays on a striped design, with its lines forming vertical and horizontal stripes to showcase the high-quality gold. A special mention goes to its bronze dial, which is the perfect tone to offset the bold color of this watch.
6.Patek Philippe 5711/1R-001
With its mechanical self-winding movement, central second hand, pink gold bracelet with Nautilus folding clasp and water resistance to 120m, the Patek Philippe 5711/1R-001 combines modernity with playful elements of traditionalism. The color combination of the 5711/1R-001 is warm toned, mixing gold with a warm, burnt brown. Simplistic digital indicators suit the overall design of the watch, giving a minimalist and classic vibe.
7. Chopard LUC 1937 Classic
A little more delicate than our other picks, Chopard has mixed rose gold with yellow gold in the LUC 1937 Classic. A playful combination, the overall look of the LUC 1937 Classic can best be described as traditional with a twist. The wristwatch also has a silver sunburst dial with applied rhodium-plated Roman numerals and a transferred minute track. A great choice for those looking for something a little more conservative, Chopard’s LUC 1937 Classic is perfect because it’s simple and timeless.
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8. Omega Speedmaster 57 Co-Axial Chronograph Watch
“Yellow gold on yellow gold” reads the description of the Omega Speedmaster 57 Co-Axial Chronograph. What’s not to like about that? Note also that the dial of the Speedmaster is damn attractive. Clean, classy and conservative are the three words that come to mind. The price may be a little steep, but trust us when we say the Speedmaster is worth its weight in gold. This pick also has one of the most interesting designs of all our top picks, combining gold with a silver dial for a polished approach to shiny bracelets. With a seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a 12 hour and 60 minute chronograph recorder on the subdial at 3 o’clock, the Omega Speedmaster is a worthwhile purchase.
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Real Gold Watches FAQ
Which watches are made of real gold?
True solid gold watches tend to come from the most prestigious watch houses due to the cost of the material. It’s a precious metal that looks incredibly luxurious, but it’s very expensive and harder to work with because it’s a softer metal. Thus, most “gold” watches are gold-plated or gold-plated to keep the cost more affordable.
How much does a gold watch cost?
A solid watch will cost between $20,000 and a few hundred thousand. The price will vary depending on the brand, the rarity of the design and the number of carats.
Are Rolex watches made of real gold?
Rolex manufactures real gold watches, exclusively in 18 carat gold. They even have an in-house foundry where they make their own gold, using closely monitored techniques and formulas, to ensure that all materials meet the exceptionally high Rolex standard.
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