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Best Gold Watches from Affordable to Luxury

15 Best Gold Watches (Longines, Omega, Rolex & More!)

In the world of horology, few timepieces command the same level of allure and prestige as gold watches. Even diamonds, considered a “lady’s best friend”, do not have as much classical essence as gold watches. And its history dates back centuries.

In recent times, gold watches have taken on different forms for different folks. There is a watch to cater to every desire, from luxurious solid gold watches to affordable gold-plated ones.

And we are here to further whet your appetite with our list of the 15 best gold watches from affordable to luxury. Beyond catering to diverse tastes and preferences, each watch on our list tells a unique story that will capture your heart and pockets and elevate your style. Check it out!

About Gold Watches

It’s hard to pinpoint when gold found its way into watchmaking, but one thing’s for sure. It pre-dates modern wristwatches to the era of sundials, hourglasses, towers, and domestic clocks.

For starters, manufacturers coated the metal hands of tower clocks with gold in the 13th and 14th centuries. And, of course, when pocket watches, like the French Onion Watch, were developed, they were often made into gold cases.

At the onset, gold was a perfect canvas for craftsmanship and artistic expression. It’s malleable (can be easily shaped) and highly corrosion-resistant. 

However, due to their rarity and inherent value, they soon caught the attention of nobles, aristocrats, and high society. The first gold watches on record were purportedly owned by Queen Elizabeth I of England and were often embellished with jewels like pearls, rubies, and emeralds. 

Furthermore, gold also has a heavy presence in marine chronometer manufacture due to its anti-corrosive nature, as mentioned earlier. While this has relatively dwindled since the discovery of stainless steel, dive and marine-inclined watches are still designed with gold of all karats.

Beyond their intrinsic beauty, gold watches symbolize more than just a means to check the hour. They are often synonymous with luxury and sophistication. It is an eye-catching piece that makes the wearer appear to have refined taste and an appreciation for classy culture. More commonly, gold watches serve as a family heirloom and a testament to years of hard work, dedication, and life achievements.

What To Look For In Gold Watches?

Gold watches have had an ever-evolving presence in the watch industry. In the early days, gold watches were highly sought after as a status symbol among the wealthy elite. But then stainless steel watches became a feature that made top-tier watches affordable in the 20s. Interest in gold watches plummeted with the advent of quartz watches, and now, with the onset of the digital revolution, more premium was placed on functionality and accuracy.

Nevertheless, gold watches have experienced a rebirth, rightfully taking back their place in the industry. One can now own an affordable gold watch with an authentic movement and some digital features. And if luxury does it for you, several high-priced gold watches are available on the market. What really matters when shopping for a gold watch is knowing what works for you.

Keeping your preference in mind, here are some essential aspects to consider before buying a gold watch:

Watch Design

While the allure of the precious metal often takes center stage in a gold watch, its design is also a crucial aspect. Whether you are drawn to classical designs or contemporary creations, the design of your gold watch speaks volumes about your taste and passions.

When exploring gold watches, it is crucial to consider the shape and size of the watch case, especially if you are on a budget. Depending on their purity, larger gold watch cases will cost more than smaller ones, as they require more gold. 

A large gold watch could also add some weight to your wrist than smaller ones. Conversely, more prominent cases are great conversation starters as they draw more attention to this wrist.

Along with the case size, you should also consider the dial’s design. The primary function of a watch is to tell the time. So go for a legible design that you can read clearly despite its pearl inlays and other embellishments. Then find a comfortable strap material to go with it. It could be a leather strap or a gold bracelet, whichever works for you.

Gold Karat

Knowing the different gold categories is crucial in selecting a gold watch, as it determines the appearance and durability of the watch. Gold purity is measured in karats, and in its pure form is 24 karats. In this state, you’re getting 99.9% shiny yellow gold, hypoallergenic (safe for sensitive skin). However, it’s too soft to be used to make watches, durable ones with a shape at least.

So most gold watches are a mixture of pure gold and other metals, called a gold alloy, which enhances strength and durability. It’s the percentage of the mixture that’s classified into 18 karats, 14 karats, and 10 karats quality. For instance, an 18-karat gold watch comprises 75% pure gold and 25% other metals such as zinc, silver, or copper, while a 10-karat gold watch contains only 41.7% gold.

Some other common gold variations include white gold (a combination of gold and white metal) and rose gold (a mixture of yellow gold and copper).

Gold Plated vs. Solid Gold

Choosing between gold-plated and solid gold watches is a matter of taste and budget. While each option has its perks, understanding their differences is critical to making an informed decision. 

Gold-plated watches, like regular watches, have a metal base, which could be stainless steel or brass. However, the base metal is often coated with a thin layer of gold through electroplating. 

Since minimal gold is used in making gold-plated watches, they are more affordable, weigh less and have broader design variations. At the same time, they are less durable, have limited value retention, and individuals may experience skin reactions from the base metal.

Alternatively, solid gold watches are either crafted entirely from pure gold or with gold alloys. So it’s no surprise they are more elegant, durable, and will catch a crowd’s attention easily. Since they are built to stand the test of time, they often make for heirloom pieces. On the flip side, they cost a leg and head and weigh a ton on the wrist compared to stainless steel or titanium alternatives.

The Best Gold Watches You Can Get Today

So without further delay, here is our list of the 15 best gold watches you can buy today:

Casio A168WG-9

Casio A168WG-9

First on our list is the Casio A168WG-9 watch – a legendary timepiece that effortlessly blends retro charm with cutting-edge technology. It boasts a sleek design with a case size of 38.6 x 36.3 x 9.6mm, making it a versatile option for both men and women. It is a lightweight watch, with its stainless steel case and bracelet collectively weighing 49g.

If you want an affordable gold watch, go for the Casio A168WG-9. This, unsurprisingly, is because the watch’s case is not made from pure gold or gold alloys. Instead, the case and bezel are made from gold-tone resin, which is very durable. 

Beyond its stylish facade, this watch holds practical and technologically advanced features like a digital display, electro-luminescent backlight, stopwatch functions, water resistance, a built-in alarm, and a seven (7) year battery life powered by a reliable CR2016 battery.

Pricing: Approximately $45.00

Timex Q Reissue 38mm(ref. TW2U62000ZV)

Timex Q Reissue 38mm(ref. TW2U62000ZV)

Here’s another incredibly affordable gold timepiece that pays tribute to the past while embracing present innovations. Of course, as opposed to solid gold, the watch’s stainless steel case and bracelet are gold-plated. As the name suggests, the case measures 38mm in diameter and is 11.5mm tall. It’s not exactly sleek, but it will surely slip nicely under your cuff for a dressy appeal.

First released in the 1970s, the new Timex Q Reissue 38mm has improved color variations and a functional battery hatch. It is powered by a quartz movement, which promises accurate timekeeping and provides a practical day-and-date function at 3 o’clock.

Pricing: Approximately $199.00

Brew Metric Max Gold

Brew Metric Max Gold

The Brew Metric Max Gold is one gorgeous piece of art with an equally attractive price tag that leaves you in awe. It’s—permit the pun—a perfect pairing timepiece for a day at the cafe enjoying a hot brew. Brew Watches have a thing for espresso machines and coffee, so I’m not surprised. 

With a 36mm diameter and 10.75mm thickness, the Max Gold will look good on any wrist with its tonneau-like face. The contrasting blend of gold and black on the recessed dial adds style and legibility to the watch. Speaking of gold, the timepiece has a stainless steel 316L base, which isn’t a surprise at this point. However, its durability is reinforced by a PVD gold coating and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass covering.

Pricing: Approximately $475.00

Tissot PRX Gold (ref. T137.410.33.021.00)

Tissot PRX Gold (ref. T137.410.33.021.00)

The Tissot PRX Gold (ref. T137.410.33.021.00) is a comeback of the 1978 version. Its dimensions of 40mm in diameter and 10.4mm thick strike a harmonious balance between graceful proportions and a bold presence. However, the watch is not necessarily eye candy because the yellow-gold PVD coating is quite dull. 

The tonneau-shaped 316L stainless steel case graces the wrist with effortless charm. And the charm is more pronounced in low-light conditions, where the luminescent indexes and hands on the champagne-colored dial light up.

Interestingly, the Tissot PRX Gold comes with an end-of-life battery indicator. This means that when the battery is almost exhausted, the second hand will move at a four-second increment instead of every second.

Pricing: Approximately $495.00

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic (ref. H38475751)

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic (ref. H38475751)

Looks, they say, can be deceiving, but there is no mystery to this watch. With the Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic (ref. H38475751), what you see is what you get. Well, at a glance, it might be hard to tell that you have a $900+ watch on. But the watch is as simple as any retro watch can be.

It is a classic Hamilton that marries classic vintage style with modern sophistication. So you get a stainless steel case with a PVD coating and a leather strap. It also runs on a Swiss Automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve, 50 meters of water resistance, a date window, and an open caseback.

Pricing: Approximately $995.00

Longines Master Collection Pink Gold Anthracite Dial (ref. L2.793.8.73.2)

Longines Master Collection Pink Gold Anthracite Dial (ref. L2.793.8.73.2)

In celebration of the brand’s 190th anniversary, Longines unveiled some watches from the Longines Master Collection. These watches are a testament to the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail, and they come in different colors. The Longines Master Collection ref. L2.793.8.73.2 comes in an 18k pink gold case with an anthracite dial powered by the brand’s signature L888 automatic movement.

One can easily view the movement and its unique pink oscillating weight through the open case back, which has a sapphire crystal covering. With a 72-hour power reserve, you can leave the watch on display in your closet for three days without needing to wind it.

Pricing: Approximately $12,000

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Gold (ref. M79018V-0001)

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Gold (ref. M79018V-0001)

If you want a worthy, luxury statement piece, consider buying the Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Gold (ref. M79018V-0001). The 18ct yellow gold case and unique green-colored dial are sure to make onlookers green with envy. That’s not all; the watch also boasts a 200m water resistance, which makes it invincible for water-based activities.

At the heart of this timepiece is Tudor’s COSC-certified MT5400 movement, which guarantees accurate timekeeping and 70 hours of power reserve. The watch is adorned on the outside by a domed dark brown alligator strap and an 18ct yellow gold buckle.

Pricing: Approximately $17,400

Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope (ref. 01 401 7782 6081-Set)

Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope (ref. 01 401 7782 6081-Set)

Oris, in 2022, released 1000 copies of two limited edition timepieces on the market in support of an aeronautical charity, Wings of Hope. One of the limited edition designs came in a stainless steel case, and the other in an 18ct yellow gold. Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope (ref. 01 401 7782 6081-Set) is the 38mm solid gold case variant designed with a screw-in security crown, an anti-reflective sapphire glass in front, and see-through sapphire glass with engravings at the back.

Since it only has a 50m water resistance, you’ll want to think twice about placing it in water. But you shouldn’t shy away from wearing it in the dark, as the white dial features numerals and hands coated in SuperLumiNova.

This watch reflects your taste in luxury and compassion since every purchase of this watch equals a donation to Wings of Hope.

Pricing: Approximately $17,000

Breguet Classique Automatic White Gold (ref. 5157BB/11/9V6)

Breguet Classique Automatic White Gold (ref. 5157BB/11/9V6)

Breguet is a watchmaking legend that has adorned the wrists of royalty and enthusiasts for centuries. And this Breguet Classique Automatic White Gold (ref. 5157BB/11/9V6) holds the trademark classy yet minimalist air of luxury. Aside from its simple, uncluttered look, you’ll notice signature detailing, like the intricate guilloche pattern on the dial, the coin-edge case, and the iconic open-tipped Breguet hands.

With its sleek profile—38mm in diameter and barely 5.40mm thick—you’ll barely feel the weight of the 18-karat white gold on your wrists. Paired with an alligator leather strap, it slips under cuffs discreetly, making it the ultimate understated luxury gold wristwatch.

Pricing: Approximately $19,800

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Sedna Gold (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Sedna Gold (ref.

Fitted nicely in a 41mm wide and 13.2mm thick 18ct Sedna gold case, even the uninitiated can tell the Aqua Terra isn’t a dress watch. Rather, it’s a sports watch, one of the most iconic luxury sports watches, known for its amphibious prowess. The 18-karat gold is formed with the same yellow gold used to forge the first-place Olympic medal. 

However, for a watch built for sea masters known to scour the breadths and depths of the ocean, one would expect it to have a little more than a 150m water resistance.

Water resistance aside, though, this gold Omega masterpiece pays tribute to its maritime heritage. The dial’s horizontal line patterns are inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. It also has timezone and date functions and is COSC-certified for accurate timekeeping on the high seas.

Pricing: Approximately $20,700

 Cartier Santos Medium Gold (ref. WGSA0031)

 Cartier Santos Medium Gold (ref. WGSA0031)

The Cartier Santos collection is a legendary luxury wristwatch. Over a century since its first release, the Santos has become the go-to timepiece for VIPs across industries and cultures and remains an enduring legend. 

Its design remains largely untainted, although, like most popular models, a prime candidate for knockoffs, especially in gold. The WGSA0031 Cartier Santos has telling features only a work of art can possess, like an 18-karat gold case and bracelet, a heptagonal crown with a sapphire cut, and blued-steel sword-shaped hands that look like ties.

Not to mention some more inconspicuous details on the 35mm luxury watch, such as the screws, Roman numeral indexes, and milky-white dial.

Don’t look any further if you’re after a solid gold watch that’s dressy and flashy but not in a way that draws unwanted attention. This Cartier Santos in rose gold fits the description.

Pricing: Approximately $32,200

Rolex Day-Date 40 Gold President Green Dial (ref. 228238-0061)

Rolex Day-Date 40 Gold President Green Dial (ref. 228238-0061)

Of course, no gold watch list, or luxury watch list, for that matter, is complete without featuring a Rolex. The Swiss brand has designed regal pieces that have adorned the wrists of esteemed leaders and dignitaries, and the Day-Date 40 Gold President Green Dial (ref. 228238-0061) is an icon in that regard. 

In typical fashion, every single feature of the watch is a signature of the brand, from the 40mm 18ct yellow gold Oyster case to the lacquered green dial, the mechanical Caliber 3255 with automatic self-winding, day-date apertures, and the three-piece links President bracelet.

Pricing: Approximately $70,000

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Pink Gold (ref. 4500V/110R-B705)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Pink Gold (ref. 4500V/110R-B705)

While the pink gold is a premium luxury, a major highlight of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Pink Gold (ref. 4500V/110R-B705) is its blue dial. Vacheron Constantin places emphasis on crafting dressy watches with simplicity, functionality, and ergonomics, and they hit the home run here. 

The perfect blue and pink gold blend across the dial, and the case is soothing. Even better are the legible hour markers, hands on the dial, simple date aperture at 3 o’clock, and easy switch strap system.

Powering this pink gold VC is a Hallmark of Geneva-certified caliber 5100 movement with a 60-hour power reserve and 37 jewels.

Pricing: Approximately $80,000

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin Yellow Gold (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin Yellow Gold (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01)

The Royal Oak Collection, introduced in 1972, revolutionized the world of luxury sports watches despite its premium price point. This is no surprise, given its distinctive appearance and attention to detail. Its bold octagonal bezel, eight hexagonal screws, polished and satin-brushed finishes, and “Tapisserie” dial pattern paint a trademark look even random folks recognize. 

These features are not lost on the Jumbo Extra Thin Yellow Gold (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01) model. However, AP amps things up by replacing the typical stainless steel, ceramic, or titanium case and strap with an 18ct yellow gold case.

Pricing: Approximately $150,000

Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 5811/1G)

Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 5811/1G)

Now to the Chanel and Fenty of wristwatches – Patek Philippe, a brand that needs no introduction. The Nautilus ref. 5811/1G features a distinctive octagonal case crafted from 18k white gold. 

The bold and modern lines of the case, combined with the rounded octagonal bezel and horizontal grooves on the sunburst dial, are truly iconic. The luminous hands and markers ensure optimal legibility, even in low-light conditions, while the date window at 3 o’clock adds a practical touch to the watch’s functionalities.

While the watch does share an affinity with the original Nautilus 1976, the Nautilus 5811/1G features enhanced water resistance of up to 120m and a slightly bigger 41mm case. Beyond these improved features, the Nautilus in white gold stays true to its sporty essence, embodying the spirit of luxury and adventure.

Pricing: Approximately $180,000


Whether celebrating a life achievement, a promotion, an engagement, or looking to splurge, timekeeping takes on a new dimension with a gold wristwatch. They are not only ostentatious acquisitions but also a symbol of wealth, class, and success. And gold watches ​​can be more than meets the eye for savvy enthusiasts. Any gold wristwatch model offers astounding resale value if kept in mint condition, making it a good investment option.

Use this guide as a beacon to navigate the world of gold watches. You’ll find an affordable, iconic, classy, dressy, flashy, or even understated model that tickles your fancy. 

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