Many years ago my family and friends used to laugh at me when I spoke about owning a gold watch, not just because of the price but the person it suggested I was. A decade ago the man who wore a solid gold watch was either a ‘spiv’ or a middle aged womanising Wall Street banker wearing a thick pin stripe suit. I didn’t care, I used to sit on the internet as an 18 year old kid and look at parts for a Rolex Oyster President thinking I could slowly accumulate all the right parts to pull together a complete watch that wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I called the gold watch trend years ago, before the market was flooded by Chinese crap made by countless New York Fashion houses.
Late in 2012 I had the pleasure of spending a weekend with a fabulous gold watch, the IWC Portuguese F.A. Jones Tourbillon. I sat and stared at it for countless hours, feeling the weight of it on my wrist and came to the conclusion that I was right all along – gold is and always will be the choice of kings. Shame I had to give it back!
The fact of the matter is, there’s no way to acquire a gold watch without paying top dollar for it, because at the end of the day, whether it’s a popular model or not, it’s gold. There’s no way around it either. Even last night on Chrono24 I was looking at one of my favourite gold watches on Chrono24, the Vacheron 222 made in 1980 – still fetching almost $20,000. Its become blatantly clear to me in the last couple of years, that the only way to own a gold watch is to find one you love, stick it on your wall and start saving for it, because it ain’t coming cheap! Here’s a handful of my favourite gold timepieces that you’re more than welcome to add to your ‘must own at some point in lifetime’ list.
Feature Image by our pal WATCH ANISH.