10 of TVG’s Favourite Gold Watches

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.


Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed by WATCH ANISH

6263 Daytona

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263


Audemar Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo “A” Series


1965 Breitling Top Time


Zenith Captain Winsor


IWC Portuguese Hand Wound Tourbillon F.A. Jones


Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5980

Vacheron 222

Vacheron Constantin Ref. 222 from Chrono24

A. Lange & Söhne - Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time in pink gold (Ref. 145.032)

A. Lange & Söhne – Zeitwerk Striking Time


Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual by Watch Collecting Lifestyle

Feature Image by our pal WATCH ANISH.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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