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.

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Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed by WATCH ANISH

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Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263

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Audemar Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo “A” Series

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1965 Breitling Top Time

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Zenith Captain Winsor

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IWC Portuguese Hand Wound Tourbillon F.A. Jones

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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

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual by Watch Collecting Lifestyle

Feature Image by our pal WATCH ANISH.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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