The "golden" question.

Nov 19, 2020,07:55 AM
 

Gold is expensive, it does however make for a beautiful watch. 

Rolex, AP, GP, PP, JLC the list goes on and on make gold watches,
all quite costly.  Would you buy a gold watch from lets call them a
"mass producer" of watches who sells less expensive watches and 
uses outsourced movements.  Several brands come to mind
but will go unmentioned for fear of offending someone.
I guess the question is would you buy a run of the mill
watch cased in gold simply to have a gold watch?

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Personally I would not buy "something" simply to have "it".

 
 By: BigFatPauli : November 19th, 2020-07:59
Your question is, "would you buy a run of the mill watch cased in gold simply to have a gold watch?" The answer, for me, is no. If you replaced "gold watch" with most anything else, my answer would still be no. When I buy something, it is because I want t... 

Yes Pauli - agreed.

 
 By: CGJ0 : November 20th, 2020-14:01

I've never really had a burning desire to own any gold watch.

 
 By: Blansky : November 19th, 2020-08:13
There have been a couple of watches I've wanted that only came in white gold but generally I'm fine with SS. That being said I've never been corporate or existed in that space, and have always been self employed and informally dressed.

I am on the same page as you on this. Personally I feel stainless steel is fine

 
 By: Thomas_3 : November 19th, 2020-08:46
in a formal setting. Pretty unlikely anyone will come up to you at a formal function and say to you, "excuse me sir, I see your watch is stainless steel, I'm going to have to ask you to leave".

There has to be some equilibrium between the case material and the level of movement finishing

 
 By: VinnieD : November 19th, 2020-08:22
In my opinion, a jubileum Portuguese 5441 in gold is perfectly fine but a simpler Portuguese chrono (Valjoux 7750) less so

This is a very expensive way to buy gold!... however and of course the more renown is the brand the more expensive is gold price.

 
 By: PoyFR : November 19th, 2020-08:39
on average the gold makes 20% maximum of watches made by renown brands. I like gold watches but the watch must offer me much more pleasure than the fact that it is gold.

Well said sir!

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 19th, 2020-09:23

I knew a leprechaun once who would.

 
 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : November 19th, 2020-09:22

No I would not!

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 19th, 2020-09:22
Currently only have one white gold watch which I was fine with because it was more then the material. All my other watch are SS.

I think on this forum most are concerned with the movement...

 
 By: mdg : November 19th, 2020-09:29
...and the artistry of the watch, and less with how it is encased.

+1!😉

 
 By: FabR : November 19th, 2020-09:38

You may very well be right about this forum, as it seems to have a pretty well heeled membership....

 
 By: Blansky : November 19th, 2020-09:55
Personally I have far more interest in the aesthetics of the watch design, dial, hands, over all look, than I do with the movement. And those pretty movements have a price tag AND a steep service cost. Different strokes.

+1 "steep service cost" This is serious and becoming truly insane.

 
 By: PoyFR : November 19th, 2020-10:36
This is serious and becoming truly insane. Regrettably one should think about it before and even ask how much it will be before an impulse purchase.

Yes, I agree. I have a Rolex Submariner sitting

 
 By: Thomas_3 : November 19th, 2020-11:18
in a watch box and it is not running, It needs a service due to a broken mainspring I believe, estimate for service is over $1,000, precisely why it is still sitting. Mention to someone that it will cost over $1000 to get a watch fixed and you get some st... 

A very good question. Several times I also faced this dilemma:

 
 By: hoseachandra : November 19th, 2020-19:41
I want a gold watch, but a gold watch with special movement or from a high horology such as the "Holy Trinity " and even Grand seiko and rolex, is getting ridiculously expensive. So I have contemplated to buy gold watch from lower tier of brand such a Fre... 

There’s something about gold

 
 By: Larry Seiden : November 20th, 2020-13:53
Most of my watches are stainless steel, but I have to say there’s something about wearing a gold watch, be it the heft or the feeling of gold against the skin, somehow it just feels different than a steel watch. Especially a heavy gold piece like a submar... 

I feel unqualified to answer this question credibly because I already have gold watches

 
 By: CR : November 21st, 2020-07:39
It's a great question, and I'm very interested in the responses from watch enthusiasts who are actually in (or were recently in) the position of not owning any gold pieces. I THINK my answer would be "no" but I'm not sure. I know I'd want to own something...