Posted on: March 13, 2024 Posted by: mysun08481 Comments: 0

Gold-Toned Watches For Every Budget

Last week, we dropped a colorful new duo of NOMOS Glashütte’s signature Club Campus in vibrant red and blue shades. While we’re on the subject, we also received several restocks from the brand, so feel free to explore the entire collection here .

Exploring gold watches in the pre-owned side of the shop, we’ve just added this vintage 18k gold chronograph from Minerva. For other more classic and minimal gold watch options, I am quite enamored with both this Patek Philippe Calatrava and this Cartier Tank Louis. Finally, if we’re talking gold watches, it feels necessary to mention this yellow-gold Rolex Day-Date. Forgive me for swooning.
While I love the versatility of the classic silvery stainless steel timepieces as much as the next gal, it can all become a bit monotonous, no matter how sophisticated the finishing or the Zaratsu polishing may be, after a long day of looking at watches. Woe is me, I know. The year 2024 has kicked off with a distinct re-exploration of gold watches, in manners both subtle and ostentatious. Yellow gold, which is ultimately my favorite gold, seems to be basking in the spotlight of the current moment (see here, here, and here for a few points in favor of this hypothesis)

Of course, gold is a material whose very presence usually indicates an inflated price tag. Since this is my weekly moment to indulge in my personal watchmaking preferences, I have chosen to round up the most compelling gold watches in the shop right this minute. To give you ample warning, I am interpreting the term “gold” a bit loosely here – these picks include both the precious metal and homages to the precious metal via PVD coating techniques and the like. Sometimes you want the funky glamour of an all-gold watch, but you don’t want to drop a minimum of $10K on it. I will attempt to argue that you don’t have to, either. But by all means, if you can, don’t let me stop you.
Carrying the torch of the original 1980s G-SHOCK into the contemporary watch world, the many iterations of the modern GMW-B5000 are among my favorites in the extensive G-SHOCK catalog. This model maintains the nostalgia factor of its heritage predecessor but offers its fanbase more than a few premium upgrades that make it feel as luxurious as its shiny gold IP-coated finish looks.

As the name suggests, the GMWB5000GD-9 is distinguished by its all-metal stainless steel construction and strict faithfulness to the form and spirit of the world’s first G-SHOCK. I get it, when you’re used to G-SHOCK putting out a ton of great options for just around the $100 mark, the jump to the $600 range can feel a little overwhelming. But this model works for the extra spend aside from its well-polished gold surface with the extensive suite of functions that are reserved for the premium end of G-SHOCKs offerings, including solar charging, Bluetooth and Multi-Band 6 connectivity, alarms, calendars, and an enhanced LCD display. And, it can most definitely take a beating if necessary. Of course, if your alliances lean more toward the “CasiOak” team, we also have this gold all-metal option at the ready.
Exploring the more subtle end of the gold watch spectrum, here we have Chopard’s most recent edition of its sporty chronograph inspired by “the most beautiful race in the world.” Aside from blending a decidedly vintage-inspired design ethos with modern functionality, this watch plays with both 18K yellow gold and the lustrous silver tones of Chopard’s lucent steel alloy

With this model, the brand has cut some of the wordiness on the dial that previous iterations of the Mille Miglia chronograph had, most notably on the trio of subdials. Measuring just a hair over 40mm in diameter, the sizing of this watch is remarkably approachable considering the chronograph functionality and the COSC-certified movement within. The great strength of this piece is its exquisite balancing of elements that, if treated less carefully, have the potential to crash when put all together. When I hear about a two-tone watch with an equally vibrant dial, my first impulse is that even for me it sounds like a lot going on. A big feat of design, but I am of the opinion that Chopard has nailed it with this one. If you are considering splurging on real gold, but are a bit skeptical about the whole gold on gold bracelet thing, this piece is a great place to begin one’s gold watch exploration endeavors.
Given that the whole purpose of this article is to scour our shop for gold options at all possible price points, it’s only right that I include a watch that doesn’t even cross the $300 threshold. This remix of the Q Timex undoubtedly fits the bill, though I will admit that this is a choice for those who do not shy away from conceptual eccentricity – and fun for that matter. Released around Valentine’s Day, Timex gave seconde/seconde/ creative director Romaric André full creative license to use its classic 70s Q Timex as a canvas for his ironic imagining of a Valentine’s-Day-themed watch. While others focus on love and romance, André chose revenge – against all the loser exes of the world that leave broken hearts in their wake

The signature graphic seconds hand that’s typical seconde/seconde/ this time has been replaced with an ‘L’ for loser, and the Timex logo itself has also been processed through the brand’s ironic lens. The Q Timex is defined by its 70s design ethos from the cushion-shaped case to the sporty mesh stainless steel bracelet, both of which are coated in gold PVD. A reliable Japanese quartz movement lies within, helping ensure accuracy and keep the price in that sub-$300 sweet spot.
Unveiled at the beginning of this year, the very 80s, very George-Michael-chic yellow gold revival of the Bulgari Bulgari exemplifies my “Year of Yellow Gold” hypothesis. While my personal size allegiances might lie with the smaller iteration of the BB, I will turn my focus to this larger 38mm model given the whole appeal of the mechanical movement factor.

Originally designed by none other than watch design dreamboat Gerald Genta in the mid-70s, the Bulgari Bulgari is crafted to pay homage to the dramatic and distinctive style of the brand’s Italo-Roman heritage. Crafted in 18K yellow gold, the rounded case imprinted with the signature double Bulgari logo is intended to harken to the design of ancient Roman coins. The black dial is decidedly minimalistic, featuring golden hands and indices that match the yellow gold case perfectly, as well as a small date window at three o’clock. As I alluded to above, this watch is equipped with a mechanical movement in the form of the BVL 191 Automatic with a power reserve of 42 hours. Exclusive to this model (and to the Hodinkee Shop), the larger model is paired with a special brown leather strap that calls to the 1980s BB.
In all honesty, this pick was the first thing that came to mind when I first sat down to write this. But, I feel a bit guilty about how much air time I am giving my beloved PRX, so I tried to stash it away at the bottom to stave off an angry mob from assembling. Please, lay down the pitchforks, I beg of you

I will go to my grave still arguing the 70s-inspired design of the PRX looks its most compellingly funky, groovy, retro, and the like when executed in all gold. I am not open to hearing any criticism or dissent on this one, thank you very much. Holding it down for the sub-$1,000 integrated-bracelet sports watch category at large, the PRX offers a premium look at a reasonable price, and as had been said many times before (and many times after this, no doubt), the design calls to that of watches with much, much more premium price tags. Aside from its retro-cool aesthetic, even the smaller model of the PRX family features a Swiss-made movement within in the form of the automatic ETA C007 caliber with a power reserve of 80 hours.