From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Whether you invest in the very best timepiece, or go for a more modest option, there’ll never be anything quite so good as gold…

In recent years, the world of watchmaking has become increasingly dazzled by exotic elements and alloys; a ruthenium-coated dial here, a palladium-plated bracelet there. But no metal, try as it might, will ever possess the hold of gold. For over 6,000 years, its glint and glimmer has captivated collectors and prospectors alike. And, as another year ticks by, yet more manufactures d’horlogerie are reaffirming their fondness for the sought-after stuff.

Some watchmakers invest heavily; laying it all on the gilded line. Others simply take the high-shine shade and apply it to more affordable materials. But, whether you invest in the very best timepiece, or go for a more modest option, there’ll never be anything quite so good as gold. Here are eight of the best…

Rolex Day-Date 40

Rolex, naturally, has spared no expense with its Day-Date 40 — pouring a champagne-coloured dial into a fluted 18-karat bezel. On a ‘President’ bracelet, it’s a sumptuous spin on an already-iconic watch; fitted with a ‘Cyclops’ magnifying lens, Calibre 3255 movement and a day display that changes instantaneously at midnight.

From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Rolex Day-Date 40

£32,500.00

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin “50th Anniversary”

Audemars Piguet’s ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak uses gold of the same high-polished purity as the Rolex above, toasting half a century of its sparkling sub-brand with a 39mm ‘50th Anniversary’ edition. We particularly like the smoked yellow-gold-toned ‘Petite Tapisserie’ dial on this one — hiding the house’s latest selfwinding movement, Calibre 7121, beneath.

From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin “50th Anniversary”

£63,700.00

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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

Also venturing back to the 1970s, Vacheron Constantin has delivered a decadently designed reissue of its Historiques 222, with a white gold ‘Maltese’ cross on the case. Featuring a monobloc tonneau-shaped case topped with a grooved bezel, this timepiece has an integrated strap that stays true to the marque’s sporty spirit.

From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

£66,500.00

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Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Gold

Other brands have played around with their use of the precious metal. Bell & Ross, for example, has added some blush to this bunch by realising its skeletonised BR 05 model in 18-karat rose gold (and using the pinkish alloy to fashion everything from the gilded appliqué indices to the minutes hand). Water-resistant to 100 metres, those hands are drenched in ultra-legible Super-LumiNova. 

From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Gold

£30,100.00

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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze

Tudor, whose burnished Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze isn’t actually made from the metal, has a satin-brushed case to evoke gold’s glamour. And, with the Swiss watchmaker’s COSC-certified Manufacture Calibre MT5400 ticking away inside that case — offering a power reserve of more than 70 hours — it more than earns its place on this lustrous list.

From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze

£3,670.00

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Rado New Original Automatic

And then there are the more affordable options; timepieces simply trimmed in golden tones. These include Rado’s new hardmetal DiaStar, fitted with a smart titanium strap. It’s a reinterpretation of the iconic ‘Original’ model from 1962, fitted with a powerful new automatic movement to match its stand-out good looks.

From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Rado New Original Automatic

£1,625.00

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Tissot PRX

The freshly-minted Tissot PRX is created with a coating so state-of-the-art than even a scratch won’t uncover the stainless steel beneath. The least expensive of our golden picks, it still features impressive water-resistance, Super-LumiNova on the hands and dial — and an interchangeable strap system if you’re looking to shake things up.

Hamilton American Classic PSR Digital Quartz

Finally, we’ve let Hamilton’s iconic PSR in on the aureate action — despite this limited edition selling out almost instantly. It’s still worth seeking out second-hand, though, given its vintage-tinged, oddly-futuristic design and attention-grabbing hybrid display. 

From Rolex to Rado, these are the best gold watches for men

Hamilton American Classic PSR Digital Quartz

£900.00

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