Within the modern watch community, steel is king. The hardest-to-get luxury watches in the world are all examples of stainless steel sport watches, from the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak to the Rolex Daytona and GMT Master II. But in spite of steel’s runaway popularity, there is still a place in a modern collection for gold watches. The best gold watches today are a diverse group, as the metal is no longer relegated to dress watches alone. If you want a gold diver, chronograph, or digital watch, you can get one. And if you pick one from our guide, it’s bound to look great.
So take a look below at the best gold watches for men and take a break from steel.
You may think it strange to see a Royal Oak on a list of the best gold watches. After all, the integrated bracelet sport watch’s claim to fame is that it was the first-ever luxury watch to be crafted from stainless steel. But the Royal Oak has greatly expanded from its cold steel origins and is now available in a wide variety of materials, with none more striking than this black-dialed version in pink gold, ref. 15500OR.OO.1220OR.01. The combination just works with the AP’s trademark finishing and bracelet, making this reference an increasingly popular modern status symbol among the jet set.
The Speedy is perhaps the most iconic watch in existence, and naturally, Omega isn’t shy about releasing new versions of it all the time. To kick off 2021, the brand overhauled its flagship Moonwatch Professional iteration, outfitting it with a METAS-certified Master Chronometer co-axial movement and several stylistic upgrades. They also issued this version of the new Moonwatch in their proprietary Sedna Gold material. A mix of gold, copper, and palladium that’s named after one of the reddest objects in our solar system, Sedna makes for a fitting and luxurious vessel for the space-faring chronograph.
With its mechanical self-winding movement, centre sweep second hand, rose gold bracelet with Nautilus fold-over clasp and water resistance to 120m, the Patek Philippe 5711/1R-001 incorporates modernity with playful elements of traditionalism. The colour combination of the 5711/1R-001 is warm-toned, mixing gold with a warm, burnt brown. Simplistic numeral indicators suit the overall design of the watch, lending a minimalist, classic vibe.
Let’s be honest, this is probably what you think of when you think of a gold watch. The stereotypical wristwear of movie mobsters, Wall Street wolves, world leaders, and septuagenarian yacht owners, the “President” has been the ultimate symbol of wealth and power for half a century thanks in part to the fact that it’s only available in solid platinum or gold from Rolex’s own foundry — no steel versions here. The watch’s fluted bezel, rounded three-link bracelet, and day-date dial layout are all iconic, and it remains as much of a glitzy status symbol today as it ever was.
The numerals on this watch are one of its most unique visual features. Bold and vivid, the colour combination of brown and rose gold works well for the Calibre De Cartier by Cartier, that is undoubtedly influenced by decades that have gone by. Described by the company as refined, the Calibre De Cartier is larger and is made of 18K pink gold. Uniquely styled with a masculine edge, this timepiece is perfect for dressed-up attire.
For true lovers of gold, this one is the ultimate timepiece. Boasting one of the most unique bands, Blancpain’s Villeret Quantieme Complet 8 Jours is not for kids. Yep, the brand is not playing around – this wristwatch has all the advantages of a classic aesthetic, but comes with some revived bells and whistles.
New and improved automatic movement make this watch a standout for those who are after a model that won’t fail on quality. A complex perpetual calendar also makes this timepiece an alluring option for those who appreciate finer details and have an eye for the smallest features on a watch. The minimalism of this watch also makes it a worthy staple, and also signifies that the timepiece has the capacity to go from day to night.
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