There’s nothing in the world that screams money more than gold. Wearing gold has historically been reserved for the royals, but the time when this exclusivity was the norm, it was long gone. Nowadays, everybody can wear gold – whether they’re pieces of jewelry like earrings and necklaces, bags, or watches.
If you’re a watch aficionado, you know that the industry, as well as watch connoisseurs, have had a tumultuous relationship with gold. It’s an excellent material to add in watches, of course, and it adds to the watch’s allure, but the demarcation line between a gold watch is a watch or jewelry hasn’t been resolved.
Purists opine that a watch is a watch no matter how much gold or how many diamonds it had when it was made by a watchmaker. Think Rolex, Omega, etc. Where it becomes jewelry is when fashion houses and jewelry makers try to make the watches. Either way, here are four of the best gold watches you can buy today:
Tissot T-Gold Gentleman Powermatic
A different take on gold watches, the Tissot T-Gold line is sprawling in a way that it explores how the material can be worn both in men and women. The brand has historically put Swiss watchmaking front and center at reasonable prices that most people with a steady income can buy. Tissot has always been for the people, and the T-Gold collection boasts of “gold value at the silver price.”
With the numerous options under the collection, one of the most popular is the Gentleman Powermatic in 18k Gold Bezel. What you get is a Tissot T-Gold watch with a rose gold bezel, lumes, and hands. Paired with a stainless steel clasp, and an accompanying classic leather strap, the watch will set you back $1,350. Not bad for a gold watch, really!
Armani Exchange Gold Plated Watch
The only quartz watch in this lineup, the Armani Exchange Gold Plated watch, may not be the most powerful or the most subtle, but what it has is clout from the world-renown fashion house. As a fashion watch, it’s as ostentatious as it can be, and if you’re one to want to show off particularly, then this is the watch for you.
The best part? You won’t break the bank as the watch is only under $150. Perfect for weekend dates, or lunch with friends, as well as a lazy day in the office type of situation. With a minimal, all-gold dial – there’s no doubt about it; this is the watch you wear if you want to be seen a certain way. Word of caution though: don’t wear it on pool parties, as it’s not water- or swim-proof.
Tudor Glamour Automatic
Tudor has had a resurgence in the last couple of years. As a sister company to the world’s top-earning luxury watch brand, Rolex, Tudor has historically produced great watches but was always eclipsed by the fame that Rolex gained. In its revival, Tudor pulled no punches, and one of the best watches they’ve produced so far is the Glamour Automatic.
With twelve variations, the Tudor Glamour Automatic pairs different sets of materials with gold to stunning results. The steel and yellow combination, particularly, is a study of understated elegance. If you want a gold watch that screams money in a subtle and subversive way, this is the watch to get.
Seiko Gold Plated Stainless Steel
Seiko, the Japanese watchmaking giant, has lots of classic watches that defies belief. Long known to be a brand that values innovation with the first quartz movement in the world and the proprietary Spring Drive calibers, the brand is also lauded for not pricing their watches at absurd amounts. Save for the sister company, though, Grand Seiko, which competes with Swiss watchmakers in pricing strategies.
There are numerous options from Seiko when it comes to gold watches, but none of them is as straightforward and earnest as the Seiko Gold Plated Stainless Steel watch. With an automatic movement inside and a less than $200 price tag, it’s the best option you have in terms of affordability and value for money.
While wearing gold watches can be a bit of a sore eye for some – even a few would go far to say that they’re gauche – when it’s what floats your boat, then go ahead, indulge yourself. With the choices laid out above, and say, if you have the money to buy them, then, by all means, flaunt your wealth.