Gold is known for its ability to resist tarnishing, it is durable, it is strong and it is attractive. The limited range of jewelry types which are available for men means the market in watches is vibrant and healthy at any time.
What is gold in a watch?
Almost every part of a watch could be made of gold. The buckle if you have a leather strap, the strap if you have a metal one. In terms of the watch part, you could have either a gold or a gold-plated case. The dial or the hands could both be gold as could the crown and pushers. Gold watches for men are both adornment and investment.
Gold or Gold Plated
The ideas behind the production of a gold-plated watch were to give it the look of a gold watch without the price tag. It seems like a good solution. Offering the style and elegance but not asking top dollar.
The problem is the metal underneath will at some point come through. There is no market for second-hand gold watches for this exact reason. No one is going to steal a plated watch for resale unless they don’t know any better.
You can tell by the back, incidentally. A plated watch will have a stainless-steel back.
If you’re buying a watch because you love it and it is plated, remember it is possible to get it repainted. Just don’t expect to resell it for what you paid.
Another option a two-color
If you want the gold parts of your watch to be gold, you can always opt for a bi-color watch. You will have seen these where a stainless steel bracelet has a different color in the links in the center, and the bezel, crown or pushers match the link.
This falls somewhere between the price of the solid and plate and means the gold parts are solid.
Gold never goes out of style
As with rings, there are more colors than yellow. Watches come in rose, yellow or white gold so if you feel yellow looks ‘off’ with your skin tone you have an alternative.
Gold watches for men are sometimes relegated to being a dress-watch only. There is even a debate as to the suitability of gold as a sports watch. If you can afford a gold watch, have what you want with no rules.