Searching for the 5 best gold wrist watches? As any watch aficionado will tell you, the choice of a gold watch is a very personal one. There are dozens of prominent manufacturers of gold wrist watches, in a wide variety of prices. However, you will find that, among those "in the know", several names keep popping up. So here, in no particular order, are 5 of the best gold wrist watches on the market today, with their manufacturer listed first. These watches all feature the more traditional gold tones (yellow or red, rather than white) and all have a little something extra that makes them really stand out.
- Rolex Cellini Prince 5440/8: You can't make a list of the best gold wrist watches without including a Rolex. There are few watch names more recognized, or more synonymous with success. Rolex owners show a high degree of brand loyalty. When you look at the Cellini you can see why. This homage to sculptor Benvenuto features a gold rectangular face perfectly contrasted against a band of crocodile-patterned leather. What makes this watch truly unique is the "window" on the back which displays the watch's intricate inner workings. ($11, 000-12,000)
- Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow (yellow gold on yellow gold version): If you really want to make the scene, you can't flash more gold than this version of Omega's Broad Arrow. A triumph in conspicuous consumption, this gleaming gold watch has date, chronograph, and tachymeter (for measuring speed) on smaller dials within the larger circular watch face. ($15,000-$20,000)
- Patek Celestial 5106R: A beautiful wrist watch with a rose gold bevel and a dark blue leather band .This unique timepiece features a lovely, if impractical, stellar map of the skies over Geneva. A true work of art. Interested? Sorry, but you can't own this watch. It's one of a kind. It sold at an auction in Geneva in 2006 for 535,000 Euros (about 684,000 dollars). The proceeds went to research Muscular Dystrophy though, so there is a happy ending to the story. If you are still craving this watch, you can own it's counterpart, the Celestial 6104G in white gold. But it will still set you back about $200,000. ($200,000-priceless)
- A Lange and Sohne Lange Zeitwerk (Reference 140.021): This stylish wrist watch on a brown crocodile strap features a silver watch face framed in 18 carat gold. What makes this piece unique is it's lack of the familiar dial and hands. Instead large "jumping numerals" mark the time (much like an old analog clock). Classic, yet unique.( Around $54,500)
- Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox International: This company's "Master Ultra thin" won several major awards, including a Chrono. However, the Master Ultra Thin doesn't come wit the gold requisite for this list. It's big brother, the Master Memorex International, does not have that shortcoming. Banded with the brown "alligator" leather that seems popular among these watches, this pink gold and silver beauty, is subtle yet striking. It is also the only watch on this list to incorporate an alarm function. ($14,000-$17,000)
With prices to match that of a house or a luxury car, these watches clearly aren't for everyone. And while the cash required to own one of these masterpieces is exorbitant, it must be admitted that the skills required to produce them mark them as true pieces of art. With a little good fortune, you may someday be able to have a gold wrist watch of this caliber for your very own.