Top Gold Watches for Men
A gold watch is more than just the paint job that it carries.
Gold is a symbol of luxury so the same should be said for every other aspect of the watch. From featuring the best movement possible to being made from premium materials, the watch should have it all.
If the golden goose could lay golden eggs that hatched the most amazing gold watches you could get in 2021, we do not doubt that the following would be hatched.
Pioneer Gold Men’s Watches
Best For: the explorers; adventurers; men who love the outdoors; men who work with their hands; the classic man.
Which one of the amazing features of this fine watch do we mention first?
The double chronograph is a perfect addition to this classic, bringing on a touch of exquisite design. The chronograph also looks great against a dark frame so we will suggest pairing your gold-tone watch with a black dial. That is not a suggestion etched in stone, though, so you can choose to have any of the navy blue and white dials instead.
No matter your choice of the watch dial, the Pioneer watch gives you a 42mm case which is the average fit for men’s wrists.
Depending on your taste, you might prefer the rose gold finish to the conventional gold tone. The former is brighter and looks more luxurious, but the former is not short of being elegant either. This is one of those places where your preferences win.
Speaking of preferences, the purpose of wearing should inform your choice of band material. Whether you need a nylon strap to make this a better outdoor watch or a gold stainless-steel bracelet to use the timepiece as a daily driver, you’re covered.
Did we mention the 30m water-resistance rating? That won’t get you scuba diving anytime soon but will keep your Pioneer protected against the elements during normal usage.
Native Gold Men’s Watches
Best For: the young professional; high achievers; goal-getter and jetsetters; the fashionable working man.
Nordgreen might have left the chronograph out on this one but that does not take anything away from the beauty of this timepiece. The deletion even makes the watch more appealing in its way.
Starting at 28mm is rather unusual for an adult male. It is, however, a fine wrist size level to introduce adolescent men to the world of proper timekeeping. As they grow older, they could choose to swap with the 32, 36, and 40mm case diameters.
Every unit in the Native watch series comes with a quartz movement to make the watch better practical and simpler to use/ maintain.
On the watch display – which you can get in either black, blue, or white – you only have the watch branding information. This lack of complications not only gives you all the display you need to tell the time without distractions but also qualifies the unit as a quality dress watch.
Having a gold watch case frame paired with gold bracelets is not the only way to enjoy this watch. How about the gold/ rose gold case in line with premium leather or gunmetal mesh strap?
If you ever decide to change your look with a new watch band material on any given day, simply grab desired replacement bands and you can transform the face and appeal of the watch whenever you like.
Philosopher Men’s Gold Watches
Best For: everyday watch; a day at the office; attending semi-formal and informal events; spicing up your style on just about any outfit.
The Philosopher excels in taking unique elements from both the Pioneer and Native watches yet retaining enough unique design elements to make it a standalone series.
Every Philosopher watch is as fluid as water to accommodate the classic man that will wear them.
Going for a semi-formal event, need a last-minute watch to pair with an outfit or something functional enough to fit with the office lifestyle? The Pioneer is made to rise to the occasion, every single time.
Some men can get away with the rose gold (tends towards pink) finish more than the gold (tends towards yellow) more, while the reverse is the case for other men. Know what works best for you and you won’t have an issue here.
As soon as you're done picking what gold-tone you would prefer, you should consider either of the black or white dials also. There is a high chance that most of your watches are black already so the other neutral color will be a nice break from the norm.
Finally, the 30m water-resistant watch can be paired with either nylon, leather, or stainless-steel straps in different designs.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have some questions about gold watches for men or gold-tone watches generally. We have compiled a list of those questions and concise answers to them below.
If you have any questions that we did not address here, please get in touch with us and we will be on hand to help ASAP.
Are gold watches real gold?
Most gold watches are not real gold in the loose sense of the term. They employ an electroplating process that binds the gold material to the surface of the watch.
Thus, the watch surface is coated with real gold but the watch material itself is not pure gold. It is not uncommon to see such watches marked as being ‘gold filled’ or ‘gold plated’
That said, there are real gold watches obtainable from luxury watchmakers, often costing a tall premium.
How much are real gold watches?
The cost of a real gold watch will be anywhere between $20,000 and many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some picks could even cost a few million especially if they are limited edition watches.
The final cost of the watch will often be a factor of how much gold (measured in karats) went into the watch, the watchmaker, and other production factors.
What are the best gold watches?
The best gold watches are relative and will be dependent on personal choice, style, sense of fashion as well as budget and what day it is.
If you don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on gold watches, you are better off with entry-level luxury items like the ones that we have suggested above. If you are going all out to splash on solid gold watches, though, you would have to shop around the stores of dedicated luxury watchmakers for the best choices.
What is the cheapest gold watch?
Cheap gold watches are not usually of good quality and are made from poor parts. It would be better to go with inexpensive gold watch options, especially those that allow you to customize what you need.
The best inexpensive gold watches are:
Is Gold-Plated Fake?
No. The quantity of gold used is not the same as that which you would find in a solid gold watch, but the gold is not fake at all.
Gold is an expensive piece of metal and its soft nature makes it hard to work with, so some manufacturers do not even bother at all. To give their clients and customers the gold-tone appeal, though, they would electroplate their watches with the gold material instead.
How can you tell if a watch is gold or gold plated?
You would have to do some more research for yourself, but the following pointers are a good place to look:
- Real gold is not magnetic
- Gold (especially tending towards the 24-karat level) assumes an intense yellow hue when plated. Solid gold does not have this yellow hue.
- Check the stamps on the watch. GP (Gold plated), GEP (gold electroplated), RGP (rolled gold plate), and other markings mean that the watch is plated with gold. In their absence, you might have real gold on your hands.
- Take the watch to an experienced, licensed jeweler to check for you. You might have to pay for their services.
How long do gold-plated watches last?
With proper everyday use and maintenance, you can get anywhere from five years on a new, well-made, gold-plated watch.
If you decide to go for a better quality of gold watches as recommended above, you could be looking at anywhere between five to twenty years on the watch. Some gold-plated watches have lasted well into their 50th year, so twenty years is attainable for premium purchase.