You may have noticed that a lot of the “Fratello” articles from WatchTime contributor Robert-Jan Broer focus mainly on watches with stainless steel or titanium cases – and a select few with more exotic case materials such as forged carbon and bronze — and that Fratello Watches rarely covers gold watches. Not only can gold watches come off as too “flashy” for some, but they are also, of course, relatively expensive compared to their stainless-steel cousins. In this article, Robert-Jan Broer shows his favorite gold watches.
From where I’m writing this, in the Netherlands, a gold watch might look odd on a wrist of a young or “young-ish” person. We get a lot of cloudy days here, resulting in a relatively pale skin tone throughout the year, and we all know that pale skin and gold watches are not a good combination. All that said, I do have a list of favorite gold watches, for when I am finally ready for one — meaning the right age or the right amount of tan.
I’d love to own one of these vintage gold Omega Speedmaster Pro commemorative Apollo XI models with the hand-wound, Lemania-based Caliber 861 movement. Only 1,014 have been made and the first 40 pieces went to NASA astronauts and members of the White House. More information can be found here.
Perhaps the most famous gold watch ever? The Rolex Day-Date might be just that. It was quite surprising when Rolex introduced a couple of 36-mm Day-Date models with straps 2013 at Baselworld (click here), but I would opt for one with the famous “President” bracelet.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in Gold
In October 2014, the Lange 1 celebrated its 20th anniversary. This made me realize, that it makes the Lange 1 one of the youngest “iconic” watches around. Except for a very small batch of Lange 1 watches that were made in steel almost 20 years ago, the Lange 1 is normally available only in precious metals. I love the Lange 1 in gold, as pictured. A beautiful, clean, German-built watch that comes close to perfection.
5. Breva Genie 01
I called the Breva Génie collection mechanical smart watches, as they do many intelligent things besides indicating time. Basically, the Breva Génie 01 is a mechanical weather station on the wrist. The Génie 01 in rose gold is one of the most interesting watches I experienced during my Baselworld visits.
What do you think? Is the combination of “sporty” and “gold” ever advisable on a watch? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
This article was originally posted on March 7, 2014 and has been updated with new content.