I don’t own a gold watch. Well, at least not solid gold one. You know, the kind you’re given after 80 years on the job? I do have a vintage Gruen with a plated case that had been collecting dust in a family member’s closet until it was dug out and given to me. Now it mostly collects dust in my watch box – but should I need a little gold in my life, it’s all I can reach for. Otherwise, I avoid gold PVD watches, especially when they are sporty designs where gold seems like a forced marketing decision. In other words, for all intents and purposes, I lack the glint of gold in my life.
Yet, I yearn for it.
Why? I’m not sure. Perhaps as I get older my appreciation for things I once found tacky has grown, even changing into a genuine appreciation. As of 2021, I own a pair of Tevas and a tie-dye shirt, for example. But back to gold. Luscious, precious, gold. I’m not talking white gold either. Nothing wrong with it, but that’s more of a sleeper-gold. It’s gold for people who don’t want to wear gold. I’m talking about yellow and rose gold. Gold that is unmistakably gold.
So, with that in mind, I wanted to put together a little group of gold watches that I’ve come across or admired from afar (on a monitor) that left an impression, for one reason or another. These aren’t the best, nor perhaps even the most universally appealing, so much as golden watches that planted their 18k seeds deep in my psyche. Some are new, some are old, some are sporty, while others are best with a french cuff. But all are gold.
On a serious note, before getting into it, there is of course nothing wrong with liking gold, if it is to your tastes and budget. As I try out more and more watches, I seek new experiences in my potential purchases. Though I once thought “how different can two watches really be,” having recently acquired a Spring Drive as well as a regulator, I can safely say that the difference can be great and that that likely extends to materials as well. With a collection that is 95% steel only broken up by a little titanium, I can’t help but feel some gold, with its delicate constitution, yet increased density and heft could supply some unique satisfaction.