“You gave us your time, now we are giving you yours”. That was the sentiment behind the old tradition of giving retirees gold watches after they spent 30 or 40 years at the same company. Now, much like the company men they celebrated, gold watches are become more and more rare. Taking their place? Rose gold timepieces.
Despite the seemingly effeminate name, rose gold features a much darker, more masculine look to it than yellow gold. These deeper red tones are a result of the higher amount of copper alloy in the gold. Slightly less copper gives you pink gold, slightly more give you red. Rose, however, serves as a great middle ground – making it an attractive material for watch makers to use. In fact, some of the best watch makers out there today have rose gold versions of their most popular timepieces. We’ve collected some of our favorite here. Take a look through and see of any on our list of the best rose gold watches stands out to you.
Casio G-Shock GA110RG
A perfect blend of the more rugged and refined. The watch’s large rubberized case protects an analogue and digital display with rose gold accents. Along with looking handsome, the watch boasts 200 meter water resistance, an Auto LED light with afterglow, an World Time with 29 time zones.
Citizen Rose Gold Eco Drive Watch
While some may take issue with the fact that this watch from Citizen cuts corners with its rose gold tone stainless steel case – it is hard to deny that it looks attractive. The 42mm case holds a black face with Arabic numerals and two subdials run by a Japanese Quartz movement.
Daniel Wellington Classic Durham
This rose gold dress watch from Daniel Wellington is a solid pick for more formal wear. The 36mm rose-gold plated case holds a Japanese Quartz movement, a white dial with gold indices, and a pair of slim hands.
AVI-8 Hawker Harrier
A timepiece that boasts a big, 45mm case with rose gold bezel, black dial, and gold accents. The three subdials, date window, and hands are all driven by a Japanese Quartz movement, and the watch comes with a genuine leather strap.
Bulova Classic Automatic Watch
One of the most attractive parts of this watch isn’t the rose gold – but the contrast that the black dial draws from the 45mm case, indices, and hands. Those hands are driven by a 21-jewel automatic mechanical movement that is visible through a exhibition caseback and on-dial aperture.
Shinola Bedrock 42mm
This timepiece from the Detroit-based watch maker Shinola is ideal for everyday or more formal wear. It features a simple bourbon dial with applied indices, and a sub-second dial. The stainless steel case is coated with PVD Rose Gold and measures in at 42mm.
Tissot Vintage Powermatic 80 Watch
A Swiss made watch with a 40mm 18K rose gold case and silver dial that sits under a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. It boasts an automatic movement that drives the watch’s date window and trio of hands around the face.
Longines Flagship Heritage 60th Anniversary
An incredibly attractive gold dress watch from famed Swiss maker Longines. The timepiece features a rose gold 18K cases that holds a caliber 609 automatic movement with 42 hour power reserve. That movement drive’s the pink hands around the silver dial that features applied gold indices and Arabic numerals.
Bell & Ross Gold & Carbon
Watches that boast large, gaudy cases can often come across as a little corny. Bell & Ross avoids that pitfall with their BR 01-92 Rose Gold & Carbon watch. The timepiece features a 46mm carbon case with a screw-down 18K rose gold plate, and rose-gold hour and minute markers which are driven around the watch’s black dial via a mechanical automatic movement.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Co-Axial Chronograph
Unlike other watches on this list, the Speedmaster Mark II from Omega uses rose-gold solely as an accent. The timepiece employs a large stainless steel case, a matt grey dial, and black bezel that draws the eye all the more to the 18K Sedna rose gold along the bracket, inner rings, and the crown and pushers.
IWC Portuguese Rose Gold Chronograph
Handsome watch with a 18K rose gold 40mm case that holds a silver dial with two subdials. The main dial features Arabic numerals, and rose gold hands driven by an IWC Calibre 79350 automatic movement with a 44 hour power reserve. To top it off the watch comes with an alligator leather strap.
Oris Artelier Caliber 111
This timepiece from Oris walks the line between being a dress watch and one more for daily wear. The ivory dial boasts a large power reserve indicator and a small seconds subdial along with a date window and Arabic numerals indicating 12 and 6 o’clock.
Bremont America’s Cup Regatta Chronograph
The rose gold case on this watch from Bremont gives the otherwise sporty timepiece a more formal look and feel. Purpose-built for the competitors in the yachting event the America’s Cup, it is more than capable of sailing out into the open ocean or accompanying you into the board room.
Nomos Glashutte Lambda Rosegold
This 42mm timepiece features an 18K rose gold case, a galvanized white silver plated dial with four gold hands driven by a 29 jewel NOMOS caliber DUW 1001 caliber automatic movement with an 84 hour power reserve. An elegant touch to an already impressive, refined timepiece.
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
This timepiece from Zenith boasts an alligator leather strap, and a Swiss made automatic El Primero 4061 calibre movement that drives the hands around the watch’s face. The face has a striking look to it thanks to the gray and blue subdials, and the silver main dial that contrasts with the gold case.
Hublot Big Bang Gold Ceramic
A big, in-your-face watch for those looking to make a serious statement. Featuring a satin finished 18K red gold case measuring in at 44mm, a ceramic black bezel, and a carbon-fiber dial this timepiece demands to be noticed. The gold hands are driven HUB4100 self-winding movement with a 42 hour power reserve, and the watch comes with black lined rubber straps.
Ressence Type1 MRP Rose Gold
Designed exclusively for Mr Porter, this watch completely ditches the traditional hand and dial setup in favor of their patented ROCS System. This one-of-a-kind ivory dial painted with Super-LumiNova is held in a Rose gold and titanium case, set under a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and driven by a ROCS 1 module with a 36 hour power reserve.
Piaget Altiplano 18-Karat Rose Gold Watch
New is not always better. In the world of watches, this is especially true. Piaget’s Altiplano, for instance, has been in production for over half a century – and each iteration has maintained the same minimal, refined characteristics. This particular model features a 40mm 18K rose gold case, silvered dial, subdial, and date window.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Everose Gold
A refined take on a classic racing watch. Made with Rolex’s patented Everose gold in its own foundry, this 40mm watch holds a perpetual mechanical chronograph caliber 4130 movement that drives the date window, three subdials, and main hands around its ivory dial.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding
As if it needed to be any more regal, Audemars Piaget’s famous Royal Oak watch can come in a pink gold treatment. The 41mm case features an 18K gold build that contrasts incredibly well with the blue Grand Tapisserie dial and date window.
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