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    How much gold is in this? >>>

    Is the whole case gold and the lugs and the chrono buttons and crown solid gold or is it just the caseback thats gold?






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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    If I recall correctly the whole case is, however they made them hollow to save weight so the lugs are hollow. Most of the time there's a lead weight ring inside as well as is a dust cover to keep the thin back from deforming.

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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    Exactly. "It" (i.e.: the case) is all 18K gold. The trouble is that there isn't much of "it" there! The case is thin and is supported from the inside by a thick brass (not lead) movement holder ring as well as an inner case back of base metal. So, as for gold content, you are easily down to a similar but more solid case in 9K gold - if not even a lower gold content than that.

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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    In the case back photo you can clearly see where the edges of the lugs are joined to the back - something you'd not see with a solid lug.


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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    It's a beautiful watch. Would be a shame to trash it for a couple bucks worth of gold
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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    Inner case, crown and pushers - not gold.
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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    The cut to the chase answer is I seriously doubt it's more than 3-4 dwt of gold, if that much.
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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    Just about 5-6 grams overall. It is "shell" case type, empty inside.
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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    Yeah, not a lot of gold value here. This is one of those times where it's worth more as a watch than scrap.

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    Re: How much gold is in this? >>>

    I read elsewhere that at the height of the last gold craze (1 ounce for about $1900) these watches were fetching around $1000. So hold on to your hat Dorothy because Kansas will reappear eventually

    Have about 6 of these watches. Love them as time pieces but they are also a form of gold highly unlikely ever to be confiscated or declared illegal if the the economy goes down the tubes.
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