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    Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    Hi All,

    I, for whatever reason, have never noticed this public forum and was hoping I'd find better luck with a post in this forum.

    I am looking for a gold watch (18k), roman numerals, leather band, manual movement, exhibition back. Yes that is basically a Patek Philippe Calatrava, but I can't afford that.

    My budget is between 1k and 3k (if it is over $3,000 then I need to be able to negotiate below $3,000).

    As I said, the Patek Philippe Calatrava is sorta my inspiration for what I am looking for, but I'm open to other things if it meets most of my criteria.

    I also read that buying a watch in the 1k-3k budget isn't exactly the best use of money towards a watch and that it is better to either look below 1k or well above 3k. In the end I'd say it really just comes down to what I like and what I'm comfortable spending my money on. I can't afford anything near a real Patek, but would like to add a piece to keep and pass down that may cost between 1k and 3k.

    I am currently most involved with this watch - Longines | L4.787.8.11.0 | Moyer Fine Jewelers

    I currently own a Tissot Le Locle (SS bracelet) for my every day wear watch.

    Thank you for the help!

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    Re: Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    Nomos used to make the Ludwig in gold. Not sure if they do anymore. But you might find one pre-owned for your price range. (just checked - the yellow gold version is advertised for WAY over $3000 on Chrono24) If you can forego the 18k requirement, the Stainless version every other feature you want. For around $2000, brand new.

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    For less than $3000, I'm not sure you'll be able to find a solid gold watch (that isn't vintage). Likely they'll be plated. Not sure if that matters too much to you. But, if this is supposed to be a piece you'll pass down, I might steer clear. gold plating has a tendency to rub off. Stainless steel always looks good.
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    Re: Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    If you get that Longines Longines La Grande Classique in 18K within your price range, I would say go for it. Another option is the Longines Flagship Heritage, but the time only version in 18K appears to have been discontinued. Also have a look at the Tissot T-Gold collection.

    If I may be honest, given your budget, I would get a watch in stainless steel instead. The price of gold being what it is, your budget doesn't leave much room in the price for a nice mechanical movement. The Zenith Heritage Port Royal in 18K with the Elite movement was briefly on sale during the Christmas season last year for $4K on Ashford, but that was like 64% off the MSRP, and is a price that I haven't seen repeated in recent months.


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    At this time, I don't think you will find a nice watch in solid 18K gold for $3k or less. Gold plated, sure, solid, no.
    And if you do happen to find one, grab it right away. I would start looking at used pieces if having a solid gold case is the primary consideration.
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    Re: Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    Does the Zenith Ultra Thin manual wind model come in gold?

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    Re: Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dark Knight View Post
    Does the Zenith Ultra Thin manual wind model come in gold?
    Yes.



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    Re: Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchNRolla View Post
    That's a gold tone watch, which I understand to mean that it's not even gold plated, just gold colored.


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    Re: Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    Quote Originally Posted by mleok View Post
    That's a gold tone watch, which I understand to mean that it's not even gold plated, just gold colored.
    Yup, that's correct.

    If you go up in price, FC offers 18 kt Rose Gold.

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    Re: Manual Dress Watch for Wedding Gift

    Thank you for all of the replies!

    I take it the Nomos watches only come with blue hands? At first I didn't realize why I ruled it out and then I saw another picture. I think I'll still consider it and try to see it in person, but blue hands on a dress watch don't really scream dress watch to me. I do like it though and it has that exhibition back, etc.

    Thank you for the opinions on the gold. As I know I do like the look stainless steel, what type of watches in SS are available in my price range?

    Thank you!!!

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