If you’re not decking your wrist out with some gold every now and then, we may have to deduct some style points. That’s because gold — a style no-go for a while — is back and trending, especially for watches.
Timepieces with the attention-commanding finish now deserve a spot in everyone’s watch collection. And luckily, there are options at all price points, ranging from affordably priced gold-accented options, all the way to luxurious time instruments with eye-popping price tags. If you’re looking for something extra, you should know that watches made entirely from gold are considerably heavier than timepieces with a stainless steel finish, supplying a constant reminder of your considerable investment in them.
Whether you’re picking out your first statement piece or are an advanced collector, here are the best gold watches out there now.
Seiko SNE036 Solar Watch
The Seiko SNE036 gold watch is an excellent sub-$100 option with a reasonably sized, 37-millimeter case that’s water-resistant up to 30 meters. The timepiece comes on a metal bracelet, so it looks considerably more upmarket than its price tag suggests.
Seiko has equipped the SNE036 timepiece with a solar-powered movement with day and date complications, and a 10-month power reserve — so you won’t have to worry about battery replacements.
Zodiac Olympos Automatic Watch
The Zodiac Olympos automatic watch is a nod to one of the Swiss watchmaker’s iconic timepieces from the past. An Esquire favorite, the Olympos has a 37.5-millimeter stainless steel case, shaped like a manta ray, just as the original was from decades ago.
The gold dial of the watch has a quarter finish, which we really like as it’s accented perfectly by the elegant Olympos leather strap. It’s as durable as it is beautiful, as it’s water-resistant to 50 meters.
Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Watch
In case you find all-gold timepieces a tad overwhelming, consider this Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick variant. Its high-grade stainless steel case and bracelet have a two-tone finish, which includes eye-catching gold accents. The hands and dial indexes of the watch are also treated with gold.
The Maverick has a top-notch quartz movement with a date complication. It’s water-resistant up to 100 meters, and it comes backed by a 3-year warranty.
Casio G-Shock GMWB5000GD-9 Gold Watch
This all-metal Casio G-Shock pays homage to the brand’s iconic first offering from well over three decades ago. The timepiece is high-tech and fashionable in equal measure.
The gold-plated, attention-commanding watch is packed with features, headlined by a solar-powered movement. In addition to the usual long list of handy timekeeping features, the latter can sync with atomic clocks worldwide, as well as connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Timex Marlin Automatic Watch
The Marlin automatic watch is easily the nicest watch Timex currently offers. With an elegant 40-millimeter case and a domed crystal, it pays homage to a 1960s timepiece from the popular maker of affordable watches.
We like that Timex offers the Marlin watch in a multitude of case and dial finishes. Each option comes paired with a well-crafted leather band.
Casio Vintage Series F-91WM-9A Gold Watch
The Casio Vintage Series F-91WM-9A is an incredibly affordable digital pick that’s full of character. Its key features include a compact and lightweight case that weighs less than an ounce, a comfortable resin band, and a digital movement with a host of built-in features.
We like that the timepiece has a built-in LED light for viewing time in poor lighting conditions. Overall, given its impulse-buy pricing, it’s totally worth your attention.
Apple Watch Series 4 with Gold Stainless Steel Case
Yes, today’s best smartwatch is also available in gold! This particular Apple Watch Series 4 variant has a stainless steel case with a striking gold finish, coupled with a matching Milanese Loop bracelet.
The smartwatch has an excellent OLED display and optional cellular connectivity among its key features. Other highlights of the wearable gadget include an ECG-capable heart-rate sensor, GPS, and top-notch battery life.