Every man should have at least one gold watch in his collection. Gold timepieces have an old-school elegance, an undeniable aura of style and success. The right gold watch can class up casual wear, provide the perfect finishing touch to upscale outfits, and help you step up your everyday attire in an instant. But which gold watch would be the best for you?
If you’re hunting for your perfect gold watch, you have no shortage of attractive options to choose from. To help you pick out the best from the rest, here are the top 20 gold watches for men. Our list features the best men’s watches at every price point, including under $200, $500, $1,000 and $5,000, and over $5,000.
The Best Gold Watches Under $200
This throwback model from Timex will add fun and flash to your casual looks. With its chunky geometric case, eye-catching gold-tone strap, and retro digital watch face, the Timex T80 is a no-brainer for fans of the irreverent style of the ‘80s.
Coming in at just $170, the Bulova Classic Watch is a true steal. The timeless elements of this gold-plated stainless steel bracelet watch, like its tonneau shape and its crisp white roman numeral dial, ensure it lives up to its name.
The Best Gold Watches Under $500
This automatic watch from Timex is a go-anywhere option you’ll be glad you added to your collection. Featuring a sleek black dial, a comfortable black leather strap, and luxe rose gold accents, the Timex Marlin Automatic is as attractive as it is versatile.
Craving something unapologetically bold? Look no further than the ‘70s-inspired Q Timex Reissue. This sports watch features a bright yellow gold-tone case and strap, a unique blue dial, and a striking black bezel, which together combine to create a head-turning design.
With its gold dial, gold bezel, gold case, and gold bracelet, the Seiko 5 Sports is perfect for true gold devotees. This yellow gold-tone stainless steel watch will help you shine everywhere you go.
The Best Gold Watches Under $1,000
The Movado Bold Mesh Bracelet watch is proof that minimalistic designs can make a big statement. This watch has a decidedly contemporary style, showing that fans of modern design don’t have to stick to icy steel and white gold– yellow gold can be modern too.
At once rugged and elegant, the Casio G-Shock watch is easily one of the most attractive digital watches on the market today. And in addition to having a stylish design, the G-Shock also comes with an array of excellent practical features, like Bluetooth connectivity, 200-meter water resistance, and calendar, alarm, and timer functions.
The Best Gold Watches Under $5,000
This Swiss-made timepiece boasts a classic black leather strap, a PVD coated stainless steel case and wonderfully clean lines. Elegant and timeless, this dress watch will pair well with just about everything in your closet.
There’s so much to love about the Frederique Constant Highlight COSC watch. This rose gold plated timepiece has a robust yet sophisticated design and just the right balance of sleekness and detail. It also features a COSC certified movement, an especially impressive feature at its price point.
The Best Gold Watches When Price Is No Object
The Cartier Santos is an iconic luxury watch beloved for its stylish-yet-sporty design and excellent in-house-made movement. There are many covetable variations of the Cartier Santos, including this refreshing 18k pink gold model.
The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight speaks for itself. Take one look at this watch’s 18k gold case, green dial, and contrast stitched strap, and you’ll understand why this timepiece is at the top of so many horology enthusiasts’ wishlists.
The Patek Philippe 5980R Nautilus Chronograph offers a luxe, warm take on the classic Nautilus design. The watch’s famous octagonal bezel and innovative porthole case look better than ever crafted out of gleaming rose gold.
No list of the best gold watches would be complete without a gold Royal Oak from the watchmaking legends at Audemars Piguet. Our pick from the highly celebrated range is the 26574 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. Featuring a sleek yellow gold case and a spectacularly detailed blue dial with a perpetual calendar, this Royal Oak model is one of the best made.
The GMT-Master II provides the perfect combination of form and function. And the Everose GMT-Master II, which boasts a unique black and brown bezel, is powerful when it comes to forming.
The Aquanaut Travel Time is the ideal traveler’s companion. It features an easy-to-use dual time zone mechanism and a self-winding movement. This revamped gold version of the Aquanaut Travel Time also features a stunning rose gold case and a rich brown dial that we just can’t get enough of.
The Rolex Daytona 116505 offers an elevated take on the beloved Daytona design. The model's chocolate brown dial and black subdials look nothing short of exquisite against its Everose case and strap.
Patek Philippe's iconic dive watch looks so good in gold that two versions of the Aquanaut made our list. The self-winding 5167R has a bold yet beautifully clean design that gives it a stand-out look.
What could be better than a Day-Date watch? A Day-Date wristwatch made of pure gold. The Rolex Day-Date 40 is a watch you won’t regret adding to your collection.
Last but certainly not least, we have the Laureato Skeleton from Girard-Perregaux. The skeletonized version of this wristwatch is a masterpiece, especially in gold. The contrast between the watch’s gleaming golden body and its dark anthracite components is genuinely something to behold.