Gold watches have become symbolic for many reasons, but we most commonly associate them with milestone birthdays and retirement gifts.
This tradition is thought to have begun in the 1940’s when the Pepsi Co. came up with the thought of presenting retirees with a gold watch upon their retirement. The concept of ‘you gave us your time now we are giving you our time’ was often accompanied by a gold watch that each employee of the company had contributed to. This gesture then became common between family members to chip in and buy their loved one a watch for an important birthday which is a tradition that has carried on to this day.
If you have a loved one who has a milestone birthday coming up, the Watches auction on the 26th of February has plenty of variety for you to choose from. For a vintage look, lot 798 is a gentleman’s nine carat gold Omega watch with cushion shaped case. The lack of strap gives the wearer the ability to pick a colour of their choice. Estimated at £150 - £250.
If you feel like splashing out on a more modern gold timepiece, lot 751 is an eighteen carat gold gentleman’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watch. With a black leather strap, this is the ultimate gift for the classic gentleman. Estimate £3000 - £5000.