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View Poll Results: Metal Choice for a Dress Watch?
Platinum for $50,000 13 35.14%
White Gold for $40,000 12 32.43%
Stainless Steel for $30,000 12 32.43%
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Old 5 December 2019, 04:48 PM   #1
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Metal Choice for a Dress Watch

Let's assume you wanted to add a white metal dress watch from a high end manufacturer (PP, VC, ALS, FPJ, AP, etc.) to your collection and the only difference was the metal of the case and the buckle/deployant. The movement, dial, hands, and strap were identical and the only difference was the metal. Would you choose platinum for $50,000, white gold for $40,000, or stainless steel for $30,000? Why? Thanks in advance.
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Old 5 December 2019, 06:52 PM   #2
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Personally, I would go with stainless steel. In my opinion, there is so little difference in the look between steel and the white precious metals that I just donít think the extra cost is warranted.
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Old 5 December 2019, 06:56 PM   #3
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An old, old yellow gold watch will do.

A dress watch shouldn’t be seen.

That’s why they are usually so small.
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Old 5 December 2019, 07:40 PM   #4
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Yellow or rose gold

But thats me. White gold is fine too. Not all models are available in both platinum and white gold. Just because its platinum, it does not automatically become a dress watch
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Old 5 December 2019, 07:50 PM   #5
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An old, old yellow gold watch will do.

A dress watch shouldnít be seen.

Thatís why they are usually so small.
In complete agreement.
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Old 5 December 2019, 10:37 PM   #6
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For me, YG is best, but if you like the look of stainless, just get stainless. Don't see any reason to buy platinum or WG.
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Old 5 December 2019, 10:44 PM   #7
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When I think of a dress watch, I think of YG on a strap.
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Old 5 December 2019, 10:57 PM   #8
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Platinum of those for that extra bit of luxury, but RG would probably be my top choice, for that combo of luxury and visual appeal.
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Old 5 December 2019, 11:42 PM   #9
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Personally, I would go with stainless steel. In my opinion, there is so little difference in the look between steel and the white precious metals that I just donít think the extra cost is warranted.
Day and night difference between the two.
They look different.
The weight of PM is significantly noticeably different.
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Although not an option, YG or RG for a dress watch.
Of the choices above, steel. The price and weight difference from steel to a white PM isn't worth the price to me.
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Old 6 December 2019, 09:48 AM   #11
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Always PM for me. I prefer RG or YG for a dressy piece.
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1803 on light brown leather is a winner
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Old 6 December 2019, 10:07 PM   #13
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PM or SS
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and the only difference was the metal of the case and the buckle/deployant. The movement, dial, hands, and strap were identical and the only difference was the metal.
Unless you have money to burn this should be obvious.

Movements make watches not cases
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Day and night difference between the two.

They look different.

The weight of PM is significantly noticeably different.


I agree that some WIS can discern SS, WG, Pt. visually - but only the wearer feels the weight

But to the OPís question, a dress watch isnít defined by metal choice. Rather, it is defined by other physical attributes - dimensions, design and understated presence.

IMHO, a demur Gucci quartz plated tank on a strap can be more ďdressĒ than any automatic that dwarfs it in price, metal and size.




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An old, old yellow gold watch will do.

A dress watch shouldn’t be seen.

That’s why they are usually so small.
Exactly!!! I have my father's '60s Bulova for such occasions if the need arises!!! Not likely to ever have to change into a wet suit to escape any functions I'd go to!!!

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Depends on the watch. Time only of appropriate size ~38mm.
I have stainless platinum, tantalum and white gold dress watch and each of them are perfectly suited to the occasion. I don’t have yellow or rose gold but they are also perfect.
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Old 8 December 2019, 01:01 PM   #18
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Let's assume you wanted to add a white metal dress watch from a high end manufacturer (PP, VC, ALS, FPJ, AP, etc.) to your collection and the only difference was the metal of the case and the buckle/deployant. The movement, dial, hands, and strap were identical and the only difference was the metal. Would you choose platinum for $50,000, white gold for $40,000, or stainless steel for $30,000? Why? Thanks in advance.
All things equal, I'd go stainless. If the watches are equal, check the block inexpensively since the white metals are visually the same. If the watches are different, then buy the watch you want.

A dress watch should coordinate with cufflinks, belt, etc. A proper collection should have a white metal, yellow metal, and rose metal watch to coordinate with every style and occasion. Saving on stainless could enable you to get a better yellow or rose gold watch.

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Old 8 December 2019, 01:42 PM   #19
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I have owned all three metals. Platinum Daytona, WG Daytona, and the Hulk among other SS watches. And currently, own the Smurf in WG. If money is not an object, I recommend Platinum. Love the weight and cold shine. It does not look like SS to the wearer.

Second, I would get WG, which is almost as good and has a warmer tone than PT or SS.

Last, if I was on a budget, SS. But after the PMs SS feels so light and cheap. People who own precious metal watches know what i mean.

Nota bene: they all scratch about the same IMO. Everyone says SS is harder and maybe it is, but they all scratch in my experience, pretty similarly.
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Old 8 December 2019, 02:34 PM   #20
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I like all metals. Wg is my number 1
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