I have always been a huge film fanatic and even wrote my dissertation on Cary Grant. One of my secret indulgences is spending an idle afternoon watching James Bond films and particularly the early ones featuring Sean Connery. Even though my personal favourite is Dr No a lot of people prefer 007’s (third instalment) Goldfinger. Certainly, no one can forget the scene where Jill Masterson (played by British actress Shirley Eaton) was covered completely in gold paint. This is one of the most beautiful deaths in cinematic history.

Another reason I love the Bond franchise is that it introduced me to the iconic Submariner (Ref 6538). Even though 007 favoured the classic steel model, I am surprised he didn’t sport a gold version for Goldfinger. Certainly, Rolex makes some exquisite models crafted from this luxurious material so he would have been spoilt for choice. They even manufacture a special patented 18-karat gold variety containing alloy in their own foundry. Essentially, this is why consumers covet the brand’s precious metal watches so much. Here are three fine examples that perfectly illustrate this point.

Rolex Sky-Dweller

I absolutely love the Sky-Dweller and managed to get my hands on one a few years ago. Even though the case diameter only measures 42mm it seemed to wear larger. Tennis legend and Rolex brand ambassador Roger Federer can often be seen wearing this exquisite watch. I love the Everose gold model with contrasting dark Rhodium dial and rectangular index hour markers. Other features include openwork hour/minute hands, offset central 24-hour disc and classic Oyster bracelet. Powering the watch is the self-winding Calibre 9001, which is protected by seven patents.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Cosmograph Daytona is one of my personal favourites from Rolex because it exudes class and style. By modern standards, the 40mm Everose 18-karat gold case is on the small side. However, these dimensions will appeal to the gentleman who prefers classical proportions. I love the chocolate dial with contrasting black chronograph counters and raised gold indexes. Other features include a Cerachrom ceramic bezel with engraved tachymetric scale and patented Oysterflex flexible bracelet. At the heart of the watch is an in house (calibre 4130) manufacture Chronometer (COSC) tested mechanical self-winding movement.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42

The Yacht-Master 42 is one of Rolex’s new edition and was released in 2019. This watch is available in a variety of materials including 18-karat white gold. Dimensionally the timepiece is one of the brands larger models and has 42mm diameter. What makes this watch so distinctive is the cool black dial with contrasting 18-karat gold markers. Other interesting details include a large magnified Cyclops date window and black polished ceramic bezel. Beneath the durable façade lies a self-winding (Calibre 3235) entirely developed and manufactured in house.

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