Gold watches is a broad category to describe. Gold pocket watches were the first type of small, personal watch to be invented. The pocket watch was small enough to fit into the "pocket" and was not adorned around the wrist.
Gold wristwatches later followed.
Gold is soft and malleable, so gold watches are not made of 24K, or pure gold. Gold watches are often made of 18K gold to strengthen the metal against scratching and nicks.
Rolex entered into the gold watch market at the turn of the 20th century and made gold watches a fashionable time piece to adorn the arm as a wristwatch.
Other prestigous brands such as Patek Phillipe, Cartier, and Omega followed and developed their own styles of gold watches.
Modern day smart 18K gold smart watches like the "Apple Watch" is a digital watch, and allows users to synch up their watch with their smart phones.
It's hard to describe the gold watch category as one specific type of watch since gold pocket watches, wrist watches, and digital watches are all still used and worn today. The fashion of gold watches might change but classic gold watches never go out of style.
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