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How much gold is in a watch and a watch case?

Important scale information: The scale displayed on the photos is a very basic scale and all weights were double checked with our laboratory scale. The total deviation was less than 0.20 grams what can be considered insignificant for individuals doing this at home. If you sell to, all weighing processes are performed with very expensive and super accurate laboratory scales.

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How much gold is in a watch and a watch case?

It’s important to find out how much gold was used to produce a watch as vintage watches with basic movements or not working at all are priced per weight and the gold’s value. We enjoy experiments why we dismantled a lady’s wristwatch for finding out how much gold remains after removing all non-precious parts. Please scroll down to the bottom where you can find other movements from different watches we weighted for comparison purposes.

Experiment Summary

Question 1: How much gold is in a watch?
Answer 1: We recovered 31.14 grams of gold

Question 2: How much gold is in a watch case?
Answer 2: The watch case weighs 2.62 grams.

The Experiment Details

“How much gold is in a watch?”

The total weight of the pictured watch is 35.05 grams including non-precious parts as the movement and the crystal. Non-precious parts shouldn’t be underestimated as their weight, even when just some grams, is an important factor when it comes to find out how much the gold is worth. Just one single gram of 14k gold is worth, $21.16 what is really impacting the watches total value. This experiment was done for individuals with plans to sell gold watches for understanding how those watches are getting evaluated.

Question: How much gold is in a gold watch?

Total Mass: 35.05 gm

Total Watch Weight

women's 14k gold watch on digital scale

Never underestimate the weight of watch movements. As you can see, this movement weighs 3.24 grams and 3.24 grams of 14K gold are worth $68.55, today. Gold is priced per weight and when it comes to sell an unimportant gold watch or a watch that doesn’t run anymore, every single gram matters. Knowing how much gold is sitting in the watch is important for both, the seller and the buyer. The seller wants to make sure that the weight deduction for the movement is not overblown while the buyer worries about deduction to less for the movement.

Weight of movement: 3.24 gm

Compare other movements: scroll down

Movement Weight

vintage watch movement to be weighed on scale

This particular watch case was made of only one part. Some watch cases are made of 2 parts, the back cover and the front. The pictured case weighs 2.62 grams and is worth $55.43 alone. Please make sure that gold-markings are present and double check both markings, at the clasp and the watch case. Sometimes the case was made of 14k gold but the band was probably made of 10k gold or even not made of solid gold at all. Watches with a gold-case and a base metal band are very common. Always make sure that the band is made of solid gold. You can use a magnet for testing the band but don’t get too close to the movement.

Watch case weight: 2.62 gm

Watch Back Weight

14k gold watch case weighing

The pictured crystal weighs only 0.70 grams, however 0.70 grams of 14k gold are still worth $14.81 if included in the total gold-weight. Make sure you find out how much the crystal weighs as some crystals can even weigh up to 5 grams. The pictured crystal (12.68 mm x 11.96 mm) is pretty small why its weight is less than a gram. Crystals from bigger watches, men’s watches and pocket watches are totally different in the weight.

Watch Crystal Weight: 0.70 gram

Chrystal Measurements: 12.68 mm x 11.96 mm

Watch Chrystal Weight

watch crystal weighing on a scale

After removing all non-precious parts from the lady’s wristwatch, 31.14 grams of 14k gold are remaining. Compared with the watches total weight of 35.05 grams, all non-precious parts combined weigh 3.91 grams reflecting a value of $82.72 if paid for. Sellers and buyers are recommend to find out how much gold was used to produce the watch for fair pricing. Most watches are fast to dismantle without damages. The back usually pops-off easy what allows you removing the moment carefully. Some watches can be tricky taking apart why we recommend to be gently especially if the watch is still working.

Total Gold Weight: 31.14 grams

Watch Net Weight

14k gold recovered out of a women's gold watch

Now comes the fun part of finding out how much the gold is worth. The watch used for the experiment was made of solid 14k gold. One gram of 14k gold is worth $21.16 why the math is multiplying 31.14 grams by $21.16 = $658.81.

Question: How much gold is in a gold watch?
Answer: We could recover 31.14 grams of gold.

Watch-Value: $658.81

Calculate Gold Value

gold watch parts on a calculator

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