Discussion Time: Two Tone or Solid Gold?

So I watched Hodinkee's latest episode with Jimmy O. Yang, which was good. He's a funny guy, but I digress. He mentioned that his parents said that buying a two tone watch is for people who can't afford a solid gold watch. He disagreed as do I. I think Two tone's have their place as does a solid gold piece. 

I've heard this so many times and I really don't know where it came from and why it persists. 

What are your thoughts on Two - tone vs. Solid gold pieces?

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It depends on the watch.  That being said I don't have anything two tone.  

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I absolutely love two tone.  The mix of gold and steel creates this really beautiful contrast on a number of watches.

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I personally do not like gold watches. Too much bling for me. Two tones can also be achieved with white gold instead of steal, so arguing that two tones are for people that cannot afford solid gold is pure BS. 

It is a simple matter of taste not cost, since you can get a gold plated Casio F-91.

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I love both!

On a metal bracelet I love bicolor more, for me full gold would be to much and to flashy. However on a strap (leather or rubber) a full gold watch is quite nice. 

I have a bicolor Explorer, I love it! I would also love a Daytona or Moonwatch in yellow gold on the rubber. However a nice dress watch like a Tank Louis or Calatrava is perfect in solid yellow gold. I am actually waiting for the new Tank Louis with the black lacquer dial.

And my grandpa‘s watch in full gold is so 80‘s, awesome ;)

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I've grown to appreciate the sleek gold dress watch. I'd take a garish President too, but gold sport watches generally don't make sense to me. I'd rock a Patrick Bateman two-tone Datejust for sure too.

This is of course subjective and who cares if some guy thinks two tone is for poors? I think it's for people that can't make up their mind and get the worst of both worlds and nobody should care about my opinion.

But I do have a vintage steelie with gold tone hands and index markers, and it does have a charm to it. Oh, not that you asked but I seem to be the only person on earth that despises rose gold with a white hot passion. I'll take brass or copper or zinc first, unless we're talking melt value.

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Something about the two-tone is more appealing to me than all gold. I appreciate both but a cool contrasting tone on a watch is always going to pop more in my opinion. Like anything else, it comes down to personal preference. Now if it's a gift........either will be 100% acceptable !

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i love full gold or full steel watch. im not really into two tone like for example a datejust, but not because people opinion. i just thought less colour are more clean. but this is subjective topic. i already seen that episode, i always remember him as dun meng in patriot day movie 😂

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My problem with two tone is that often, it feels like unnecessary decoration. I love me a two tone DJ though, maybe I'm just used to seeing them. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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The one watch I've worn the most in my life was two tone (sadly, is no longer in the collection as it broke and could not be fixed). However, if I had unlimited funds and wanted to get some kind of gold in my collection, no doubt it would be full gold and yellow gold at that. I don't like rose gold at all. I'd probably go for the baller day-date Rolex President on jubilee, but the newly released all gold Speedmaster also speaks to me as I am an Omega fanboy. I love panda dials (regular and reverse) and this is just bad ass.

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Rarias

I personally do not like gold watches. Too much bling for me. Two tones can also be achieved with white gold instead of steal, so arguing that two tones are for people that cannot afford solid gold is pure BS. 

It is a simple matter of taste not cost, since you can get a gold plated Casio F-91.

100% agree with you. I still don't know why this thought process still exists around these two options. 

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HotWatchChick69

I absolutely love two tone.  The mix of gold and steel creates this really beautiful contrast on a number of watches.

It absolutely does. It also, imho, adds some flare to a collection.

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I am personally not that big a fan of two tone. To me it looks a little to fancy to wear casual. But thats just me. I can see myself with a full gold watch much more. Dresses differently. But again..thats just myself. I recently tried on the Yachtmaster 40 in rose gold on the oysterflex. that thing is a beauty and wears so great. 

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I love both full gold and two-tone watches - they're different and one is not better than the other, in my opinion. 

Whoever came up with the rationale that two-tone is the "poor" version of full gold must have some fighting words for full steel watches too (bottom of the barrel??)  - and we all know how valuable/in-demand those are today! 

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Gold watch. Leather strap. I’d also do a two tone case on a leather strap. Gold and two tone bracelets have never done much for me. 

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I have 1 two-toned, and some some solid gold watches (though none of them are in a full gold bracelet) and I think it's fine regardless.

I prefer stainless steel personally since gold is more scratch prone, and is just a softer material overall. I heard similar things from my parents and older relatives about the same sayings, which I completely disagree. 

I think in general (to your question), they just look on the case material of the watch without considering other things. Gold is worth more than steel, so two-tone watches logically comes in between.

But thing is, we all know the most expensive watches ever sold on record was stainless steel watches haha

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11SWM11

Thank you for this thorough discussion. This makes total sense to me. I'm not of Asian decent, but I too enjoy Jimmy's comedy, and can relate to some of the things he says as it spans other cultures including my own. 

I appreciate your comments about the home you bought and the thoughts of your parents and other relatives. I too have experienced this in another way. There's a perception that having certain things like a big house, big car, fly first class, have gold watches etc. means you are successful. In today's age, there are MANY who are faking it and robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Anyway, thanks for your comment. It was very insightful to me personally.

Well, thank you!  That's awfully kind of you to say.  Sometimes, as I'm typing away, I think to myself, "Okay, dude, you should shut the F&^% up already."  It's nice when someone actually appreciates my autistic ramblings!  Thank you!