Ah the ignorance of a watch noob who has not discovered the "in-house movement"! 1st off gold is pretty expensive nowadays so you will have to get gold plated. 2nd, if you get a nice quartz movement watch you will later discover the automatic movement, then you will discover complications, then the in-house movement which will make you covet watches that are way beyond your price ranges. My journey started with a Movado, to victorinox, to a couple of omegas, to a Rolex, to a zenith, and now I am drooling over a Ulysses Nardin. I'm broke but can't stop myself.
I say buy a Timex and be happy or buy a nice reasonably priced automatic Hamilton watch.
Go with the watch movement before the case material.
Check out a good watch forum and research prior to purchase such as "watchuseek" forum