Gilding question on the SS AW

clyde2801

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Didn't want to hijack the watchplate thread for this, so excuse if this is in the wrong place. Talked to a highly recommended local businessman in my area about gilding the stainless steel apple watch. He was intrigued by the idea, but stated he would have to soak it in a nickel solution for at least 20 minutes at roughly 130 degrees Fahrenheit to acheive a satisfactory result with gold plating.

Maybe I'm making the mistake of looking what's going into sausage before I order it, but this is causing me some trepidation. I'm also wondering if some of the less than satisfactory results some have reported on the watchplate thread are someone connected to this; i.e., maybe they're skimping on this step.

I'd welcome everyone's thoughts and opinions on the subject. Thanks.
 

JOSEPH99

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Jun 29, 2015
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Didn't want to hijack the watchplate thread for this, so excuse if this is in the wrong place. Talked to a highly recommended local businessman in my area about gilding the stainless steel apple watch. He was intrigued by the idea, but stated he would have to soak it in a nickel solution for at least 20 minutes at roughly 130 degrees Fahrenheit to acheive a satisfactory result with gold plating.

Maybe I'm making the mistake of looking what's going into sausage before I order it, but this is causing me some trepidation. I'm also wondering if some of the less than satisfactory results some have reported on the watchplate thread are someone connected to this; i.e., maybe they're skimping on this step.

I'd welcome everyone's thoughts and opinions on the subject. Thanks.
With all due respect. Why would anyone want a FAKE gold watch of any kind?
 

clyde2801

macrumors 601
Original poster
1. No, the face and ceramic backing are inert, and the watch is ip7, which means it's waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water. It's that the submersion in the nickel solution is 130 degrees and 20 minutes or more that causes me concern.

2. TEHO, I suppose. The gold models look pretty sweet with the black screen. You could ask why would anyone want to pay $10-17 thousand for a real one?


EDIT: So it will match my iPhone!