Gold Plate the Hermes Edition?

wolfie

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Hi guys,

I was eyeing off a Hermes (as I love the watch faces and bands) and assumed it came in gold. Much to my disappointment, it does not. I want gold, because I had SS in Series 0 so I want something different, and for it to complement my iPhone Gold Max.

So, im toying with getting the Hermes and getting a home made plating kit. Anyone see any reason why this couldn't/shouldnt work? If I need to replace from scratches, its easily done too. If I need to send it in for Apple, should the watch fail for any mechanical reason, I could just reverse the plating (which to my understanding, simply takes the plating off).

Thoughts?

Of course, if the Hermes came in gold, this wouldn't even be a thread.
 

Mercenary

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To gold plate it you will need to open it and remove everything so you are just left with the metal frame.
 

KarimLeVallois

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To gold plate it you will need to open it and remove everything so you are just left with the metal frame.
No you don't, you just wipe over a solution...

https://9to5mac.com/2015/05/25/diy-kit-plate-apple-watch-24k-gold/
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Hi guys,

I was eyeing off a Hermes (as I love the watch faces and bands) and assumed it came in gold. Much to my disappointment, it does not. I want gold, because I had SS in Series 0 so I want something different, and for it to complement my iPhone Gold Max.

So, im toying with getting the Hermes and getting a home made plating kit. Anyone see any reason why this couldn't/shouldnt work? If I need to replace from scratches, its easily done too. If I need to send it in for Apple, should the watch fail for any mechanical reason, I could just reverse the plating (which to my understanding, simply takes the plating off).

Thoughts?

Of course, if the Hermes came in gold, this wouldn't even be a thread.
Only thing to be wary of is that extended warranty you have, that'll be gone. Not sure you can just "reverse" gold plating, you have to psychically remove it.
 

Relentless Power

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The Other issue would be soldered components, personally, I think this is a waste of money and it will not help the resale value unless somebody specifically wanted a gold plated Apple Watch, which they already offer a gold stainless.
 
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democracyrules

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Gold is very soft and will wear off on he corners and edges quickly.

I would think it will hurt the resale value even more.
Until your statements are proven scientifically true, they cannot be relied on. They are only your opinion. Gold stainless steel is a new stainless steel color for AW and nobody knows about what your claim will happen to the new color.

The cat picture on your profile is gold color. Does your cat gold color wear out too?
 
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tromboneaholic

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Hi guys,

I was eyeing off a Hermes (as I love the watch faces and bands) and assumed it came in gold. Much to my disappointment, it does not. I want gold, because I had SS in Series 0 so I want something different, and for it to complement my iPhone Gold Max.

So, im toying with getting the Hermes and getting a home made plating kit. Anyone see any reason why this couldn't/shouldnt work? If I need to replace from scratches, its easily done too. If I need to send it in for Apple, should the watch fail for any mechanical reason, I could just reverse the plating (which to my understanding, simply takes the plating off).

Thoughts?

Of course, if the Hermes came in gold, this wouldn't even be a thread.
If you're going to cheapen it up with crummy home-made gold plating, just buy the gold stainless steal and a knockoff Hermes band.

In the end it will be a classier solution that what you're proposing.
 

Newtons Apple

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Until your statements are proven scientifically true, they cannot be relied on. They are only your opinion. Gold stainless steel is a new stainless steel color for AW and nobody knows about what your claim will happen to the new color.
Intelligent people understand that gold is a very soft malleable metal.

We are not talking Apple's gold stainless, were are talking about electroplating gold onto stainless steel.

It does not take a lot of science to know that the soft gold will not wear well on something like the Apple Watch.

Apple's gold stainless is an entirely different process but then you did not bother to read the entire thread!:p
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Until your statements are proven scientifically true, they cannot be relied on. They are only your opinion. Gold stainless steel is a new stainless steel color for AW and nobody knows about what your claim will happen to the new color.

The cat picture on your profile is gold color. Does your cat gold color wear out too?
LOL! Someone p|ss in your cereal today?
 
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KarimLeVallois

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Intelligent people understand that gold is a very soft malleable metal.

We are not talking Apple's gold stainless, were are talking about electroplating gold onto stainless steel.

It does not take a lot of science to know that the soft gold will not wear well on something like the Apple Watch.

Apple's gold stainless is an entirely different process but then you did not bother to read the entire thread!:p
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LOL! Someone p|ss in your cereal today?
That and dumped in someone’s hot chocolate too!
 
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klymr

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Gold is very soft and will wear off on he corners and edges quickly.

I would think it will hurt the resale value even more.
Newtons Apple is not claiming anything that isn't common knowledge to anyone with a reasonable education. It's already been scientifically proven decades ago.
Having worked for a jeweler for a number of years, and having done some electroplating on many, many pieces of jewelry, I can confirm that it won't last. When we would electroplate white (or even yellow) gold jewelry with rhodium, it would often be worn off in a month or two, depending on how rough people were with their jewelry. We'd often see the same customers every 6 months to have their rings re-plated. You'd have to redo the electroplating on the watch a few times a year to keep it looking nice, in my opinion.
 

jbizzybeetle

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Not arguing with electroplating pros—but my experience with gold-plated AW S0 was great in regard to the gold finish people saw. Never wore thru to underlying stainless steel.

Underneath, however much plating did wear away after 2.5 years. Got it launch period spring 2015.

Also, the plating voided the warranty, so I wasn’t surprised when Apple wouldn’t reconnect the rear ceramic monitor disk when it fell out in Sept 2017. Til then my S0 never missed a beat.

Fortunately, along came S3 LTE, but I could afford only aluminum last year.

This year, I have been eyeing the auction on eBay for gold-plated Hermes by Carter-Lux. So far, I’ve controlled myself because all the future pretty bands’ SS lugs would have to be changed to gold as well.

More trouble, expense—voided warranty.
 
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