Gold plated, or Gold painted?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by indecision, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. indecision macrumors regular

    May 2, 2014
    I got a SG 42MM, Looking to make it look like an edition.

    Down to pay another 500$.

    Anyone know where to go?
  2. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Intriguing. How well does/should this hold up over time?
  3. Honey Badger, Apr 27, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 28, 2015

    Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

    Honey Badger

    Jul 14, 2011
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  4. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    People should really just wait until this Fall when Apple releases their own gold clad, or 14K gold watch for $1-2K. Obviously they consciously chose to ignore a huge chuck of the population who does not wear silver jewelry or accessories, and another reason this launch was largely aimed at men. But this was also likely designed to ensure anyone who paid $10-17K would also be the first to wear a gold watch and thus ensuring nobody mistook that they weren't rich and powerful. I would expect that's why we didn't see the gold link bracelet released for general purchase ... When the cheaper gold clad watches come out, Apple will probably only release the gold link and Milanese for the Edition only, giving the elite another 6 month window of exclusivity. Then when the Gen 2 Watch comes out, it will follow a similar pattern, with no mid-tier gold available until Fall, but gold-seekers can still buy the gen 1 model, thus setting the Edition apart from the masses once again.

    I assume those who are gold-plating have money to burn, since the process will void the warranty.
  5. Trent0341 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2007

    It seems very un-Apple like to release anything gold plated. I highly doubt this will happen.
  6. RayDonovan macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2014
    Holy ****! Some of those look amazing!!!! The gold with the black link bracelet needs to be mine!

    I just wonder how legit the site is and whether it's all gonna flake off in a few weeks. Shortly after, customer service starts ignoring you.
  7. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    They won't do that as then the edition looses it's status symbol of showing off that you have more money than you know what to do with, and then no one will buy them.
  8. irentamac, Apr 28, 2015
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    irentamac macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2014
    Tempe, AZ
    It'll be interesting to see how the rose gold comes out. The yellow gold looked pretty good though!
  9. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    First, it won't be plated or filled. It will be gold clad, perhaps vermeil, or more likely solid 14K.

    Second, if Apple doesn't offer an entry level gold watch they will be shutting out millions of customers who do not wear silver jewelry or accessories. This group is largely made up of women who like to coordinate their entire outfits, and many women don't wear silver. Anecdotally, 12 out of 20 people in my office never wear silver.

    Third, really? Very un-apple like? Like the Android-like protruding camera budge on the otherwise svelte iPhone 6? people are going to have to start adjusting their view of what Apple will and will not do anymore. They won't make a "phablet" iPhone. They won't make a mini tablet. They won't make a gold MacBook. Lots of never there. It's painfully obvious from the sicophantic courting of the fashion elite that Apple is going to do whatever it takes to address the fashion community.

    And fourth, when has Apple ever not changed the rules when they decided to do something? All it takes is for Jony Ive to narrate some video about how Apple revolutionized the "plating" process to marry two alloys together in a metal combo unlike any other, for durability and beauty, blah blah blah.

    And there will be a gold anodized aluminum finish for sure to match the customer who has a gold iPhone with which its dependent. How sad for those customers with a gold MacBook, iPad, and iPhone with their silver Watch clashing with it. Just like there will be a Platinum Edition for those customers who want to accessorize with silver.

    It's stunning actually the number of people that despite all the evidence of Apple making a serious push into fashion, continue to define Apple by their previous dominance of electronic devices. For better or worse Apple has gone down the rabbit hole of fashion and that decision will dictate their future decisions for the look of the watch.


    Nope and I explained why in my post.

    But since you seemed to miss it, that argument fails when you consider there will be platinum or white gold models which otherwise will look exactly like the stainless steel. People still don't get it -- it's a fashion product people wear -- it has to fit into their fashion pallet. Gold people don't start wearing silver, and vice versa, no matter what they do. Apple will set the elite apart from the rest by uniquely defining the bands and styling of the edition -- like the red and white digital crown buttons. And since an 18K gold link bracelet will cost as much as the Edition watch itself, it's unlikely someone would buy it to wear with their $1200 gold clad watch.

    And then the final debunk to this ... Rolex knock-offs don't seem to deter the rich from buying the real deal at premium prices. Why is that? Because there's so ring about being able to buy the genuine thing, even if your last assistant's assistant bought one off eBay for $50 that was indistinguishable from your own.
  10. Trent0341 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2007
    We'll have to agree to disagree...

    Apple isn't releasing a $1-$2k gold watch plated, 14k, or otherwise. Feel free to bookmark this.

    Apple might well (and I expect them to) release a platinum or white gold variant. This watch will come with distinctive bands that will not be sold separately in order to distinguish them. Point being, you will be able to distinguish them. Again feel free to book mark.

    Apple will provide more variety of bands for the fashion conscious people you keep referring to. They aren't going to dilute the Edition line with cheaper gold models.

    All of the above is my opinion only. Your arguments (at least not the current ones) aren't going to change that so again... agree to disagree. And like I said a couple of times feel free to book mark this. I can't say that I care enough to though.
  11. indecision thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2014
    So there is probably nothing I can do with my aluminum sport that would, probably allow me to make it look like an edition?
  12. mama2twoboys macrumors newbie


    Mar 9, 2015
    apple- why couldn't you have made a cheap gold watch like ALL other freakin' companies!! Having said that, I still got a SS... even though I about died when I realized I wasn't getting gold.

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