Gold Plating the steel Apple Watch not possible?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by slimpaul, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. slimpaul macrumors member

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    Hey,

    I've been looking forward to gold plating my steel Apple Watch and have gathered quotes ranging from a mere £100 ($150), all the way up to £1275 from an apparently popular company Goldgenie.
    As the less expensive service covers gold plating only, I would have to supply them with a bare case, without the internals. I called a popular iPhone repair service in London in order to find out the cost of dissasembling, and later putting the watch back together, and was told that it would not be possible to gold plate my :apple:watch, not even microns thick, due to some "conducting issues".
    What do you think? Is it really not possible to gold plate my steel watch? :(:(

    Many thanks,
    Paul
     
  2. SteveLV702 macrumors 6502

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    might just be simpler and less expensive to just buy the Apple Watch Edition :)
     
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  4. slimpaul thread starter macrumors member

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    Exactly what I was thinking... I doubt the repairman has ever seen the inside of an :apple:watch!
     
  5. nasa25 macrumors 65816

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    Why would you want to pay money to look like a dick? That's what'll happen if people think you're strolling around with a 10k quid Apple watch
     
  6. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    And when the gold starts wearing off it will look like cr@p. :(
     
  7. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    If you really want a gold plated Watch then the better course of action would be to order one from Goldgenie for a smidgeon over £2500 (42mm, inclusive of VAT). Not a great deal more than £859 + £1275, and gives you infinitely more 'comeback' if there are any problems with the plating/functionality. You'd need to check the terms of the guarantee, of course: can't see any Watch-specific warranty terms on the website.

    My sister is a freelance events organiser, working mostly in fashion/design. She uses Goldgenie exclusively for knocking up all sorts of knick-knacks for goodie bags. I believe they have some sort of relationship with Apple (so I'm surprised they'd agree to plate a user-supplied Watch).
     
  8. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Who cares what other people think? I know I don't care. If they don't like what I am wearing no one is forcing them to look at me.
     
  9. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Why is someone a dick if they wear a gold watch? Because you are insecure about yourself?
     
  10. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Exactly. Take a look in any jewelry store and you'll see dozens of gold clad watches across all price ranges. Most are plated, filled, 10K solid, 14K solid, or possibly Vermeil, and a few 18K on the high end.

    There are people who do not wear silver jewelry and accessories, and as such the $10,000 price tag will keep them out of the Watch market. And for that reason, I bet we see a gold clad edition in the $1,000-2,000 range for those people, as well as an anodized gold Sport edition to match your iPhone, very soon.

    So, I'd wait until at least the Fall to find out if Apple releases a gold clad case (as rumored), before I tried to screw around with stainless model.
     
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    If it's some sort of "conducting issues," how did they manage to gold plate the aluminum iPhones?
     
  12. slpslee1 macrumors member

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    The gold plate will start wearing off pretty fast, too. It's not permanent. It's just a very thin layer floating on the surface of whatever it's plated to. Besides, how are you going to pop the case? I don't think it's going to be like a Timex.
     
  13. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Not if you put a case on it!

    :D

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    Which iPhone is gold plated?
     
  14. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    All those gold-plated ones?
     
  15. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Ooh, they as in goldgenie. Was thinking it meant Apple at first. Thanks for the link!
     
  16. izzle22 macrumors 6502a

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    Stainless Steel cannot be gold plated. I know I am in the jewelry business and have done all sorts of plating. It's just not possible. Now you can paint it gold or have a gold case made for it but you cannot gold plate stainless steel period. Oh and by the way I've seen plenty of sapphire watch crystals that were scratched and they weren't scratched by diamonds or sapphires.
     
  17. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    The Goldgenie website states '316L Stainless Steel plated in 24K gold, rose gold or platinum'. They're a fair-sized, reputable company, and I don't think they'd offer their blinged-up Watches if they had any doubts about the quality and durability of the plating. Google tells me that 'nickel strike' is the answer?
     
  18. SteveLV702 macrumors 6502

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    Buy Apple Watch with Link Bracelet $1,000 have gold plated another $3,000.

    Something happens and the watch breaks... SO buy another one another $1,000 have gold plated again thats another $3,000 so now $8,000 oh snap my daughter put it in the toilet now it doesn't work.

    Well I voided warranty so aint got warranty let alone accidental protection so theres another $1,000 + $3,000

    so now at $12,000 or can pay $10,000 get the Apple Watch Edition thats actual real gold pay $2,500 for AppleCare+ and have protection knowing if anything happens your watch is actually covered...
     
  19. izzle22 macrumors 6502a

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    Good luck. That's all I can say.
     
  20. Piggie macrumors 604

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    I'm no plating expert, however, I have watched quite a few things on TV about various plating of various metals with different substances.

    Some things cannot be plated directly with the finish material, and this is quite common it seems in many industries.

    All they do it to plate it with some other metal first, THEN put on the top layer plating they wish.

    Perhaps a bit like chrome. You plate steel with copper don't you, and then put the chrome on top of the copper.

    I presume this is all very simple basic stuff for plating companies.

    That said.........

    This video seems simple enough :)

    https://youtu.be/d22TvyhtV0E



    Enjoy

    :)
     
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  22. slimpaul thread starter macrumors member

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    Why in the world would I want to pay $3,235 if I can have the same product for about $950... ($699 watch/$150 24K gold plating/$100 dissasembly & reassembly). I don't like the link bracelet, only need the case plated, and certainly don't need no fancy box ;)
     
  23. izzle22 macrumors 6502a

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    Like I said good luck.
     
  24. slimpaul thread starter macrumors member

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  25. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

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    Well then you would have a fake Edition.

    Not something I would be particularly proud of.

    Different strokes. :D
     

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