Gold Plating Your Apple Watch is Possible Without Spending a Fortune

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition is a gorgeous wristwatch, its starting price of $10,000 in the United States is simply out of reach for many customers. But if you have a stainless steel Apple Watch, it is possible to gold plate your device without breaking the bank. Take a look at the comparatively inexpensive services and methods for turning your Apple Watch gold below.


    MacRumors forum member RianFlynn has shared photos of a stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop with what he says is a thin coating of 24-karat gold that costs just $6. The finished product looks quite impressive, and the user has since launched a website called WatchPlate where he plans to accept Apple Watch gold plating orders for $399 with an estimated three-day turnaround. Most of the price is based on the time and labor involved. While we have not confirmed the authenticity of this service, gold plating the stainless steel Apple Watch is technically feasible.

    The Time Preserve

    Watch restoration specialist The Time Preserve recently announced that it is accepting gold plating orders for the stainless steel Apple Watch. The company, which has been restoring watches since 1995, uses custom-formulated gold electroplating for durability, and ensures that the 5 to 6 microns thick plating will not peel from daily wear. Prices range from $550 to $650, with cheaper prices for bands only, and the service has an estimated one-week turnaround.

    Gold Spray Paint

    YouTube creator Casey Neistat shared a video last week where he applied gold spray paint to his space gray aluminum Apple Watch Sport. Beyond the obvious fact that spray painting your Apple Watch probably isn't the wisest idea, given that the paint could easily chip or get stuck in the Digital Crown or other parts of the watch, the end result actually looks much like the Apple Watch Edition.

    Of course, the thin gold plating is not the same as the 18-karat solid gold used on the Apple Watch Edition, but the difference is hard to tell visually and these services are available at a fraction of the price. Before placing an order, keep in mind that modifying your Apple Watch with gold plating may void your standard warranty or AppleCare protection plan for the device.

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  2. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    For those of you who want to look rich... but aren't.
  3. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    So he says a 24-karat gold plating costs $6.

    If Apple were to offer this service it would probably charge $600 :D
  4. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    98% profit margin. He makes Apple look like chumps.
  5. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002

    For those who want to look like a moron for spending $10K on a watch when you obviously can't afford it.
  6. martygras9 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2007
    Or for those who prefer the look of gold to stainless steel but don't want to pay $10k.
  7. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    Yes, because not spending thousands of dollars on a gold watch that will eventually become obsolete signifies ones wealth. I think people seriously undermine the intelligence of wealthy individuals.

    A gold watch isn't a prime example of demonstrating wealth.
  8. snebes macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    $6 of 24k gold seems questionable. That is marginally more than 0.0051 ounces of gold at todays prices. Doesn't seem like enough to me. But then again, I don't even own a single piece of jewelry. Who am I to know?
  9. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    This will open up a whole world of aftermarket services for those with some entrepreneurial spirit.

  10. Jason83 macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2014
    PA, USA
    But a gold watch where anyone with a TV or Internet access knows it's insanely-priced is.
  11. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
  12. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    If you finished reading the article you would see that the person who did it himself for $6 is planning on offering the service for ~$400.

    The material is obviously inexpensive compared to the labor involved.

    If I wanted to do this, I'd go with the second option in the article. It looks and sounds like the most professional way of doing this.

    Also, how can this article be all about literal gilding and completely fail to use the word a single time? Most of the time if you use the word you'd be making a metaphor instead of talking about literal gilding.
  13. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I think this is a great -- and I like the idea of the plating option undermining the allure of the authentic but insanely overpriced Apple Watch Edition. I have a feeling all of the braggarts will be upset that everyone will just assume their 10K watch is a knockoff. :D

    I wonder if Apple's lawyers are looking for an angle to sue and stop the plating businesses?
  14. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    The basic stay basic and the thirsty get thirstier.
  15. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2014
  16. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    I'm seriously considering offering a service where Edition owners can have their Watches space grey anodised. They're still rich, just not flaunting it.
  17. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  18. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Even the creator admits most of the cost is labor, not materials.

    Two words: gold leaf

    Gold is an amazing material. It stays identifiable as gold, even when you hammer it to ridiculous levels of thinness.
  19. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    I will be launching my platinum plating service. For some of us rich wannabees, gold just aint gangsta enough.
  20. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    Not interested in the gold but a third party link band in a space gray would be nice to have made. The only options I've seen so far are black or silver.
  21. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Ah yes, reading the whole article. Too eager to post something fast :eek:
  22. wozmatic macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2014
  23. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

    Aug 22, 2014
    Agreed! I don't know what it is about gold, it's just not an attractive color, even on rings and jewelry. Platinum, on the hand, looks great.
  24. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Prefer platinum myself, or the SS look; I.E. white vs. yellow. Perhaps that is why apple did not make a white gold option- people would not be able to tell them apart.
  25. bigpics macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2002
    Rockland County, New York
    "Reverse humble bragging" (or something like that) ;)

    That ounce of gold can also be pulled - using only simple tools - in a wire a mile long. And that's what you call malleability... yeah, gold plating - one form of gilding (which can also be done mechanically, etc.) - can use very little gold, but there are different levels, types and quality of plating, e.g., "HGE" for "heavy gold electroplaing." And electroplaing is not typically done on aluminum or stainless steel, rather generally on silver (jewelery) or copper (in electronic applications).

    So I'm wondering how well it will take and hold up on non-gold Apple Watches. E.g., consider this:

    It is also done on gold - e.g., an 18K "gold wash" is often applied to Italian (and sometimes Israeli) 14K gold jewelery for the USA market to give it the color of 18K European gold.

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