WatchPlate Review (Gold Plating Apple Watch)

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by shadowninjadan, May 10, 2015.

  1. shadowninjadan macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    I was one of the first customers that opted to try out the new gold plating service that user RianFlynn started. The website is www.watchplate.com. His original post can be viewed here. After his post, he got bombarded with orders and interview requests. But throughout the process he was very informative and kept me up to date. I am sure this will change once his orders increase, the last figure he told me was that he had 100 watch orders. When I first made my order, I was skeptical and worried. But with research and his responses to my questions, it allowed me to feel at ease with his process and final product.

    My first issue, and it seems like the biggest concern to most people, was how long the plating will last. Watch Plate does give a replating within the first 30 days, and then charges a flat $199 after the 30 days. I did not want to have to pay an extra $199 to have it replated 5-6 months down the line. What I found was that you wear away 1 micron of gold ever 2 years. Watch Plate puts on 35 microns of gold. That’s 70 years!! Rings and necklaces where you usually see tarnishing and wear only get around .5 microns. Obviously it can last longer with great care.

    My second issue was that this was a brand new business. He has experience electroplating fenders and guitars, but jewelry was a new venture. But his willingness to involve me in the process was more than enough to make me realize that he wants to make the perfect item. He has hired a team to perfect the gold, upgraded his equipment so that he could meet his 3 day turnaround, and even kept me up to date for some delays. Just from what he told me, it seemed like a delay was inevitable. It seems like he was expecting to do maybe 1-2 watches a day, instead of the 100 orders he got in the last week. While he may be new to the jewelry business, he is not a new businessman. With his upgrades, he should have no problem fulfilling his orders. I believe he told me his machine can now do 15-20 watches at a time.

    My last issue was that the photos on his website seemed to be a bit blurry. I kind of wanted to see how the watch looked in person before ordering. Obviously that is not possible. This is the risk I took of being his first batch of orders. (I was actually order #10) They were actually having a photo shoot the day I got my watch, so new high res photos should be up pretty soon. Along with a shot of the new the Rose Color.

    When my watch finally came, I was blown away. It was even better than I had imagined. The BSB works perfectly along side the gold plating. One issue that I had was the digital crown when I first turned it. It stuck a little, but after a few turns, it smoothened out. I don’t know if mine happened to be subject to the sticky digital crown that everyone else is having, but it has not stuck since I first turned it.

    In my opinion, Watch Plate is a great option to have that high class look without the price. I own 3 Rolex’s so price was not the issue. I could not justify paying $10,000+ for a watch that might depreciate by a few thousand once the new version comes out. So Watch Plate was the prefect median for me. And its not like its fake spray gold, this is REAL 24k gold they are putting on the watch.


    If you guys have any questions or would like a better photo of a different angle, ill try to upload them when I can.

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  2. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    Great review! Thanks for that! This will probably be a Christmas gift to myself in December.
     
  3. CharlieCat666 macrumors regular

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    Here's the real question:
    Will you tell people it's an Edition? :p
     
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  5. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I also saw a video review from watchplate and it looks great. I am seriously considering getting this done to my SS Classic buckle.
     
  6. zlin9596 macrumors member

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    i really like it and considering doing this since he first posted on the form. But i am using my watch for everything exercise and bring it everywhere with me, i don't know if plating it will prevent me from doing all these because of the risk of the gold coming off and it won't seem as casual as the stainless one. What you guys think?
     
  7. Dennison macrumors regular

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    :eek:

    Oh my God.

    I'm still waiting for my Space Gray Sport to get here later this month... but after seeing the official website and these pictures, I'm starting to re-consider.

    One question I can think of right this second: The stainless steel model is prone to scratching, and some have used polish to remove these little scratches. I definitely felt better about getting the aluminum model so I don't have to deal with that, plus I like the overall look more. My question is, how prone is this gold plating to scratching? You talked about natural wearing away of microns, and that in theory it could last 70 years, but how about scratching and damage? Can you polish these away in the same manner? You said damage repair is $200?

    Answers are much appreciated. I'll consider asking these questions to RianFlynn himself too.
     
  8. jjlannoo Suspended

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    Yes it will scratch obviously, its gold over stainless. Don't worry about them.
     
  9. shadowninjadan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am not the guy from iclarify this is actually the first review that I wrote. The SS is prone to scratching but my gold plated one hasn't yet. But I've only worn it for a couple days. I'll update if that changes. But for now it's amazing!

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    Also, there are polishing clothes available on Amazon that works for gold. It says it works for gold plating and watches. So I'm guessing it will work for this plating. That will probably get rid of micro scratches. But from what I know about SS Polish, I know it removes a thin layer to polish it. I don't know if that's how the gold polish works.
     
  10. indecision macrumors regular

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    So the sports band does not feel any different right?
     
  11. shadowninjadan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've decided to tell people that it's a gold watch. Cause it is hahah. If they ask for price I'll say "more than I wanted to pay"

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    Sport band feels the same as before. I really love the black on gold look. Doesn't look tacky. I'm 28, so the solid gold option seems more mature to me.
     
  12. indecision macrumors regular

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    Are you worried about scratching? If it scratches, wont it turn in to silver? then like it'll look weird as **** gold with a bit of silver?
     
  13. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    Sooo...you'll happily let people assume you've got an Editon budget. ;)

    It looks nice. I hope it doesn't wear off too quickly.
     
  14. shadowninjadan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It would have to be a pretty deep scratch for that. My plan is to use a glove type screen protector on my watch. And see how much bulk it adds. It hasn't been released yet so I do not know.
     
  15. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    Yeah. I'm gonna wait for Apple to come up with their own plated versions. With AppleCare+.
     
  16. Thiagordc macrumors 6502

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    How many bands is it allowed to send together with the watch to let it goldplate :D
     
  17. shadowninjadan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha yea exactly! I've heard whispers already of people saying "that's the gold watch!"

    It looks amazing. If it lasts 2-3 years I'll be happy. I'm expecting to get a new model when it comes out. It's not like a Rolex where you keep it for years.
     
  18. indecision macrumors regular

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    Wont happen, this is Apple lol.

    Im probably gonna go the same route as you, My issue is I'm in Canada, and ill be hit with customs.
     
  19. shadowninjadan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think it's one band per watch. But you might be able to ask him. I saw the Milanese band he made, it looks pretty awesome too!
     
  20. Thiagordc macrumors 6502

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    Ok, thanks
     
  21. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    They'll cave eventually. For now, I like the SS model. :)
     
  22. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    You should check with them, but at first they were allowing any bands and accessories (like Click). Apparently the labor is not substantially different as long as they do it all at once. They currently have my milanese and sport... I was order #13.

    OP looks AMAZING!!
     
  23. shadowninjadan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I ordered Click too. Hopefully it looks ok with the gold.
     
  24. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

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    Make sure you're insured, that should be a pick pocket/mugger magnet.
     

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