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    Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

    I want to buy my first gold plated watch. I would rather buy a solid gold one but my budget only let's me get a gold plated one. I found this one on ebay for 60 bucks.a want to clarify that I'm not talking about the brand but on the gold plating itself. I plan on wearing it about 2 times a week for less than 4 hours each time. How long will the gold plating last? Also are gold platings any good?also what does 18k gold plating mean? Is it good? Any information would help me thank you.
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    Re: Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

    A lot will depend on your lifestyle and how hard you are on your watch (and possibly your individual body chemistry), but I wouldn't think the gold plate on a $60 watch would last very long under most circumstances. I have no experience with that brand of watch, but similar brands' plating can start wearing through within a few months.
    Gold plating *can* be quite good ( I have a few from the 70's and 80's that look like new), but not likely at this price point.



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    Re: Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

    I heard that per micron of plating you get 1 year of light wear. So how many microns of plating does it have?
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    Re: Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

    Quite some time on a Raymond Weil.

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    Bit pricey isn't it?

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    Re: Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post
    I heard that per micron of plating you get 1 year of light wear. So how many microns of plating does it have?
    I have no idea

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    Re: Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

    "Gold-plated" in jewelry terms is a layer of gold that's either at or above 0.50MC of thickness, which equates to 39.37 microinches or one millionth of a meter. It's a tiny amount, and the term is mostly used for marketing purposes. Anything under this amount is called "gold-tone" which falls into the realm of ambiguous materials, such as imitation gold made from copper, tin and other metals with no gold content whatsoever. Many of the jewelry pieces I work with at work has a plated thickness of above 0.50MC, but we still advise customers to not wear their jewelry when showering, washing hands, or anything that would wear any type of thin plating. It's basically common sense.
    In regards to stainless steel (the watch in question), the gold has to be ion-plated, which is a difference process from other metals like brass and tin. With ion plating, the gold layer adheres to the stainless steel metal pretty well and lasts longer than other metals. It's a scientific bonding between the two metals, so I can't really explain in detail, unfortunately - however, at the price this watch is being offered, you shouldn't worry too much. Also, I wouldn't bet that this watch has any more than the bare minimum of 0.50MC that's required. The gold plating won't last forever, but if you're going to be wearing it sparingly as stated, then you should be fine for at least a number of years. Just don't bang it on a corner or something because you'll probably see the metal color underneath.
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    I wouldn't buy a plated watch. They look bad when it wears or scratches. If you must, I would suggest one on a strap not a plated bracelet.
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    Re: Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

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    I can answer that question for you - on an Invicta, not nearly enough.

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    Re: Can anyone tell me how much an 18k gold plating will last on a watch?

    Just don't bang it on a corner or something because you'll probably see the metal color underneath.
    Good answer. I'd worry more about scratches than wear. I have some gold plated watches from the 1940s that still look OK so it's more luck than anything else.
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