Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

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    Question Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    Came across this Cartier, but don't understand the markings. The case is yellow in color, but the "925" hallmark is certainly for silver. There's also reference to 20 micron plating. I'm perplexed...





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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    I read it as 20 microns of gold over sterling silver... The hallmarks will tell more but I don't recognize them off the top of my head.

    Sounds like something Cartier would do. I can't find the movement in Ranfft...
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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    I've just googled 'gold plate silver cartier' and got thousands of hits. e.g:

    http://www.artfact.com/catalog/viewL...1054230&ri=126

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...Name=WDVW&rd=1

    So - yes!
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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    I had never seen that before, being a "bottom-feeder" on Gruens, Bulovas, and the like!

    It just seems like a weird thing to do - - having a solid sterling silver case and then plating it. Guess they know what they're doing.
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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    Tom,
    As Marrick said, they sure do.
    That range is for the poor people. Pay through the nose for the name, without the quality that goes with their top end pieces.
    The movement is a pretty standard ETA.
    I have a ladies version of that tank in my cabinet at the shop, but with a beautiful plain midnight blue dial.
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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    I believe that most of the "Le Must de Cartier" watches were gold-plate on sterling silver (vermeil). I have a tank watch like that and had the plating removed because I love sterling silver-cased watches!

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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    Quote Originally Posted by PoliceDog View Post
    I believe that most of the "Le Must de Cartier" watches were gold-plate on sterling silver (vermeil). I have a tank watch like that and had the plating removed because I love sterling silver-cased watches!
    As an aside, a number of years ago I once (in a previous job role) worked at Cartier's HQ in Paris for a week. One of the things I remember was the explanation of the origin of the name 'Must'. It is simply the English word - must - as in 'I must 'ave it'. This sounds a lot better in a sexy french accent.

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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    It says in French on the back "Silver - Gold plated 20 microns (Galvanic)" which means electroplated not RGP. Strange but true. I guess if you buy Cartier you wouldn't want gold plating on base metal. :oops:

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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    Cartier a "bottom-feeder," that may be a first!
    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    I had never seen that before, being a "bottom-feeder" on Gruens, Bulovas, and the like!

    It just seems like a weird thing to do - - having a solid sterling silver case and then plating it. Guess they know what they're doing.

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    Re: Did Cartier ever goldplate Sterling silver???

    Tom -

    Actually, Wadsworth made a few gold filled over silver watch cases for Hamilton during WWII.

    http://www.vintagewatch.info/Detail%...2010K%20GF.htm

    I just happen to be wearing mine today, when I ran across your post:





    Hope this helps,
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