Silver plated movements. Why?

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    Silver plated movements. Why?

    Noticed several makers of 1940+ fine chronograph w.w. silver plated the plates. Not noticed silver used elsewhere on movements. Rarely done? Easier to apply than Gold? Advantages? One here:
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    Re: Silver plated movements. Why?

    Are you sure that it's silver and not rodium? silver doesn't make much sense to me as it tarnishes.

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    Re: Silver plated movements. Why?

    I have one movement which is plated silver, a Venus 140 single button chronograph
    from the late twenties or thirties and it is tarnished as silver does.
    I've no idea why silver might have been used, seems strange.
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    Re: Silver plated movements. Why?

    Hi -

    Cosmetic purposes, really. Rhodium plating on brass or steel serves to protect from tarnishing, gold does basically the same but is of course more elegant (but not nearly as wear resistant!). Silver plating would have been finely polished when sold and hence brought to a wonderful luster.

    Further, during the war years rhodium and gold were severely rationed for any non-essential war production: silver was actually readily available, a by-product of lead and tin mining, and I've seen silver watch cases from that time period when base metal would have normally been used. Matter of priorities...

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    Re: Silver plated movements. Why?

    Appreciate comments. 2nd click photo and tarnishing is visible. This one and several others of similar or earlier age in Lang book Chronograph Wristwatches, showing a great many chronograph w.w., are silver plated. John explains it nicely and I expect accurately.
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