Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

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    Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

    I'm thinking of buying a Citizen Aqualand Classic reissue JP2004-07E with the gold finish. I already have the all silver version but want to get this gold one to complete the set and think it'll look great on a chunky leather.

    My reservation is that out of the box the gold finish is very bright! Googling images show that over the years this will dull down nicely and be a bit less bling. But is there a way to accelerate the process?

    I know that bronze watches can be dulled down using the sulphur boiled eggs give off but is there away to do this to 'gold', although I obviously realise it won't be as extreme?
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    Re: Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

    Yes, you can definitely dull the gold finish on a watch. I have a 30 year old 20 micron gold filled omega where the gold finish is dulled off on the right side of the case by the crown from years of manual winding.

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    Re: Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

    Thanks, anything that takes less than 30 years?

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    Re: Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

    Hopefully others will chime in, but have you tried "Goggling" your post title, or a variation thereof, to see if anything comes up in terms of a YouTube video, or other resource info?
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    Re: Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

    I have the original watch (1987-ish). The gold was dull when I got it, but I still took a dremel with a wire brush attachment to the gold details (I hate gold on watches in 99/100 cases).
    It's an old diver, it looks good beaten up, not golden and pretty.

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    Re: Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by boy_wonder View Post
    I know that bronze watches can be dulled down using the sulphur boiled eggs give off but is there away to do this to 'gold', although I obviously realise it won't be as extreme?
    Gold Gold just doesn't react with air, micron thin gold plating will eventually/gradually wear down revealing the base metal it was plated onto which is how it will change colour.
    So polishing these plated parts should start to wear away your shiny gold plate eventually.

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    Re: Is it possible to dull down a gold finish on a watch?

    The only way I can think of to tone down the shine would be to use a very fine abrasive such as that used to give a brushed finish to watch cases. On those small surfaces it will be difficult to hit all edges. Because the gold is quite thin my recommendation is to just wear it and let the polish tone down through wear.

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