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The Seven Factors of Highly Effective Watch Plating

Electroplating Services


Before we get into the technical issues, here's a little background about electroplating services in general. First, you should only trust a qualified electroplater who has an appropriate level of experience (at least 20 years).

Unlike any other jewelry object, watchcase, and band replating are highly specialized, and are some of the most difficult decorative items to replate correctly. With rare exceptions most jewelers, jewelry repair shops and hobby electroplaters are not properly equipped to replate a watch to the rigorous standards that meet, or exceed the original specifications of the manufacturer. From a durability and wear standpoint, high quality watches rely on a heavier layer of gold than do most electroplated jewelry. That type of heavy gold electroplating requires exceptional knowledge of electrochemical principles, specialized plating equipment, rigid compliance to proper technical processes, and careful quality control during each step of the electroplating process.

As a result, one of the biggest challenges will be finding a qualified electroplating resource! While there are many electroplating shops in the US, their operations are geared to plate objects on a mass production scale, or they are focused on only specialized industrial-based electroplating applications. They view custom watch replating as outside of the scope and scale of their operations.

There are a number of custom retail plating operations. Some of them are qualified and knowledgeable about jewelry replating. However, that does not mean that they are interested, or experienced specifically in the unique methods needed to refinish, and replate a watch.

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