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Thi is not cost effective, and plating never replicates the ORIGINAL finish!
So now you have been doing this 20 plus years, I hope. Would very much like to apply your experience to a c1880 French 4 glass. Seems it is possible.Hello everybody. I have been replating watch cases for olmost 10 years now and I read your comments with great interest because all of you described common problems when cases are NOT plated by PROFFESIONALS.
I will try to explain you how it works in a few words.
Most of the times when you give your cases to your watchmaker or jeweller for refinishing, it is done with "do-it-yourself kits" like the ones shown on youtube. These are NOT designed to plate a thick layer of gold and so they don't cover any imperfections. These platings are about 0.1 of a micron thick, that translates to a plating that will wear out in just a few months, compare to the original gold field layer that is guaranteed to last 20 years. This is because "gold-field" is not a plating deposit, but an actual sheet of gold on the base metal such as brass.
The proper way to refinish a watch case is to deep polish it untill the surface is completely smooth and than gold plate the desired thickness. The more gold we put on the piece, the more it will last, the more it will cost. Plating can be done extremely thick, up to a few hundred microns. The problem when plating in such thicknesess is that we need to remove some of the old plating before we re-plate to assure that the covers will snap properly. All these processess are time consuming and so the more compex the work gets, the more it will cost. But most of the time the cases are in descent condition and a simple buff and DIRECT gold plating is enough. Direct plating to assure that some of the original plating will remain on the case.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me!