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The Seven Factors of Highly Effective Watch Plating



One of the most frustrating issues for an owner of a vintage, or heirloom watch in need of replating, is sorting through all the unfamiliar technical terms that are used to describe plating thickness, quality standards and best practices.

Navigating through all of this data can be very frustrating even for the most knowledgable consumer. This frustration is understandable. The electroplating process is complicated. Explaining it in basic terms without oversimplification is also difficult. In some cases, well intended explanations offered to the public have led to a huge amount of misinformation, amusing urban myths, and unnecessary technical biases within the jewelry trade, and the watch repair field.

Sometimes the time the prized watch in need of replating, will end up back in the jewelry box, or dresser drawer. For those who enjoy the beauty and pleasure of wearing a distinctive vintage watch, this is a shame.

So instead of just storing that watch away again, lets look at some of the key technical terms, and basic concepts that will help you to know how watch replating works.

Explaining all of the important details without compromising technical correctness is our goal here. At the conclusion of this article, you can also refer to the frequently asked question FAQs section on watch replating. That section will help you put the technical information from this article into a "real world" context.

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