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  • Does Aftermarket Apple Watch Gold Plating Look Just as Good as the Apple Watch Edition?


    When ordering an Apple Watch, you have three choices: 1) an Apple Watch Sport with an aluminum enclosure, 2) an Apple Watch with a stainless steel enclosure, and 3) an Apple Watch Edition with a golden enclosure. The prices of the devices vary, but the golden Apple Watch Edition starts at a hefty $10,000 and goes up from there.

    Fortunately, for those that want a golden Apple Watch without breaking the bank, many jeweler services will gold-plate an Apple Watch for a more affordable cost that is significantly less than $10,000+. One such service is WatchPlate, which is a branch of a gold-plating company that has been in business for nearly a century; the company made a name for itself by gold-plating guitars, motorcycle parts, and more.

    WatchPlate will gold-plate your stainless steel Apple Watch for $399. All you have to do is mail in your Apple Watch, pick the type of gold you want (24 karat rose gold or 24 karat yellow gold) and after a three-day turnaround period, your Apple Watch will be shipped back to you with a gold finish. But does it look as good as the official Apple Watch Edition? You'll have to check out the video below by TechSmartt to find out:



    TechSmartt was one of the first to receive his Apple Watch back in the mail after the gold plating was finished, and as you can see from the finished results, it looks very professionally done. Every fine detail of the Apple Watch is plated in gold, including the digital crown and the side button, as well as the buckle and mounts for the wrist strap. Since all versions of the Apple Watch run exactly the same software and Watch OS, many wouldn't even be able to tell the difference between an Apple Watch Edition and an Apple Watch that has been gold-plated like this.

    Best of all, the total investment of the gold-plated Apple Watch is around $1000, which includes the cost of the Apple Watch itself, and the gold-plating process. Since the Apple Watch already has the same sapphire crystal display as the Apple Watch Edition, you pretty much have yourself a poor-man's Apple Watch Edition after performing this service.

    What do you think about the idea of gold-plating your Apple Watch? Share below!

    Sources: WatchPlate via TechSmartt
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Does Aftermarket Apple Watch Gold Plating Look Just as Good as the Apple Watch Edition? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Still having trouble wrapping my mind around the idea of Apple have a product starting in the $10K range.. Had no idea the Edition line was that expensive..
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      Still having trouble wrapping my mind around the idea of Apple have a product starting in the $10K range.. Had no idea the Edition line was that expensive..
      I definitely feel that it is over-priced for what it is.

      I think Apple set out to have only celebrities and high-impact figures buying and wearing the Apple Watch Edition so that they could get some ooh-laa-laa from the audiences. I think the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport are the only two realistically-priced Apple Watches.
    1. my7782798's Avatar
      my7782798 -
      I got my apple watch gold plated at ************ here in London. I must say it looks EXACTLY the same!

      I initially had a sports edition watch but apparently you can't get the apple watch edition "shiny" effect..so had to fork out on a SS version

      Anyway- would defo recommend these guys- really friendly and really professional looking.

      Jay
    1. vcf's Avatar
      vcf -
      Well I happy they have a way to be more fake. I would never do this do to waiting people to think your special. It like a girl who want to have bigger boobs and then you get drawn in and you find the they fake. You better off buy a knock-off Apple watch edition.
    1. aceestes's Avatar
      aceestes -
      Quote Originally Posted by vcf View Post
      Well I happy they have a way to be more fake. I would never do this do to waiting people to think your special. It like a girl who want to have bigger boobs and then you get drawn in and you find the they fake. You better off buy a knock-off Apple watch edition.
      That's like saying you shouldn't buy the gold iPhone because it's not real gold. It's still a real apple product. they just changed the color of the casing. Some people just want the look. I'm just curious as to how many gold plated apple watches will be stolen after the fact lol
    1. vcf's Avatar
      vcf -
      Quote Originally Posted by aceestes View Post
      That's like saying you shouldn't buy the gold iPhone because it's not real gold. It's still a real apple product. they just changed the color of the casing. Some people just want the look. I'm just curious as to how many gold plated apple watches will be stolen after the fact lol
      Yea true
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      I wonder how this could affect the Apple Watch warranty or Apple Watch Care. And for example I have a Stainless Steel Apple Watch with a sport band, sport bands don't have the clips where the bands area attached to the watch like the gold edition, so in order to gold plate my watch, if I want to use that kind of band in the future I'm going to have to send the band connectors to gold plate them too to match my gold plated Apple Watch.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      My days of buying overpriced gadgets are over. I no longer have the disposable income to waste on such things.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Ok I saw this on their website about the Apple Watch warranty...

      Will gold plating my Apple Watch void its Apple Warranty?

      "It is possible. The process involves dipping the watch in about 3 inches of fluid for about 20 minutes total. This is much easier on the watch than Apple’s recommended maximum of 3 ft submersion for 30 minutes. That being said, because this is a new service, we don’t know how Apple’s warrantee policies could change regarding gold plating. Nonetheless, in the unlikely event that our gold plating comes off or shows signs of imperfection within the first 30 days, we will repair the plating to our high standards of quality. Thereafter, we will re-plate your watch for a flat rate of $199.00 for as long as you own the watch."

      So I guess what Apple will do is tell everybody it voids your warranty. Even if nothing happen to your Apple Watch just to stop the people from plate their watches and force them to buy their Gold Apple Watch or if you plate it we can't fix it or replace it, you need to buy another one. Of course, the are loosing money.
    1. vcf's Avatar
      vcf -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Ok I saw this on their website about the Apple Watch warranty...

      Will gold plating my Apple Watch void its Apple Warranty?

      "It is possible. The process involves dipping the watch in about 3 inches of fluid for about 20 minutes total. This is much easier on the watch than Apple’s recommended maximum of 3 ft submersion for 30 minutes. That being said, because this is a new service, we don’t know how Apple’s warrantee policies could change regarding gold plating. Nonetheless, in the unlikely event that our gold plating comes off or shows signs of imperfection within the first 30 days, we will repair the plating to our high standards of quality. Thereafter, we will re-plate your watch for a flat rate of $199.00 for as long as you own the watch."

      So I guess what Apple will do is tell everybody it voids your warranty. Even if nothing happen to your Apple Watch just to stop the people from plate their watches and force them to buy their Gold Apple Watch or if you plate it we can't fix it or replace it, you need to buy another one. Of course, the are loosing money.
      Well I would think if you do anything to it it would void the warranty
    1. HeliPilot's Avatar
      HeliPilot -
      Wow, $399.00 to gold plate a watch? Price seems a little high to me considering I can do the same thing with the equipment I use at home for about $12.00. The amount of gold being applied is measured in microns and costs next to nothing to buy.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Yeah you can pretty much count your warranty out the door when you do this. And don't expect a gold replacement if they end up having to replace it haha. You'll have to re-plate it yourself.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by my7782798 View Post
      I got my apple watch gold plated at ******** here in London. I must say it looks EXACTLY the same!

      I initially had a sports edition watch but apparently you can't get the apple watch edition "shiny" effect..so had to fork out on a SS version

      Anyway- would defo recommend these guys- really friendly and really professional looking.

      Jay
      Thought advertising was banned on the forum?
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      I think it's cool... a great option for people. I don't like gold jewelry, but if I wanted a gold one (and hadn't gotten the Black Stainless Steel one), this would get serious consideration. 24-kt gold isn't as durable, but if you take care of it, you should be good.

      You'll see these popping up on ebay soon, as "Editions". That's a downside that I see as inevitable - dishonesty. Even the guy in the video's first thought is to go to the Apple Store and try to scam. Shame.
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      Still having trouble wrapping my mind around the idea of Apple have a product starting in the $10K range.. Had no idea the Edition line was that expensive..
      Add some ram to the Mac Pro and you're around 20k
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by Answer1o1 View Post
      Add some ram to the Mac Pro and you're around 20k
      Nope. I've owned every Mac since '84. Not even a trash can Mac filled to the max with best processor, full RAM and highest SSD drive will get you above 6K.
    1. recognition's Avatar
      recognition -
      Quote Originally Posted by HeliPilot View Post
      Wow, $399.00 to gold plate a watch? Price seems a little high to me considering I can do the same thing with the equipment I use at home for about $12.00. The amount of gold being applied is measured in microns and costs next to nothing to buy.
      Why dont you set up shop and start gold plating watches for $12 then? Actually make it $15 and get yourself a beer!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Quote Originally Posted by recognition View Post
      Why dont you set up shop and start gold plating watches for $12 then? Actually make it $15 and get yourself a beer!
      HAHA Touche.
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      Nope. I've owned every Mac since '84. Not even a trash can Mac filled to the max with best processor, full RAM and highest SSD drive will get you above 6K.
      Are you still in 84? jk..but literally I am on apple dot com and i just maxed out a Mac Pro. It's $9,816.00 so far. Not including shipping or tax. They've always had stuff around 10k
    1. HeliPilot's Avatar
      HeliPilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by recognition View Post
      Why dont you set up shop and start gold plating watches for $12 then? Actually make it $15 and get yourself a beer!
      Actually thinking about doing it for around $50.00. Would cover shipping and be able to offer a warranty. I can also do more then just gold, what about platinum or black chrome?