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Avia Watch 2001 electroplating advice


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New to Forum but hope someone can help. Have a lady's avia watch bought 2001. On back it says 'electroplated' and 'stainless Steel back'.

It has separate gold and silver coloured parts.

I would like to get it Replated, has anyone any experience of replating a watch like this or AVIA watches? Can upload pics if helpful 

Thanks to all

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15 hours ago, Bluebottle said:

The case has separate gold and silver parts on case e.g. Crown that would have to be separated before it could be plated or how does it work?

Ask the plater, but you may need to take the movement out of the case before sending it away, which means opening the back and removing the crown and stem (together). An independent jeweller or watchmaker could do that for you if you're not confident. The crown looks like it may just need a clean and could be a replacement anyway.

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19 hours ago, Bluebottle said:

Hi 

New to Forum but hope someone can help. Have a lady's avia watch bought 2001. On back it says 'electroplated' and 'stainless Steel back'.

It has separate gold and silver coloured parts.

I would like to get it Replated, has anyone any experience of replating a watch like this or AVIA watches? Can upload pics if helpful 

Thanks to all

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I feel that this might be a relatively expensive job if done properly, with the correct thickness of the plate to ensure a decent life on the wrist without the base metal showing through. I don't know how much sentimental value the watch holds for you but generally, I tend to opt for minimal restoration, respecting the wear and tear of a long working life on the wrist. 

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59 minutes ago, Always"watching" said:

I feel that this might be a relatively expensive job if done properly, with the correct thickness of the plate to ensure a decent life on the wrist without the base metal showing through. I don't know how much sentimental value the watch holds for you but generally, I tend to opt for minimal restoration, respecting the wear and tear of a long working life on the wrist. 

Thank you for the reply! 

Who would do this type of plating? 

The case has separate gold and silver parts on case e.g. Crown that would have to be separated before it could be plated or how does it work?

What is the base metal for a watch like that do you think? 

Thanks again for replies

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Dear @Bluebottle, before you go ahead with your watch, you might like to read a most informative article about plating a watch which I have just discovered online. The article is headed Watch Plating 101 Primer and is on a site called The Time Preserve. The link to this article is https://www.watchplating.com/primer and the company is a specialist watch restorer/plater/finisher, founded in 1995. The firm offers precious metal replating of watches but to my surprise does not offer chrome plating; apparently due to the porous nature of chrome plating and the poor durability on watches, as well as the toxic nature of the chrome plating process. Instead of chrome, the firm uses rhodium.

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