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Have we spoken about the gold Aquaracer?

  1. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 13, 2023

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    It’s kinda interesting. Nice chamfering on the case, it does feel like a quality build. Bezel action seems nicer than on the steel ones too. Yeah the crown should be gold especially at this price but I also sort of like the black accent? I dunno.

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  2. VirgileF

    VirgileF Sep 13, 2023

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    Oh ! An Aquaracer with a good and a quality movement :)

    Hope a steel version with this movement :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 14, 2023

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    I like it but the crown is dreadful. It's less dreadful on this one than the blue dial to be fair, but if I'm spending £17,000 on a gold watch (or whatever it is) I want a gold crown.

    I don't know if it's still coming out but there was another one with green highlights on the dial.
     
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  4. Shane paradis

    Shane paradis Sep 17, 2023

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    I like that they’re using solid gold. There’s nothing “faux luxury” like gold playing… I honestly wish TAG would just scrap plating all together and implement more S&G models utilizing solid gold.
    I also agree, the crown should be gold!!! Such a beauty though.
     
  5. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Sep 27, 2023

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  6. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    The problem with solid gold is it's too expensive. I was thinking yesterday how much would my WN1153 be if it came out now? £3000? Crazy.
     
  7. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    Gold PVD on 'luxury watches' is embarrassing though.

    Or not. See below. I was lead to believe it was a gold colouring rather than actual gold.
     
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  8. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Sep 27, 2023

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    The only embarassing thing about it would be how aroused I get from a nice 18k polished gold plating
     
  9. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    Maybe I misunderstood. Is PVD not different than plating? I assumed it was a lot thinner and not actual gold.
     
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  10. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    Remember those Longines you mocked in the Longines boutique in London?

    As opposed to the ones you tried on and said 'This is so tacky, I love it.'
     
  11. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 27, 2023

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    PVD is essentially modern plating.
     
  12. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    Then I don't know what Jimbo was talking about. Just trying to confuse my aged brain.
     
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    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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  14. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 27, 2023

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroplating

    Older gold-plate (or 'gold-fill') was done via electroplating, which doesn't result in as durable a coating as PVD. One of the reasons older GF watches are not very desirable is that if/when some of the coating wears off in spots, it's prohibitively expensive (compared to the value of the watch) to get it re-plated.
    Time will tell for modern PVD gold-plate watches, but nobody seems to mind it when it's a different color like black.
     
  15. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    No, but I didn't think it was actually gold... just gold colour. If it's still actually gold then fair enough.
     
  16. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 27, 2023

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    I'd guess at the very least most established watch brands will use real gold even if plating. It's possible some microbrands may not, but that'd be reflected in the price.
     
  17. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Sep 27, 2023

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    What we were talking about a while back was that most gold plated watches will not be plated with actual gold. Longines Hydroconquest is a good example, you pay 2500 for a watch partially plated with a material coloured like gold. You can see sometimes, as with the TAG Heuer WBD2120 (my grail watch) where the manufacturer states that the gold plating is in fact 18k gold.

    When I talk about sexy gold plating, I mean plating with actual 18k gold. Plating coloured to look like gold using no actual gold is not a gold plating in my opinion.
     
  18. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    But Longines say it is gold. Don't they? :cautious:
     
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    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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    Aquagraph Sep 27, 2023

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