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All That Glitters…

by J.Edwards

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An interesting thread of comments sprouted over the weekend on this post, which made reference to the types of plating used on Omega movements.

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I have made arrangements with a fellow watchmaker to subject some old-stock Omega bridges to a standard jeweler’s gold test later in the week and will report back here with our findings.

2 Comments

  1. J.Peter
    Posted October 19, 2008 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a lot of experience with gold tests but If this is a standard acid test, the plating may not be thick enough to determine whether it is gold or not. Acid typically burns through non-pure gold plating very fast and begins to work on the underlying metal. Clearly rose gold plating cannot be pure or it would be “gold” colored. I am looking forward to the results however.

  2. Posted October 23, 2008 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Great point J.Peter. Definitely a factor to be taken into consideration.

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  1. [...] Last week I mentioned that I would carry out some tests with a fellow watchmaker to confirm whether or not the rose-coloured plating on vintage Omega watches contained any gold, as a follow up to a discussion that sprouted off of this post on the Omega 321. Following are the results from the samples we tested. [...]

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