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post #1516 of 48312
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Originally Posted by MJC8719x View Post

Has anyone any experience with Stowa watches, specifically the marine model, as I was thinking of picking up one as a relatively inexpensive dress watch (college students budget).

I have a MO that isn't half bad for the price. Doesn't get a ton of wrist time but it has its place in the rotation.

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post #1517 of 48312
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You know, as much as I like to make fun of your posts, that's a really nice collection. And I don't infer to just the straps.

Is that a Rolex Sub in the corner?
post #1518 of 48312
here's some vintage watch pr0n, dropped off by the mailman a mere 1/2 hr ago this morning. what do ya'll think about this for a dress watch? anything i can purchase to polish the case a bit? along with a new toy!
post #1519 of 48312
Thread Starter 
Very nice. Congrats - it's a good-looking Longines and definitely a great dress watch. Is it gold or gold-filled/plated? I would be very careful of polishing it if it is gf
post #1520 of 48312
Nice!
post #1521 of 48312
Very nice - I like it.
post #1522 of 48312
it's only gold plated on SS (poor man's watch). why is it bad to polish it if it's gold filled?
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Thread Starter 
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it's only gold plated on SS (poor man's watch). why is it bad to polish it if it's gold filled?

If you use an abrasive polishing cloth, you will risk removing parts of the gold layer
post #1524 of 48312
wouldn't gold-plated be more at risk, seeing as how if i use an abrasive polishing cloth, it might rub "through" to show the SS?
post #1525 of 48312
gold-filled refers to the fact that it is filled with a material that is not gold. it is gold on the outside and filled on the inside with a different material. therefore, polishing a gold-filled piece, which is only gold plated, could result in removing the layer of gold. a solid gold piece would not be a problem to polish.
post #1526 of 48312
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stamp explained it well. gold filled is esssentially gold plated with a thicker layer of plating

So don't use abrasive polishing cloths (e.g. Cape Cod) but only the softer Selvyt-type jewelry cloths
post #1527 of 48312
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Originally Posted by stamp0102 View Post
gold-filled refers to the fact that it is filled with a material that is not gold. it is gold on the outside and filled on the inside with a different material. therefore, polishing a gold-filled piece, which is only gold plated, could result in removing the layer of gold. a solid gold piece would not be a problem to polish.

There are two major difference betweens "gold-filled" and "gold plated." As you say, filled pieces are gold on the outside of the sheet of metal (top and bottom), with a layer of something else (usually brass) sandwiched in-between. Thus, gold-filled pieces start out as some blank shape (sheet, tube, etc) which is a sandwich, which is then worked accordingly. Gold plating is done after the final shaping of the piece.

The practical difference is that filled pieces usually have much thicker layers of gold. I don't know if this is necessarily dictated by the manufacturing process, but that's how they (usually) come out. Cross used to offer the same pen in both gold fill and plate for this very reason.
post #1528 of 48312
Today they call gold filling, "bonded gold".
post #1529 of 48312
There's also something called rolled gold, which is, I believe, a thin layer of gold literally rolled onto a base metal at great pressure.
post #1530 of 48312
ahh, i see, thanks for all the info! i always *mistakenly* thought gold-filled meant that it was, well - filled with gold. marketing ploy, perhaps? so from what i'm getting, this is the hierarchy of amount of gold: gold filled = gold "tube" encasing some non-precious metal bonded gold / rolled gold / gold plated = thin layer of gold chemically processed/pressure rolled around non-precious metal
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