Want an Apple Watch Edition (the gold Apple Watch) but don’t have $10,000 laying around to make it happen? Well, you’re in luck (sort of) as there are a few companies that will gold plate your less expensive Apple Watch for a few hundred dollars or so.
What’s interesting is that the hardware contained within Apple’s Watch Sport and Watch Edition models are identical; it’s just the casing that differs. Obviously this lets rich people set themselves apart from the peasants. But it should be noted that there are some notable differences between gold plating a cheaper Apple Watch and buying the actual Watch Edition…
Watch Edition gold is up to twice as hard as “normal” gold, so it’s tougher than the gold you’d get with one of the services listed below. There’s also the sapphire crystal display (i.e. super, super tough display). Oh and the, ahem, premium leather charging box. Whoa! Plus, Apple’s warranty is voided the second you let someone mess with your Watch. So the risks are totally up to you as to whether or not it’s worth having an Apple Watch with some gold (any gold) on it. My only advice is this: unless you can afford to replace your Apple Watch outright, it may be best to proceed with caution.
For $399 Watchplate will give you the option to not only plate your Apple Watch in not only Yellow or Rose Gold but also in Black Chrome. Note: Watchplate only works with stainless steel Apple Watches. They’ll give you a free FedEx shipping label and will gold plate your Apple Watch within 4 business days of receiving it. Watchplate also offers a concierge service which means they will purchase a stainless steel Apple Watch on your behalf, gold plate it and send it to you. Just add another $99 onto the normal price.
The Time Preserve
Starting at $325 The Time Preserve will gold plate your Apple Watch. But there are some nice differences that set this company, and it’s gold plating process, apart from others. For starters The Time Preserve offers a two year warranty and meet the (gold plating) thickness standard for luxury watches (available in 6 different finishes). Additionally, they offer to buff out any scratches your Apple Watch might have sustained prior to the gold plating process (otherwise the scratch would still show through). Through this company you can expect your Apple Watch to be gold plated within 5 business days. Like Watchplate above, The Time Preserve also offers a concierge service in which they will purchase a brand new Apple Watch on your behalf and gold plate it before sending it your way.
Gold My Apple Watch
Now here’s an even cheaper option for you to consider: for $249 Gold My Apple Watch will put a layer of Yellow Gold on your stainless steel Apple Watch. Like Watchplate, you’ll get a free FedEx label. This company says they will get your Watch plated within 3-4 business days and also offers 2-day expedited shipping. What is the quality you’re getting for this cheaper option? The site’s FAQ section is full of disclaimers, but does state: “…with proper care the gold plate should last for years to come!” To that end, you’ll get a whopping 30 day guarantee.