About a month and a half ago I sent out two watch cases to RePlateIt in Canada for restoration; this past weekend I received them back.
The cases in question belong to two Pierce Navigator chronographs that I’ve had on my bench for a while now. I’ve completed cleaning and assembly of the watch movements but the since the watch cases were in poor condition I decided having them restored was a worthwhile endeavor.
Both Navigators are from the late 40’s or early 50’s. One is gold plated with a single pusher and the other is nickel plated with two pushers. Below you can see condition of each prior to replating.
I sent the single pusher gold plated case to RePlateIt along with a new pusher and bushing. The pusher and bushing are new old stock and were not plated. I did however have proper nickel plated new old stock pushers for the nickel case so just the unplated bushings were sent out with the case.
Being that I’m in California and RePlateIt is in Canada I was expecting the turn around to be a lengthy affair but just days after sending the parts off I received an estimate for service which I gladly accepted. Unfortunately, I delivered the parts right before their summer break and therefore had to wait an extra month before receiving them back. Still it was apparent at unboxing that the wait was well worth it.
Following are the images of my unboxing. I didn’t get a picture of the complimentary Werther’s scotch candy that was included before it was consumed but the rest is pretty much how it was delivered.
I can’t speak to the durability of the plating but I can say the final product well exceeded my expectations. After seeing the work performed on just these two cases I’m absolutely certain I’ll be utilizing their services again. Well done lads!