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Gold inlay on watch wrist band


#1

A friend came to me with his rolex watch, with gold inlay on the
Stanley Steel wristband, one piece had fallen of and asked me to
replace it.

Anyone know how the gold has been attached to the steel?

I assume it is some kind of glue, any one knows, if it is glue, what
type of glue to use?

Is there a way without glue?

I personally work only with sterling silver and have no experience
with gold etc

kind regards
peter
spain


#2

I did not receive any reply on my request for advice, could some
orchid member help me out on this one???

A friend came to me with his rolex watch, with gold inlay on the
Stanley Steel wristband, one piece had fallen of and asked me to
replace it.

Anyone know how the gold has been attached to the steel?

I assume it is some kind of glue, any one knows, if it is glue, what
type of glue to use?

Is there a way without glue?

I personally work only with sterling silver and have no experience
with gold etc

kind regards
peter
spain


#3

This might give you an idea:
http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep7z2c

(Forget the glue…)

Per


#4

Peter- I have repaired and restored countless Rolexes.

You can solder gold to stainless. Just be sure to use a paste flux.
You can use gold or silver solder.

Have fun and make lots of jewelry.
Jo Haemer
www.timothywgreen.com


#5
I personally work only with sterling silver and have no experience
with gold etc 

Perhaps then, you may wish to refer your friend to a goldsmith or
watchmaker for his Rolex.

Elaine
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com


#6

I didn’t even see this one… sorry.

From what I’ve read inlay is about undercuts, i.e. undercut the
stainless steel, then hammer the gold into place. However as I’ve
only read about it, I’m sure there are experienced people on this
list that would have a better answer.

Regards Charles A.


#7

Hello Peter,

If the gold was truly inlaid in the watchband, the gold has been
laid into a channel that was cut into the steel and fastened by
mechanical means. There are several ways that this is accomplished,
and it depends upon the size of the inlay, i.e., a larger section or
a simple gold wire design. Without having seen the band and the size
of inlay, it’s hard to say how it was done. If it is a simple line,
the channel in the steel band is slightly undercut, and high karat
gold wire is laid into the channel, and hammered down, forcing the
gold into the undercut which holds it into position. Then it’s
finished off flush. If it is a larger area, the steel may have
little “teeth” raised at the bottom of the area, and either a piece
of gold cut to size or gold wire is forced down onto the teeth to
help keep it in place. The large piece has to fit perfectly, and
there is usually some undercutting of the receiving edge as well to
hold the gold in place.

You may want to find an engraver in your area who can give some more
specifics, or check out various engraving sites online for inlay
videos. Steve Lindsey or Sam Alfano, among others, may have the
you need.

Melissa Veres, engraver


#8

Browns riffle supply company google them… think that is their name.
but know it is Browns… sells a paint on 24k gold inlay system for
guns that should work for you…simple to use and works well… cost
about $35-40.00 for the kit.

Vernon Wilson