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Kurt, here is a 1971 Belle with gold plating. It stood up well IMO, though it shows wear around the lugs.
dial3 by blingmeister, on Flickr

a rare 1990 alarm watch..gold plated bezel/case in reasonable shape....
dial by plant by blingmeister, on Flickr

This 1994 Seiko Leganza line chrono was kept in super condition when I found it online Yahoo auctions....
The 2 tone gold areas are very clean showing no rubbing ...

dial front view by blingmeister, on Flickr
 

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I believe Seiko stopped using gold plating quite a while back and switched to titanium nitride. It has the benefits of adhering better to stainless, and is actually harder than the stainless underneath.

I saw one of these in person when I was in Thailand a few weeks ago, and while it isn't my style, it is a really beautiful and well finished watch.
 

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Kurt,

I have had at least a dozen gold tone Seikos through the years, including one that was my daily watch for a dozen+ years, and a couple of others from the early 80s that are still fine. I can't remember a single one having any problem. I recognize that is a small sample size compared to the number of Seikos made, but does indicate to me good probability of success.

Regards,

Dave
 
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