Use of Non-rhodium parts in Cal 1001 ?

Hello fellow Hour Lounger's - With some assistance from WHL in an earlier posting,I have been trying to put this particular problem to bed once and for all - there appears to be some non-rhodium plated parts in this Cal 1001 and I have never seen that before - WHL has express disquiet and concern about this,what do other members think ?
Re: Use of Non-rhodium parts in Cal 1001 ? pics
08/04/2009 - 21:11
The non-plated parts are the ones that were originally black-polished.
08/05/2009 - 12:11
As I believe I mentioned before, you wouldn't expect black-polished parts to be rhodium-plated. In lower-quality watches the polished parts might not be as well polished, but they would still not be plated. Generally, when the fourth wheel cock is made in two pieces with the end piece being black-polished it's a sign of very high quality. (The major watch houses all used to do that; now I think only Lange and some small shops do.) I would suspect that the parts that now look the worst could be polished back to their original brilliance if anyone were willing to put in the effort.
As others stated below the screws have been changed especially
08/05/2009 - 16:40
the one on the right of the cal number which is not even flat!  The black polished parts seem rusted or have been changed but just don't have the right sheen
This a pic of one cal.1003 I have.
08/06/2009 - 01:22
Doc
And this is a pic of one cal.1002 I have.
08/06/2009 - 01:37
Sorry the post was to fast These two are followers to cal. 1001, which was the base caliber. Same diameter 20.80 mm on all three but the height differs: 1001 is 2.94 mm high cal. 1002 is 3.44 mm and cal. 1003 is 1.64mm, still the thinnest as you all know. No shockproof equipment here Doc
Galvanic reaction
08/05/2009 - 17:23
Doctor, Could it be some sort of galvanic reaction between the base "METAL" expander ring and the steel non-plated parts - - particularly if the watch was stored/worn in a high humidity environment?  My 1001 has no expander ring and all parts are clean and shiny.  While no expert, expander rings cause me concern as they facilitate putting smaller movements into larger cases without care to authenticity. Robert
I'm not an expert,
08/05/2009 - 18:37
and so I would follow Bill and Alex's advice... If you are really keen on getting the watch, I would use Bill's comments to negotiate down the price, and hope that the VC "spa treatment" won't be too expensive... Cheers, Francois
Thanks for all your input.
08/05/2009 - 22:31
Thanks to all the contributors to this and a related post concerning this movement.I have taken on board all the members comments and decided to not continue purchase of this item,phew !!!!!! - I think a sympathetic restoration would be to prohibitive and I will look else where. Thanks Dr Strangelove