Precious Metals Marking Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1303)

Regulations are current to 2018-07-05

Watch Cases other than Bracelet Watch Cases

  •  (1) A quality mark specified in Column I of an item of the table to this section may be applied to a watch case, other than a bracelet watch case, if

    • (a) gold that is at least 10 karats in quality or silver that is at least 925 parts by weight in every 1,000 parts pure silver is plated to the entire outer surface of the watch case or of the specified components thereof, as the case may be, to a thickness that is at least that shown in Column II of that item;

    • (b) in respect of a quality mark specified in Column I of item 1 or 2 of the table

      • (i) two sheets of gold are soldered or brazed to the outer and inner surfaces of the hunting case front, if any, the back and caps, and

      • (ii) one sheet of gold is soldered or brazed to the outer surface of the centre, open-face or hunting bezel, pendant, crown and bow; and

    • (c) in respect of a quality mark specified in Column I of item 3 of the table

      • (i) two sheets of silver are soldered or brazed to the outer and inner surfaces of the hunting case front, if any, the back and caps, and

      • (ii) one sheet of silver is soldered or brazed to the outer surface of the centre, open-face or hunting bezel, pendant, crown and bow.

  • (2) Where a quality mark specified in Column I of item 4 or 5 of the table to this section is applied to a watch case plated with gold or silver respectively to a thickness of at least five micrometres, a statement of the thickness of the gold or silver expressed as a whole numeral and followed immediately by the word “micrometres”, or the symbol “vm” therefor, may be applied to the watch case in conjunction with the quality mark.

    TABLE

    Column IColumn II
    ItemQuality MarkThickness of the Gold or Silver
    1“Gold filled”, “G.F.” or “doublé d’or” together with the quality of the gold expressed in karats or decimals in characters of the same size as those employed in the quality mark75 micrometres on the outer surface of the hunting case front (if any), back, centre, open-face bezel (if any), pendant, crown and bow and 25 micrometres on the outer surface of the caps and hunting bezel (if any).
    2“rolled gold plate,” “R.G.P.” or “plaqué d’or laminé” together with the quality of the gold expressed in karats or decimals in characters of the same size as those employed in the quality mark35 micrometres on the outer surface of the hunting case front (if any), back, centre, open-face bezel (if any), pendant, crown and bow and 25 micrometres on the outer surface of the caps and hunting bezel (if any).
    3“silver filled”, “S.F.”, “doublé d’argent75 micrometres on the outer surface of the hunting case front (if any), besel (if any), pendant, crown and bow and 25 micrometres on the outer surface of the caps and hunting bezel (if any).
    4“gold electroplate”, “gold plated”, “G.E.P.”, “electro-plaqué d’or” or “or plaqué5 micrometres on the outer surface of the watch case.
    5“silver electro-plate”, “silver plate” “silver plated”, “electro-plaqué d’argent”, “plaqué d’argent” or any of the foregoing5 micrometres on the outer surface of the watch case.
  • SOR/85-386, s. 3;
  • SOR/93-234, s. 2(F).

Bracelet Watch Cases

  •  (1) A quality mark specified in Column I of an item of the table to this section may be applied to a bracelet watch case if

    • (a) in respect of a quality mark specified in Column I of item 1 or 2 of the table, a sheet of gold that is at least 10 karats in quality is soldered or brazed,

    • (b) in respect of a quality mark specified in Column I of item 3 of the table, a sheet of silver that is at least 925 parts by weight per 1,000 parts pure silver in quality is soldered or brazed,

    • (c) in respect of a quality mark specified in Column I of item 4 of the table, gold that is at least 10 karats in quality is plated by any means, or

    • (d) in respect of a quality mark specified in Column I of item 5 of the table, silver that is at least 925 parts by weight per 1,000 parts pure silver in quality is plated by any means

    to at least the thickness specified in Column II of that item to the entire outer surface of the bezel, the centre, if any, the lugs and the back of the watch case.

  • (2) Where only

    • (a) the bezel, centre and lugs, or

    • (b) the bezel

    of a bracelet watch case are plated as described in subsection (1), a quality mark specified in Column I of an item of the table to this section may be applied to the case if it is stamped, branded, engraved or imprinted in the location and accompanied by the words specified in Column III or IV of that item, whichever is applicable.

  • (3) Where a quality mark specified in Column I of item 4 or 5 of the table to this section is applied to a bracelet watch case plated with gold or silver respectively to a thickness of at least five micrometres, a statement of the thickness of the gold or silver expressed as a whole numeral and followed immediately by the word “micrometres”, or the symbol “vm” therefor, may be applied to the watch case in conjunction with the quality mark.

    TABLE

    Column IColumn IIColumn IIIColumn IV
    ItemQuality MarkMinimum Thickness of Gold or SilverLocation of mark and words to accompany it where the plated components are: bezel, centre (if any) and lugs onlyBezel only
    1“gold filled”, “G.F.” or “doublé d’or” together with the quality of the gold expressed in karats or decimals in characters of the same size as those employed in the quality mark75 micrometresOn the outer surface of the bezel and centre with the words “base metal back” or “fond en métal commun” or the name of the base metal and the word “back” or “fond” on the outer surface of the back of the case, or on the outer or inner surface of the back together with the words “base metal back” or “fond en métal commun” or the name of the base metal and the word “back” or “fondOn the outer surface of the bezel with the words “base metal” or “métal commun” or the name of the base metal on the outer surface of the back of the case, or on the outer or inner surface of the back together with the words “bezel” or “biseau” and “base metal” or “métal commun” or the name of the base metal
    2“rolled gold plate”, “R.G.P.” or “plaqué d’or laminé ” together with the quality of the gold expressed in karats or decimals in characters of the same size as those employed in the quality mark35 micrometresIdemIdem
    3“silver filled”, “S.F.”, “doublé d’argent75 micrometresIdemIdem
    4“gold electro-plate”, “gold plated”, “G.E.P.”, “electroplaqué d’or”, or “or plaqué5 micrometresIdemIdem
    5“Silver electro-plate”, “silver plate”, “silver plated”, “electro-plaqué d’argent”, “plaqué d’argent” or any abbreviation for any of the foregoing5 micrometresIdemIdem
  • SOR/85-386, s. 4.

Spectacle Frames

  •  (1) A quality mark specified in Column I of an item of the table to this section may be applied to a spectacle frame that

    • (a) is plated with gold of at least 10 karats in quality, and

    • (b) meets the requirements specified in Columns II and III of that item

    by stamping, branding, engraving or imprinting it on the frame front and at least one temple of the frame.

  • (2) Where a quality mark specified in Column I of item 1 or 2 of the table to this section is applied to a spectacle frame,

    • (a) a fraction showing the ratio of the weight of the gold in the frame to the gross weight of the frame, and

    • (b) a statement of the quality of the gold expressed in karats or decimals

    may be applied immediately preceding the quality mark.

  • (3) All numerals and characters expressing fractions or statements of quality authorized to be applied to an article by subsection (2) shall be of equal size and not larger than the quality mark referred to in subsection (1).

  • (4) Where a quality mark specified in Column I of item 3 of the table to this section is applied to a spectacle frame plated with gold to a thickness of at least one micrometre, a statement of the thickness of the gold expressed as a whole numeral and followed immediately by the word “micrometre”, or the symbol “vm” therefor, may be applied to the frame in conjunction with the quality mark.

    TABLE

    Column IColumn IIColumn III
    Quality MarkQuantity Precious Metal in the ArticleMethod of Plating
    1“gold filled”, “G.F.” or “doublé d’or

    Gold in plating 1/20, or such larger fraction as may be represented, of the gross weight of the entire article multiplied by

    • (a) 
      the quality of the gold, where represented in karats or decimals; or
    • (b) 
      0.416 where no representation in karats or decimals is made.
    Sheet of gold soldered or sweated
    2“rolled plate”, “R.P.”, “rolled gold plate”, “R.G.P.”, “placage laminé” or “plaqué d’or laminé

    Gold in plating less than 1/20, or such smaller fraction as may be represented, of the gross weight of the entire article multiplied by

    • (a) 
      the quality of the gold, where represented in karats or decimals; or
    • (b) 
      0.416 where no representation in karats or decimals is made.
    Sheet of gold soldered or sweated
    3“gilt”, “gold plated”, “G.E.P.”, “doré” or “or plaquéAny means
  • SOR/82-251, s. 3;
  • SOR/85-386, s. 5.
 
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