First, I'd like to say Merry Christmas to you, and hope you and Yours have a (much) Happy New Year!
I've recently acquired a few Noob and HF Panerai (026, 056, 177, 390) models... Two of them have pretty crappy center pin polish jobs on them, mostly a rough conical shape as opposed to the properly done slightly domed and highly polished center pin.
To fix this, I thought to initially send one to my watchmaker to dome and polish...
He's come back saying that the pins seem to be chrome plated over some red (possibly brass) metal.
Has anyone experienced this, or even better, do any of you have a solution to these poorly manufactured center pins?