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Old 03-06-2011, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have experience with the durability of black ion plated stainless steel bracelets? I am specifically looking at the Zodiac Deep Reef. I tend to wear a watch for a long period of time and wasn't sure if this coating would tend to wear away.
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Not sure about IP (Ionic Plating) but here's some info on black PVD (which, I believe is the same process. I think)

PVD stands for "Physical Vapor Deposition," a process that applies a thin coating of something to something else; in this case a thin film of black coating the watch's stainless steel parts.
PVD is applied in a vacuum deposition chamber. Generally, the problem with applying black PVD to a stainless steel wristwatch is that the PVD coating is much harder (at about 2,000 Vickers) than the steel underneath, which has a hardness of 140 Vickers.
This eventually leads the PVD to crack, show fissures, or even peel like an egg shell.


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Ive had a SL Commander for a few years that is
a knock around watch.It is Black IP and doesnt
have a mark or scratch on it.Its held up great..
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Ive had a SL Commander for a few years that is
a knock around watch.It is Black IP and doesnt
have a mark or scratch on it.Its held up great..
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If the PVD is bonded at the molecular level, it should be fine!:BE
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I have several Black IP watches by Renato and Invicta and have never had a problem with the finish.
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Thanks to all that have replied.
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Zodiac Deep Reef Quartz ZO7901 (White Dial)
Zodiac Deep Reef Quartz ZO7902 (Orange Dial)
Seiko 5 Sports Automatic SKZ251 (Yellow Dial, "Frankenmonster", 7S36 movt.)
Seiko 5 Sports Automatic SKZ249 (Orange Dial, "Frankenmonster", 7S36 movt.)
Seiko Automatic SKX779 (Black Dial "Black Monster", 7S36 movt.)
Seiko Automatic SKX781 (Black Dial "Orange Monster", 7S36 movt.)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100-1V (Digital Solar Atomic)
Deep Blue Daynight Diver T100 Automatic (Black/Orange, Miyota 8215 movt.)
Deep Blue Sunray Diver 1000 Automatic (Silvertone, Miyota 8205 movt.)
Deep Blue Master 2000 Diver (Black/Black/Blue, ETA 2824-2 movt.)
Citizen BJ8050-08E Eco-Drive Diver (Eco-Zilla)
Marathon JSAR II (GS-14F-0027K, Jan. 2010, ETA Jumbo F07 quartz movt., Le Grand Plongeur)
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