Durability of ion plating?

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    Durability of ion plating?

    There's some sharp-looking watches with the black "ion plating", but I'm skeptical about the durability of this.

    Is this the sort of thing that scratches and wears off over time?

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    Re: Durability of ion plating?

    The answer is, "it depends". Let me illustrate: my son has a Fossil watch with black IP all over (case and bracelet). He wears it every day and he's generally rougher on his watch than I am with mine (he's 12 - go figure); after six months, some of the plating has worn off the bracelet...but, the case is pristine. If he wasn't quite as rough with it, I'd say the bracelet would be pretty close to the same.

    I'd say with any daily beater, you can expect some sort of bracelet wear over time regardless of the finish.

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    Re: Durability of ion plating?

    I'm looking at a black ion-plated Citizen Nighthawk.

    Hopefully it won't look like ass in a week...

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    Re: Durability of ion plating?

    Dan, was just curious. How did the black plating hold up?

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    Ion plating is the watch case equivalent to double AR on crystals. Looks nice at first, it sucks every fingerprint within a mile to it and scratches very easy.
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    Re: Durability of ion plating?

    Quote Originally Posted by samanator View Post
    Ion plating is the watch case equivalent to double AR on crystals. Looks nice at first, it sucks every fingerprint within a mile to it and scratches very easy.
    I have had watch made by Adina, an Australian maker using the ionic plating process. The maker claims the plating is 3 microns. I own one of these fully gold ionised method watches and can't find a fault with the product. I'll come back in 6 Months to update, but so far it's lustre is exceptional.

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