Is a black ion plated finish durable?

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    Is a black ion plated finish durable?

    I am thinking about purchasing an Invicta watch (#4322) with a black ion plated finish. I am wondering if this finish scratches easily?

    TIA for any information/opinions.

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    Re: Is a black ion plated finish durable?

    No responses? Is it because I mentioned the "I" word.

    No one has had a watch with black ion plating?

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    Re: Is a black ion plated finish durable?

    Maybe try posting in the affordables forum.
    Greetings from that Island they call Long!

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    Re: Is a black ion plated finish durable?

    It scratches the same as ss does.

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    Re: Is a black ion plated finish durable?

    Quote Originally Posted by kkoenning View Post
    No responses? Is it because I mentioned the "I" word....
    Not here! In my own family, we are watch "collectors" - not watch "snobs". We have AP's, R's, B's, BP's, JLC's - and also various I's, Orients, Seikos, and Citizens!

    Sorry - don't have any experience with ionic plating - and I am assuming that's not the same as PVD or DLC?

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    Re: Is a black ion plated finish durable?

    Black ion is used by a few companies, incl. Casio and Invicta on their lower range models.

    It's shinier than PVD, looks like paint actually.

    Similar process to PVD but it was described to me as thicker than PVD (i.e. goes beneath the surface of the metal).

    This means if you scratch it once, you're not likely to expose the base metal. But they do scratch. And if they hold up about as well as my PVD, the finish's gonna look awful in no time...
    Last edited by vandice; December 14th, 2007 at 15:42.

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