DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

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    DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    Hi,

    I am considering adding a "fun" watch to my mix that has a DLC case.





    I do realize that all surface treatments can and will be scratched. But I do realize that there are differences in DLC based on process that can effect wear. I also know that there are many PVD coatings that have abraded badly over time and DLC'd bracelets that have worn (metal on metal abrasion). This watch is on a rubber strap. So where is the technology today? am I asking for trouble by buying a black DLC watch?

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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    DLC is almost impossible to scratch by abrasion, but you can damage it with impacts - it tends to chip rather than simply scratch. They tend to hold up better than black PVD.

    The dial looks cool, but I find the crown is unnecessarily big.
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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    Thank you.

    I would love to hear from others as well about how their watches have held up to normal wear and tear?

    Chronoswiss has their cases DLC'd by Argor-Aliba in Switzerland using their Dianoir (tm) process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WnS View Post
    DLC is almost impossible to scratch by abrasion, but you can damage it with impacts - it tends to chip rather than simply scratch. They tend to hold up better than black PVD.

    The dial looks cool, but I find the crown is unnecessarily big.
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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    I had a Steinhart Triton 100 DLC and it held up fine after a year and half until I sold it. The only blemish it had on the bezel was very very faint and I don't know how it got there. I did knock it on a door frame once and it showed no signs of it. Of course the watch is built like a tank. For me it held up really well, but it was on rubber and I would assume a DLC bracelet will show signs of wear much faster than the watch head.
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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    Thanks for sharing your experience with DLC.
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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    My DLC Dievas is pristine after a year - not a mark. That said I only wear it 1 in 3 days and don't subject it to much.

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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    my cheap (I think it was $150 or something) Fossil has a black DLC coating and I've beaten the heck out of the watch in Vietnam. It definitely has a number of scratches, but for what it has been through, I'm actually pretty impressed...I think if I babied it, it could go years without a visible (steel showing through) scratch. Still I prefer exposed metal because I can refinish or just send it in and have them do it quite easily.

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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    All positive experiences. I am getting the impression that the technology is robust if properly applied to the case.
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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    My DLC coated Halios Puck has taken a scratch from a careless strap change but shows no other signs of wear or tear. My DLC NFW Autopilot hasn't a scratch or blemish and neither of these watches are safe queens.
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    Re: DLC Coated Cases: Talk to me about your experiences

    My Ball Nighttrain is holding up well. Not a scratch or blemish of any signs.
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