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    Hardest materials?

    Which materials are the most scratch resistant?

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    Re: Hardest materials?

    Ceramic. But also more brittle and less forgiving than steel, so you trade off looking pristine against the risk of the case breaking.

    EDIT: Beyond that, I would imagine some of the hardened steels, such as Sinn's tegmented steel (~1200 Vickers) and Bremont's whatever-they're-calling-it steel (~2000 Vickers).

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    Re: Hardest materials?

    Tungsten carbide is very resistant to scratches.

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    Diamond.
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    Re: Hardest materials?

    Rado vk10. 10,000 Vickers
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    Re: Hardest materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    Diamond.
    Somehow I wonder whether diamond wld make for an affordable watch, Brad.

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    Re: Hardest materials?

    Let me elaborate just a little on my original question.

    Somehow I like titanium and until now I never really worried about how scratch resistant it is. But being on this site since a few days I have started to think about it.
    One thing in particular was a message about Rado having developed a process to harden Titanium, quick conclusion: it could use some improvement!
    I knew about diamond being the hardest, but I doubt that would work for a watch case and/or band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjacobusse View Post
    Somehow I wonder whether diamond wld make for an affordable watch, Brad.
    True, true - but you didn't specify it has to be affordable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wjacobusse View Post
    Let me elaborate just a little on my original question.

    Somehow I like titanium and until now I never really worried about how scratch resistant it is. But being on this site since a few days I have started to think about it.
    One thing in particular was a message about Rado having developed a process to harden Titanium, quick conclusion: it could use some improvement!
    I knew about diamond being the hardest, but I doubt that would work for a watch case and/or band.
    My Sinn T2 is grade 5 titanium and it scratches about as easily as stainless steel - no noticeable difference.
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    Re: Hardest materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    True, true - but you didn't specify it has to be affordable.
    ..or a watch, for that matter.
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