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    Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    Hi Everyone.. I'm in need of some advice.. I'm about to pull the trigger on the most expensive watch I've ever purchased... Steinhart Nav B Chrono II... I've owned dozens of watches over the past few years, all of them mid range watches.. I do like the look of Stainless Steel, but recently Steinhart Released a DLC Version of the Nav B chrono II, So I'm trying to decide which model to order.

    My biggest concern with the DLC is how will it hold up over the next few years.. I do not plan on selling this watch anytime soon.. Should I play it safe and go for the Stainless Steel? Or throw caution to the wind and get the stealthy DLC? Here are some photo's below..

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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    Steel is timeless. DLC might possibly be a fad. Considering this is a major purchase, I'd go with timeless.

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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    Aesthetically, I prefer DLC a little more, the all black gives it a sharp look. The steel version has a transparent case back and domed crystal - that's also something to consider.
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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    The stainless steel has a better contrast, looks more classic, and has an exhibition case back - something I'm sure you'll want to show your friends if you're buying your first very expensive timepiece. Furthermore, the last letter in DLC is "Coating" (or "Carbon" but that's a little redundant isn't it? :) ) and even if it's "diamond-like," I question Steinhart's DLC technology, and predict that it, like virtually all coatings, will eventually show evidence of wear that will be more off-putting than the typical character-inducing patina of a well-worn SS surface. Even if it was flawless forever, it doesn't beat the attractiveness of SS or the case back, IMHO.
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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    I'm wondering if Steinhart's DLC refers to "Diamond-Like Coating"? (As with Ball watches.)
    If it is then it's worth getting because it's indeed better scratch-proofed as compared with SS.

    BUT if it's a fad than just get the SS or... maybe, check out other options
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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    Get the SS version. My coating on the ocean DLC is already showing wear after less than 2 weeks. I did get a replacement strap but still.. The coating on the case itself is somewhat ok, however, high abrasion points will fade pretty fast.

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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    Hmm... it's quite a let down if you're already seeing wear only 2wks in.
    But then again.. SS is quite the scratch magnet as well.

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    Get the SS version. My coating on the ocean DLC is already showing wear after less than 2 weeks. I did get a replacement strap but still.. The coating on the case itself is somewhat ok, however, high abrasion points will fade pretty fast.

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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    Stainless steel for the look and relative ease with which it can be restored.

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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    Stainless is traditional, adult, and more versatile. DLC looks more juvenile, can be scratched off, and quite possibly could prove to be a fad.
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    Re: Help deciding.. DLC Vs Stainless Steel?

    I don't think the black cases are a fad, but not all are created equal. My only experience is with PVD and it showed some scratches, mainly to the bracelet, and it bothered me. If you're wearing it on a strap it won't be as noticeable.
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