So I'm looking for an all black watch and I've actually had a few, but moved them on due to "risk of scratching them up" ... I've had somewhat expensive PVD coated watches and DLC watches. But due to the value of the watch, I found myself worrying too much about damaging them, so they all have moved on.
So this is a two fold question.... First, which black coatings/process is the MOST scratch resistant? I'm interested in a satin black, not polished, so I'm assuming ceramic would be out. Damast layer on the Damasko watches? DLC coating? Any other process I'm not aware of?
Second part is, of the most durable/scratch resistant coatings/treatments, are there more moderately priced watches that have them (< $1000) ? It always seems that the ones with these better coatings tend to be in the upper price ranges.
I figure if I can find a watch that had a really durable flat/satin black coating that wasn't too expensive, I wouldn't let the fear of scratching or dinging it up ruin my enjoyment out of it. I really loved my old Breitling Blackbird Blacksteel, but was paranoid about damaging it up and that just ruined it for me.
I would really appreciate some opinions and experiences.