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    PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    I originally posted this in the Orient Subforum, but I thought I would get more opinions here. Basically, my girlfriend bought me an Orient Hammerhead (FEM7D001B) for my birthday and I wore it today for the first time.

    After a standard workday in front of a computer, I return home to realize that the PVD coating is wearing away on the watchband. Now to my understanding, PVD coatings are extremely tough, definitely tougher than my faux wooden desk. Has anyone had any experience like this? Is it unreasonable to expect a PVD coated watch to resist wear from a single day of deskwork?

    I am almost certainly going to ask for a replacement watch, but I would like to hear your experiences.



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    Re: PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    That's not right at all - send it back.

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    Re: PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    Ouch, maybe you should get it exchanged for the standard steel version. This scuffing happens to all PVD watches eventually but it shouldn't be this quick.
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    Re: PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    Standard PVD coatings aren't particularly tough, about the same as an anodised aluminium item, but I wouldn't expect to see that after wearing for only 1 day!

    As JR says, send it back!


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    Re: PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    That looks anodized to me, not PVD treated.
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    Re: PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sodiac View Post
    That looks anodized to me, not PVD treated.
    if that's true, I'd definitely send it back. Otherwise, in my experience, PVD is a hit or miss application, and there are no guarantees. To me, it's not worth buying and taking on, unless you accept, and hopefully enjoy, what will be more evident wear than if it were uncoated SS.
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    Re: PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    Is the bracelet aluminum or titianium?

    If not, then it is not anodized. You cannot anodize stainless steel, or ant steel for that matter.

    Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is a process, not a coating. The actual coating can be Titanium Nitride (TiN) which is gold in color, Chromium Nitride (CrN), silver color, Titanium-Carbon Nitride (TiCN), blue-gray to pink depending on the Ti to C ratio or Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiAlN), black to bronze, depending on the Ti to Al ratio.

    All of these are very hard, coating primarily used to prolong the life of metal cutting tools, and as such are very resistant to wear.

    Of course, how clean the target material is and how thick the coat is applied will govern the durability. Too thick or too thin a coating will not last as long as one the optimum thickness, generally 2 to 5 microns.

    NOTE: Diamond-Like Carbon is not a PVD coating. It is a Chemical Vapor Diposition, and are much thicker, in the 5 to 10 micron range.

    To be honest, the bracelet looks like it was just painted with a thin enamel...
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    Re: PVD Coating Wearing Off After A Single Day of Wear!

    People always ask what the differences between a cheap watch and a good one are. Here's exhibit A.

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    PVD applied coatings are incredibly thin and can wear through quickly depending on what they are made of and what they contact. Are you sure the material was applied by PVD and not some other process? The wear you are showing is happening at high spots or those most vulnerable. You could try complaining to the seller, but expect a lot of pushback. If you can get the seller to exchange at a discount for a stainless steel version I would do it.

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    Where does it say it's PVD? I went to their website and it doesn't say PVD anywhere.
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