To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.
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    Question To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.

    PVD or No PVD? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

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    Re: To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.

    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The scratches and dents of outrageous PVD,
    Or to take arms against a sea of scratches,
    And by buying a steel case, end them.



    Massacring of a classic work aside, I can only really think of disadvantages. I am biased though as I can't stand PVD watches. Imo you should only wear one of you're in the armed forces and actually need something that's non reflective.

    Disadvantages:

    The coating can be scratched or chipped off (particularly on cheaper models)
    PVD watches are often slightly more expensive that they're standard counterparts.
    You'll look a bit of an idiot wearing a full black PVD watch in my opinion.


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    No reflection so you won't get shot by a sniper.

    That's pretty much it.
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    Re: To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.

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    No reflection so you won't get shot by a sniper.
    Yup. Good advice.

    PVD looks good until the first scratch and then it's lights out. Cannot buff out like SS. Once it gets marked, you have to re-coat the entire thing.

    Not a biggie for some, but if you are a scratch-freak, this is not the coating for you.
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    Re: To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.

    The previous response was about the material aspects of PVD. My response would be simply one of color coordination: some dials and hands will just look better set in a black frame than in various tones of white or yellow metal. So, there's that to consider.

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    Re: To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.

    It's all about the look.

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    Re: To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.

    I like the look of mine but haven't had any scratches (yet.) Not sure if I'd get another. One all black might be enough.

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    Re: To PVD or Not to PVD, that is the question.

    5 years on my PVD Chase-Durer and it still looks like new. And it was my daily wearer for a while.

    But....PVD is a process. PVD doesn't have to always be black, and what's PVD'd isn't always equal. You can buy an awful coating or a great one, and it's not always dependent on price or brand. My Chase-Durer is nowhere in the league of Tutima, for example, but I've seen on this forum a Tutima that had the coating rubbing off in a very short period of time. I've also seen 30 year old Chronosport UDTs that look pretty good.

    I love my black PVD watch.

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