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    Stainless Steel Finishes

    What is the difference and pros and cons of stainless steel finishes available on watches. I'm familiar with polished, but could you knowledgeable folks distinguish between satin, matte, sandblasted, beadblasted, etc... What's the most durable, easiest to maintain, least resistant to scratch, most attractive? Thanks.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Finishes

    Quote Originally Posted by donrikkles View Post
    What is the difference and pros and cons of stainless steel finishes available on watches. I'm familiar with polished, but could you knowledgeable folks distinguish between satin, matte, sandblasted, beadblasted, etc... What's the most durable, easiest to maintain, least resistant to scratch, most attractive? Thanks.
    I think it is a matter of taste. Some finishes tend to conceal scratches better then others.

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    Re: Stainless Steel Finishes

    Quote Originally Posted by donrikkles View Post
    What's the most durable, easiest to maintain, least resistant to scratch, most attractive?
    Just my two cents:
    rank 1: Damasko ice-hardened cases
    rank 2: Sinn tegimented cases

    Here´s a pic of my 2004 DC 56. Looks like new doesn´t it:



    Sandblasting or bead blasting is a generic term for the process of smoothing, shaping and cleaning a hard surface by forcing solid particles across that surface at high speeds; the effect is similar to that of using sandpaper, but provides a more even finish with no problems at corners or crannies. Sandblasting can occur naturally, usually as a result of the particle blown by the wind causing eolian erosion, or artificially, using compressed air. An artificial sandblasting process was patented by Benjamin Chew Tilghman on October 18, 1870 (source: Wikipedia).
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    Re: Stainless Steel Finishes

    The way I see the finishes is a polished finish is more likely than any other to show scratches (whether they are minor or not) and brushed probably next in line. Bead/sand blasted finishes are probably more resistant to minor scuffs or scrapes. But when those finishes are damaged they're harder to repair.

    If your have a polished SS finish you can polish it out pretty easy and if you have a brushed finish it's really easy to take a Scotch Brite pad and make it look new again. It's a bit harder with a matte/blasted finish.
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