I've been really enjoying my new DC56 I picked up a few weeks ago. The watch fits great on the wrist and the blasted case is something special in person. The only aspect of the watch that I'm questioning is the exterior AR coating on the crystal.
After about two weeks of everyday wear (in an office environment), I noticed that the AR coating already picked up a faint hairline scratch and a tiny flea-bite mark. I have no clue how these marks got there and do not remember bumping the watch against anything. The general response to Damasko's AR coating in older threads seems to be a mixed bag. Some people have no scratches/marks after years of use, while others experience the exact opposite. I'm aware that Greg at Watchmann can replace the crystal with an inner-AR only crystal, but I do not want to replace the crystal on an essentially brand new watch. Plus, I enjoy the invisible crystal look and it was one of the reasons why I wanted to purchase a Damasko in the first place (it makes for nice pictures!). I have not had this experience with my Omega SMPc, which shows almost no wear on the coating after about two years.
For those of you Damasko owners with battered crystals, what should I expect after a few months of wear? How about after a few years? Will the on-wrist clarity of the crystal eventually suffer? Any pictures of your scratched up AR would be greatly appreciated (both for future reference and to ease my new-watch OCD), thanks!