When it comes to coolness, black is always a winner since it associates on class, style and luxury. But when it comes to black PVD coating on your wristwatch, some may wonder does it really add to longevity as it certainly adds to the price. Let’s check it out.
As you may already know, PVD aka physical vapor deposition signifies several deposition ways to produce durable coatings in many of areas of human efforts such as: watches, optics, aerospace, automotive and firearms. It is mostly used to improve the durability and the resistance of various parts and units to many influences such as oxidation, shocks or time. Besides, it also has a decorative use, as it can change the color of stainless steel and many other metals by using different gases in the processes. But how practically important is it for your watch?
Depends on what kind of watch you’re wearing.
For example, take a look at our showcase pictures. If your interest in accessories doesn’t go much further than $50 watch, then digging into PVD coating is probably not worth your time, especially your investment, simply stated, because the longevity won’t be your main priority. If, on the other hand, you like to own your favorite things for a long time, then reading this article is a sign you’re waiting for.
You see, PVD coating, kind of vaporizes the surface of various metals and makes a special, protective layer on them. This layer is much more durable and resistant than the metals or alloys itself, which is especially important to the owners of watches made for specific purposes, such as divers watches for example. I mean, dump any metal in salted water for a while, add pressure and tiny living organisms to it and you won’t be able to recognize it after a short time. That’s exactly where PVD coating jumps in. But that’s only a part of the answer to the question…
The process of PVD can be quite expensive, so many people wonder is there a cheaper coating method that serves the same purpose and is investing in a PVD coated equipment really worth the cost? Well, depends on what you want. Because, as the old saying says: “If you don’t know what is good, seek the expensive”.
There may be cheaper and yet decent coating options, but if you’re really an owner of, let’s say, one of the watches from Seiko PADI or Seiko Stargate series, you really don’t want to wear it with super cheap watch band, do you? You’d want yours to be durable and reliable in any kind of environment. Plus, if you want it to be good-looking too, the PVD coating will also deliver. Take a look for yourself.
It is also possible to add PVD coating to your strap band or watch additionally but this process may be a lot more expensive in more than one way. For example, doing it on your own on your watch certainly ruins the manufacturers guarantee so you probably don’t want to do that. And, doing it on your strap band is certainly too expensive as it is more affordable (and simpler!) to just buy black PVD watch strap.
So the answer to the question if the PVD is long lasting is definitely yes, but it may not be the best choice for the lovers of the cheap class of watches as it is made to stand the tests of time and other influences especially in cases like, for example, you own Seiko watches from the limited series etc.
In the end, timeless takes time – and time is, well, money.
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Written by M.H.
Photo by Toni