Scratches on watch and why black watches do not resist wear and tear

Published : 10/31/2014 09:52:17

Why do black watches not resist wear & tear marks and scratches?


98% of watch brands use low-quality coating for their black watches, including the most renowned watch brand names

When it comes to scratches on the watch, your beloved black PVD coating watch, for example, you want to make the most of your investment. Finding the right black watch is not always obvious. Here at Wryst, we want to explain in detail the difference between black watch coating technologies and how resistant they can be to scratches, wear & tear.


What is the difference between black PVD and black DLC coating…?


What is Black PVD Coating Technology?

PVD is the abbreviation of “Physical Vapour Deposition.” PVD coating is a plasma coating deposition technology. The materials are vaporized under vacuum coating conditions to obtain a PVD coating. A vacuum chamber is necessary to avoid the reaction of the vaporized material with air.

This kind of coating for your timepiece should not be your choice, not at all. Unfortunately, it is still used by 98% of brands for their metal black watches. Advice: if you see “Black PVD” mentioned in the specifications of the watch you are about to purchase, then reconsider your options! Any attempt to removing scratches from your black PVD coating watch will fail. Whether you are trying a soft cloth, soft polishing rag, or a polishing cloth, it will not change anything. The reason is, the base metal with black color on the casing and covering up the bezel around the watch face is hiding under the surface the raw stainless steel, which is much lighter in color.

Here is an example of scratches on watch after only a few years, covered in scratch marks, wear & tear marks with this very old and outdated coating:


Scratches on watch Breitling with black PVD coating


Do you want this for your Black watch??
The new trend for scratch-resistant black watches:


The Black DLC coating explained:

Diamond-like carbon (DLC) used at Wryst Timepieces is a class of amorphous carbon material that displays some of the diamond's typical properties. DLC is the usual choice for coating other materials that could benefit from some of those properties. For example, a coating of only two μm thickness of ta-C increases ordinary stainless steel resistance against abrasive wear, changing its lifetime in such service from one week to 85 years, avoiding scratches on the watch.

The value of such diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings accrues the ability to provide some of the diamond properties. The primary desirable qualities are hardness, wear resistance, and slickness (DLC film friction coefficient against polished steel ranges from 0.05-0.20).

Used in the sold-out limited edition sports watch collection “Airborne” in the previous years, Wryst offers in 2014 the same scratch-resistant black coating for the Wryst Ultimate collection.


Black Watch DLC Coating Scratch-Resistant


Scratch-resistant Black Watch


Black DLC watch Wryst Ultimate


Get your scratch-resistant black sports watch now

and for many years to come! Wear & tear marks free at:


Here is what one of our customers says about his own experience:


“I have had a Wryst Airborne for a year and a half.

Zero scratches on the coating or crystal”. M. Petrose, Ohio USA


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06/21/2020 02:24:53

I hope more luxury brands are adopting the real deal with DLC because it is a shame to use poor quality coating and could hardly damage a brand reputation if they do not use it on the long run. Anyway, glad to have found the cheapest black DLC prices areound for Swiss quality watches. I have started saving..! I love the all black ES20 - Just stunning


06/02/2020 10:21:45

old article, and times have changed. not about the information you provided concerning black PVD, but about whether it is desirable. having been OCD about scratches on my watches for years, i still am. however, in that time the concept of 'distressed' PVD watches has come into its own, where actual wear is applied to NEW PVD watches to give a very cool look of older heuers and other classic PVD pieces. i started seeing these pieces a few years back and was amazed how an OCD scratch avoidance freak such as myself, could find them attractive. add to that the new interest in bronze and brass watches where patina and distressing is prized, and you get a new milieu. of course we all know the prized patina of old rolex, both on the dial and case, where you never ever want to polish one lest you destroy the provenance. now the wearing off of black PVD on various watches has become an accepted and even cool element. what you write about what will happen to black PVD is absolutely correct. if you don't want that happening to your watch, get DLC (that will have some wear through over time, much much less, and possibly none if babied), steel or ceramic and tungsten. but no matter what you have in your collection, you might want a few pieces of black PVD that will turn into a very cool classic timepiece as you wear it. i'm not talking about trashing them, but just the beautiful patina of bezel and watch edges gently peaking out behind the black, and the gentle wear across other areas too. i HAVE seen people purposely distress the cases of these pieces, and have been surprised how cool that looks as well. but whatever your choice, strong distressing, or gently doing it yourself over the years, you might consider trying a PVD watch and going there. in fact, the one you show in this story may have been considered trashy when the article was written in 2014, but as i write this in 2020, it looks pretty darn cool!


06/20/2019 01:36:47

I can confirm I purchase a Wryst Ultimate es60 in black and red and the coating is totally immaculate after 6 months of wearing it. Watch feels bold and sturdy on the wrist. Thank you so much I was desperate to find a descent Swiss watch with black coating.


11/06/2018 18:01:43

So I believe my best bet is to purchase a black watch with DLC coating. My problem is, there are not many around, why is that?

Sam P

10/13/2018 22:02:05

Great topic and very informative thanks!


10/03/2018 10:36:33

Can you please develop your explanation about black DLC? I do not understand why it is not scratch resistant. tHX

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09/18/2018 06:38:46

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Paul S

09/12/2018 15:02:11

It's really a great and helpful content about scratch-resistant DLC. I am happy that you simply shared this useful info with us. Thank you.

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09/06/2018 17:02:45

Peculiar article, just what I was looking for.

Mike Dallas

Nice article!


Thank you, your explanations are awesome. Will make sure to purchase a Wryst with that black scratch resistant coating. Thx

Jason Z

Fantastic post. I learnt a lot about black watch coatings. Thx


Great blog explaining things very well. Thax and nice one