Thanks, Richard...December 20 2011 at 11:22 AM
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Response to Wow TG, that is a very nice watch,
The only thing that makes me a bit nervous about this watch is that the titanium case and mesh band had to be plated in order to get their colors.
I've had "bad" experiences with plated base metal watch cases in the past (although I found that gold "filled" did hold up well over time). This watch, however, is "IP plated" or "Ion Plated". This is a process that has been around for decades (also known as "PVD" or "Physical Vapor Deposition") and is used by industry and the military to coat metals with a microns thick layer of another metal or alloy of metals. The base metal to be coated has to be perfectly clean and then placed into a vacuum chamber. The item is given a negative electrical charge so that it can then attract positively charged gaseous metal ions to itself which are also known as plasma. The item will only be coated on surfaces exposed to the plasma.
Unlike gold electroplating, IP involves molecularly bonding a layer of very hard metal to the prepared surface of another metal in order to protect it from heat and friction. The process produces a coating that can last up to 10 TIMES as long as an electroplated layer of metal! Using various types of plating metals, it is possible to produce a variety of colors. I think the brown on this watch's case is produced by coating its titanium surfaces with a mixture of titanium, aluminum, and nitride.
Well, I'll probably wear this watch regularly and alternate it with my Invicta "Pro Diver" when I want something that is lighter on my wrist (many people who wear Skagen's claim they are the most comfortable watches they've ever worn). We'll see what shape mine is in, say, two years from now. The most errosion of the plating will probably take place on the mesh band first since its two pieces are rubbed together each time the watch is put on and taken off the wrist. If the black plating comes off of the mesh band to the point where I can see the base metal titanium through the wear spots, I can always replace it with a brown or black leather strap. Any bare titanium that is exposed can not rust and stain the skin and is hypoallegenic (that's why they use this metal to make things like artificial joints that can be left inside the body without causing an immune system reaction).
One nice feature of mesh bands is that they do not need to be sized. You just wear them like they are a regular leather strap. One bad feature is that the constant flexing of the metal can, over time, cause metal fatigue to set in and the strands to begin breaking and sticking into one's wrist. Well, maybe they have a weave to the metal strands that minimizes the chance of this happening.