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Want nylon watch bands with black non-glare hardware / fittings? You need PVD!

August 20, 2010

If you’re not familiar with the jargon, you may be wondering what PVD means. Yes, that’s the official airport code for T.F. Green airport in Providence (Warwick), Rhode Island, but that’s a different PVD! We’re talking about the process used to apple various coatings to metal. Specifically, we’re interested in the black non-glare PVD coating that we use on our 20mm nylon watch bands and 22mm nylon watch bands. Yeah…the kind of stuff needed for spec ops, black ops, military missions, swat operations, etc., or even just because you like it!

Here’s what black non-glare PVD hardware looks like on various 22mm nylon watch bands (stainless steel hardware shown below for comparison):

Black 22mm nylon watch band - non-glare PVD
Classic Black 22mm Nylon Watch Band With Non-Glare PVD Hardware

Olive Drab 22mm Nylon Watch Band - Non-Glare PVD
Olive Drab 22mm Nylon Watch Band With Non-Glare PVD Hardware

ACU Gray 22mm Nylon Watch Band - Non-Glare PVD
ACU Gray 22mm Nylon Watch Band With Non-Glare PVD Hardware

Black 22mm Nylon Watch Band With Stainless Steel Hardware
Classic Black 22mm Nylon Watch Band With Stainless Steel Hardware

Olive Drab 22mm Nylon Watch Band With Stainless Steel Hardware

ACU Gray 22mm Nylon Watch Band With Stainless Steel Hardware

As you can see, the black non-glare PVD hardware is much less prominent than the stainless steel hardware – just what we are looking for in this case. So what is PVD?

Well, PVD is a process, not a thing. PVD stands for “physical vapor deposition” – a variety of vacuum deposition. Vacuum deposition uses a vacuum to deposit layers of a particular coating onto metal, either atom-by-atom or molecule-by-molecule. These coatings are quite durable and take a good bit of use before the black non-glare PVD finish begins to show signs of wearing thin. With enough wear and use, you will begin to see silver on the high spots, but the black non-glare black PVD is much more durable than any sort of paint or baked on finish.

So there you have it – a brief primer on black non-glare PVD coatings. If you are looking for heavy duty nylon watch bands with PVD or stainless steel hardware, you can use the links below to view our items:

Thanks for reading!


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