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Is the black IP ("ion plating") coating on some of the G-Shock watches resistant to scratches? I noticed models that have it tend to be more expensive. Would like to think it's more than just asthetic.

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I've found the IP coating to be fairly scratch resistant, but I haven't owned my Black IPs long enough to provide long term test data.

I like these watches for their appearance and the feel of the black IP in hand and on the wrist, also very stealthy, nice matte finish.

I have to admit that when I'm wearing a black IP watch I think twice about movements that might bang it. It's almost second nature now, like Spider Sense = Black IP Sense.

My GL-7000RF is black IP, great watch, I've got the black IP giez coming in soon, that one is only IP on the case with rubber strap.

I never think twice about banging Gs with rubber straps or traditional stainless steel bracelets.

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my short experience with the black IP coating has been positive.

i think the key word here is [scratch] "resistant" (not [scratch] proof)

if you treat it bad enough, it will get scratches (pretty much true for anything everything)

my $0.02 on it is that it looks cool, wear it and treat it with respect (doesn't mean you need to baby it, but you probably shouldn't throw it off the 25th floor if you don't want scratches on it, it will keep ticking though ;-) ).

if it got scratches, that's more character on the watch (and show that you put it to good use |> )
 

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I can't comment on IP coat because I don't own any IP coated watches but I can say that DLC (diamond like carbon) coat on my Mr-G 7100 is 99.999% scratch-proof. Check out my post if you are skeptical. Good luck and Happy New Year:)
 
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