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Old 05-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #4516
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Nice cufflinks!

I just picked up a new watch, LUM-TEC M27 GMT Tungsten:





I love it! What is the case diameter? Like 48~50mm?
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:40 AM   #4517
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I love it! What is the case diameter? Like 48~50mm?
44mm excluding the crown. looking at 48mm with the crown, but the Lum-Tec's look bigger than they wear. Great looking watches, the Tungsten Carbide is a sweet case material, looks like black chrome and tough as nails. (just don't drop it.)
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:06 PM   #4518
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I love it! What is the case diameter? Like 48~50mm?



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44mm excluding the crown. looking at 48mm with the crown, but the Lum-Tec's look bigger than they wear. Great looking watches, the Tungsten Carbide is a sweet case material, looks like black chrome and tough as nails. (just don't drop it.)
Yep, 44mm excluding crown. About the same size as my Panerai and wears similarly. The finish on the Tungsten is very shiny. Apparently Tungsten is harder than SS but not as flexible so with enough force it could shatter/break.

Here is another shot showing some of the reflection:

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Old 05-01-2012, 01:25 PM   #4519
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I really like the lume as well. how bright is it and how long does it last?
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:50 PM   #4520
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I really like the lume as well. how bright is it and how long does it last?
The lume is very good. From the LUM-TEC website:
Every LÜM-TEC watch features our exclusive MDV Technology™.
This is a special 8 layer application of ultra bright glowing Super-Luminova photo-luminescent material.

The lume is supposed to last hours, but I haven't done a test so don't know how long and of course there are variables to how strong a charge it gets, ambient light, and so forth. Don't believe it would last as long as tritium tubes.

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:42 AM   #4521
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The lume is very good. From the LUM-TEC website:
Every LÜM-TEC watch features our exclusive MDV Technology™.
This is a special 8 layer application of ultra bright glowing Super-Luminova photo-luminescent material.

The lume is supposed to last hours, but I haven't done a test so don't know how long and of course there are variables to how strong a charge it gets, ambient light, and so forth. Don't believe it would last as long as tritium tubes.

I (charged my) M23 under a light source for 10 min and the LUM was electric for a good solid 3 hours, then faded , but still able to read in the dark 4 hours later.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:06 AM   #4522
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I (charged my) M23 under a light source for 10 min and the LUM was electric for a good solid 3 hours, then faded , but still able to read in the dark 4 hours later.
That is about like a few Invictas I have with what THEY call Super Luminova. I don't mind it fading a little during the night because when it has been dark a while your eyes get so acclimated you can easily see the lume even after many more then 3 hours. I will say that one day I will own a Ball watch that has that super bright never fading Tritium in it,
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:57 AM   #4523
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That is about like a few Invictas I have with what THEY call Super Luminova. I don't mind it fading a little during the night because when it has been dark a while your eyes get so acclimated you can easily see the lume even after many more then 3 hours. I will say that one day I will own a Ball watch that has that super bright never fading Tritium in it,
Superluminova was actually what tempered my interest in Tritium. I really like tritium tubes. But so few manufacturers actually run with it. Superluminova is only really great for the first half hour or so. But it's still bright enough to get you through the night. good enough.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:58 AM   #4524
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Superluminova was actually what tempered my interest in Tritium. I really like tritium tubes. But so few manufacturers actually run with it. Superluminova is only really great for the first half hour or so. But it's still bright enough to get you through the night. good enough.
Yep, any lume that needs to be charged looses it pretty quick. The Trit used on Ball Watches rocks because they use a lot.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:09 AM   #4525
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Yep, any lume that needs to be charged looses it pretty quick. The Trit used on Ball Watches rocks because they use a lot.
My problem is that I don't find the tritium tubes to be a decorative element, although their function is undeniable. Pity we can't go back to Radium dials.

In truth though, all of my watches newer than 10 years can be read all night long even without boosting the snot out of the lume - my 20 year plus old Breitling and Omega are the worst, but the lume back then was not that good to begin with - age was not kind. The Omega, boosted can be seen almost half an hour.

The newest, my SARB has great hands but even the TINY dots at the hours can be seen at 5 am. We have to see how long that will last into the future of course. The Smiths lights up the ceiling!
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #4526
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I really like the lum on my Orange Monster.
I don't like the 40 seconds it loses every day.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #4527
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I really like the lum on my Orange Monster.
I don't like the 40 seconds it loses every day.
Pop that Monster open and adjust it.

I like the old tritium-based Luminova on my old IWC Aquatimer, but, at 13 years old now, it has dimmed noticeably, as the half-life of tritium is roughly 12 years. But to my knowledge, no one uses the old TRITEC tritium paint anymore.

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:39 PM   #4528
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Pop that Monster open and adjust it.

I like the old tritium-based Luminova on my old IWC Aquatimer, but, at 13 years old now, it has dimmed noticeably, as the half-life of tritium is roughly 12 years. But to my knowledge, no one uses the old TRITEC tritium paint anymore.

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The painted version fares more poorly than the trit tube version, bcs it has to deal with deterioration in addition to decay.

Wrt the aesthetics of trit tubes... Ball's been experimenting with some pretty cool ways to avoid that.

Look at the arabic chapters here...nicely done:

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:50 PM   #4529
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True, plus, there's less gas volume there to stay alive.

That Ball is very nice! Well done!

For others who aren't familiar with the tritium-based luminous paints that replaced the old radium-based paints in the watch and instrument making industry, if you come across a vintage watch that notes on the dial:

T - SWISS MADE - T

or

T25

that means the wristwatch has tritium-based paints incorporated on the dial, hands, and perhaps bezel. The T notes the radioactive substance, and the 25 means the total emission is equal or less than 25 millicuries.

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:56 PM   #4530
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I really like the lum on my Orange Monster.
I don't like the 40 seconds it loses every day.
Yeah, EASILY adjusted.
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