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Help me decide on a tritium watch

Discussion in 'Watches' started by Evil D, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Evil D

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    Nice watch. I really like that whole line.

    Winding - I think you'll find that the power reserve will keep it going through the night. If not, it shouldn't hurt to give the stem a few turns to get it moving, then a few more to keep it going. Then, strap it on and go about your business.

    I have a number of auto winders and I'm bound to a desk virtually all day. Even my sedentary habits will keep them wound.

    And you shouldn't have any trouble with over winding - automatic movements have clutches that prevent damage from over winding. Not sure about the Hamiltons, but a glance at the manual should cleat that up.



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    Yeah I haven't had any problems with it at all. It runs a little on the fast side but it's still less than a minute fast after 2 months of wearing it (meaning it still reads exactly to the minute with my GWS, it's just 30ish seconds fast). It has been an awesome watch so far. I replaced the band with a Maratac Mil Series Nato and I forget I'm wearing it, it's a good bit lighter than my GWS even being a 42mm vs the GWS's 40. I guess that's where the titanium vs stainless comes into play. Probably most impressive to me is how the sapphire has resisted scratching (hopefully I don't jinx myself here) but I expected that since it has a slightly domed surface that it would scratch, but after 2 months of wear I have some light wear marks in the black coating but nothing on the sapphire. It seems like a really tough watch so far.
     
  2. Beneficial

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    The only tritium watch worth buying is Ball.
     
  3. COfastwrx

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    Deep Blue and Armourlite

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    I've got to agree, Deep Blue. I have that exact DB, too bad it is too big for my wrist.

    Anyway, the OP post was dated August 2015. Just sayin'...
     
  5. EZDog

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    Also I am pretty sure these are not sold anymore?
    I have tried to snag one too.
     
  6. karlito

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    The DayNight 32 are no longer sold, but check out the DB T100 divers which can be found for around $230 great bang for the buck; T100 trit, sapphire crystal, ceramic bezel, quality rubber strap. Keep an eye on watchrecon or FeeBay. Good luck.

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  7. COfastwrx

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    Yeah I searched and figured this was the most recent trit watch thread. I have been extremely impressed with my DP, it keeps perfect time and its built like a tank. I'm itching for another one
     
  8. karlito

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    How did you get such terrific lume pics? Mine always turn out terribly.
     
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    I like using low light + low aperture f stop + longer exposure times on a tripod. Here is a non-trit shot that shows the long exposure with the second hand.

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  11. EZDog

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    The Tris on my 2 Marathons have been pretty underwhelming really.
    If they have the T100 trit available I sure wish they had used them on mine?

    Most of the T25 Trit look exactly the same to me.
     
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    When I first wanted a quality watch I thought that I needed a watch with tritium illumination. I ended up getting a watch with luminova which I have found stays illuminated through the night. If I wake up at 0300 and check my wrist I can read the time.

    I have since purchased a Reactor Atom Never Dark which has lume paint on the numerals and tritium tubes. At 0300 the tritium is slightly brighter than luminova, but both can be read. I recommend checking out the Reactor Never Dark line, they have both quartz and automatic.
     
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  13. EZDog

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    Trit is never tough to see when dark adapted so in the middle of the night it is perfect for me!
    Trit is tough when I am not adapted and then it is just dim compared to Luminova.

    I have never seen any Luminova that lasts all night,not once.
    Trit stays the way it is bit lasts 30 years or so exactly the same in my experience.
     
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    I always think of watches as a long term thing. When we talk about radiation decay, we use half life. Tritium has a half life of 12.5 years. This means that in 12.5 years it will be half as bright as it is now. 25 years 1/4, 37.5 years, 1/8 and so on. 4 half lifes (50 years) is 1/16 or 7% of the original value.

    Glow lume lasts practically forever needing only a brief recharge period before darkness. I have several watches that are easily readable after 8 hours of darkness.

    Tritium looks great, but I plan on handing down any good watches to grandchildren.
     
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    A decent watchmaker will be able to replace tritium and if you want to hand down a quality watch it will need to be serviced 'regularly' anyways. For something like BALL watches i even think replacing the vials even an official option during scheduled maintenance.
     
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    I didn't realize they replaced the trit cells. How much does that run? (Ballpark)
     
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    No clue, have never done it myself. I imagine its really expensive especially in the US given the required licencing to import or sell anything radioactive. If you have a good watchmaker you might be able to purchase the vials yourself and ask him to install it all, in that case it would run about the same as a watch-face renovation + basic service i guess. The vials themselves are not that bad, couple bucks a piece (but that does add up if you watch uses two dozen of em). Over here in the Netherlands there's a bloke selling vials @ $7.50 for 5mm and $11 for 8mm, so a dozen of the small ones would set you back about a hundred bucks shipped.