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Can tritium Speedie('69) markers be 'advance-patinated' to yellow?

  1. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Jan 24, 2015

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    I've heard of using coffee to DIY the hands to yellow/brown, but can the same process be easily performed (with care!) on the markers?

    To be clear, I don't want to remove any tritium, just change/add color...:)

    I don't have the tools or know-how to do this myself, but maybe my watchmaker could help...

    Am I out of my mind to even consider this?
     
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  2. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 24, 2015

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    Time and Sun has been the best method, has worked for years. ::popcorn::
     
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  3. Darlinboy

    Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Jan 24, 2015

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    My best advice is to let someone else go first.

    My not-so-good advice is to go for it, as I would like to see how it comes out. :p
     
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  4. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Jan 24, 2015

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    I'm not sure if I have the balls to be the first!

    I'm hoping to hear someone say that they did this successfully(or know someone who did!) without any loss of tritium, and a nice result with pictures.
     
  5. g-boac

    g-boac Jan 24, 2015

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    Your watch is only original once. And at the end of the day, you'll have an altered, modified, non-original watch, which you will need to disclose at sale. Assuming you still wanted to do this, one other thing you'd need to consider is this: you have to get this exactly right - repeating the process perfectly and consistently, seventeen times over (12 markers, two dots, three hands). Take a look at any relumed Speedmaster dial, where the only task is trying apply lume to the dial consistently 17 times over (not even worried about tinting existing lume without over tinting, under tinting, damaging, washing away, dissolving), and you'll see how difficult this task is to even get remotely right.
     
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  6. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Jan 24, 2015

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    Yep, certainly, time and sun-exposure would be the safest, and most reliable method. Not sure if I have the patience to wait another 5 to 25 years, however!

    Less patience will be required to find one that looks nice already, and buy that... been going on 3 months now, but what's the hurry?
     
  7. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jan 24, 2015

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    I know this isn't what you'd like to hear, but - do not do this.

    Keep it original, don't tamper with it - and in some years time, when you are looking at the range of pictures you've taken, you'll notice the slight change through the years and feel much more connected with it.

    Sentimental, who, me??
     
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  8. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Jan 24, 2015

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    I suppose the risk/benefit ratio to mod the color is a bit high, including changing it's originality, but I thought it was something to consider. I haven't bought the watch in question, but it's the watch I've been looking for in every single way (price, condition, reliable seller) except for the markers' color. Ironically, I suppose if you could find fault, it would be that it is too well preserved :)!

    Thanks for all the input here. I will probably just continue to wait for a different watch that has more patina...
     
  9. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Jan 24, 2015

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    Simples, send it on to me, limitless sunshine here and I promise not to send it back until the hands are a nice yellow/brown. ;)
     
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  10. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Jan 24, 2015

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    You're a funny man, Stuart! ::bleh::

    Don't you have a fine Speedie, already?
     
  11. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Jan 24, 2015

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    I wonder if a continuous black light on the watch would be of any good... surely someone's done a test on tritium to see how the color change is affected by various wavelengths of light.... hmmm... time for an experiment? Or, just another excuse to buy a series of tritium-marked watches!
     
  12. Mothra

    Mothra Jan 24, 2015

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    I thought you lived in Scotland????
     
  13. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Jan 24, 2015

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    Leave well enough alone.
     
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  14. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Jan 24, 2015

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    I'm thinking of going ahead and blowing my 'wad' on an Ed White instead of sending a watch to Stuart.

    Don't cha think that's a better option? (sorry, Stu!)
     
  15. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Jan 24, 2015

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    Global warming ;)
     
  16. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Jan 24, 2015

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    Strangely enough no, I really should try one out after all these years. Let's keep this between ourselves, if the good Lady "A" gets wind of this i'm dead meat :(
     
  17. JohnSteed

    JohnSteed Jan 24, 2015

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    If you don't like the Lume, don't buy the watch Imho.

    There will be another watch that you like without doing something as to reLume...My 2 cents
     
  18. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 24, 2015

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    Eyes straight to the FS thread for a while
    ::popcorn::
     
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