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Continuing the SM300 Big Triangle “is it relumed” thread

  1. southtexas

    southtexas Dec 27, 2017

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    Hello all, I’ve researched some threads on here discussing the lack of perfection in the application of tritium on these dials, especially on the 12 triangle itself. I got the impression that it’s accepted that “less than perfect” dials left the factory.

    I own a 26.8 million Big Triangle that I think is in original, un-refinished condition.

    As I’ve discovered in my research, oftentimes the tritium in these dials has suffered from moisture intrusion, giving them an aged, dirty look. Although in my opinion, my example is very clean, they aren’t perfect; there is aging around some of them (including in the hour and seconds hand). Mine also has some lume loss showing the underlying lines around the 5 minute markers in a few areas.

    The reasons why I think it’s all original:

    The hole in the 6 o’clock marker

    The general age appearance of the tritium in all markers (uniform in color including hands)

    The dial, hands and insert, when charged with black light or bright light, glow evenly and matching, and die quickly in sync. (Note: The darkened photo below was taken about 5-10 seconds after charging with iPhone light).

    I’m curious to hear the thoughts of the members, and I appreciate your time. Now for lots of photos! I took them in various lighting scenarios to give the most realistic view of the condition. Unfortunately, no sunlight to be had lately, so all photos are indoors but no filters used...simple iPhone photos. For better or worse, this watch “is what it is”, I’m just curious to see what everyone thinks.
     
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  2. bags1971

    bags1971 Dec 28, 2017

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    looks perfectly fine to me and your watch maker says its fine all original
     
  3. EdtheAussie

    EdtheAussie Dec 28, 2017

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    I'm no expert, but wouldn't think twice if purchasing this. Looks great!
     
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  4. Mark020

    Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Dec 28, 2017

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    Interesting thread. Almost same serial (26.9) and same observation

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  5. watchknut

    watchknut New watch + Instagram + wife = dumbass Dec 28, 2017

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    Matching dial and bezel glow are a good sign.
     
  6. Mark020

    Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Dec 28, 2017

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    My idea as well but the lume looks really sloppy in the UV picture
     
  7. marco

    marco Dec 30, 2017

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    Beautyfull watch, looks ok to me.
    Possibly the hands have been relumed but that may just be the lighting.
    Wear with pride.
    Have a great New Year.
     
  8. ndgal

    ndgal Dec 31, 2017

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    Looks fine to me.
     
  9. photo500

    photo500 Dec 31, 2017

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    Looks perfectly fine to me too. Hands included.
     
  10. plexyforever

    plexyforever Jan 2, 2018

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    :thumbsup:
    This is mine.
     
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