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Glowing tritium lume on the hands, but not the hour markers

  1. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 26, 2017

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    Hey guys, I just bought a speedy pro from the early 90s. Just wondering if it's normal for the lune to still glow on the hands, but not the hour markers? If so, why? If not, then were the hands a replacement? Here are some pics of it in the light and dark.
     
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  2. Vicke

    Vicke Aug 26, 2017

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    Pictures would help, but it's probably replaced hands as you suspect.
     
  3. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Aug 26, 2017

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    Odds are a pre 98 Watch marked T Swiss T on the dial with replacement luminova hands.
     
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  4. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 26, 2017

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    Meh, not what I wanted to hear, but it's okay.
     
  5. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Aug 26, 2017

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    The recently added pictures confirm. Tritium dial replacement luminova hands.
     
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  6. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 26, 2017

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    How much does this devalue the watch if it were to be sold again lol...all this after i said i was never gonna sell it in my other thread, but just curious? Not planning on selling!
     
  7. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Aug 26, 2017

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    Not too much, you could always have the tritium removed and replace with a non glow substitute, or look for tritium hands for sale.
     
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  8. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 26, 2017

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    Okay would rather go the titrium route and keep with the time frame.
     
  9. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Aug 26, 2017

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    I had the luminova on the hands of a 70's Speedmaster replaced by radium---my watchmaker has an old stash. The radium is a good color match AND a good glow match to the tritium hour markers.
     
  10. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Aug 26, 2017

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    Ethically you should notify any future owner of this fact and any watchmaker that is considering working on the watch. You could be affecting their health should they come into direct contact with the radium.
     
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  11. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 27, 2017

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    Anybody know of a dealer who sells titrium hands for this ref?
     
  12. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Aug 27, 2017

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    Best bet is eBay. Same hands from 1969 through 98/99 at the luminova switch.

    Sometimes called 145.022 hands.
     
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  13. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 27, 2017

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  14. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 27, 2017

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    Nvm it's luminova
     
  15. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Aug 27, 2017

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    To be honest finding Tritium hands may not solve your problem. The ageing on the dial may not match the found hands.

    Leave as is or have a colormatch with paint or luminova down the line. That's what I would do for this era watch.
     
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  16. blubarb

    blubarb Aug 27, 2017

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    Good luck with that, but PM if you want as I can refer you to someone with experience in applying Lume coloured to match perfectly aged tritium to your indice plots.
     
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  17. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Aug 27, 2017

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    Of course.
     
  18. Sukurux

    Sukurux Aug 27, 2017

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  19. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Aug 27, 2017

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    My guess independent shop. Omega would have most likely replaced the dial also. Dial is consistent with @1990-98. I.e. Type C5 Fat "S"short "r"
     
  20. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Aug 28, 2017

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    Unless there is a problem with lume flaking off the dial, Omega would not likely replace the dial - hands are pretty much automatic with them. More likely to be Omega actually...