Forums Latest Auctions Members
  1. Amund

    Amund Nov 3, 2019

    Posts
    5
    Likes
    9
    Hi!
    I found this watch for sale in a closed FB-group. The seller says the dial has been relumed by Roberto Tarabella in Italy and that "new old stock tritium" has been applied.
    Does anyone know this name? What is "new old stock tritium"? Is it OK to re-apply lume if the old one is a basket case? Does this new tritium lume glow in the dark?
    I am asking for general advice, and am not looking for a Seamaster at the time being.
     
    1.jpg
    murph, JimJupiter and Spruce like this.
  2. Mark020

    Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    1,121
    Likes
    1,189
    Multiple threads on this issue but in this case it seems to be what the name says. Old (as in 20-30-40 years) tritium was used which will not glow anymore.
     
    Foo2rama likes this.
  3. joe band

    joe band Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    91
    Likes
    59
    still good looking. i think they use old tritium paint that has been scraped off or flaked off of other dials, then make a "new" paint out of it to relume.
     
  4. simonsays

    simonsays Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    758
    Likes
    936
    Fantastic work
     
  5. Claven2

    Claven2 Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    181
    Likes
    67
    I dont know if that is ever done, but I do know michael young was advertising on the rolex forum last month that he had found un-used tritium paint when an old watch shop closed and was using it in rolex dial repairs.

    It would not glow anymore, but would be the right color and would register on a Geiger counter.
     
    watchyouwant likes this.
  6. Lazy_Lightning

    Lazy_Lightning Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    55
    Likes
    175
    If the dial has been relumed it looks like they recreated the pin holes at 12 and 6.
     
  7. Claven2

    Claven2 Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    181
    Likes
    67
    What are those holes for anyway?
     
  8. bubba48

    bubba48 Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    755
    Likes
    3,886
    Great job. Roberto is an excellent watchmaker and restorer.
     
    milhouse and JimJupiter like this.
  9. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    1,553
    Likes
    1,159
    For those who don't know, tritium emits alpha particles. They are so large that they can't escape the watch case. You won't be radiated.

    Tom
     
    impalla62ss likes this.
  10. bigsom

    bigsom Nov 4, 2019

    Posts
    919
    Likes
    6,286
    Just for clarity, I hope you don't mind the correction. Tiritum decays mostly by beta decay. You will always have emission from any tritium source. However the level of emission in tritium based lume (even when new) delivers a negligible dose to the wearer. After years of decay, even less so.
     
    Edited Nov 4, 2019
    Swissgmt1675, marco and MikeMan2727 like this.
  11. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Nov 5, 2019

    Posts
    1,553
    Likes
    1,159
    I don't mind.
     
  12. flqt-9000

    flqt-9000 Nov 8, 2019

    Posts
    301
    Likes
    407
    Roberto is a great watchmaker!
     
    milhouse likes this.
  13. Henneth

    Henneth Nov 8, 2019

    Posts
    198
    Likes
    738
    Don’t know this Roberto guy but he did a pretty good relume job on this dial.., :thumbsup:
     
  14. DeepBlue

    DeepBlue Nov 9, 2019

    Posts
    204
    Likes
    300
    This is one of the best relumes i have seen. I generally do not like relume jobs, but i'd have no problem wearing this watch!
     
  15. Dan S

    Dan S Nov 9, 2019

    Posts
    4,605
    Likes
    11,394
    Is it ok to apply new lume? You will have to decide for yourself how you feel about restoration vs originality; it's a personal decision and also depends a lot on the condition of the watch before restoration. But based on the photo, it looks like he did an excellent job.
     
  16. leandroquezada

    leandroquezada Nov 12, 2019

    Posts
    50
    Likes
    76
    Beautiful relume work! Specially because it keeps the vintage look of the hour markers. In my opinion relume is fine as long as the surface of the Dial is not repainted at all. Very good work!
     
  17. Radiumpassion

    Radiumpassion Nov 12, 2019

    Posts
    598
    Likes
    3,572
    DaveK, Romega and Shabbaz like this.
  18. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Nov 12, 2019

    Posts
    1,999
    Likes
    7,307
  19. rondeaux

    rondeaux Nov 12, 2019

    Posts
    25
    Likes
    5
  20. Amund

    Amund Nov 13, 2019 3:52pm

    Posts
    5
    Likes
    9
    We have the same first name, but different surname. There are 2593 men whose first name is "Amund", according to Statistics Norway, the national statistical institute of Norway. The population of Norway is 5345599, and the population of Oslo, in which me and the other Amund live, is 685811 (most recent numbers).
    It's important to be accurate in both statistics and horology!;)

    He had the same watch on a Facebook forum auction a while ago, where it sold at November 8th for a bit less than what he asked for at "Tidssonen".

    I was interested in the lume job in case I find a vintage Speedmaster within my budget :).
     
    Edited Nov 13, 2019 4:12pm
    DaveK, Romega, Cad290 and 2 others like this.