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  1. Cozmopak

    Cozmopak Sep 12, 2019

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    I'm just curious what others think of the newer superluminova dials and hands. I really like the way the tritium acquires a patina. I’m definitely more of a vintage guy at heart but I’d like to acquire a newer speedy and make it my own vintage. Still, I’m worried that it won’t attain that vintage patina look that I love.
     
  2. Noles_88

    Noles_88 Dog costume designer extraordinaire! Sep 12, 2019

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    My opinion would be to get a 90s speedy. Not too old. But still has amazing patina. When it comes to new watches. There are a lot of models that are super nice. But to get a normal Moonwatch. Like a 3570.50. I would prefer to do the 90s. If your going to do a let’s say an apollo8. Something that’s different. Then do modern to have your own touch. My two cents.
     
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  3. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Sep 12, 2019

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    Luminova is generally considered to not patina. The last tritium Speedmaster professionals where produced about 1999.
     
  4. Ville_W

    Ville_W Sep 12, 2019

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    Luminova has been used for 30 years now and I have not seen any with nice patina. We just have to realize that modern material is much better. If you want patina you have to look for a tritium watch. And btw, it’s not the tritium that ages, it’s the other stuff in the chemical mix they used.
     
  5. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Sep 13, 2019

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    A different perspective. What you call patina is evidence of damage and Omega never intended this effect. Your own new Speedmaster will acquire its own small marks over the course of its life and will be solely yours.

    Tom
     
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  6. Cozmopak

    Cozmopak Sep 13, 2019

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    You have a good point. Also, it seems like we don’t yet know exactly how the newer Omegas will age. Who knows what they’ll look like 50 years from now.
     
  7. BlackTalon

    BlackTalon Sep 13, 2019

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    Fratello tried to address this a while back. Statement near the end indicates will not discolor, but it is not clear if that is based on accelerated aging tests, etc. I would have to believe the SuperLume manufacturers have done such testing.

    https://www.fratellowatches.com/will-super-luminova-discolor/
     
  8. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Sep 13, 2019

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    Superlume keeps its color longer and is brighter than tritium- so agreed, it’s techincally a superior product. What we call patina is materials failure...it’s just pretty.
    Frankly, I don’t think any manufacturer really thinks about how their product will fare 20 years or longer from production- except Zippo maybe.
     
  9. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Sep 13, 2019

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    My Colt Model of 1911 is over a hundred years old. :D

    Tom
     
  10. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Sep 13, 2019

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    So is mine :thumbsup:
     
  11. whyboddau

    whyboddau Sep 13, 2019

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    You could have a custom lume painted on. Whatever shade you desire.
     
  12. vienna

    vienna Sep 14, 2019

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    Some brands also provide watches with a patina like look on the lume,

    kind regards Max
     
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  13. Ville_W

    Ville_W Sep 14, 2019

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    That’s cheating ;)
     
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  14. asrnj77

    asrnj77 Sep 14, 2019

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    Or you can get lucky and your whole dial patinas. Full disclose this is not mine although I wish it was...
     
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