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Old 03-24-2013, 03:46 AM   #5301
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:38 AM   #5302
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Ever since tritium was outlawed,.

Why was it outlawed?
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:48 AM   #5303
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because it is radioactive. It is not outlawed, just more heavily regulated.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:59 AM   #5304
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because it is radioactive. It is not outlawed, just more heavily regulated.
For firearm use and such, but I believe for the watch industry, it is not longer used at all.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #5305
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Tritium is still used in watches.

EDIT: It's a beta emitter and is very low energy. It's hardly dangerous. Betas can't even penetrate the skin. The only real risk is if you eat it or get into into your eye or something. I don't know how one would do that anyways though. Even still, tritium in watches is typically in a small glass vial, making even less likely that you would get direct exposure to the tritium itself.




Who knows though. There are stupid people in the world. I'm sure someone has eaten tritium before.

Even more follow-up EDITing: Tritium is rare in watches nowadays. Luminox is probably the most well known tritium user. Most watches out there use a phosphorus based lume. Biggest differences are that a phosphorus lume needs to be 'charged' by light, and of course, isn't radioactive.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:03 PM   #5306
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For firearm use and such, but I believe for the watch industry, it is not longer used at all.
Ball uses it. I'm sure others do as well.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #5307
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Ball uses it. I'm sure others do as well.
Correct. They put it in tubes which I'd probably safer.

I believe tritium also stays "on" all the time and does not need to be charged like super luminova
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This is my second Skagen, I love how sleek look. Simple but right on the money.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:49 PM   #5309
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Tritium is still used in watches.

EDIT: It's a beta emitter and is very low energy. It's hardly dangerous. Betas can't even penetrate the skin. The only real risk is if you eat it or get into into your eye or something. I don't know how one would do that anyways though. Even still, tritium in watches is typically in a small glass vial, making even less likely that you would get direct exposure to the tritium itself.




Who knows though. There are stupid people in the world. I'm sure someone has eaten tritium before.

Even more follow-up EDITing: Tritium is rare in watches nowadays. Luminox is probably the most well known tritium user. Most watches out there use a phosphorus based lume. Biggest differences are that a phosphorus lume needs to be 'charged' by light, and of course, isn't radioactive.
From what I understand, swiss watch makers no longer use it in consumer watches. Tritium is still used for military spec watches and instruments, but consumer good are no longer using tritium. Also, they didn't ban it because of the end user, as like you said, it isn't THAT harmful to a person, but rather for the workers, that are around it day in and day out.
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Didn't actually know this...was searching the legality of tritium in Switzerland and found this....I never knew what the letters meant.

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"T Swiss Made T" or "Swiss T 25" : what does it mean ?

In order for timepieces to be read in the dark, a luminescent material is laid on the dial indexes and hands. Generally speaking, the emission of light is either of photoluminescent type (determined by an exciting luminous radiation) or of radioluminescent type (determined by the radioactivity of the material).

Timepieces featuring radioluminescent emission are mostly designed for very specific uses : military watches, professional divers watches, etc. In this case, the use of radioactive material is strictly defined by ISO 3157 Standard which allows only two types of radionucleides : tritium (3H) and promethium (147 Pm). It is important to specify that these radionucleides emit a radiation of low energy.

ISO 3157 Standard allows an optional marking for timepieces emitting less than a certain value. The marking may be made on the dial as follows :

deposits activated by tritium : T

deposits activated by promethium : Pm

On the other hand, timepieces with a higher value, such as divers' watches, must be marked as follows :

deposits activated by tritium : T 25

deposits activated by promethium : Pm 0,5

The indication "T Swiss made T" means that the watch is Swiss and contains a certain quantity of tritium that emits less than 227 MBq (7,5 mCi).The indication "Swiss T<25" means that the watch is Swiss and contains a certain quantity of tritium that emits less than 925 MBq (25 mCi).

Most of the Swiss watches use a light emission of photoluminescent type. Some of them bear the optional marking "L Swiss Made L" to indicate it.
Now I know why my PAMs say L SWISS MADE L, luminova. The more you know...
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This is my second Skagen, I love how sleek look. Simple but right on the money.
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I've kept an eye on Skagen watches for awhile, but hadn't seen one that I liked enough.. until today. I had some time to kill during the day so went to a shopping mall and this baby caught my eye - total impulse buy, didn't even hesitate.
It's a very interesting watch, even has a dial to tell you what day it is. Quality looks very good, the leather band has a nice texture on it and the stitching around the edges (black-on-black on the outside, white-on-tan inside) gives it a good finishing touch.

Holy coincidence, Batman. Seems like this is a variant of the same watch blazedxjan posted a few posts up.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:26 PM   #5314
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I was looking at Nordstrom yesterday, there was a nice skeleton watch by Kenneth Cole, anyone know the manufacturer? Also I think I'm getting a nice bulova watch from amazon, great price and love the watch face
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #5315
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I've kept an eye on Skagen watches for awhile, but hadn't seen one that I liked enough.. until today. I had some time to kill during the day so went to a shopping mall and this baby caught my eye - total impulse buy, didn't even hesitate.
It's a very interesting watch, even has a dial to tell you what day it is. Quality looks very good, the leather band has a nice texture on it and the stitching around the edges (black-on-black on the outside, white-on-tan inside) gives it a good finishing touch.

Holy coincidence, Batman. Seems like this is a variant of the same watch blazedxjan posted a few posts up.
really loving what im seeing from Skagen.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:01 PM   #5316
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Reviving the Omega strap discussion. I am 99% settled on a Hirsch Medici. I want Golden Brown, but that is the one color out of stock in 20mm sizes. Are there any decent (and not ridiculously expensive) alternatives with curved ends? I'm not seeing too many options in my searches.
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I dunno who wants to bite but here it is. http://www.woot.com/plus/breitling-watches
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really loving what im seeing from Skagen.
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skagen watches are both under the fossil brand
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oh since 2012..i didnt kno it was a while back. bet its still made in china though, and definitely mass produced. not that its bad...they got good designs. but theyre not in the same class. i rock a casio, fyi
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