Been lurking here and learning a ton during my slow entry (dissent?) into watch repair. Still very new to the whole thing but having read Fried, taken apart a few movements, watched hours of youtube videos and browsed these forums, I'm pretty thoroughly enamored with old mechanical watches and their rehabilitation.
Which is why radium and other hazardous dials are now giving me fits of anxiety. In my search for interesting and inexpensive watches to work on, I've come across two that I worry now, in retrospect, might have radium dials. The first, a Swiss-made Belca with a FHF 70 movement is currently disassembled in my workspace while I await a new incabloc spring. The second, a Garland automatic, is on its way from an Ebayer. I don't know anything about the movement on the Garland, but for personal sentimental reasons I was looking forward to trying to diagnose its ailments and work on my first automatic. But shortly after my purchase, while pouring over the seller's photos for the tenth time (I know you all do this...) I noticed the dial burns which I think are a tell-tale sign of radium. Here are photos of both.]
So my question. WHAT AM I TO DO!? Firstly, what would you do? How do you evaluate risk on these things? I am fortunate to work at a university, so I can probably take them over to the geology or physics department to borrow a geiger counter. But in the meantime, anyone have any opinion on what I'm dealing with here?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts (and I should note that I've read a ton on here about the radium debate - really just reaching out to you all as a function of my own anxiety more than anything else).