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    Best tritium watches

    Hey,

    If one was interested in a tritium watch, who are the main players in the category?

    I'm familiar with Traser, but I see others are in the game, like KHS and Swiss Military.

    Anyone have any experience with these brands or others that they can share?

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    Re: Best tritium watches

    KHS are built by Traser, IIRC.

    There is also Marathon which supplies watches to the US military.

    Ball is at the high-end of the scale.
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    Re: Best tritium watches

    Luminox is another one....

    So are they all much of a muchness, or is there an industry leader?

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    Re: Best tritium watches

    Mark;

    Much of this has been posted on other threads; if you do a search on Traser you should find quite a bit. In brief, MB Microtek pioneered the technology and sold the watches as Trasers in Europe, while Luminox rebranded and marketed the watches in the US for many years. MBM also rather recently began providing the tritium tubes to other mfg's. There now seem to be other mfg's of the tubes themselves, with the quality really being unknown. Traser's website claims that ANY AND ALL watches containing MB Microtek's tubes will say so on the back, but I'm not sure if that is true. Google Traser and MB Microtek for more info.

    Most members of this forum in my experience will stand behind the following: Traser, Luminox, Ball, and Marathon. After those, the question marks start to arise
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    Re: Best tritium watches

    TG,

    Thanx for the great summary. I am in hot pursuit of more info

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    Re: Best tritium watches

    I have had a Luminox 3602 for over 7 years. I literally have done nothing to take care of it (not even washing it after exposure to salt water) and it has never missed a beat. Still on the original 10 year battery, not a scratch on the sapphire crystal and the tritium still glows nicely.

    However, based on what I have read on here, Luminox quality can be hit or miss.


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    Re: Best tritium watches

    i had.....
    Uzi protector
    Luminox F3401

    and now i'm back to origin...
    the suppliers of the tritium vials.,
    for the others..
    made by mb-microtec

    i've got TRASER P6502.....
    for me wonderful...
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    Re: Best tritium watches

    I am on a Tritium 'kick' right now, although my wife calls it an 'obsession', I have the Traser P6500 and the TSAR and two Luminox on the way. I have had UZI and SUG, and I find that Microtek (Traser, Luminox and Marathon) is the way to go.
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    Re: Best tritium watches

    Ollech and Wajs Flieger V7733
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    Ball? They have the brightest Tritium watches in the market currently (100 millicuries vs. 25 in the rest), by virtue of cramming more tubes into each watch.

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