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    Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    I don't need another watch, but I still don't have a full-lume dial. I'm pondering something in the 40mm range, 2mm. I found a bunch out there. I like some from Aristo. I like the Komandisrskie K34. I like the Momentum Atlas, but I'm not in love with battery-power.

    Hoping for Automatic, although solar quartz is OK. I would love to stay under $400, under 42mm, and I want this thing to REALLY GLOW.

    Alrighty folks - do any of you have any light to shed on this question? Here's are some samples:

    K-34. My favorite so far. A bit big at 42mm. How's the lume?
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    Another favorite in my search, Aristo 3H17R U-Boot, small at 38mm, but that's OK. A bit pricey at $400.
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    A bunch of other nice Aristo full lumes, 3H41 at 38mm (small), 5H69Ti at 42+ (big)
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    Aeromatic with a Type B dial - I don't mind Germasian, and the price is right, but how's the lume?
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    Laco Marine Miyota, big at 42mm, not bad....a bit bland?
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    A ringer, the Seiko SNZE17, good size at 40mm, great price around $140, probably blindingly bright.
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    Orient EM7 - I love the design and the price, but too big and has a non-quickset date.
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    The Orient, Seiko and Aeromatic also make the mistake of putting lume on the hands as well as the dial. That just makes them harder to see at night.

    Maybe you can talk me into a Momentum after all, despite being battery quartz. I like this Pathfinder alarm, but it's a bit small even for me.

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    I like the Atlas as well...but with the two sizes I'm having trouble finding the right one, 36 or 42?, lume dial or is it white?

    Waddya think? Name your favorites, try to convince me! Help me make up my addled mind.
    Feel free to suggest some that I haven't shown here.
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    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

    "The new servant of the sun has aspirations to become its master. A prosthetic device, yes: worn on the wrist, watches tie people to the celestial clockwork. Hundreds of millions of them, lying in what pockets, on what wrists, under what sleeves, revolve in time with it. Yet although they watch the sun, watches have established a kind of independence. They tick as remorselessly through the night as through the day, through the winter as through the summer, as though their environment is not going through vast changes in each 24 hours and each year. These perturbations are part of the lives of all other animals, but people have been encouraged by their clocks to ignore the daily and seasonal cycles and to pretend that there is nothing to contend with but metronome-paced linear time. We appear to have caged the sun inside a machine." Michael Young, The Metronomic Society, p. 204

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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    You know what I say...Momentum Atlas



    I think Momentum calls it white, and mine is the smaller one, I didn't know they had a 42 but that would have been too big for me. I figured mine was around 38mm. Though I would love that Komandirskie!
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    How about the full lume dial Citizen NY0040 that has been haunting me for months... Can be had on the auction site for under $150...
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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    Reedsco uses super luminova but i think their watches are on the bigger 44mm side.

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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    Thanks, guys! Cuffs - I forgot about the Citizen diver, it is a beauty. I'll investigate. For some reason I imagined it was big. Griff - indeed, it's your Atlas and other's that keep pushing buttons, reminding me to fill this gap. I hear that it has quite a strong lume? I might just break down and get another quartz, after all. I just need to figure out the real sizes. IanC - thanks for mentioning a new watch company! That's quite refreshing. Reedsco looks interesting, but I couldn't see a lume-dial version, and indeed you are correct, they're huge at 47mm.

    Too many choices, as usual, but isn't that the joy of it?
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    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

    "The new servant of the sun has aspirations to become its master. A prosthetic device, yes: worn on the wrist, watches tie people to the celestial clockwork. Hundreds of millions of them, lying in what pockets, on what wrists, under what sleeves, revolve in time with it. Yet although they watch the sun, watches have established a kind of independence. They tick as remorselessly through the night as through the day, through the winter as through the summer, as though their environment is not going through vast changes in each 24 hours and each year. These perturbations are part of the lives of all other animals, but people have been encouraged by their clocks to ignore the daily and seasonal cycles and to pretend that there is nothing to contend with but metronome-paced linear time. We appear to have caged the sun inside a machine." Michael Young, The Metronomic Society, p. 204

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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    I think I remember you being not much of a diver watch kinda guy, but I would recommend the Citizen NY0040 - it's a reasonable size and thickness for a functional diver, looks great on NATO, and it's like having a little flashlight when the lume is fully charged. My first choice would also be the K-34, I love those. Everything "just works" with that watch. I really like that Naco, though!
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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    Perhaps I'm getting confused about the Momentum Atlas sizes because of with/without crown measurements. It seems it's both 36 and 41mm at the same time:

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    But, as I look at the Atlas, I realize it's way to close to my Citizen BM6400, so I think I'll omit it only because of redundancy.

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    Maybe the Komandirskie has the edge still, but I would love to hear more about it's lume.
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

    "The new servant of the sun has aspirations to become its master. A prosthetic device, yes: worn on the wrist, watches tie people to the celestial clockwork. Hundreds of millions of them, lying in what pockets, on what wrists, under what sleeves, revolve in time with it. Yet although they watch the sun, watches have established a kind of independence. They tick as remorselessly through the night as through the day, through the winter as through the summer, as though their environment is not going through vast changes in each 24 hours and each year. These perturbations are part of the lives of all other animals, but people have been encouraged by their clocks to ignore the daily and seasonal cycles and to pretend that there is nothing to contend with but metronome-paced linear time. We appear to have caged the sun inside a machine." Michael Young, The Metronomic Society, p. 204

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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    Quote Originally Posted by cheapie View Post
    I think I remember you being not much of a diver watch kinda guy, but I would recommend the Citizen...
    Oh, I like divers, I just prefer them a bit smaller than some of people's faves shown here on f71. I already have a Mako, SeaShark, and Hager Commando, so I'm pretty set for 'subbies. I think the military/pilot style is calling my name this time around. That K34 has been screaming my name for months, however...
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

    "The new servant of the sun has aspirations to become its master. A prosthetic device, yes: worn on the wrist, watches tie people to the celestial clockwork. Hundreds of millions of them, lying in what pockets, on what wrists, under what sleeves, revolve in time with it. Yet although they watch the sun, watches have established a kind of independence. They tick as remorselessly through the night as through the day, through the winter as through the summer, as though their environment is not going through vast changes in each 24 hours and each year. These perturbations are part of the lives of all other animals, but people have been encouraged by their clocks to ignore the daily and seasonal cycles and to pretend that there is nothing to contend with but metronome-paced linear time. We appear to have caged the sun inside a machine." Michael Young, The Metronomic Society, p. 204

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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    This Zeno is listed at 42.5mm, I got it in a trade....



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    Re: Full-Lume Fun: help me shop for something BRIGHT

    Great lume shot, Gary! That Zeno is a beauty. I'm guessing it's a Ronda quartz? Alas, yet another lume-dial watch that also uses luminous hands, something I never quite understood.

    I know there are a few K-34s out there (Arktika, DM71) - can anyone tell me how good is its lume?
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

    "The new servant of the sun has aspirations to become its master. A prosthetic device, yes: worn on the wrist, watches tie people to the celestial clockwork. Hundreds of millions of them, lying in what pockets, on what wrists, under what sleeves, revolve in time with it. Yet although they watch the sun, watches have established a kind of independence. They tick as remorselessly through the night as through the day, through the winter as through the summer, as though their environment is not going through vast changes in each 24 hours and each year. These perturbations are part of the lives of all other animals, but people have been encouraged by their clocks to ignore the daily and seasonal cycles and to pretend that there is nothing to contend with but metronome-paced linear time. We appear to have caged the sun inside a machine." Michael Young, The Metronomic Society, p. 204

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