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    Question Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    Hey, Everyone.

    I just won an auction for a Timex diver, and I'd like some help figuring out if there is radium paint on the dial, as I would like to open the watch to clean up the dial and hands.

    Some info from the seller's listing:
    Age: Vintage (1971-1983)
    Movement: Mechanical Hand-winding
    “It has a blue dial with white radium #'s & GT markers & outer graduation marks, silver tone /radium hands a center sweep second hand.”

    To the best of my knowledge, Timex stopped using radium in the 1960's. The seller is either mistaken on the presence of radium, or the date the watch was built. Anyone out there with some insight?




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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    The term 'water resistant' was developed after the US banned 'water-proof' somewhere between the years 1962-68.They thought that the definition is misleading the consumer.Since you have that dial mark if would be definitely after this period.Also looking at the case-shape it screams '70s.Watchmaking companies were already educated about radium in those years and I am not aware of any company still using radium in '70s.

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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    Congrats on your timex diver.
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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    Hi
    Looks suspiciously as Radium to me.
    That, and the fact it is not marked with a 'T' for Tritium (or was that only the Swiss?)

    I doubt seller knows, but to me 'Radium'

    That said, I would not worry about it! Enjoy your watch!

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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    Thanks everyone!

    Ever since I bought a Gruen hand wind on a whim, I've had the vintage bug. I just can't get enough.

    I''ve been selling some of my newer stuff and using the cash to acquire vintage pieces- it's amazing how far your dollar goes with older watches.

    Anyway, thanks again. I'm sure I'll have more questions on my vintage journey. Glad to be a part of this awesome community!
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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by DexDegeaut View Post
    Thanks everyone!

    Ever since I bought a Gruen hand wind on a whim, I've had the vintage bug. I just can't get enough.

    I''ve been selling some of my newer stuff and using the cash to acquire vintage pieces- it's amazing how far your dollar goes with older watches!

    Anyway, thanks again. I'm sure I'll have more questions on my vintage journey. Glad to be a part of this awesome community!
    Good for you. Enjoy
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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    So to summarize, it is safe for me to open the watch and clean up the inside without fear of disturbing and inhaling radioactive dust.

    That's what I'm going with unless someone says otherwise.

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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    Quote Originally Posted by DexDegeaut View Post
    So to summarize, it is safe for me to open the watch and clean up the inside without fear of disturbing and inhaling radioactive dust.

    That's what I'm going with unless someone says otherwise.
    NOT in my opinion
    I think it is Radium
    So you can clean watch, but with correct careful procedures to protect yourself from breathing in or licking Radium particles.

    This forum can not guarantee your safety
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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    Not Radium, as it has not been used since 1968 or so.

    "Waterproof" was removed from US watches in 1969, I have seen thousands of US watches and tens of thousands of US watch adverts, and can tell you that "Waterproof" was used in ads and on watches up to and including 1968. Funnily enough I own a modern Swiss made Rotary watch that has "Waterproof" on the back, and this watch is only six years old, so it must be waterproof.

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    Re: Incoming Timex diver - radium paint?

    I'm leaning towards not radium, as this looks like a 70's watch, and it says "water resistant."

    Adam, what makes you think that it is radium?

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