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    Radium Study...well dang.

    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/ne...serious-danger

    Radon poisoning due to the decay of radium. Never thought of that and I'm quite glad I just have three that are potentially radium with small lume plots.

    For the trench watch crew, something to consider for storage of the collection.

    And yeah, I know we all like to hate on the 'dink, but they're just reporting on a study by two universities.

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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    Only 4.5x the recommended maximum for me



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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    I heard about this on the wireless (radio, for you youngsters) the other day, my thoughts were along the lines of “ oh goody, the watches I like may be cheaper now “

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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    Hi ladies,

    simply send all your radium watches to me - I'll dispose them for free.

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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    Always lots of debate on this subject. Just because the watch has lume, doesn't necessarily mean it's hot. I've mentioned it on this site before, but when I did a test of a random selection of my watches from different years, the ones I thought might be the hottest (like heavily lumed watches from the 1920s) didn't register anything on the Geiger counter, and ones like Timex from the mid-late 1950s were very hot. Everyone ends up deciding on their own how dangerous their collection is. Look for dial burn marks from radium hands sitting in one place for years.
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    I am like above poster and really only "worry" about the ones with the radium burns and usually sell them off or keep them stored away. Always careful opening radium watches and do it over a paper towel then throw it away when I am done. I am cautious but not going to worry about wearing a radium watch.
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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    Hmm, so here's the question... Will radium watches now drop in value?

    Hodinkee aren't the only ones to publish this and if word spreads maybe it'll spark some paranoia?
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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    Yeah, it was more the storing of a collection that the article addressed. If you go through to the article that's cited, it says they took a single Swiss pocketwatch from a collection and it was able to get a room up to 6 times the recommended maximum radon level.

    They found two wristwatches that were also able to hit the recommended maximum radon level alone. The pictures accompanying the article show wristwatches with syringe style hands and either fully lumed numerals or 3/9/12 lumed with generous plots at the other hours.

    Considering how drafty my century old house is, I'm not extremely worried, but with two kids running around I'm adverse to unnecessary risk.
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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    I actually went through my collection after seeing this, and luckily my tastes for 60s and 70s chronographs meant most pieces were tritium. Did have one dress was that I'm unsure of though...
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    Re: Radium Study...well dang.

    Quote Originally Posted by Watch That Sweep View Post
    Hmm, so here's the question... Will radium watches now drop in value?

    Hodinkee aren't the only ones to publish this and if word spreads maybe it'll spark some paranoia?
    Not the pretty ones, and there are plenty out there.

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