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    Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    *Should say, bought a 40 year old watch*

    Picked up an Omega Geneve Dynamic from eBay last month and only got it back from the shop (had the crystal and crown replaced as they looked a bit tired). I was playing with the lume on my speedmaster and railmaster in my watch box, turned the light off and a watch produced in 1973's lume still works! Unbelieveable! Has anyone ever found this before?

    Here's a photo I took of it whilst out visiting a customer:
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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    Handsome looking watch. Congrats on it and the lume. The tritium on my DJ was flat as the proverbial in less than half that time.

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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    I've got at least three or Rados from the mid seventies and three Louis Rossels from the late seventies that still lume.

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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    That is a very nice looking vintage watch.
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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    classy vintage piece !
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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    Wish my '85 Rolex GMT would glow, but sadly it doesn't. But the lume has turned a beautiful yellowish, so that makes up for it, I suppose.

    I had a '67 Accutron that would glow for a few secs after charging, but it didn't hold a glow. It's amazing that your Omega still does. Very cool!

    I'd love to have a vintage radiomir Panerai that still glowed, but wouldn't want the fallout! lol!

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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    The watch is in great shape! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing!

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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    Nice watch...

    My pam 23A from 1998 and Rolex 16570 from 1995ish has lost their lume...

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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    Does your Dynamic have the two Ts on the sides of "Swiss Made?" The original dials on these watches (late sixties, early seventies) are like that. If it doesn't, it's one of the modern dials. Omega still makes dials for theses watches, and I believe they use modern lume. Lots of Dynamics have had their dials replaced with new ones or have been redialed.

    Here's what I'm taking about with the Ts. What's left of the tritium still glows--this dial is super rough--but it's not bright. My watch is from 1970.



    Both my LeCoultre (1969) and Tressa (early to mid 1960s) are still pretty bright.





    My Orvin, on the other hand, is a puzzling beast. It's from the 1950s and is almost blinding, but I suspect the hands have been relumed.

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    Re: Bought a 40 year old whose lume still works!

    Quote Originally Posted by ImitationOfLife View Post
    Both my LeCoultre (1969) and Tressa (early to mid 1960s) are still pretty bright.

    This watch is in great shape! Is it all original?

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