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    Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    Before I pull the trigger on a tritium tube watch, I'd like to know if the tubes can be changed when the luminosity levels begin to seriously fade after say, 10 years...

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    Re: Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    Yes they can be replaced. I doubt it's cheap though. If you have one tube on each hour marker and on each hand that's 9. At $30 a tube that's $270!


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    Re: Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    Or 49 tubes and no warranty because you bought it used

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    Re: Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    You would need to send the watch back to the manufacturer. You will destroy the hands by removing the tubes and will probably mar the dial as well because the glue holding the tubes will likely pull off material when removed.

    I have bought tritium tubes and the sizes used in watches would cost around $3 - $7 ea. Ball says they can replace them cheaply and easily.

    Here are some custom flashlights with tritium illumination, these lights run around $500 ea.
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    Re: Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    Like others have said, yes, it is possible. However, it's not worth it on most tritium watches. It also depends on the size of the tubes. If they are not a very common variety, they may no longer be available in 10+ years. What type are you considering? If it's a Ball, it would probably be worth replacing the tubes in the future, if its a Luminox, it probably wouldn't be worth it. The replacement cost would, at very least, rival the cost of purchasing a new watch of similar value.

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    Re: Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    Quote Originally Posted by 9573 View Post
    ........... The replacement cost would, at very least, rival the cost of purchasing a new watch of similar value.
    That is not true. Ball has extensively advertised that they can replace all tubes for a modest cost. I don't know what that cost would be, but they emphasize that it is not an expensive procedure.
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    Re: Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary123 View Post
    That is not true. Ball has extensively advertised that they can replace all tubes for a modest cost. I don't know what that cost would be, but they emphasize that it is not an expensive procedure.
    I meant that only in reference to a watch in the Luminox price range. That's why I said it would be worth it with something such as a Ball. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Re: Can Tritium Tubes Be Replaced?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary123 View Post
    You would need to send the watch back to the manufacturer. You will destroy the hands by removing the tubes and will probably mar the dial as well because the glue holding the tubes will likely pull off material when removed.

    I have bought tritium tubes and the sizes used in watches would cost around $3 - $7 ea. Ball says they can replace them cheaply and easily.

    Here are some custom flashlights with tritium illumination, these lights run around $500 ea.
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