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    question about tritium tube life

    so fellas, i have 2 watches that equipped with tritium tube. those are Luminox Navy SEAL and Field Alarm Chrono. i know that there's words that the tritium lube will glow at least 8 or more. and after that time, the lume weaken. my Luminox recently sit on the drawer most of these times. i have fun with some Seiko and TAG recently.

    so my question is, does keeping tritium tube for long time in such dark place like my drawer shortened tritium life span?

    can someone help me? thanks before

    regards,,
    Ryan
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    Re: question about tritium tube life

    No. It loses brightness due to decay, not use.

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    Re: question about tritium tube life

    AFAIK it shouldn't shorten their life as tritium tubes doesn't depend on outside sources for them to work You can't prolong their life either because tritium decays at a constant rate (the decaying process is what makes the tubes work - the tritium releases electrons as it decays to light up the phosphor layer).

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    Re: question about tritium tube life

    From what I understand...Tritium has a lifespan of so many years and that lifespan would be the same regardless of use.
    My Luminox watches are about 6 years and 12 years old and both still very bright.

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    Re: question about tritium tube life

    Tritium is a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen and has a half life of 12.3 years. The beta particles are incapable of penetrating human skin but it can be dangerous if it is inhaled.

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    Re: question about tritium tube life

    How can I tell how old the watch is before I buy?

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    Re: question about tritium tube life

    Quote Originally Posted by 919 View Post
    How can I tell how old the watch is before I buy?
    did i ask you that?

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    Re: question about tritium tube life

    For military watches, they usually have a manufacture date. If it is commercial, I don't think there is a way, unless they put a manufacture date also.
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