Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?
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    Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    I am still considering trimming my watch collection down further, and therefore maybe trading a Tudor Black Bay Bronze and Seamaster 300 for a Rolex Sub. I'm basically too lazy to try to sell and deal with the sales of both watches and someone might be interested in trading me straight up. I noticed the one he has, has an older tritium dial, which I'm sure doesn't work anymore.

    I was considering doing the trade, and then sending to Rolex for both a service/polishing and replacement of the tritium. I have zero interest in a watch I need to charge with light to light up. I have never found a lume that is impressive like that. Sure, it's ok for a short bit, but I want something I can wear at all times and have it glow.

    Has anyone ever done this? Approximate cost? Turnaround time?
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    Hamilton Thin-o-Matic H38715581
    Bulova WWII Army-issue (Original, partially restored)


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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    I think any Rolex made with tritium will have lost its glow awhile ago so your options may be limited, if its get relumed I’m guessing it would be with luminova but not sure
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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    I'm not going to re-lume with luminova. So you're telling me Rolex won't replace it with what was in it before? Gas tubes? I asked an AD, they said they will replace with the same part that was in the original watch, so I took that to mean gas tubes. either way, they don't know how much, which is silly.
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    Omega Speedmaster '57 Titanium/Titanium 331.90.42.51.04.001
    JLC Master Calendar 1558420
    Rolex Submariner 14060
    Hamilton Thin-o-Matic H38715581
    Bulova WWII Army-issue (Original, partially restored)


    Wife's:
    Omega De Ville Prestige 424.10.33.20.53.001
    TAG Heuer Formula 1 WAH1314.BA0867
    Frederique Constant Slim Line Mini FC-200MCS6B
    Longines vintage c.1941 platinum/diamond

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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    So two things

    Rolex would not relume the watch, they would replace the dial. The new dial would have luminova

    And luminova does need charging
    The difference is that the tritium has now lost its properties, so it does not release energy to keep the luminous material glowing. So even if you charge your tritium dial under a strong lamp, it will not retain glow (some will fade fast, some will not even glow at all)

    I think the idea of getting this sub and sending it to replace the dial is a bad idea. It will devalue the watch, be expensive and take a good turnaround time
    Just get a newer model with a luminova dial. You can find plenty of options starting in the 1990s


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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    And sorry, ended up not answering your direct question
    Tritium is not used anymore, at all, for luminous materials on watches
    Rolex would definitely not re lume with the same material


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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    Quote Originally Posted by stezan View Post
    And sorry, ended up not answering your direct question
    Tritium is not used anymore, at all, for luminous materials on watches
    Rolex would definitely not re lume with the same material


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    Not used in Rolex, but definitely used in other watches. Ball, Marathon, Luminox, Traser, etc to name a few all use tritium.
    Mine:
    Omega Speedmaster '57 Titanium/Titanium 331.90.42.51.04.001
    JLC Master Calendar 1558420
    Rolex Submariner 14060
    Hamilton Thin-o-Matic H38715581
    Bulova WWII Army-issue (Original, partially restored)


    Wife's:
    Omega De Ville Prestige 424.10.33.20.53.001
    TAG Heuer Formula 1 WAH1314.BA0867
    Frederique Constant Slim Line Mini FC-200MCS6B
    Longines vintage c.1941 platinum/diamond

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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    how about this - wondering what your thoughts are on is the 14060 ref watch worth the Tudor Black Bay and Seamaster 300...price value is pretty similar
    Mine:
    Omega Speedmaster '57 Titanium/Titanium 331.90.42.51.04.001
    JLC Master Calendar 1558420
    Rolex Submariner 14060
    Hamilton Thin-o-Matic H38715581
    Bulova WWII Army-issue (Original, partially restored)


    Wife's:
    Omega De Ville Prestige 424.10.33.20.53.001
    TAG Heuer Formula 1 WAH1314.BA0867
    Frederique Constant Slim Line Mini FC-200MCS6B
    Longines vintage c.1941 platinum/diamond

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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Jones View Post
    Not used in Rolex, but definitely used in other watches. Ball, Marathon, Luminox, Traser, etc to name a few all use tritium.
    I should have been more specific

    Tritium, as a paint, is not used at all anymore
    The tritium tech you are referring to is the gas tubes, which is quite different from what you see on the old rolexes, omegas and panerais

    There is no way to apply this new tech to the old watch markers to revive/relume them


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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Jones View Post
    how about this - wondering what your thoughts are on is the 14060 ref watch worth the Tudor Black Bay and Seamaster 300...price value is pretty similar
    Those are all awesome watches
    Especifically, which seamaster 300 are you referring to?

    Price range seems fair at first look, but really depends on the condition of the 14060
    And You can definitely find plenty of 14060 with luminova out there

    Can you share a photo of the watch the seller is offering? So we can five you an idea regarding value



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    Re: Considering a trade for a used Rolex Sub Tritium Dial - Can Rolex Re-lume with new tritium?

    Quote Originally Posted by stezan View Post
    Those are all awesome watches
    Especifically, which seamaster 300 are you referring to?

    Price range seems fair at first look, but really depends on the condition of the 14060
    And You can definitely find plenty of 14060 with luminova out there

    Can you share a photo of the watch the seller is offering? So we can five you an idea regarding value



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    I will say, it's not PERFECT condition by any stretch. But cheapest one I see on Chrono24 are about 5700-6500 for ref. 14060.

    I have the newer re-issue of the SM300 from the Bond Spectre movie. You can see all the references of my watches in my signature

    Quote Originally Posted by stezan View Post
    I should have been more specific

    Tritium, as a paint, is not used at all anymore
    The tritium tech you are referring to is the gas tubes, which is quite different from what you see on the old rolexes, omegas and panerais

    There is no way to apply this new tech to the old watch markers to revive/relume them


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    Ah, good explanation. I assumed when they were using Tritium it was as a gas tube.
    Mine:
    Omega Speedmaster '57 Titanium/Titanium 331.90.42.51.04.001
    JLC Master Calendar 1558420
    Rolex Submariner 14060
    Hamilton Thin-o-Matic H38715581
    Bulova WWII Army-issue (Original, partially restored)


    Wife's:
    Omega De Ville Prestige 424.10.33.20.53.001
    TAG Heuer Formula 1 WAH1314.BA0867
    Frederique Constant Slim Line Mini FC-200MCS6B
    Longines vintage c.1941 platinum/diamond

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