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    Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm)

    Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm) and willing to post some pics?

    I think it will be my next purchase but before I drop $2k, I’m hesitant about the size and height on 7-1/2”......Also wonder how bright the wide/flatter indices are....been disappointed with Ball’s T intensity on the Red Label and Racer Classic compared to others I own (or owned) like Isobright and Nite. But both of those the Eclipse and Icon may have been T-100 and the Balls were not brand new. How does the Marvelight M or Marvelight compare in tritium brightness? I couldn’t get a response from any ADs in LA and it seems its getting harder to see them in person. Thanks!

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    Re: Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm)

    Well...I do not own the Marvelight, but I do own the Skindiver II, which I believe uses the same tubes. (In the Topper banner above, it's the one on the right.)

    One thing that you need to be aware of - if you aren't already - is that the Marvelight is available in both T<100 (or just "T") and T<25 varieties, the latter of which is made for European customers because the former strength tubes cannot be sold there. Are you certain you were looking at a T<100 version?

    As for the intensity, I find the Skindiver's double-wide index tubes are easily read at all times, but the yellow microtubes on the hands can be difficult to distinguish without having my glasses on.

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    I was not aware of a distinction between markets and good to know at least about the larger flatter tubes being bright- images I have seen (Gnomon, Iguanasell) have a T on the bottom of the dial - so is that T-100 right? thanks
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    Re: Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm)

    I was under the impression that the T-designation was for the total amount of licenced tritium used with the dial, not the size of the tubes.

    Am I wrong? Hopefully someone can correct me if needed.

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    Re: Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    I was under the impression that the T-designation was for the total amount of licenced tritium used with the dial, not the size of the tubes.

    Am I wrong? Hopefully someone can correct me if needed.

    Thanks.

    My understanding is that you are correct. In addition the 'T' rating indicates total tritium of anywhere between T25 and T100.

    That being said, larger flatter tubes may be brighter. My Aviator Dual time is T rated, glows quite brightly, and does not have the flat tubes, just a plethora of the skinny ones.

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    Re: Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm)

    Thanks., and I agree.
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    Re: Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm)

    no one have one yet...?

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    Well I pulled the trigger- WUS sponsor & AD ordered me one from Switzerland and should arrive in a couple weeks. I will post my first impressions and some pics when it does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe View Post
    Well I pulled the trigger- WUS sponsor & AD ordered me one from Switzerland and should arrive in a couple weeks. I will post my first impressions and some pics when it does!
    Looking forward to seeing this one.

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    Re: Anyone own the Marvelight M? (43mm)

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f239/s...l#post48606273

    I am happy to report photos don’t even do it justice- better than I imagined and fits smaller and thinner than its specs would have you believe.

    After arriving earlier in the week and wearing to bed a few nights, I checked it against the atomic clock this morning and it has’t drifted 1 second! Just as accurate as my other COSC Red Label. I have a 7-1/2” wrist and only have one link removed to fit (so you may need to order extra links if your wrist is much larger than 7.75”).

    I sourced it from Exquisite Timepieces, an AD in Naples FL, who had to order it from BALL directly...but it was worth the wait! This one does not disappoint on any level. Great to get one that lives up to your expectations and imagination if you’ve only seen pictures online!
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