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    Ball Luminescence Help?





    I do not yet own a Ball watch but I want a watch withserious luminesce and all roads seem to point to Ball for that.

    I am wondering if the lumen works in pitch black?
    Does it need to “charge”with the sun/lights?
    Do all Ball watches come with the Micro Gas Tubes?

    Which Ball models have the best luminesce?


    Plus I have a slight railroad fetish so would like to have ahistoric RR anyway!
    Sorry for the newbie questions.




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    Re: Ball Luminescence Help?

    So, yes, no, yes.

    Those with a 'T' rating.

    The GTLS or tritium tubes are also used on some gun sights, so that is another place they may be seen.
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    Re: Ball Luminescence Help?

    To expand upon the Sparrow's answers, tritium tubes work great in pitch black, don't need charging and last as long as you are in the dark--you could spend a year underground and they would be illuminating the entire time. All modern generation (from year 2000 on) Ball watches come with tritium tube illumination, all watches produced before that did not. Those with the greatest lumes are those with the most tritium tubes, they are usually described on the dial with a single "T" but sometimes "T100"--the other level is "T25". These numbers essentially refer to the upper limits of the amount of tritium used on the dial, with of course 100 a lot more than 25. Those watches with a lot of Tritium include the various iterations of the Night Train, some of the Aviators, and others. Here is one of each of the first two--both designated at "T" or "T100".
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    If you're looking for the brightest lume stick to the dials with mostly green tubes- the brightest color visible to the human eye.

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    If it's any help, this is my Engineer Hydrocarbon. I got into my car one night and saw how bright the glow of the lume was. At one stage, I thought of selling it and then not. I get reminded why I liked the watch each time I see the lume. Simply beautiful. There is no need for any recharge - stays like this all night.

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    Re: Ball Luminescence Help?

    Goggle "Tritium tubes" for more information on how this material works.
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    Re: Ball Luminescence Help?

    They dont actually have the lume like your traditional watch but use actual tritium tubes which have a constant glow.

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    Tritium is a radioactive isotope. The glass tubes are vacuums. They have a half life of approx 15 years depending on the age of the tritium tube obviously. They are also expensive to replace. If you buy a new Ball watch you may not get new tritium tubes. They may be old stock and already be a few years old, so their half life will be decreased. I have a lot of flashlights with tritium installed. They work in pitch black, no need to "charge"
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    Re: Ball Luminescence Help?

    Hi- thank you for your help. I am eyeing the Ball bronze engineer III with Arabics. Am I correct in understanding that there are levels of luminosity for Ball watches? Like it seems the Marvel light is brighter/better than the regular trititum? Also is there a way to tell if something is T-25 or T-100?
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    Re: Ball Luminescence Help?

    Quote Originally Posted by RyCheDay View Post
    Hi- thank you for your help. I am eyeing the Ball bronze engineer III with Arabics. Am I correct in understanding that there are levels of luminosity for Ball watches? Like it seems the Marvel light is brighter/better than the regular trititum? Also is there a way to tell if something is T-25 or T-100?
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    Green is the brightest of all tritium, below is a chart showing the % of glow
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