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    Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Hello Ball owners, I have always been interested in Ball watches but do not like look of the Tritium tubes. They look out of place to me and honestly don't know why they continue using them with today's advanced lume options. I guess my question is, with the new lume options out there today, why does Ball continue to use these? I have never owned a Ball watch and have not seen the tubes in action so maybe I am missing something.

    I really like several of their models, just don't care for the squared/ rectangular tubes.

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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

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    I guess my question is, with the new lume options out there today, why does Ball continue to use these? I have never owned a Ball watch and have not seen the tubes in action so maybe I am missing something.

    I really like several of their models, just don't care for the squared/ rectangular tubes.
    To answer your second comment first, not every Ball watch uses the squared-off double-wide tubes; many use very thin tubes or even micro-dots.

    As to why one would favor a tritium tube over, say superluminova, simply put:

    1. Tritium does not need to be charged.
    2. Tritium provides a constant glow that does not fade over time.
    3. While fully-charged superluminova can provide an initially more intense glow, after about an hour tritium will be the more intense of the two.
    4. The tritium tubes, unlike older generations of tritium paint, can be replaced by Ball for a nominal fee (when I last spoke with Mr. Hess, the figure $35 part cost for replacing all tubes on a dial was proposed as a potential price point.

    Personally, I wear my Ball in bed, whether my bed in in my bedroom, in my car, or under the stars; I never have to wonder what time it is or fumble for a flashlight. I also wear it out when I'm walking about after sundown, never having to worry about finding a streetlight. But mostly I wear my Ball because it's a tough watch that can take a beating; the tritium lume is just a bonus.

    Maybe lume isn't your thing, maybe superluminova is fine for you? That's perfectly fine. For me? I prefer the reassuring glow in the dark instead of squinting with my old, terrible eyesight.

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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Alysandir covered your questions well. Today's "advanced" or "new" lume options still don't come anywhere near what a tritium tube is capable of, if you are thinking past the first hour or two in darkness. Some Ball designs accentuate the look and shape of the T-tube, while others have designs where you hardly notice them at all (I prefer the more obscure variations myself)--so, there are choices--but it sounds like you already have you mind made up--if you like the look of some of the watches, but don't like the tritium tubes, then Ball is probably not the best watch for you.
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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Ball has a very extensive model line, so look around as some of their tritium placements on the dials are not as prominent as others.
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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Thanks for the responses. The major problem is, I have no AD anywhere near me...I am definitely not flying blind and ordering one from the internet - I want to see and feel the watches and feel their robustness, hands on. I have bought several quality timepieces through internet sales and luckily haven't made a mistake, yet.

    I totally like some of their models and they really speak to me (from a damn computer screen).

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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Your best bet would call Martin Pulli in Philadelphia. He would be able to help you out. He might be able to email you multiple pics of the one you want. Rob from Topper Jewelers could also help you. I can grantee you that they are not flimsy watches and are very solid. I own 3 in the Trainmaster line and they are more of a dress watch and they feel solid. I could only imagine what what the other lines are like.
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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by UofRSpider View Post
    Thanks for the responses. The major problem is, I have no AD anywhere near me...I am definitely not flying blind and ordering one from the internet - I want to see and feel the watches and feel their robustness, hands on. I have bought several quality timepieces through internet sales and luckily haven't made a mistake, yet.

    I totally like some of their models and they really speak to me (from a damn computer screen).
    If you're in northern VA, there's an AD in Gambrills MD. Beltway, 50 east, 3 north. Little Treasury Jewelers. Ask for Chris.

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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by UofRSpider View Post
    Hello Ball owners, I have always been interested in Ball watches but do not like look of the Tritium tubes. They look out of place to me and honestly don't know why they continue using them with today's advanced lume options. I guess my question is, with the new lume options out there today, why does Ball continue to use these? I have never owned a Ball watch and have not seen the tubes in action so maybe I am missing something.

    I really like several of their models, just don't care for the squared/ rectangular tubes.
    You mention other options, but do you realize all of those have a shorter life span than the GTLS tubes by almost 30%. GTLS are the standard for high end gun sites and any application were illumination must be guaranteed. The better question would be why aren't more other brands using this technology. I pretty much have had or do own every low, medium and high end diver made. The only two of the current crop of conventional lume watches that can almost match the through the night lume are the Pelagos (which will last twice as long any Seiko) and the BP fifty Fathoms Bathyscape. The ROLEX Explorer II will also, but not a diver. Every GTLS watch will best everything else. By best I'm not talking about seconds after charging(and doesn't it bother you that you have to charge it?), but 1 2 or 3 hours after charging. Not really the torch you think it is? I don't think there is a single conventional lume watch that can match a Ball one hour after charging. Look for all the over time multi watch photo sets that have been posted over the years. After 30 minutes most of those barely register. So again I asked why do others not use the vastly superior technology?
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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by UofRSpider View Post
    Thanks for the responses. The major problem is, I have no AD anywhere near me...I am definitely not flying blind and ordering one from the internet - I want to see and feel the watches and feel their robustness, hands on. I have bought several quality timepieces through internet sales and luckily haven't made a mistake, yet.

    I totally like some of their models and they really speak to me (from a damn computer screen).
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    Re: Question for Ball owners re Tritium tubes

    I have owned a Ball Skindiver with the thick tritium tubes and a Trainmaster with thin, short tubes and love the remarkable lume. Both very solid pieces and extremely comfortable on the wrist. I never found the look of the tubes to be distracting and I actually like the accents they lend to the overall look of the watch.

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