I'm a long-time Doxa enthusiast (ever since I read my first Clive Cussler novel of course ) but I haven't actually owned one until this year. I picked up a 1200T Sharkhunter, which I found to be a spectacular watch, but it was slightly on the small size for my liking. So I flipped it for a bit of a profit and now I'm looking to replace it. I have my sights set on one of the larger Sharkys, specifically a 750T or an 800Ti. I have the opportunity to get my hands on an 800Ti for a good price, but my concern is with the tritium tubes. I've done a bit of research on tritium tubes, and I know they have a half-life of roughly 12 years. I know a lot of people have reported less time out of their tritium lume, and many have reported more.
Knowing that the watch is about 8 years old at this point, am I likely to get a watch that still has powerful lume? Are the current 800Ti owners still experiencing good lume with their watches? Lume is important to me, as I plan to travel and camp with this watch, as well as dive with it.
I also know tritium tubes are replaceable. Will Doxa do this? How long would that take? Ballpark cost? If I pick this watch up and the tubes need to be replaced in a year, that's not the greatest. If they need to be replaced in 4, that's more reasonable.
Any help would be really appreciated.