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    Tritium has a half life of 12.5 yrs +/-. Ball claims their tritium tubes have a useful lifetime of 25yrs. That's 2 half lives, so by 25 yrs they should only glow at 1/4 of their original intensity. Or do the tubes originally contain enough tritium to more than saturate the phosphor, so that even after 10-15 years of tritium decay they still glow at full intensity?

    What is the real world experience? I'm new to Ball and have one 7 year old watch that is impressively bright, but wonder how it would compare to a new watch. If you have more than one Ball watch, how does the intensity of the tritium tubes in your newest watch compare to the intensity of your oldest watch? What's the age difference between them?

    Thanks for responding.

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    Good question al.

    I've just bought my first Ball (Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster COSC) and am totally smitten. The thought of it glowing brightly for even seven years is pretty cool - let alone double that or longer.
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    No one has more than one?

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    I don't know. I've never seen a lume shot of a 7-year old Ball.
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    My Fireman I is probably in that age range. Bought it preowned, so not exactly sure.



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    I have a Ball Fireman too but I am not sure if it is 7 years old. I'll check the papers and if it is 7, I'll posts some updated lume shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~tc~ View Post
    My Fireman I is probably in that age range.
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    I bought my Engineer II 4 1/2 years ago and you can barely see the tritium tubes at night.

    I took the watch to the dealer and the response from Switzerland was that it should have lasted at least for 25 yrs as advertised, however the warranty only covers the watch for 2 years?????? Replacement of watch face including the tubes $375.00 to $400.00.

    I asked the dealer for the contact information as I intend to follow up on this issue. Too much hype for a watch that does not deliver and a manufacturer that does not stand behind its products. Look for something else, my Rolex, Tag Heuer, even a Citizen watch with over twelve years have not faded as this Ball Watch has....

    I will keep posting the results of my inquiry with Ball....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caprlee View Post
    I bought my Engineer II 4 1/2 years ago and you can barely see the tritium tubes at night.

    I took the watch to the dealer and the response from Switzerland was that it should have lasted at least for 25 yrs as advertised, however the warranty only covers the watch for 2 years?????? Replacement of watch face including the tubes $375.00 to $400.00.

    I asked the dealer for the contact information as I intend to follow up on this issue. Too much hype for a watch that does not deliver and a manufacturer that does not stand behind its products. Look for something else, my Rolex, Tag Heuer, even a Citizen watch with over twelve years have not faded as this Ball Watch has....

    I will keep posting the results of my inquiry with Ball....
    First, I am sorry you are having this issue! I would like to point out that if you register your watch online it extends the warranty to 3 years. That would not help you in this case, just wanted people to know. I would also like to say that in 30 years of selling watches, NO watch company has stood behind their product more than Ball, in fact no one has even come close! I am not saying they should or shouldn't cover something out of warranty. Warranties are limited for a reason, if I were you I would want it fixed also, I just understand where both parties are coming from. Write a nice letter to Ball Switzerland and see if they will do something, who knows, they can only say no.
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