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    I bought a Trainmaster power reserve last week. Zero lume. Do they have to be exposed to light for a certain amount of time? It's no deal breaker, I love the watch.

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    If you're sure there's no lume, You should take it in and exchange it for a new one. I don't know what the hour dots are made of, but the hour hand, minute hand and sweep second hand have Tritium gas tubes. This radioactive gas needs NO exposure to light, since the gas should glow 24/7 for roughly the next 25 years.

    If the tubes aren't glowing, they (somehow) missed being filled with Tritium gas or else they got damaged and leak. Either way, the watch is technically faulty. For the *extra you're paying for gas tubes, I'd want a fully functioning watch.


    *I have a different brand of watch watch (with a quartz movement) that had great Tritium tubes. I paid about $225 for it. A couple months afterward I ran across THE EXACT SAME MAKE, MODEL, and vendor, except the plain dial DID NOT contain Tririum Tubes. That watch was priced at under $100. BIG DIFFERENCE!
    The cost of those gas tubes can be shocking to the uninitiated.
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