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    One of our newer members seems to have had a disappointing experience with his Tritium luminosity. This made me wonder what others think about their own watches...
    How are you reconciling yourself with the fact that your watch is going to lose its glow in a number of years? What will you do when the Tritium gas's half-life progression makes it no longer visible? Did you already know that this would happen eventually? And if you knew then what you know now, would you still be a Ball owner?
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    This is not really a Ball-specific question - I am not aware of any 25 year old watch where the lume still works half as well as it did originally. There is the other question also of if we will still be wearing watches in another 25 years.

    Other than the recent issue (which, IMHO Ball handled poorly), dial and hand replacement seems to be quite reasonably priced. My only question is how large is the stockpile of parts and what is Ball's commitment to re manufacturing items when they run out. They seem to be adopting the Rolex model in many ways, I hope this is not one of them.

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    One of the problems is that Trit. gas watches haven't been around for 25 years yet - so we don't have any kind of benchmark to go by.
    Frankly, I got my Fireman II (used) because it was a super-affordable watch with a true Swiss ETA movement. If I want just Tritium and don't care about anything else, there are about 6 other watches under $90 and twice that many if I go up to $120. I will worry about it more when the time comes, but I, too, hope Ball won't become a Rolex clone. Mine has had two crown repairs already...I really hope there's nothing else for quite a while!
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    While the lume is cool, I am a fan of the overall Ball brand. So, I'll just take it in stride.
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    Tube colors do make a difference- green tubes will appear the brightest to the human eye. While I like the blue and yellow tubes on my original Night Train, the change to mostly green tubes on the later versions of the NIght Train was likely due to the perceived dimness of the blue and yellow color tubes.

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    I had a conversation with one of the management staff at Ball USA and he told me the charge for replacement tritium tubes is going to be "very reasonable". He also told me Ball USA is not allowed to bring tritium tubes into this country not mounted in watches. That's too bad, as watches needing tubes replaced will have to be shipped to The Swiss Ball Facility, leading to extra charges in shipping and longer times without watches. I believe this is a NRC issue, which makes no sense to me. It would take incredibly large numbers of tubes destroyed to collect enough tritium to do any harm. There must be easier ways criminals to obtain tritium. That said, why would I think government regulations should make sense:(!
    I have a while to go before a either of my Ball Watches will need replacement tubes. Hopefully, regulations will ease by that time, allowing Ball USA to do the necessary chip tube changes here in the the States by the time I need them(:-o)



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    Some of us don't have the luxury of 6-digit bank accounts. I'd love to know what management meant by "very reasonable"!
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    The numbers I have seen suggest dial replacement, including all tubes, for <$200 - I would say that is "very reasonable"

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    (Whew!!!) For what's involved...you're right. If that kind of service can stay near the 200 mark, there isn't much to complain about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~tc~ View Post
    The numbers I have seen suggest dial replacement, including all tubes, for <$200 - I would say that is "very reasonable"
    I would think that the number of tubes in need of replacement would factor into the price.

    My original Fireman 43mm has 15 tubes while my original Night Train has 63 tubes!

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