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hi, one of the main reason we like diver watches is because of its luminosity.

so, my question is, does the lume of a watch gets lesser over time?
whats the average time for superluminova giving high lume?



 

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Theoretically, superluminova is supposed to last indefinitely--it doesn't have the radioactive half-life of older lume paints so it shouldn't degrade. Not sure it's been around long enough (say, decades) to say for sure whether that's true.

On a nightly basis? Legibility/glow depend on thickness, surface area and other considerations (amount of other additives, etc.). I generally get six hours of sleep a night and every one of my dive watches has been still legible and visible by the time I get up.
 

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so, superluminova is better than tritium?

I'm not sure there is a better or worse as it depends on the needs of the application. If you need lume in the absence of rechargeable light for +10 hours, then tritium or tritium tubes are superior. You could use those in a cave, outer space, or Antarctica without any other light for their 12-20 year lifetime. On the other hand, how many of us don't have ANY other light for 10 hours at a time?

For whatever reason (safety, cost, regulations) the vast majority of watchmakers seem to be focusing on luminous compounds like superluminova and lumibright at the moment. Those wanting extra light are serviced by mb-microtech's tritium and tube products in Ball, Luminox, and Traser.
 

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Superluminova is definitely not for diving man, i have a Tag aqua and Ball HC. But when i put both side by side at pitch dark for an hour, i could hardly read my Tag but the Ball shine just like a light bulb. I also read magazine comparing diving watch of penerai, omega, rolex and ball in pitch dark and ball emerging brightest. If i were to go diving, i would definifly wear my Ball as i do not think there is day light to recharge the superluminova in the dark cold sea.
 

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:)

anyone know if Lumibrite is different than Super Luminova?

my 11+ year old Seiko still glows like a blowtorch UNDERWATER while diving after an hour but so does my Omega 2254, but then again I never dive in the cold dark sea, usually the Caribbean.:thumbup1:

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There are a few products to consider: Superluminova is a newer product, while tritium (which is radioactive at a low level) is the older one. There are some brands who use "Tritium vials" which is brighter still and which doesn't need charging with light.

Another complication is that manufacturers use different concentrations of product, which also impacts the luminosity. Meaning? You can have two different manufacturers who use different levels of concentration and thickness for applying the lume product.

Performance/characteristic-wise they also differ. Tritium will tend not to shine as bright at first but will last the whole night while Superluminova will glow brightly at first but deteriorate quicker. Tritium vials however, are the champions. To judge likely performance in advance, you pretty much have to ask people who already wear the brand because they all differ.

However, generally, the best of Tritium and Superluminova brands are: Seiko, Omega, Girard Perregaux and Panerai. The best for Tritium vials? Luminox and Ball watches.
 

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Hi guys, just got my first omega and gotta say it's a beautiful watch. I chose the Omega Seamaster Quartz 2221.80.00 because I am a bit of a bond fan and just thought they looked great. Anyway about the glow, does my model have tritium or that superluminova stuff? It does glow but only if I shine a light on it, then it glows nice and clear for about an hour before fading almost to darkness. Is this normal? I am not planning on diving with it or anything but if it's not doing what it should then I would like to know. Heres where it came from (hope its ok to post links)

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Also I am always very paranoid about things being authentic, is there some specific marking or other way i can be sure my watch is genuine?

What do you guys think?

heres a pic btw, look real to you?




Thanks
Ronnie
 

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Hi guys, just got my first omega and gotta say it's a beautiful watch. I chose the Omega Seamaster Quartz 2221.80.00 because I am a bit of a bond fan and just thought they looked great. Anyway about the glow, does my model have tritium or that superluminova stuff? It does glow but only if I shine a light on it, then it glows nice and clear for about an hour before fading almost to darkness. Is this normal? I am not planning on diving with it or anything but if it's not doing what it should then I would like to know. Heres where it came from (hope its ok to post links)

non sponsor link removed

Also I am always very paranoid about things being authentic, is there some specific marking or other way i can be sure my watch is genuine?

What do you guys think?

heres a pic btw, look real to you?




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Ronnie
It looks genuine to me. Congratulations!

The lume on your SMP is Superluminova BTW.

~JB
 
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