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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. DLJr

    DLJr TWAT Master.

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    I'll second the Stowa suggestion, especially their pilot versions.
     


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    I would also strongly recommend Stowa at that price point. I have a Stowa Marine and it's a beautiful watch. Tough, too.
     


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    Question for the Rolex experts - just took delivery of a U-serial 16600 with a T<25 dial. Placed it under my iphone flashlight, and was surprised to see it glow brightly after a minute or two.

    I've seen posts indicating that the light might just be activating the phosphorescent paint. Gave the watch a minute or two of the flashlight and set it in the dark - significantly darker after 10 minutes, and fairly hard to see after 20 (compared to my ~3 year old Speedmaster that I'm using as a Superluminova control).

    Would this suggest a tritium dial, or just an older luminova dial that's lost some of its staying power?

    Pics to come...
     


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    If it has a T on the dial, then it has Tritium.
     


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    dcg Senior member

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    This was my initial understanding, but I've seen it suggested that there are some T dials during the transition period (1998) that were luminova. The supposition being that Rolex had a few T dials left over when they started using luminova.
     


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    Yeah, they sell direct and depending on the model there can be waiting times. They normally say so on the site, and are very efficient on communication when you've ordered, too.

    I think there was a backlog at one point while they switched to different movements, but they were always very communicative. Mine took a month or something, I think.
     


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