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Vintage Watch Thread (Pre-1990's watches only)

DavidLane

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This is awesome, it is comfortable? Can you possibly post and underside shot? I have seen these, but I don’t quite understand how they latch.

*edit* Beautiful pieces btw.

-DL
Thanks! and sorry for the delayed response. here are two pics that might help:

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The clasp is a bit fiddly but once you get used to it it's quite easy to use
 

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Seiko Lassale, my great grandfather's. I got it when he passed

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Is that watch safe to wear? My best guess is that the numerals and hands are painted with a Radium containing lume. Radium is a Gamma emitter, the emitted radioactivity passes effortlessly through many different materials like steel and glass. Radium has a half-life of around 1600 years, so the Radium is pretty much as active as when it left the factory many decades ago.
I would recommend having it checked with a Geiger counter, you'll be shocked how much radioactivity some of these old watches can still give off, many are according to modern standards considered unsafe to wear for more than a few minutes.
 

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Is that watch safe to wear? My best guess is that the numerals and hands are painted with a Radium containing lume. Radium is a Gamma emitter, the emitted radioactivity passes effortlessly through many different materials like steel and glass. Radium has a half-life of around 1600 years, so the Radium is pretty much as active as when it left the factory many decades ago.
I would recommend having it checked with a Geiger counter, you'll be shocked how much radioactivity some of these old watches can still give off, many are according to modern standards considered unsafe to wear for more than a few minutes.
I appreciate the concern, however this is a tritium dial, likely from the late 60’s early 70’s and while it’s not completely safe either, it is a heck of a lot better and a wrist full of Radium.

It’s hard to see but there is a tiny T on the dial:
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-DL
 

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@cchen - Congrats on the IWC. I absolutely love those older Ingenieurs. If I were ever to get an IWC, those vintage Ingenieurs and the vintage Yacht Clubs are the most appealing to me.
 

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Thanks, gents! I wasn't able to inspect it in person but all the pics checked out so hoping it's ok. Early IWC is quite interesting and still somewhat undiscovered and there's still value there. I have also been searching for a SL but seems like interest is already increasing by those who are priced out of Nautilus' and Royal Oaks. Will post some pics when it arrives.
 

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