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Watches like this give me "the willies"....

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January 26, 2013 08:23PM
I was trawling eBay and saw this broken vintage piece. The hands obviously have radium paint for lume-- the brown stains on the dial are scorch marks caused by the radiation from the hands, that apparently sat, unmoved, at 5:10 for many years. This is no wimpy tritium, that just spits out electrons-- this is hard core gamma and x-rays at work.
Maybe I'm overly cautious or nervous, but I wouldn't want to touch that watch. Sure the lume is "dead" at this point, but the radium isn't. Accidentally ingesting or breathing in the radium dust from those hands if the dial were exposed could not possibly be a good thing...


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Watches like this give me "the willies".... Jpeg Attachments

obsidian287January 26, 2013 08:23PM

The rad's ate away at the second hand as well Jpeg Attachments

solex54January 28, 2013 12:13AM

Now that is scary! Makes me wonder about the ones I've opened! Eek! (n/t)

Timemiser62January 27, 2013 06:09PM

I've seen a few like this at the flea markets Eek! (n/t)

cmoy59January 27, 2013 02:59PM

Nice Wittnauer though.Eek! (n/t)

Mark C.52January 27, 2013 02:03PM

Wow! Eek! (n/t)

IF42January 27, 2013 11:10AM

Agree, better be careful with these (n/t)

Reto56January 27, 2013 05:45AM

Looks nice, just wear your lead vestThumbs up! (n/t)

Riddim Driven60January 27, 2013 01:05AM

Yeah, no kidding. The thing that people need to remember is that >>

Dave M60January 26, 2013 10:48PM

EEK! run Forrest, run! (n/t)

Micha63January 26, 2013 10:16PM



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