Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Why Own a Tritium Watch?


Here at The Watch Guys we love watches.  But, as some of you may have noticed, we are particularly fond of Tritium illuminated watches.  Why is that?  Well it's because Tritium Illuminated Watches are just simply the best illuminated watches available today.  So "What is Tritium illumination?" I hear you say.  You may have heard some people talk about them and not know exactly what it is or how it works.  Let's take a look and see.  I am going to break down what Tritium illumination is, how it works and what it all means so next time you hear us talking about how much we love it, you'll understand why.

What is Tritium illumination?

Lets start off with what Tritium illumination is.  Tritium illumination is what is called a micro-gas technology.  Tritium illumination is not a paint but actually small glass tubes filled with a phosphorescent and Tritium in it's gaseous form.  The Tritium gas reacts with the phosphorescent and creates a continuous glow 24-hours a day / 7-days a week for about 25 years.  It is a chemical reaction that is very stable, safe and consistent.  From there the Tritium gas vials are inserted on the hands and dial of the watch. The new generation of Tritium watches are the easiest in the world to read in low light conditions and even in total darkness. The light emitting devices require no battery power or any other form of charging, and never needs servicing or maintenance.

Why is Tritium Superior?

So now that we know what it is and how it works we have to ask why it is superior to other forms of illumination?  The benefits of Tritium as a watch illumination system is simple.  Making watches visible in low light or at night has been a perplexing problem since wrist timepieces were first invented. While watchmakers thought the problem was solved 100 years ago with the use of radium, it quickly proved too radio active and dangerous. Radium was outlawed for use in watches over 50 years ago. Luminous substitutes found in 95% of watches sold today require the use of an external light source to recharge the illumination. Many owners complain that the luminous paint works poorly and fades quickly, often in just minutes of darkness. Another alternative, using electric back lighting, requires the owner to press a button and quickly uses up battery power. It often fails to light the dial evenly and has proven unreliable.

With Tritium you have a constant source of light that requires no additional power source.  No buttons to push and no fading as the night draws on.  The Tritium stays light day in and day out for up to 25 years.  All you have to do is take a quick glance at the watch and you know exactly what time it is.  No fuss, no muss.  Tritium provides a clean, easy to read light source that stays perfectly visible all night long.  No other illumination can claim those benefits.  Starting to see why we are such big fans around here?

Because of the increasing popularity of Tritium illumination, several brands now offer this feature. Time4Tritium, Gem of the Day and Topflight Watches are proud to offer the following brands: UZI Watches, Smith and Wesson Watches, Traser Watches, H3 Tactical Watches, Luminox Watches and Mondaine Watches. All these brands are equipped with a tritium gas tubes to illuminate the dial.

For more information on this and any other questions to may have please call us Toll Free at 1-888-243-6329.

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