PEAK
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 31

Thread: Best (classy) tritium watch?

  1. #1

    Question Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Hey fellas,

    WHEREAS, CPF is the repository of all the awesome gadget knowledge and

    WHEREAS, I'm looking for a new watch,

    let it be resolved that I'd like to ask what you guys think the best tritium watches are out there?

    From my research so far, i'm looking at Trasers, a Smith & Wesson?, and the Navigators. My big criteria are waterproof, date, and tritum with a metal band.

    Thanks in advance!
    My torches, ranked: Hugsby P31 | AKOray KD-106 | Romisen RC-G2 II | Romisen RC-N3 II
    Headlamp: Zebralight H501w
    Sticking to AA, i swear!

  2. #2
    Flashaholic* Kraid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Waipio, HI
    Posts
    511

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Ball. Far and away. Bit pricey though.
    NO REMORSE

  3. #3
    Flashaholic* DimeRazorback's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    2,992

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    The Trasers are nice watches.

    When you say classy, what do you actually define as 'classy'?
    What is your price range?

    ^^Click for my beamshots!!^^ My Flashlights

  4. #4
    Flashaholic* f22shift's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    shanghai
    Posts
    1,988

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    ball?

  5. #5
    *Flashaholic* carrot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    8,962

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    It's funny, just a few hours ago I was looking for the same thing.

    Came across Traser, Luminox, and Ball.

    There's also the S&W and UZI ones.

    Me, I've got my heart set on a Ball now...
    [gearcarrot.com] Collector and distributor of (mis)information.
    The Guide to High-End Lights | Flashlight Story Collection updated Sept 28
    CPF Specials | 4sevens | LED Testing | EDCF | #cpf

  6. #6
    Flashaholic* DimeRazorback's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    2,992

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Same, I'm aiming for the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Chronograph.



    I love that thing!

    The Mad Cow is up there also

    ^^Click for my beamshots!!^^ My Flashlights

  7. #7
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    419

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Ball, no question.

    There might be some custom options too, I don't know.

  8. #8
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    1,278

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    I've had my eye on this Ball for a while. Have come close to pulling the trigger (through not from this site, this is just for example) a number of times.

    http://www.worldlux.com/cgi-bin/navi...ollect=&filter=

  9. #9
    Enlightened
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Israel
    Posts
    46

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Ball, no doubt about it... I own the Engineer Hydrocarbon chronograph... Great watch.
    Luminox made a couple of really nice looking timepieces too....
    My lights: SureFire U2, L4, E1e, ARC LSH-P, ARC AAA, ARC AA, Inova T1, NUWAI QIII, CPF Edition ORB, Fenix L1P, Fenix L0P, AWR Nano and more to come

  10. #10
    Flashaholic* gollum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    982

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    I was also browsing tritium watches

    I like the Ball watches and the TaWaTec
    www.watchalla.com/tawatec-c-10024974.html

    I want a 3 colour titanium case & bracelet with 300m waterproof
    or else I'll just keep wearing my Omega seamaster

    another option is to get you favourite watch installed with tritium by a watch maker....some here mentioned it was possible.

  11. #11
    Flashaholic* Launch Mini's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    1,310

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Not many "dressy" watches with T-Dials around anymore.
    Vintage Rolex, but the T will be faded.
    Go superluminova, IMO.
    Gives you way more options on the watches.
    Then you can use your lights to charge the dial. A fresh charged superlume is way more impressive than a T, IMO.

  12. #12

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    How did I know this would result in me spending WAY too much money? you guys... I go from being like, "Oh, maybe i'll get a new watch, spend a few hundred" to "OMG, have you seen the new Ball? and I've GOTTA HAVE a TaWaTec to wear as a beater... Oh AND I've GOTTA HAVE the... etc. etc."

    Haha, anyways, I'm telling myself i'm not gonna spend more than $200. And classy basically means an analog watch I can wear with a dress shirt and slacks and not look like a giant nerd/tool.

    And I REALLY want tritium because I don't want to have to grope for my light and then blind myself just to see my watch at night.

    Right now i'm leaning towards Luminox or Traser (mainly a price constraint), but you've REALLY made me want to strike it rich and get a Ball. TaWaTec is also on the radar... hmm...

    It seems to me that a watch is a purchase you have to touch and feel before you buy.
    My torches, ranked: Hugsby P31 | AKOray KD-106 | Romisen RC-G2 II | Romisen RC-N3 II
    Headlamp: Zebralight H501w
    Sticking to AA, i swear!

  13. #13
    Flashaholic* Launch Mini's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    1,310

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    On the Luminova dials, a decent one will hold it's charge throughout the longest of nights.
    I have no problem seeing mine at 7 am in the winter.

    Seiko Monster, if you can find one, might fit the bill.

  14. #14
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    419

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Luminova is bright enough to see if you wake up in the middle of the night and your eyes are totally dark adapted.
    However, if for example you're watching a movie in a pitch black room (like the cinema), your eyes won't be adapted to the dark and luminova will probably be too dim after an hour or so. Same thing if you're driving at night, when the headlights of the oncoming traffic will ruin your night vision (might not be a problem if your car has an illuminated clock on the dash).
    I'm just saying tritium is better, as it's ALWAYS visible. As much as I love my Sinn, I think tritium gas tubes would have made it so much better...

  15. #15
    Flashaholic* Launch Mini's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    1,310

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Isak Hawk View Post
    Luminova is bright enough to see if you wake up in the middle of the night and your eyes are totally dark adapted.
    However, if for example you're watching a movie in a pitch black room (like the cinema), your eyes won't be adapted to the dark and luminova will probably be too dim after an hour or so. Same thing if you're driving at night, when the headlights of the oncoming traffic will ruin your night vision (might not be a problem if your car has an illuminated clock on the dash).
    I'm just saying tritium is better, as it's ALWAYS visible. As much as I love my Sinn, I think tritium gas tubes would have made it so much better...
    Yes & No
    I have a couple T watches. In movies for example, they are not brighter than my others ( ie no easier to see) , they are not super bright, but rather constant.

  16. #16
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    419

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Are they using the tritium gas tubes, or the tritium paint? Also, what brand are they?
    I saw a ball diver in person, and it was quite bright; about the same as what luminova looks like a few minutes after a full charge.

  17. #17

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    How about traser classic automatic?

    sample link: http://www.amazon.com/Traser-Classic.../dp/B000EUFANS

    it also comes in black dial, PVD case and bracelet, and combination of both.

    I think that pretty nice looking watch without breaking your bank. Sapphire crystal, display back, Swiss ETA automatic movement, clean and simple dial.

    I really like Ball Engineer Hydrocarbons (I owned a few of them before). But one thing worries me a little is the cost for replacing the tubes (eventually). If the quoted $7-$10 per tube is accurate, then some of the Ball watches with up to mid 20s to 30s tubes will cost up to $300 to replace all the tubes. but you only have to do it once every 25 years. :-) and I think you would need at least 3 movement service in between.

    Another classy tritium tube diver is Doxa 800Ti (http://www.doxawatches.com/sub800ti.htm) with titanium case and bracelet. One thing I don't like about it is the lack of tritium tube on the second hand. (ISO dive spec requires a dive watch to be varifiable in the dark that its still running. To me, that would means lumed running second indicator or some sort. The lack of lumed running second indicator doesn't makes it a bad watch, but I am picky about my [desk] dive watches)

    I am more of a SL man myself (C3 is the best). I like the bright lume ater initial charge and they last through the night for me (even C1 can be seen after 5-6hr in the dark). And I like my watch radioactivity-free.
    Let there be light.

  18. #18

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    i've always wanted a ball engineer master ii diver tmt:
    http://www.ballwatchusa.com/collecti...rTMTPAJBKF.asp

    but this is still working fine:
    http://www.traserusa.com/en/watches/...t2watch35.html
    C21Cvn IMR18650

  19. #19
    Flashaholic vudoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Anyone seen this watch or have one? I am looking at getting one of these.

    http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/jemsforme_2124_80698930

  20. #20

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Vudoo Where can I find that one??

  21. #21
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    1,064

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    A little shovel work on the brand came up with this?

    http://www.gems4me.com/armoulite-watch-blue.html

    Looks nice, the first bit of the marketing description makes me wonder though.
    Last edited by Th232; 10-02-2010 at 06:15 AM.
    Finning does help dissipate heat. This is why the fins are removed before cooking fish. Otherwise it will throw off the heat and not reach the proper cooking temperature. --Duglite

  22. #22

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Thanks... I like the tritium watches Have a Luminox on now-That one's a cool lookin watch too

  23. #23
    Flashaholic vudoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Th232 View Post
    A little shovel work on the brand came up with this?

    http://www.gems4me.com/armoulite-watch-blue.html

    Looks nice, the first bit of the marketing description makes me wonder though.
    Which part of the ad makes you wonder?

    I drool. Everytime I see this watch and I have emailed them to see when it will be back in stock. They said 2-3 weeks and as soon as they have them in stock I will place an order.

  24. #24
    Flashaholic vudoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by jacknife View Post
    Thanks... I like the tritium watches Have a Luminox on now-That one's a cool lookin watch too
    Which Luminox do you have, I really like the Evo Seal models in particular the 3957 with the white face. How bright are the trits in the luminox? Do you think the white or black face watches are better to show up the trits?

  25. #25

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    I have a Titanium Navy Seal. Black Face, Solid Titanium.--This one -- Original Issue to the Canadian Navy Seals- Watch... Tritium is bright I love tritium. Great Watch. Beside's all it toughness it keeps great time. Tritium will show up the same in DARKNESS. During any light hours you really dont see any trit glow, only in DArkness.

  26. #26
    Enlightened
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Kent, UK
    Posts
    65

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Nite watches- UK company, Swiss movement. 15 tritium vials on mine ( the GX80) Various models. www.nitewatch.co.uk. Classy, rugged watch for £300 - £400.

  27. #27
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Kent, England
    Posts
    429

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Have you looked at the Marathon TSAR? A bit spendy but you get a hell of a lot of watch for your money. Its a big, over-built dive watch with an automatic movement and a gorgeous bracelet:

    http://www.countycomm.com/tritiumsar.htm
    Beware the badger uprising...

  28. #28
    Flashaholic* shao.fu.tzer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    P-Town, TX
    Posts
    1,074

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    +1 for Traser... Got a mil-spec blue trit custom number from them that I like to pull out and look at every once in awhile. I can't bring myself to wear it though due to the polycarbonate crystal...

  29. #29

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcdilnutt View Post
    Have you looked at the Marathon TSAR? A bit spendy but you get a hell of a lot of watch for your money. Its a big, over-built dive watch with an automatic movement and a gorgeous bracelet:

    http://www.countycomm.com/tritiumsar.htm
    TSAR is the one with quartz movement

    GSAR and MSAR are the ones with automatic movement

    Let there be light.

  30. #30
    Flashaholic* brighterisbetter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Tornado Alley, USA
    Posts
    2,377

    Default Re: Best (classy) tritium watch?

    After going through numerous tritium watches over the past few years, I've finally stuck on the original Ball Pulsemeter on bracelet:


    As for my dream watch, it would have to be the Ball Engineer Master II COSC diver on bracelet w/yellow quarter dial:

    Last edited by brighterisbetter; 10-21-2010 at 10:29 AM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •