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Here is a little black light fun with some 60's Accutron 214's...



 
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Man oh man, is that cool?! Or what?!! 馃槻 馃槷

These watches are incredible in any light, but the black
light, and this effect is just awesome Steve ! 馃槑 It鈥檚 so
much fun to see on this end too. Thanks a lot !!!

P.S. Now Steve, is that the original lume?
Or was it actually redone?
 

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Man oh man, is that cool?! Or what?!! 馃槻 馃槷

These watches are incredible in any light, but the black
light, and this effect is just awesome Steve ! 馃槑 It鈥檚 so
much fun to see on this end too. Thanks a lot !!!

P.S. Now Steve, is that the original lume?
Or was it actually redone?
The Spaceview "C" had aftermarket hands but a NOS crystal but both of the Astronauts had original lume that faded away in about 1 to 2 seconds thought all the lume remains radioactive as it is Radium based lume which is demonstrated in this video of a different watch of the same model and year Accutron Astronaut as the one pictured in the middle of the top picture and the bottom picture...


The 1962 Accutron Astronaut shown in the pictures above was sent to me for service and a NOS crystal to be installed, I must say DAM that was the finest example of a 1962 Accutron Astronaut that I've ever seen! It was even better than the watches I once owned! BUT my experience with it was short-lived and I had to say goodbye to it and send it back to the owner who doesn't keep it locked away and wears it from time to time...
 

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Whoops, I got the pictures swapped...

"different watch of the same model and year Accutron Astronaut as the one pictured in the middle of the top picture and the bottom picture"

It's the other way around, it's the pictured in the middle of the bottom picture and the top picture...
 

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The Spaceview "C" had aftermarket hands but a NOS crystal but both of the Astronauts had original lume that faded away in about 1 to 2 seconds thought all the lume remains radioactive as it is Radium based lume which is demonstrated in this video of a different watch of the same model and year Accutron Astronaut as the one pictured in the middle of the top picture and the bottom picture...


The 1962 Accutron Astronaut shown in the pictures above was sent to me for service and a NOS crystal to be installed, I must say DAM that was the finest example of a 1962 Accutron Astronaut that I've ever seen! It was even better than the watches I once owned! BUT my experience with it was short-lived and I had to say goodbye to it and send it back to the owner who doesn't keep it locked away and wears it from time to time...
Whoops, I got the pictures swapped...

"different watch of the same model and year Accutron Astronaut as the one pictured in the middle of the top picture and the bottom picture"

It's the other way around, it's the pictured in the middle of the bottom picture and the top picture...


馃槃No worries Steve, either way you slice it they are incredible watches !
You know, to be 100% honest, I didn't even realize that these Accutrons
even used the Radium based lume. 馃く Had thought watch companies
stopped using it at least a decade, or more before. Wow, this hobby never
ceases to amaze. Always learning Steve ! Thank you, and thanks a lot
for the video also by the way !!!
 

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馃槃No worries Steve, either way you slice it they are incredible watches !
You know, to be 100% honest, I didn't even realize that these Accutrons
even used the Radium based lume. 馃く Had thought watch companies
stopped using it at least a decade, or more before. Wow, this hobby never
ceases to amaze. Always learning Steve ! Thank you, and thanks a lot
for the video also by the way !!!
I believe Bulova was using Radium based lume until 1963 and stopped in 1964...

Here is a 1963 Bulova handset list that shows they were still using Radium lume at least until 1963...

 

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I believe Bulova was using Radium based lume until 1963 and stopped in 1964...

Here is a 1963 Bulova handset list that shows they were still using Radium lume at least until 1963...

Wow, I can see Radium a ton on the list Steve ! 馃憖 You weren't kidding !!!(y)
It's just amazing (in a bad way) that it was being used all the way into the
60's like that. Had just always thought it was stopped way way sooner then
this. What a revelation ! Thanks once again for the lesson Steve !
 

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Wow, I can see Radium a ton on the list Steve ! 馃憖 You weren't kidding !!!(y)
It's just amazing (in a bad way) that it was being used all the way into the
60's like that. Had just always thought it was stopped way way sooner then
this. What a revelation ! Thanks once again for the lesson Steve !
Radium lume is for the most part not dangerous unless it is Inhaled or ingested, Radium lume primarily emits Alpha particles and they are shielded by most thin materials including paper...
 

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Radium lume is for the most part not dangerous unless it is Inhaled or ingested, Radium lume primarily emits Alpha particles and they are shielded by most thin materials including paper...

Totally understand Steve. 馃檪 Just never realized Radium was used all
the way into the 60's. Oh, and it's very interesting how it's not so dangerous
in most cases. Or even behind paper, or I guess watch crystals too ! (y)
 

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Totally understand Steve. 馃檪 Just never realized Radium was used all
the way into the 60's. Oh, and it's very interesting how it's not so dangerous
in most cases. Or even behind paper, or I guess watch crystals too ! (y)
I don't think the crystal is blocking much because you have seen how much the Geiger Counter lit up even after 60 years! lol

If the crystal is blocking a lot I'd hate to see what the Geiger Counter with the movement out of the watch case?!?
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The lume sure looks great under a black light! It's too bad that after 60 years it fades and is gone in a second or two after you take away the light...
 

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I don't think the crystal is blocking much because you have seen how much the Geiger Counter lit up even after 60 years! lol

If the crystal is blocking a lot I'd hate to see what the Geiger Counter with the movement out of the watch case?!? View attachment 129902 :eek: View attachment 129902

Yeah, you are right Steve. 馃槸That's right, the Geiger was going crazy
even though the crystal was on. Forgot about that. Weird weird stuff !
Definitely would be something to see the reading without the crystal,
or movement out like you said ! Although we'd never want to find out,
or have you find out sir. 馃槰
 

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Yeah, you are right Steve. 馃槸That's right, the Geiger was going crazy
even though the crystal was on. Forgot about that. Weird weird stuff !
Definitely would be something to see the reading without the crystal,
or movement out like you said ! Although we'd never want to find out,
or have you find out sir. 馃槰
I serviced that watch and one other just like it!

I just didn't lick the dial or hands and I handled them both with kid gloves...
 

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Although, maybe adult gloves might have fit a little bit better. 馃槃
LOL I think you may be onto something there!?! Hummmm, adult gloves??? 馃
 
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