Kelton 60's (Timex) does it uses Radium ?

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Kelton 60's (Timex) does it uses Radium ?

Postby MiguelDM2017 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:26 am

Good evening :D
As my taste for watches grows, I'm also starting to research and learn about various topics.
Today I came across one that I find quite relevant: The use of Radium in the lume of watches.

The use of radium was no longer used between the mid-1950s and the early 1960s.
However, certainly many brands continued to use this technique to illuminate their dials.
As questions:
1. Timex, as an American brand, did you use radium in its watches?
2. Timex acquired Kelton in 1966.
But is it possible that before or after that, Kelton wore radium in its models?

I honestly know that many people consider these radioactive levels to be tolerable by the human body, but things are not linear.
In my opinion, and given that I use the watch very regularly, all care is little about the possibility of gaining cancer in the future.

Unfortunately, I can not remove the crown to remove the dial and see the serial number. That way I do not know precisely the year nor the mechanism model. I think it's 1968 and the mechanism is an M24.
On the back cover has 8F70 recording the ink.

In Portugal, I did not encounter watchmakers whit the knowledge or equipment to measure the radioactivity of an watch. So any any help or info will be apreciated.

Thank you in advance for your answers. 8-)


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Re: Kelton 60's (Timex) does it uses Radium ?

Postby matlobi » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:48 pm

The probability of that watch having radium is essentially nil, you have nothing to worry about.
"Time is an illusion."

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