Glow in the dark

Glow in the dark

Postby koimaster » January 8th 2018, 10:46am

A Unique Look Into How Glow-In-The-Dark Tritium Gas Tubes Are Made At MB-Microtec



Seeing how tritium gas tubes are made will surely remain among the coolest experiences I have had on these horology-related manufacture visits. Tritium gas tubes are these extremely tiny (about 0.5mm thick and at least 1.3mm long) glass tubes that are filled with (mildly) radioactive tritium gas – although, as we will see, there is a lot more to them than that. What these tubes do is that they are guaranteed to glow brightly and continuously for at least 10 years, without having to be charged by external light (like the luminescent material used on other watches), or needing to be activated with electricity or otherwise. These little tubes just glow, unstoppably, for up to 20 years, no matter what.

The company that is manufacturing these tubes is called MB-Microtec, situated near Bern, Switzerland. They are the only company on the market today that is capable of manufacturing these barely visible glass tubes and filling them with tritium, thanks to their special know-how for working with glass cylinders of this size. Therefore, MB-Microtec is claimed to be the sole supplier to any and all watch brands who use tritium gas tubes for their watches. As such, if you have such a watch in your collection (or plan on acquiring one), the glowing tubes you see on the hands and indices of the watch were made here, and in the way that you will see more about below. The company is also the manufacturer of its own watch brand, Traser.

https://www.ablogtowatch.com/how-glow-d ... -microtec/
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Re: Glow in the dark

Postby foghorn » January 8th 2018, 11:23am

Very enlightening.
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Re: Glow in the dark

Postby svaglic » January 8th 2018, 12:09pm

What a tedious, boring job that must be.
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Re: Glow in the dark

Postby 3Flushes » January 8th 2018, 2:19pm

Unreal the machinery and process that goes into producing something so seemingly simple.
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Re: Glow in the dark

Postby foghorn » January 8th 2018, 2:29pm

Ha! That's nuthin'. You'se otta get a lode of wut goes on in the SWISH Tritnite fakteries. It maykes tubez look lyke puttting kandy in a baby!!~!
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