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Ingersoll Triumph - Radium dial?

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There isn't a serial number on this one so not sure of the age yet. Looks like it's got a radium dial though

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How do you safely handle that? Can the radium paint be removed/dissolved?

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You just have to not bring into your body. Other than that it looks like a great dial, I don't know if it still glows in the the dark but in any case I would leave it exactly as it is.

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Don't sniff it, don't lick it.

My take: if it's not disintegrating, let it be. If it's crumbling, wet it to minimize dust, and remove everything that's falling apart (pegwood is great in my experience). You can replace it with a more modern material (matching the color is fairly easy with a bit or trial and error). I wear gloves/finger cots any time I work on watches; throw them out when you're done with the clean up.

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1 minute ago, frenchie said:

Don't sniff it, don't lick it.

lol - good advice.

Ok - will be careful. It looks to still be solid - no dust of breakup.

 

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Radium has a half life of 10,000 years probably more. Madam Curie is in a heavy lead & concrete coffin. All the bed side clocks & most watches had radium dials when I was a kid. I'm still alive. We used to take under our blankets and play army.

Just be careful & you'll be OK

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