Interesting Recent Study on Radium in Wristwatches

Discussion in 'Wrist Watches' started by Noel Poirier, Oct 11, 2018 at 8:25 AM.

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  1. Noel Poirier

    Noel Poirier Registered User
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    There was a new study published this summer by the University of Northhampton on the effects of radium in antique watches that might be of interest to folks's a couple of links:

    WWII military watches ‘potentially pose serious cancer risk’ | University of Northampton

    Recommended Reading: New Report Shows Radium Dials Might Pose Serious Danger

    As someone who has worked with a large collection of watches (and likes to have my own little collection) it's an interesting topic to consider.
  2. roughbarked

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    I'm simply going to add, That if you were a smoker, you'd be way ahead.
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  3. musicguy

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    Thanks for sharing that, it's very interesting(and thought provoking )

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  4. Adam Harris

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    Hi Noel
    Nice to see you on the boards.
    Not sure if there is anything new in this report.
    We always knew and took precautions with Radium dials.

    I always recommend never touching a radium dial, wash hands afterwards and NEVER take expose the dial (service it) when there are children in the room.

    You will remember our "Radium" display at the museum was both tested, a graph showin the radiation level and a warning that pregnant mothers should not stay at this display.

    Even if Radium dial does not glow, the Radium having a half life of 1500 years is highly radioactive, its the zinc that lost it glow!

    No one in WWI died of radium from the watches worn, and no shrapnel guard ever protected the glass.


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