Recently, you might have heard of watches that incorporate something called tritium technology. If you're like most people, you're wondering what the term tritium technology even refers to. You might be surprised, as the definition is both interesting and a little bit frightening at the same time. It actually refers to a type of radioactive decay related to hydrogen gas. As the radioisotopes decay, they put off their own light. Tritium technology refers to the ability to incorporate that light into various items, in this case watches, so that they produce their own phosphorescence. If that scares you a little, it's understandable. After all, anything that involves radioisotopes can be a little frightening, especially when you consider the possibility of wearing it on your own wrist.
With that being said, this technology is completely safe. The reason that it's safe to wear a watch that utilizes tritium technology is because it's completely self-contained within the watch itself. The only thing that you see is the light that is produced through the phosphorescence process. As far as the radioactive materials go, it's all safely stored so you're not getting any type of radiation from wearing the watch. You might even consider this to be the best of both worlds. You have a watch that produces its own phosphorescent light and it's completely safe. If you're wondering what the best watches on the market are that incorporate this type of technology, keep reading to find out more.
Luminox Modern Mariner Automatic Watch
The first thing you're likely to notice about this watch is that it’s relatively large. This is a watch of substance that really is designed to take a real beating without losing its ability to perform flawlessly. It's just big enough to make a statement without being so big that it's cumbersome. Both the case and the wristband are made of silver coated metal. The face of the dial is black and offset by three white hands and white tick marks. The watch also displays both the day and the date. Of course, it also has the aforementioned tritium technology, so you can see the watch even in low-light conditions. If you really want to be innovative, you can use this or any other watch on this list as a separate light source for reading items that are close to you as well.
Citizen Eco-Drive Navihawk Atomic Alarm Chronograph Watch
The first thing you're likely to notice about this watch is that it's even bigger than the one listed in the paragraph above. This watch is actually different in a number of ways. It has a rubberized wristband and a case that is coated in a black matte material that exactly matches the wristband itself. As far as the face of the dial goes, the watch incorporates a skeleton design with a black background. There are some white details on the face and the three hands are white and outlined in red. If you want a watch that stands out and looks different from anything else out there, this is definitely the one to choose.
Bertucci Watches M1 Watch
This is easily the smallest watch in the entire group. It really doesn't look anything like the other watches that incorporate tritium technology, either. In fact, it looks like it would be more at home in a boardroom setting than anywhere else. However, you shouldn't allow its appearance to fool you. This watch with a black nylon wristband and a stainless steel case encompasses a dial with a black face, white tick marks and three white hands. You can wear it both for formal occasions and on days off. Whatever the occasion might be, the watch is just as capable of performing as any watch on this list.
Smith & Bradley Ltd. Sans-13 PVD Black Coated Watch
Just as the name implies, this is a watch that is entirely black. Everything from the face of the dial to the case and even the wristband is a stealthy black color. The only variation is the tick marks and the three hands, which are white. This makes them easy to see, especially when you consider the watch has luminescent properties. It's also a relatively large watch, like many of the others on this list. At 42 mm, it still doesn't manage to outdo all of them but it's definitely at the top of the list.
Citizen Eco-Drive Nighthawk Watch
This is yet another impressively sized watch that makes a big statement with both its size and appearance. The case and wristband are stainless steel. The face of the dial is black and the tick marks and three hands are white. The watch is also capable of displaying the date, not to mention incorporating a few additional marks on the face that truly set it apart from its competition.
Written by Garrett Parker
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