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Glossary of watchmaking

Luminescent

Luminescence | 夜光/ヤコウ | 荧光

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Having the property to emit light rays. In watchmaking, Tritium is the name given to a radioluminescent substance containing tritium. It was used to coat numerals, markers and hands so they could be read in the dark.

The most widespread system today is LumiNova® which comprises tiny phials of a tritium-based substance. It has replaced the phosphorescent dials for which the first patents were filed in 1878, and dials using radium-based substances which were first patented in 1907.