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Beautiful watch, great weekend beater, but I wonder about the lume ...,
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I have a smaller wrist, so first bought the blue Ray. Great beater for dressing up for work, especially with its polished steel accent on the bracelet. But I wanted something a little more casual for weekends, so then went after this Mako XL. So far it keeps great time, but seems to have a somewhat shorter power reserve than the Ray. The bezel is much easier to set on the XL.
I also prefer the case size over the Ray for a laid-back look. Does not feel heavy, clunky, or clown-sized. Even though I have to remove three links for my wrist, the case size looks perfect.
The bracelet is a nice contrast with its unpolished ruggedness. I'm going to take it a step further with the 22mm grey-and-black Nato.
The lume is great. In retrospect, I might like the lume-faced Aviator better with the numbers on the dial, but I just have a thing for divers. Plus the silver trim on the dial applications looks great on this model. I would wear this watch more, but cannot find anywhere on the Internet that tells what kind of lume it is. The insert says it is "safe," but I wish someone would just come out and say what this lume is so I can stop worrying. (Ok I'm sure I just baited someone, but it really needs to be confirmed. Thanks in advance.)
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Initial post: May 25, 2013 1:06:48 AM PDT
Drew M3ch4fr33k says:
I too have one of these, as well as the Aviator you mentioned, and love these watches far more than most any of my other Orients, due to the outstanding lume. By the way, not sure if you have researched this further yet, or if anyone else has replied (as this was posted almost a year ago), but the lume has been verified by a friend of mine to be Lumibrite, aka the non-toxic in-house lumification that is made and used by Seiko on all of their watches, and is the same quality of that used in their higher end dive watches. By the way, Lumibrite is basically the same thing as the C3 found on Swiss watches!
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