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IWC Pilot Mark XII

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Im considering adding the following to my collection and I was wondering whether the hands should be of a darker tint to match the dial or what would be the reason for them to be lighter (both pics are of the same watch)? Should I be worried that the hands are service replacements?

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The tritium on the markers and triangle have faded to a nice patina. The hands have been replaced, otherwise they would have the same patina. If you google this watch, you will see examples with faded tritium hands. But at least the replacement hands appear to be authentic. Wouldn't bother me, but I guess some vintage purists might have a problem with it. And I suppose the "T" on the dial cannot now describe the hands, which have Superluminova.

 

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What makes you think the hands replaced are luminova? Is that standard for iwc to replace it this way?

Edit: the seller sent me a pic in the dark showing no lume on the dial and neither on the hands. That would not suggest luminova, as that would most certainly glow at least a little bit

 

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I have a 3251 of the same era. IWC used Tritium on the dial and superluminova on the hands on these watches when they were sold new. I suspect the difference in the hands here is just differences in aging/patina of the two materials. My 3251 exhibits the same aging, but more slight. But the difference in luminous material color is clear.

 

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