I have eelatively recently started to collect military watches (Bulova amongst them) and have read a lot on the forums about Radium and the health issues that come with it's deterioration in the form of radon gas emissions. Even a small collection in an enclose dspace can present with readings well above recommended safety limits.
Can anyone please advise me what the current concensus is amongst collectors and the secondary market as to whether original radium dial markers should be replaced with a more modern and completely safe alternative such as a symathetically coloured superluminova?
My feeling is that in the fullness of time original radium marked dials will deteriorate so much that replacements will probably prove necessary not just desirable.
Any thoughts or perceptions would be very welcome.