Techno, I dont think its fair to accuse the seller of not fully describing the item. He indicated that the watch contains lumi. I would not expect any watch retailer to specifically represent that a watch is Tritium free unless he knew that absolutely for sure. Furthermore, the percentage of people in the new watch market that really give a $#@% about this issue is, at least for the time being, infinitesimal, so it is not unexpected that the sellers would not make mention of the Tritium issue. While I have seen plenty of ads that boast about the use of newer technologies such as Superluminova or Lumi-brite, I have never seen an ad that specifically stated that the watch "contains no Tritium." And those people that do care about this issue know to look for the T on the bottom of the dial, which, if present, puts them on notice that the watch may contain Tritium. The seller has provided a good photo which, at least on my 4 year old lap-top screen, clearly shows the letter T on the dial. Its not the seller's fault that your monitor does not provide sufficient resolution to see that there is a letter there that might be a T, thereby warranting further inquiry on your part. If you have an expectation that a new watch seller is going to specifically represent that a watch does not contain Tritium, then I do not think your expectation is reasonable.
Suck it up big guy. Maybe you should just turn it around and resell it at a slight price advantage (5 bucks maybe) compared to the other buy-it-now listings for the same watch, in which case you might do better then returning it and paying your sellers restocking fee.
I'm not really mad at the dealer for not stating the type of luminous paint used on the watch I ordered since he stated in an email to me that I am the ONLY person who has ever inquired about this matter. He did tell me that he will be taking my suggestions into consideration on future listings of his luminous watches.
I think I'm really mad at myself for being so eager to finally get a little closer to that elusive "dream" watch I keep looking for, that I did not make the extra effort to verify the nature of what I was buying. The time pressure nature of eBay certainly did not help either.
In the final analysis, I was the one who ASSUMED that the watch would be tritium free because a prior watch I ordered from the same company (i.e., Orient) used the new tritium free photoluminescent paints. Well, as we all know...a false assumption leads to a false conclusion.
I'm also mad because I am frustrated to discover that something I thought I would enjoy for the rest of my life is, by my standards, tainted with something I want to stay as far away from as possible.
I am also angry with the watch industry which I feel is specifically NOT going out of their way to inform the watch buying public of the nature of what they are selling them. I think that they want the consumer to think any kind of luminous paint is the same as any other and all are completely safe. If they actually wanted to help people make informed decisions about the watches they are buying, then they would not put a near microscopic "T" under the 6 which only a watch maker would normally recognize as a symbol for tritium. Rather, they would put a larger and more prominent symbol on the dial that would appear under the manufacturer's log near the 12 o'clock position.
But, if they were to do that, then consumers might start to ask too many questions. Like "What's the difference between the two types of luminous paint?" or "Tritium...what's tritium and why is that added to the paint?" or "Weren't there some tests that showed people wearing tritium containing watches showed a ten fold incraase in the amount of tritium in their urine after wearing the watch for a few hours?" and, finally, "Gee, what could the consequences of a 10 fold increase of tritium in the body be?".
Also, if people started to suspect that the tritium in their watches might be contributing to the ongoing epidemic of cancer sweeping the industrial world, then research into this issue might be stimulated and IF some links were found it could, possibly, lead to some very expensive class action lawsuits against the watch manufacturers.
I have decided to err on the side of caution and treat ALL radio isotope containing timepieces as though they are potentially dangerous although the solid scientific proof of this is still not available. This is a personal choice I have made and I also respect the opinions of anybody who might disagree with me.
P.S. I have not yet gotten around to writing Orient watches about this matter...but, I intend to in the near future.