NASA-Developed Moonglow Material Keeps This Watch Glowing All Night

NASA-Developed Moonglow Material Keeps This Watch Glowing All Night

A built-in battery-powered light is the easiest way to check the time on your watch in the middle of the night. But what if your watch doesn't have a battery? Schofield's new Blacklamp Carbon features a hand-wound movement, but still manages to stay visible in the dark of night thanks to a material developed by NASA called Moonglow that glows much longer than the stickers you decorated your ceiling with as a kid.

The watch also features a small Tritium gas light — a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that gives off a faint glow as it decays — but it's the strip of long lasting Moonglow, running all the way around the rim of the dial, that will have night owls enthusiastic for the timepiece.

NASA-Developed Moonglow Material Keeps This Watch Glowing All Night

And as the watch's name and that telltale pattern on the bezel allude, the Blacklamp Carbon is actually made of a newly developed material called Morta that's based on carbon fibre. So it's strong, lightweight, and of course, incredibly expensive. The watch, limited to 101 pieces, sells for just over $US16,000. A tough sell, unless you've never managed to shake that crippling fear of the dark. [Schofield via Hodinkee]

NASA-Developed Moonglow Material Keeps This Watch Glowing All Night

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