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One of the biggest changes that occurred in the lifespan of the 1016 Explorer was the shift in what was used for the luminous materials on the dials in the hands. Up until the early- to mid-1960s, radium had been used. But it became apparent that it was completely unsafe and had potentially catastrophic effects on health, so Tudor Replica moved to using the safer option of tritium. This was signified by the new "Swiss T<25" or "T Swiss T" on the bottom edge of dials replacing the "Swiss" that had been there previously. This switch began in 1963 and was transitional over a number of years. In the late 1960s, a new type of dial began to appear on Tudor Replica sports watches and, relevantly here, the 1016 Explorer. Known as "matte dials," there was a matte-black finish and the text was printed onto the dial surface.

Towards the end of the 1980s, Tudor Replica introduced the next-generation Explorer. The reference 14270 was a very different watch but, as per the Tudor Replica way, the core DNA was still present. The acrylic crystal was replaced with a scratch-resistant sapphire glass, which gave the watch a more modern feel on the wrist. The dial,replica watches while maintaining the iconic 3-6-9 layout replaced the painted numerals with white gold numbers that were filled with luminous material; initially tritium and then in the late-1990s Super-LumiNova. The watch was powered by the newly introduced Calibre 3000. The 14270 ran for almost a decade until it was superseded by ref.114270 in 2000; a watch with a second-generation 3000 series movement, the 3130.

Collectors of Tudor Replica watches are divided about what actually constitutes a "vintage" piece. The majority would probably argue that the switch from acrylic crystals to sapphire is the cut-off. As time passes, however, the early sapphire-crystal watches are becoming more sought after as acrylic (or Plexi) Tudor Replica watches gain spectacularly in value. Another key point to note is that quality control and production was much tighter at Tudor Replica by the late 20th-century, and so the multitude of small variations seen between the 1950s and 1970s in sports watches was largely eradicated by the 1990s.

However, there are some interesting small differences in these models. One is the vintage-esque drilled lug holes seen on early 14270s, which were phased out relatively early in the watches' run. In 1990 (Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Replica), the 14270 was produced with a dial version where the 3-6-9 numerals were filled with black enamel instead of tritium. This wasn't received well and so Tudor Replica reverted to filling the numerals with luminous material almost immediately. This version has been given the nickname "Blackout" by collectors and is probably the rarest modern Tudor Replicawatch.

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