I don’t recall the exact day I got my first Gameboy, but I sure do remember it was on my person constantly. My game of choice: Mega Man V. I can still hear the signature ‘coin drop’ Gameboy startup chime, followed by the scratchy, upbeat electronic Mega Man V theme song in my head. I’d play that thing all day. But the problem was, in complete darkness, I might as well have been playing my Gameboy blindfolded. That was until a genius Gameboy attachment was invented called the Light Boy. Needless to say, the Light Boy overhead light and screen magnifier was a game changer for me. My 9PM bedtime went out the window. Road trips through the night infinitely got better. Nothing was going to stop me from playing my Gameboy, not even nightfall. So what does that have to do with watches, and more specifically, lume? Well, the vision of my younger self, face illuminated in the darkness by the green glow of my Gameboy screen, is strikingly similar to the glow from my watch’s lume now.
It wasn’t just the Gameboy where I could trace my obsession with objects that glow in the dark. As a kid, my ceiling was filled with those glow in the dark stars, and during my sneakerhead days, I remember owning a pair of the Nike Dunk High Glow In The Darks. As for watches, I distinctly remember my entry into the game through G-Shocks and being obsessed with the indigo blue backlight feature. I can’t quite pinpoint the reason why, and I guess I’ll work it out as this article writes itself, but great lume on a watch makes me happy.