Why the obsession with lume, and how important is it to you?
It's very important to me, especially since my eyes are getting worse with age. I find the lume increases legibility in most lighting situations, not just darkness. E.g. in bright sun, it will not wash out or look like black steel and in dimmer lighting, it "catches" the light. However, I prefer a watch with little or no lume (and no bezel) for dress occasions.