Earlier this year the watchmaking brand that’s especially popular among the military and law enforcement community, as well as among millions of enthusiasts, has released a special edition of its Navy SEALs 3000 diver. Called Luminox Navy SEALs 3000 Limited Edition Red Cross Japan Tsunami Aid (Ref. A.3007.JTAF), the watch was presented with its dial painted in the distinctive white and red color scheme of the Japanese national flag. The occasion is sort of obvious: half a year ago, Japan was hit with a devastating tsunami that, besides taking many human lives, also destroyed the infamous Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Even despite the morbid aura about this new timekeeper, it still would be nice to have this special edition model in any collection.
Besides the new dial, there are no differences between the original and this limited edition model. Or, at least, I couldn’t spot one, but that’s sort of unlikely since the price difference between the two seems to negligible and I don’t really think the Luminox would go into the trouble of modifying the case, strap or, least probable, changing the movement for a higher-grade one (they, as usual don’t say a word about the mechanism, but it must be some Ronda quartz caliber as in their many other quartz-powered watches.)
The watch still sports lightweight and corrosion-resistant polyurethane material that was used to mold its chunky, rugged body, the simplistic strap with the inevitable Luminox logo and the unidirectional rotating bezel with the usual diving scale.
The dial of the Navy SEALs 3000 Japan Edition is protected from the elements with a so-called “sapphire-coated-mineral crystal.”
Being in fact a mineral glass with a thin film of sapphire on its outer surface, the material is supposed to bring you the better of two worlds: while the glass is still difficult to shutter, it is also more difficult to scratch thanks to the layer of synthetic sapphire.
However, it must be noted that the outer layer tends to gradually wear off (and this is especially true for a beater, which it is,) thus making the crystal look ugly.
On the other hand, the watch costs around $300, so you can easily swap it for a newer model when its time finally comes.
And, remember, the money that you will spend on this watch will not be wasted, since, according to the brand’s press release, all the proceedings will be donated directly to the Japan Red Cross foundation.
By the way, here is a nice Luminox Navy SEALs watch commercial that I have recently found:
See also: Luminox Essential Gear Sea diving watch
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Luminox Navy SEALs 3000 Japan Tsunami Relief Edition (Ref. A.3007.JTAF) specification
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: At least 45 months
Case material: Polyurethane, black
Size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 10.97 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: White and red, with Japan Red Cross logo at 6 hours
Hour markers: LLT tritium tubes
Hands: Luminous, LLT tritium tubes
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Polyurethane with metal pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire-coated-mineral crystal