Luminox has finally updated the Original Navy SEALs 3000 range of military-inspired timekeepers with a totally black model. Presented in a black carbon-reinforced polycarbonate body, the 2012 Luminox Original Navy SEALs 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) has its dial, as well all inscriptions, repainted either black or very dark grey. Its nighttime legibility (the main feature of any “tactical” watch) remains unharmed, though, thanks to 15 LLT micro-tubes that are filled with light-emitting tritium gas.
Although the watch now comes in a different color scheme, the hardware is the same.
According to official specs, the watch comes in a slightly oversized case, which is formed from carbon-reinforced polycarbonate and is 43 millimeters in diameter and less than 11 millimeters high.
The impressive slimness comes courtesy of the Swiss-made Ronda 515 HH6 quartz movement that gives you the standard three-hand functionality as well as a simple calendar display, which is placed at 3 hours. The Swiss brand promises that its standard battery is good for as long as 50 months, which is nice since nobody likes to visit service centers too often. The mechanism also has a power-saving function that may come in handy if you are one of those persons who often wears a watch for months without taking it off his or her wrist only to bury it for a couple of years in the chest of drawers in favor of a new shiny toy. It is also claimed to be a repairable unit, which is not particularly relevant in this price niche but is still nice to have in case the watch bears some sentimental value.
Designed with professionals in mind, the Luminox Original Navy SEAL 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) features a pretty much impressive water resistance rating, which makes the watch usable for basic diving and snorkeling.
As I have already noted, the watch features Luminox’s trademark LLT technology that basically means that it is equipped with 16 (twelve for hour markers, three more for hands and a single tube in the rotating bezel at “00” point) micro-tubes that are filled with tritium gas.
Compared to the usual Superluminova paint, the tubes not only glow brighter thus making the watch more legible in the twilight but also emit light a lot longer: if standard Superluminova goes too dark to see after some five or six hours in darkness, the tritium tubes are good for as long as 25 years. And you don’t have to worry about the radioactivity since tritium beta radiation doesn’t possess enough energy even to penetrate the glass walls of the tubes.
There is still no info on the MSRP of this thing, but I highly doubt that Blackout version will cost significantly more than the usual $250-$275 of the “normal” version.
See also: Luminox BlackOut SEAL diving tool
Luminox Original Navy SEAL 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) specification
Movement: Quartz, Caliber Ronda 515 HH6, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 1
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 50 months
Case: Carbon-reinforced polycarbonate
Crown: Stainless steel
Size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 10.97 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Hour markers: LLT-tubes (11 green and 1 orange)
Hands: Luminous (green LLT tubes)
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Black rubber / Silicone / Polyurethane on steel pin buckle
Crystal: Hardened mineral
Back: Solid, screwed