The former American and now Swiss-owned brand Luminox, a company that still sells watches for the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, has recently expanded its “Colormark” line of diving timepieces with the snow-white Luminox Navy SEALs Colormark Whiteout (Ref. 3057.WO) model. Although clearly designed to be worn with snow camo, the watch still looks good enough with a pair of blue jeans, especially if you color key it to white sneakers or, at least, white socks.
Unlike their still fresh Luminox Original Navy SEALs 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) model that was presented in a 43 mm case, this all-white model comes in a slightly larger body around 44 millimeters in diameter.
As usual, the case, bezel, and the case back are crafted from molded fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate that makes the case not only more resistant to all kinds of abuse but also significantly decreases its weight.
As far as I know, the Swiss-made quartz movement that powers the timekeeper is secured from stress with a metal cage. The double-gasket setting crown is also made from steel.
The snow-white strap that wears the easily recognizable Luminox shield is made from polyurethane. Although I am not sure whether a replacement strap of the same color will be available to buy when the watch is finally discontinued, there is a huge (okay, not huge, but still more than adequate) choice of white NATO ballistic nylon straps that will look great with this ‘tactical’ timekeeper.
Regrettably, in its PR blurb the brand didn’t say a word about the movement that powers the timekeeper, however I can make a guess that the Whiteout is animated by the same Ronda 515 HH6 caliber that powers the other Navy SEALs models, which basically means around 50 months of power reserve and pretty much hassle-free operation throughout the whole lifetime of the watch.
Like the rest of the series, the watch features 16 LLT gas tubes that are filled with weakly radioactive tritium and will glow quite brightly for as long as 25 years. To make the watch easier to read, the hour markers from “1” to “11” emit violet glow and the tubes on the three hands, 12 o’clock and the “00” position on the bezel are green.
Unlike many monochrome timekeepers, the Luminox Navy SEALs Colormark Whiteout is also quite legible in broad daylight thanks to the Arabic numerals and broad hands painted in very light grey. Frankly, looking at this watch, I could find no visible flaw to rant about.
Sporting a pretty much standard water resistance rating of 200 meters, this gadget can also be used as a diving companion in ice-cold waters of Arctic.
Luminox Navy SEALs Colormark Whiteout (Ref. 3057.WO) specification
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Molded fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate
Size: 44.00 mm
Hour markers: Luminous (LLT tubes, filled with tritium radioactive gas)
Hands: Stainless steel, luminous (LLT tubes)
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Snow white polyurethane strap with the Luminox shield
Crystal: Tempered mineral glass crystal (SR)
Back: Solid, matches case