The new Luminox Tony Kanaan Valjoux (Ref. A.1188) limited edition chronograph offers a strong blend of an unusual, aggressive-looking body combined with a bullet-proof automatic movement and offered at a fairly competitive price.
For the upcoming year, the American watchmaker has updated its military-styled Atacama series. Soon to be offered as Luminox Atacama Field Day-Date 1945 (ref. A.1945), the quartz-powered gadget is noticeably larger than the previous version and now features a slightly facelifted, more sober-looking dial.
Usually associated with ‘tactical’ timepieces that come in durable and feather-light polyurethane bodies, from time to time the watchmaking specialist introduces similarly specced timekeepers packed in dressier, stainless steel bodies. Though designed with us, civilians, in mind, the new Luminox Mariner Series 6250 family of quartz-powered divers still features an almost unrivaled nighttime legibility thanks to the use of T25-type micro-tubes filled with mildly radioactive tritium gas.
The 2012 Luminox Deep Dive 500M 1500 Collection (refs. A.1512 & A.1513) is a minor facelift of their 2011 Deep Dive LLT military-style diver, but with a less tactical, more civilian touch to it. Instead of the stealthy black body, the latest version sports a satin-finished steel body and a more traditional rotating bezel that now sports a painted aluminum insert. Still, the watch keeps the signature features of the earlier model with its patent-pending bezel locking system that also acts as a crown protector and sports the same impressive power reserve rating of whole 50 ATM.
The formerly 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.
Besides the tactical Original Navy SEALs 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) that was presented at the Baselworld 2012, the Swiss-based watchmaker has also recently added another, approximately ten times more expensive black-on-black model. Essentially completing their extensive product range of ruggedized, military-styled timekeepers that surprisingly look equally good with bulletproof vests and good old blue jeans, the new watch is called Luminox Valjoux Field Chronograph 1860 Blackout (Ref. A.1861.BO). Being essentially the same Field automatic chronograph model with a new, more impressive in its stealthy, kill-em-all-style color scheme, it offers the same winning formula of classic exterior design and a great self-winding movement that is as reliable as a well-cared Glock.
Luminox has finally updated the Original Navy SEALs 3000 collection 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.
As I promised back in August 2011 while briefly reviewing their then-new F-22 Raptor 9270 Series quartz chronograph, I am finally getting back to its sister model: an even more massive Luminox F-35 Lightning II Chronograph (ref. 9388 aka GGL.L9388). Placed in the same price category (the model has an official price tag of $1200, but you can find one online at about $250-$300 less,) the watch offers basically the same exterior styling.
The American brand has recently started selling a couple of new aviation-inspired chronographs. One of them is named Luminox F-22 Raptor and the other (we’ll get to it later) the Luminox F35 Lightning II. Being, in fact, updated versions of existing models, they feature more prominent titanium cases covered with stealthy matte black DLC treatment. As usual, both feature a set of signature ever-glowing tubes filled with T25 tritium radioactive gas.
The Luminox Field Automatic 1800 Series finally offers you a pair of military-style watches that combine their proprietary LLT self-illuminating technology and the amazing presence of a mechanical automatic movement. Just as their quartz-powered siblings, this collection comes in two case sizes that range from modest 43 mm to gargantuan 48 millimeters in diameter.