Luminox has finally updated the Original Navy SEALs 3000 collection with a totally black model. Sporting 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.
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.
The new Luminox BlackOut SEAL diving companion combines rugged military styling with tritium lighting and really low price. Finally offered in a black-on-black guise, it may be perfect both for a person interested in a “stealthy” look, and a member of the law enforcement/military community who plans to wear the piece with a black tactical vest and night vision goggles rather than with a pair of trendy blue jeans.
The 2010 Luminox Essential Gear Land is the third and the last model in the quartz-powered, professional-grade Essential Gear family designed either for the military or the people who simply prefer a more ‘rugged’ approach to personal style. This ‘Land’ variation features the same overall exterior as the 2010 Essential Gear Sea and Air SAR collections but is available in a different color that is more appropriate for members of the armed forces that spent the recent decade fighting terrorism in desolate deserts and mountains of the Middle East.