Popular among the special ops community all over the world (and perhaps million of enthusiasts looking for another nice and not particularly expensive military-styled watch with a “Swiss Made” inscription on the dial,) the Luminox is mostly associated with a combination of a high-grade quartz movement packed into a scratch-resistant, shock-proof case crafted from carbon-reinforced polymer. The 2011 Luminox Deep Dive (ref. 1503), however, not only is presented with a self-winding movement made by ETA S.A., but also features a rather unusual, oversized case fashioned from “reinforced” steel.
The Luminox Field Automatic 1800 Series finally offers you a pair of military-styled watches that combine their proprietary LLT self-illuminating technology and the amazing presence of a mechanical automatic movement. Just as their quartz-powered siblings, the mechanically animated models are offered in two case sizes that range from modest 43 mm to gargantuan 48 millimeters in diameter.
The ruggedized Luminox Atacama Field Day Date (ref. A.1823 & A.1823) is offered in three variations of the highly legible dial and is equipped with their signature micro-tubes that are filled with virtually non-radioactive tritium gas. The new collection offers superb night-time legibility, although the trendy gunmetal-colored PVD coating is not particularly suitable for an everyday beater, like this one. Besides the Day-Date model that is briefly reviewed here, the series will also include a more impressive chronograph model that costs around 30 percent more, but, disappointingly, gives you less bang for the buck.
Unlike a number of recent entries from Luminox, the 2010 BlackOut EVO F-117 Nighthawk Stealth retails for much more impressive $850.
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.
While the recently revealed Essential Gear collection was designed for the pros wearing guns, night vision goggles and flak jackets, the new Luminox Sentry line was intended primarily for the civilians craving for the affordable watches with almost eternal (in terms of human life, at least) tritium tube lighting and cool military styling.
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 Essential Gear Sea and Air SAR models, 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.
The Essential Gear series from Luminox consists of three versions of the same model, each designed for its own domain. The Essential Gear Sea was created for the combat divers, L.E.G.Land (we’ll talk of it later) caters to the needs of land-based spec. ops. teams, and the Essential Gear Air SAR (ref. 3059.SAR) is designed with pilots (and sky-divers) in mind.
Besides virtually dominating the segment of “casual activity timekeepers,” the US-based Luminox is also a supplier to the U.S. military and law-enforcement agencies. In a move to make its position even stronger, the brand has updated its model range with the new Essential Gear series that now includes a ‘tactical’ diving tool.