Luminox is a Swiss brand specializing in high-quality tactical watches. When we talk about this brand, the first thing that comes to our mind is its expertise in the field of luminescent technology.
One of the most desired characteristics of diving and tactical watches is the night time visibility. To illuminate the dial of a watch, various technologies are applied. The most used methods are luminescent paints, tritium glow tubes and light emitting diodes.
Most watchmakers use luminescent paint coating on the hands and markers. This material absorbs energy from external light sources, for example the sunlight, and illuminates. This glow, however, fades very quickly. Unlike other watchmakers, Luminox uses a proprietary self-powered illumination system with tiny micro gas light tubes. The brand utilizes small borosilicate glass tubes for hour-markers, hands and bezel markers if required. Containing tritium, these tubes glow around the clock. They have a life period of 25 years. Therefore, each Luminox watch offers a long-lasting glow in comparison with timepieces from other brands.
There are three categories available in Luminox: Air, Land and Sea. These watches are suitable for tactical missions, water-sports activities, outdoor sports, mountaineering, wildlife expeditions, trekking and etc.
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History of Luminox Watches
Luminox was founded in 1989 with a mission to create high-performance sports and tactical watches endowed with a superior illumination technology. In 1992, the brand developed a robust timepiece for the US Navy SEALs. This marked the emergence of Luminox Navy Seal watch collection.
The brand’s successful collaboration with the US Navy SEALs paved the way for many contracts with elite armed forces units, U.S. Coast Guard, NYPD, Law enforcement agencies and foreign military establishments. In 1998, the brand joined hands with U.S. Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk™ Stealth fighter jet. This partnership assisted the company to secure a worldwide license agreement in the production of Lockheed Martin timepieces.
In 2007, the Navy SEAL Colormark 3051 Series was introduced. In 2010, Luminox launched the Deep Dive Automatic watch. Made according to the ISO 6425 standards, this diving instrument has a depth rating of 500 meters.
In 2018, the brand signed a partnership with British adventurer Bear Grylls. This collaboration led to the creation of Luminox X Bear Grylls series.
Luminox Watch Collections
(1) Luminox Air Series
The Air Series traces its origins to the time when Luminox timepieces were exclusively created for Lockheed Martin Corporation, that is a global leader in the manufacturing of combat aircrafts. Presently, the collection offers models like Bear Grylls Survival Air Series GMT, F-117 Nighthawk and F-22 Raptor.
The Bear Grylls Survival Air Series GMT watch features a colossal 45mm diameter case made of stainless steel. It is fitted with a CARBONOX bi-directional rotating bezel. Driven by a quartz movement, this timepiece is suitable for adventurous-loving men who are always on the move.
The F-117 Nighthawk is an iconic model in the Luminox Air Series. The original model (3400 series) was actually developed for the daring pilots of the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth jet. The most recent model to this range is F-117 Nighthawk Pilot GMT (6400 series). Equipped with quartz movements, both 6421 and 6422 features a 44mm diameter matte gunmetal PVD-plated stainless-steel case and bidirectional rotating bezel.
The F-22 Raptor series was introduced as a tribute to Lockheed Martin's Stealth Fighter. Available in automatic and quartz versions, these watches feature titanium cases.
(2) Luminox Sea Series
This outstanding collection is comprised of high-performance diving watches. The flagship models from this series are Automatic Sport Timer, Bear Grylls Survival Sea Series, Commando Raider, Eco-Series, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Master Carbon Seal, Modern Mariner Automatic, Navy Seal, Original Navy Seal and Pacific Diver.
Majority of timepieces from the Luminox Sea Series are equipped with quartz movements. The smallest model in this range is Leatherback Sea Turtle, which features a 39mm diameter carbon compound case with a black or white dial. Broadest models are Commando Raider 3321 Military GMT (3321 & 3337) and Commando Frogman 3301. These timepieces feature 46mm CARBONOX™ case.
The Bear Grylls Survival SEA Series offers 42mm quartz watches made of a special carbon compound material. The Original Navy SEAL Evo 3001/3 series features 43mm CARBONOX™ casing. The Sea Series models with 44mm case are the Pacific Diver and the Leatherback Sea Turtle Giant. The Luminox Navy Seal watches measure 45mm.
Among the self-winding watches, the Automatic Sport Timer comes with a 42mm diameter stainless steel case and ceramic bezel. The Master Carbon SEAL Automatic 3869 and Modern Mariner Automatic models feature 45mm case.
All Sea Series watches feature countdown diving bezels made of steel, ceramic, carbon reinforced polycarbonate or CARBONOX™.
(3) Luminox Land Series
In the Land Series, Luminox offers military-grade field and sports watches. The notable models in this range are Atacama Field Automatic and Official ICE-SAR ARCTIC, the watch developed in partnership with the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR).
The Atacama Field Automatic watch is appropriately named after the iconic desert plateau in Chile. It typically features a 44mm stainless steel case and Sellita SW220-1 HH5 self-winding movement. Boasting a massive 46mm diameter case made of CARBONOX™, the Official ICE-SAR ARCTIC watch houses a Ronda quartz movement.
Luminox is a market leader in the category of military-grade tactical and sports watches. Let us go through the special highlights of brand’s timepieces.
All Luminox watches are Swiss Made. They come with automatic and quartz calibers. These workhorse movements are sourced from reputed Swiss manufactures like Sellita and Ronda. As we discussed in the introduction, the Luminox Light Technology is a stand-out feature of the brand’s timepieces.
These robust wristwatches are typically manufactured with durable and corrosion-resistant materials like 316L stainless steel, titanium and CARBONOX™. Depending upon the models, they offer 100m, 200m, 300m or 500m water resistance. CARBONOX™ is an innovative carbon compound material known for its extraordinary lightness, excellent durability and scratch resistance. Moreover it is hypoallergenic, weatherproof, shock-resistant and versatile.
Most of the models feature day or day-date display. Luminox watches are also available with utilitarian functions like chronograph, compass and GMT/second time zone. To protect the dial side, the brand uses hardened mineral glass or sapphire crystal. With their timepieces, the brand usually provides leather, rubber, stainless steel or webbing straps.
Manufactured according to the highest-quality standards of prestigious Swiss Made label, Luminox watches are capable of handling adverse conditions of their respective areas of action.