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Old 11-13-2010, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking about adding a Luminox to my watch collection. How many freeks own one and what do you think of them and the brand in general?

Main site - http://www.luminox.com/

Like many other American success stories, Luminox came from a forward-thinking individual realizing a need in the market and meeting it. Barry Cohen, a watch industry veteran, came across a Swiss self-powered illumination system and knew that it would make watches more visible and easier to read in low or no light situations. He asked his friend Richard Timbo if he would like to join him. Luminox was born in 1989 (Lumi is Latin for light while Nox is Latin for night), driven by a commitment to offer cutting-edge luminescence and readability in its line of high-performance sports watches.

The Navy SEALs and More
The Luminox Navy SEAL watch is the timepiece that made Luminox famous. The officer in charge of procurement for the Navy SEALs, Nick North, was asked to seek a more dependable watch for night missions and found the solution at a trade show where he discovered Luminox. He worked with Cohen to develop a watch specifically for them and the Navy SEAL watch was born.

After Luminox provided the watches to the SEALs, Luminox began marketing the watch across the country and the world. Luminox was then approached by US Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk fighter jet -- Luminox developed a watch for these pilots and contacted Lockheed Martin, which turned into an exclusive arrangement to produce Lockheed Martin timepieces.

Throughout the following 20 years, Luminox has never strayed from its mission and this has been confirmed and validated by the many elite military and law enforcement units that have adopted Luminox as standard equipment. The man on the street has shown particular interest in Luminox, figuring rightly that if the watches are designed for and used by the Navy SEALs, they have to be able to stand up to every day use.


From here on, Luminox remains determined to continue combining cutting edge technology, forward-thinking design and extreme performance. Luminox delivers, when and where it counts. It’s our frame of mind.



Luminox Light Technology


Luminox’ self-powered illumination (LLT) allows one to view time at-a-glance, no matter what the light level, even in complete darkness – up to 25 years of complete darkness, in fact. Being able to read time effortlessly under any and all circumstances fills a need for various military and law enforcement groups, which is why the U.S. Navy SEAL Procurement officers came to us asking us to create dive watches for them for night missions. It is also why U.S. Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk™ Stealth Jets approached us. These are only two of many groups of “heroes” that truly understand and appreciate the inherent benefit of wearing a Luminox timepiece. As for the rest of the population: When was the last time you had to fumble for a light switch or a button on your watch in the dead of night? Wear a Luminox for a week and you won’t want to miss it.



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Old 11-13-2010, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have owned many a Luminox in the past, they have always been great, and served there purpose.

They have some nicer designs out nowadays as well.

As far as the brand in general, they are what they are, a rugged, well built timepiece with tritium tubes, and they have been around a good while now, they seem to know what they are doing....

What models in particular are you considering?
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Chef - I just started looking actually and have not really come up with any favorites. I am open to suggestions if you have any. I am pretty flexible but really prefer bigger case size watches - the old eyes ain't what they use to be.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, one thing Luminox is not known for is large watches, but they do have a couple larger pieces....45-46mm

This one is a smoking deal, this watch is around $600 all over the net(I have checked), and is priced here at $399....

Sportmans guide is a great place to purchase anything, so dont be afraid if you havent heard of them before, they have excellent product and customer service, youll never have a problem.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=733333



They also have this one

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=727214



They also have the quadrum, wich is 46mm plus crown, soabout 48 with crown protector

http://www.knifeworks.com/luminoxqua...sbracelet.aspx



These are some of the newer designs as well.



http://watch-happening.blogspot.com/...inox-deep.html



http://watch-happening.blogspot.com/...ny-kanaan.html

Hope this all helps....

I have my eye on the first one I posted....its very similar in some ways to a chase durer I have always wanted that is discontinued.




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I've had the Luminox Quadrum 1702 for a while, and love it. The lume is a very nice soft glow, every easily read in the dark, and can even be read at dusk like conditions. It's got a Ronda long life movement in it. I think it's a great watch for the price. It's a real nice size too, 46mm and 49mm with the crown. Keeps perfect time of course with the movement it has.



*They have a great selection and good prices at this site:
http://www.luminoxshop.com/
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Luminox Field Automatic 1800 Series



The case, in stainless steel or in steel black PVD, measures 43mm x 13mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic ETA caliber 2878 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 44 hours.



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Luminox Field Automatic Chronograph 1860 Series



The case, in stainless steel or in steel black PVD, measures 48mm x 116mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic ETA caliber Valjoux 7750 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 40 hours.



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I have the EVO Navy Seal watch (I think that's what it's called)

With composite case it's as light as a feather.

200m WR. Unidirectional bezel.

It's in the 44mm range.

It's a great knock-around watch for everyday use.

Yup, got the tubes, too.

Kind of a different strap w/Velcro closure. It's OK.





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Luminox Field Automatic Chronograph 1860 Series



The case, in stainless steel or in steel black PVD, measures 48mm x 116mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement is the Swiss automatic ETA caliber Valjoux 7750 with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 40 hours.



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These are really nice. I like the black strap with black face in steel...7750 luminox in a 48mm case...very nice


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I think the Quadrum is clean and simple great look.
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I have the EVO Navy Seal watch (I think that's what it's called)

With composite case it's as light as a feather.

200m WR. Unidirectional bezel.

It's in the 44mm range.

It's a great knock-around watch for everyday use.

Yup, got the tubes, too.

Kind of a different strap w/Velcro closure. It's OK.




TC I gave that exact watch, same color, to my father in law as a gift last year. He just loves it and gets complimented all the time at the VA. He's a disabled vet also...lost both legs.
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I am thinking about adding a Luminox to my watch collection. How many freeks own one and what do you think of them and the brand in general?


A short review by me here: http://www.watchfreeks.com/view_topi...83&forum_id=32

Great watch. Highly recommend.
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Looking at the new 7750 model again - I initially liked it a lot but looking closer I am NOT a fan of the logo at the 3 position and to the immediate right of the day and date windows. JHMO
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Looking at the new 7750 model again - I initially liked it a lot but looking closer I am NOT a fan of the logo at the 3 position and to the immediate right of the day and date windows. JHMO
Wow...your picky....k
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Just looks strange to me to have the company logo at the "3" position.
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I have a question. I just ordered a traser H3 Code Blue watch because I love the looks, I love the fact that it can be seen so well at night without charging or pushing a light to come on, and it was a good price with free shipping through longislandwatch.com (great company). The question is this...it looks like a Luminox, but does not have the Luminox logo on it. Is this a Luminox watch or is traser another company? Thanks.
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I like the Tony Kanaan edition in orange and blue
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thanks for the info i own 2 of them and always wondered if indeed they were made for the navy seals..u have answered all my ?s thanks for the great info...
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I beleive they are two different companys, they just use the same mb tritium tubes. I have been researching tritium watches and cannot decide which way to go.
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I've had a Luminox since '99. It's the stainless steel case and bracelet with carbon fiber bezel and blue dial. In the past year, the clasp on the bracelet broke and was replaced with a rubber strap. Also, the date function is now malfunctioning and sticks at the end of the month. However, it still keeps good time and the lume, while somewhat less than when it was new, is still bright enough that I don't like to wear it in bed at night. Considering the amount of time I've worn it during the last 11 years (a lot), it's been a great, sturdy watch.
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