Luminox is launching the Essential Gear Sea, Air and Land Series of timepieces. Luminox supplies military, law enforcement, SWAT teams, Navy SEALs, fighter pilots, and more, so the brand has created three models designed for the different domains in which these users operate. The models focus on durability and legibility, and they are designed for real world use. Each of the three models lists for $295.
All 3 models feature 44mm cases crafted from carbon reinforced polymer. Each model is fitted with a highly scratch resistant, specially hardened and tempered mineral crystal, and each is water resistant to 200 meters. Each also employs the proprietary Luminox Light Technology (LLT), a self-illuminating system that glows continuously 24/7/365 for up to 25 years.
The Sea model features a sunray blue dial and uses blue LLT tubes, because blue remains visible deeper under the water than any other color. A scuba flag above the 6 on the dial indicates the watch is meant for diving, as does the nylon Velcro fast-strap that attaches easily and dries quickly.
The Air Watch is a Search And Rescue (SAR): the dial is bright orange and all of the LLT tubes are blue and orange, like the alarm lights on rescue helicopters. The SAR initials are placed above the number 6 on the dial in blue.
There are two Land models in this series – both utilizing earth tones. One version has a black dial and the other is olive gray. These models use red light tubes for the LLT because, according to the SWAT teams the brand works with, red won’t compromise their team’s position while on an operation, but still provides perfect time readability to the user, all night long. The 12:00 illumination is colored dark blue so you can find the top of the dial easily in the dark. The turning bezel comes with an ice-blue LLT, for better readability. The same is true for the LLT on the hands.