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Luminox Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary With Three Special Editions

The Luminox RECON Point Man 8825.H, Navy SEAL Original 3001.H, and F-117 Nighthawk x Skunk Works 6442.H 35th Anniversary watches.

There’s one in each category, highlighting the original models that made its success.

Back in the ’80s, when luminous gas micro-tube technology emerged in Switzerland, two gents from the fashion accessories world saw an opportunity to create something original – well-priced MIL-SPEC watches that offered great visibility at night. Thirty-five years on, Luminox – a combination of ‘light’ and ‘night’ in Latin – is not only an official military partner but has also earned a strong following among MIL-SPEC watch enthusiasts. This year, it’s celebrating the earliest designs that founders Barry Cohen and Richard Timbo introduced in 1994 onwards: the first Luminox watches worn by the US military.

From its humble beginnings to having Bear Grylls as a friend of the brand, Luminox has grown rapidly in 35 years.
From its humble beginnings to having Bear Grylls as a friend of the brand, Luminox has grown rapidly in 35 years.

Sea, Air and Land

The Luminox Navy SEAL Original 3001.H is a close re-creation of the original.
The Luminox Navy SEAL Original 3001.H is a close re-creation of the original.

The Luminox Navy SEAL 3000 series was the first of its watches to be used by the Navy SEALs. This was a true diving watch with a crown guard, unidirectional rotating bezel with a 15-minute countdown, 200m water resistance, and a micro gas tube placed next to the oversized hour markers. The watch has been adopted by various military and civilian uniformed forces since. This was really the OG watch that launched Luminox’s success, and this year, the Navy SEAL Original 3001.H (for ‘Heritage’) brings back the original design with a slight revamp.

Some of the changes in the new Ref. 3001.H includes a red ‘30’ indication on the bezel, referencing this watch’s 30th anniversary. The running seconds hand also has a red arrow tip for increased visibility. The titanium bezel with Carbonox insert is another change from the original, giving the all-black watch a hint of silver tones.

The Luminox F-117 Nighthawk x Skunk Works Ref. 6442.H celebrates Lockheed Martin’s inventors.
The Luminox F-117 Nighthawk x Skunk Works Ref. 6442.H celebrates Lockheed Martin’s inventors.

A second collection that’s also closely associated with the military is the F-117 Nighthawk. To enrich this release, Luminox worked with Skunk Works, a division of Lockheed Martin consisting of engineers and scientists who develop experimental aircraft and other projects. The F-117 Nighthawk x Skunk Works Ref. 6442.H bears the division’s logo on the dial, which is coated in Super-LumiNova and lights up in the dark. The rotating bezel is marked with hour indexes, allowing this watch to double as a dual time zone watch.

The rugged Luminox RECON Point Man Ref. 8825.H is the wrist gear you need on the next outdoor adventure.
The rugged Luminox RECON Point Man Ref. 8825.H is the wrist gear you need on the next outdoor adventure.

Finally, the RECON Point Man Ref. 8825.H, which is dedicated to land-based units, is a wristwatch ideal for any outdoor adventurer or explorer. With a tachymeter to measure walking speed, compass markings so wearers can orientate themselves day or night, and a high-precision quartz movement with a strongly lit dial, the 8825.H is built for endurance. Each of these watches is housed in Carbonox, the patented ultra-lightweight material developed for use in Luminox’s watches. With a great story behind each of them and a fantastic build, these Heritage watches are perfect partners for anyone who embraces an active lifestyle.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.