Issue No 6 Autumn/Winter 2017
RUGGED WATCHES, HARD FACTS AND TOUGH STORIES.
OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER OF THE TOUGH VIKING SERIES BRAND STORY
from the first successes to becoming a truly global brand
NAVY SEAL SERIES the evolution of an icon
GUARDIAN OF THE DEEP
undersea explorer Scott Cassell is on a mission to bring the oceanâ€™s mysteries to the surface
FROM THE OWNER ANDRE BERNHEIM | CO-OWNER AND CEO
and about twenty lemon sharks will never fade away. Being a diver myself, I know that having the right equipment is key. Underwater, we rely on an array of Essential Gear: the tank that provides air, the weight belt, the wetsuit – and wearing a professional watch is just as important. Our Deep Dive Automatic 1520 Series include technical features which could actually save your life if you are a professional underwater worker, or make your dive even more enjoyable when you dive for leisure.
ESSENTIAL GEAR FOR SERIOUS DIVERS Dear Readers, In this issue of the Luminox TIMES magazine, you will read about all new models Luminox is launching this Fall - including our latest Deep Dive Automatic 1520 Series that I’m particularly proud of! These watches comply with the strict and extremely high standards of ISO 6425 for diving watches. The Deep Dive Automatic 1520 Series was designed and conceived to become a best-inclass watch amongst diving watches and input from longtime friend of the Luminox brand Scott Cassell proved instrumental in order to achieve this level of performance. Luminox started its collaboration with undersea explorer Scott Cassell back in 2009 when we were looking for a professional diver to “test and request” our watches. Scott not only does an extraordinary job, protecting endangered white sharks or removing ghost nets from the Ocean – he is also a man of high ideals and a fantastic person to work with. I feel privileged to have been diving with Scott and the memory of diving together in the Bahamas, surrounded by three tiger sharks
The watches are water resistant to 500 meters / 50 bar. Many companies make watches with 200 meters water resistance, but 500 meters is much more challenging and separates the Luminox Deep Dive from the pack. On a divers watch, the minute hand is the most critical hand, and that’s why it is broader, highly visible, in a contrast color, with double Luminox Light Technology tubes for unmistakable visibility. The bezel locking system guarantees that the bezel will not turn inadvertently – helping you spending just the right amount of time under water; staying too long would be dangerous, staying too little would be a pity when there is so much beauty to see down there!
ESSENTIAL GEAR. In extreme situations, decisions are made in the blink of an eye. You have to be able to rely on a watch that guarantees perfect visibility at a single glance. Luminox watches are Swiss Made and equipped with a unique self-powered illumination system. Without having to push a button or expose the timepiece to a light source, the time is continuously visible for up to 25 years. It’s part of what makes our watches ESSENTIAL GEAR and why the United States Navy SEALs and other professionals world wide have chosen Luminox. Luminox developed the first Navy SEAL series in 1993. The unique combination of stealth and visibility is also why
These are just some of the technical features that have been built into the Deep Dive Automatic 1520 Series turning them into Essential Gear for serious divers! The article within this issue of TIMES will tell you all about it in even greater details. Cherry on the cake, these watches are more than a great technical achievement – they also have a modern appealing design. These watches also look good!
U.S. Air Force F-117 Nighthawk™ pilots requested Luminox watches. Luminox watches have always been essential equipment. If a watch is durable enough for the world’s toughest elite forces, it will stand up to any other rugged outdoor use. Explore this year’s collection of Luminox timepieces and
We hope you enjoy our TIMES magazine, and encourage you to tell us about your Luminox adventures via Facebook and Instagram.
see for yourself.
CONTENTS ___ ELITE FORCES
TRUSTED AND REQUESTED BY
EVOLUTION OF AN ICON
AUTUMN / WINTER 2017 UPDATE
GUARDIAN OF THE DEEP
LSOC POWERED BY TOUGH VIKING
TIME TO PUSH YOUR LIMITS
SOME OF OUR BEST SELLING MODELS
THE WARRIOR'S WATCH
BRITISH PARACHUTE DISPLAY TEAM - THE TIGERS
Luminox LIGHT TECHNOLOGY
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE YOU CAN FIND US 04
Luminox TIMES Issue N°6 Autumn/Winter 2017 Chief Editor Pierrick Marcoux Marketing Support Karen Birnie Markus Müller Martina Peherstorfer Philipp Stiefel Art Direction / Graphic Design Javier Santillan Special Thanks Burton McCall CBC Guy Mc Cardle Martin Eugster Scott Cassell Studio Divine Tough Viking Urs Noetzli Wilda Nilsson Produced on behalf of: Mondaine Watch Ltd P.O. Box Etzelstrasse 27 8808 Pfäffikon SZ, Switzerland N° of printed copies: 6'000 Ex. Printed by: Gmähle-Scheel Print-Medien GmbH Kriegsbergstraße 14 71336 Waiblingen, Germany
TRUSTED AND REQUESTED BY
TRUSTED __ _ AND REQUESTED BY ››››U.S. Navy SEALs
››››Ventura County Sheriff
››››U.S. Air Force F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Jet Pilots
››››Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
››››Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
››››Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)
››››Luftrettung Christoph 2 Germany
››››U.S. Coast Guard
››››Austrian Military Police
››››U.S. Secret Service
››››NATO Tigers 313 QN squadron, Netherlands
››››U.S. Border Patrol
››››The Royal Dutch Armed Forces
››››U.S. Marshals Service
››››Singapore Air Force
››››U.S. Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT)
››››Nordseetaucher Tunnel construction divers
››››San Francisco SWAT
››››Special Military Forces Israel
››››San Diego SWAT
››››KOPASSUS – Indonesia Special Forces
››››Las Vegas SWAT
››››DENSUS 88 - Detachment 88 (Special Forces
››››Scott Cassell – Sea Wolves Indonesian counter-terrorism squad) and Undersea Voyager Project
››››GEGANA – Indonesia Special Police Forces
››››U.S. Air Force Combat Control
››››KOPASKA - Indonesia Naval Special Warfare
››››Texas Parks & Wildlife
››››Barcelona Police Department
››››Puigcerda Fire Department, Spain
…and many other Law Enforcement Groups, Police and Fire Departments, and other elite forces around the globe.
BRAND STORY HOW IT ALL STARTED
THE FIRST SUCCESSES
Like many other American success stories, Luminox came from a forwardthinking 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 Luminox 3001 Original Navy SEAL is launched and is the timepiece that made Luminox famous.
Since then, we refer to the illumination technology in the Luminox watches as the Luminox Light Technology (LLT).
After Luminox provided the watches to the SEALs, more elite units contacted the brand directly, including the U.S. Coast Guard, New York City Police Department, Singapore Air Force, Special Military Forces Israel and many other law enforcement groups.
1997 Luminox makes its debut in Hollywood! Actor Viggo Mortensen wears a Luminox Original Navy SEAL 3001 watch in the movie G.I. Jane starring Demi Moore.
1992 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 Barry Cohen to develop a watch specifically for them and the Navy SEAL watch was born. “As a research, development, test, and evaluation officer for the Navy SEALs I was asked to find a dependable watch for night missions. After testing a variety of brands in the most arduous conditions, Luminox was the only one still functioning at the end of the evaluation.” Nick North, Navy SEAL (Retired). 08
1998 Luminox was approached by US Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk™ Stealth fighter jet. This initial contact turned into a worldwide license agreement to produce Lockheed Martin timepieces, including watches tied to the F-117 Nighthawk™, F-16 Fighting Falcon™, SR-71 Blackbird™ and the new F-22 Raptor™, P-38 Lightning™ and most recently, the F-35 Lightning II™.
This Lockheed Martin Collection has since been extended with several versions of its wellreceived Limited Edition Valjoux Automatic Chronograph.
Luminox Original Navy SEAL 3901 is seen in blockbuster movie Ocean’s Eleven.
BECOMING A TRULY GLOBAL BRAND 2002 The US Bobsleigh and Skeleton Teams win six medals during the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The teams wore co-branded Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark watches 3051 and 3957.
2003 Luminox opens its first mono-brand store in Tokyo. Luminox now has four mono-brand stores in Japan.
2004 Another big screen appearance for Luminox, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wears a Luminox Ultimate Navy SEAL chronograph 8301 in movie Walking Tall.
2005 Luminox creates the first Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird™ Limited Edition timepieces.
2006 Ronnie and Andre Bernheim, owners of the Swiss watch manufacturer Mondaine Watch Ltd., and with a long history in the Swiss watch making industry, acquire 50% of the Luminox company shares. Their vast experience in global brand building, strong connection to distributors worldwide and great reputation in the watch trade was the start of Luminox becoming a large international brand.
2007 Launch of the Navy SEAL Colormark 3051 Series - the evolution of the original Navy SEAL timepieces – soon to become the best-selling series of Luminox watches. With the Colormark Series Luminox introduced a new Carbon Compound for its case material; high-tech Carbon reinforces the case to make it stronger and lighter. This high-tech material is frequently used in racing cars, airplanes and spaceships. Professionals around the world choose it because of its perfect combination of light weight, strength and durability.
Carbon Compound does not get hot in warm temperatures or cold in cold climates and, for undercover missions, the matte finish material is also an important benefit. Luminox also debuts a specially hardened scratch-resistant mineral crystal of 550-650 Vickers, approximately 20% harder than conventional mineral watch crystals.
Launch of the first Luminox RECON series with the Point Man 8820.
Luminox expands its presence globally to more than 50 countries and becomes a truly global brand.
Luminox becomes the exclusive watch partner for SXC (Space Expeditions Corporation). Long active in the realms of SEA, AIR and LAND, Luminox now added a fourth dimension to its collection - SPACE.
2009 Luminox partners with counter terrorism expert and undersea explorer Scott Cassell. Cassell is a dive professional and relies on Luminox watches as part of his essential diving gear. As a man with high ideals, he is steadfastly committed to his missions, with one clear goal: to protect the worldâ€™s oceans and their inhabitants. Launched as the brand approached its 20th anniversary, the Essential Gear campaign addresses consumers outside the military and law enforcement niche while maintaining our heritage. It invites peak performers, athletes and outdoorsmen of every kind into the Luminox family.
2010 Luminox is proud to introduce its 50 bar (500 meter / 1500 feet) Deep Dive Automatic Series, Essential Gear for serious divers and a certified watch for use by professionals - complying with the strict and extremely high standards of ISO 6425 for diving watches. 10
Luminox had the opportunity to develop a new series of watches with upgraded features and again collaborated with Navy SEALs, both active duty and retired. This partnership resulted in the A.N.U. (Authorized for Navy Use) Series.
CELEBRATING ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY AND STILL GROWING
2014 Luminox celebrates its 25th anniversary and continues to expand its product range! Luminox announces the SXC GMT Space Series, the first series in the new SXC Space Collection designed with input from test pilots and astronauts. These GMT watches in an ultra-light weight Carbon Compound or Stainless Steel are suitable for adventurers on Earth and in space.
2015 Luminox is proud to announce that its partnership with SXC (currently known as XCOR Space Expeditions) has been extended to XCOR Aerospace®, and Luminox is now the official watch partner of XCOR Aerospace®. Luminox initiates the Luminox Special Operations Challenge (LSOC): honoring its heritage, Luminox partners with retired Navy SEALs to offer civilians the chance to train like a Navy SEAL for a day - a challenging day that combines high adrenaline and action as well as great fun. All Luminox Hour, Minute, and Second hands are made of hardened aluminum rendering the hands lighter and the watch movement more shock resistant.
2016 Luminox becomes an official licensing partner of the Navy SEALs. “It is an absolute honor to have an ongoing relationship with the SEALs since 1992, and to be selected by U.S. Navy SEAL Commanders to design and supply watches for some of the most elite and respected Special Forces in the world. It is particularly exciting that two generations of SEALs, first in 1992 and again in 2013, arrived at the same conclusion and chose Luminox as their watch of choice. Becoming their official watch licensee formalizes this ongoing relationship,” say Luminox owners. Launch of the Master Carbon SEAL 3800 Series and the introduction of a case reinforced with 40% carbon long bars - the forefront of materials innovation! Andre and Ronnie Bernheim reach an agreement with Luminox founder, Barry Cohen, to purchase his shares in Luminox including its American distribution company Lumondi, Inc. The Bernheim brothers now own the Luminox companies and brand in their entirety.
2017 New Swiss-Made law: The new SwissMade law came into effect as of January 2017 and all Luminox Watches continue to fulfil the new Swiss-Made regulations. Launch of the Navy SEAL 3500 Series the latest evolution of the Navy SEAL watches – honoring the legacy of these elite teams. Luminox partners with Tough Viking to create the next generation of LSOC events - the LSOC powered by Tough Viking. With its obstacles designed together with the Swedish elite maritime unit, Tough Viking is a natural fit for Luminox. As official timekeeper of the T.V. series, Luminox provides sports & outdoor enthusiasts with an opportunity to really push their limits and constantly test our watches under extreme conditions! Launch of the Leatherback Sea Turtle Series. The classic Luminox case design with the protected crown balanced by an opposite outcropping and four prominent horns has often been compared to the shape of a turtle; the now iconic Luminox case design is referred to as the “TurtleShape” case.
THE FUTURE Luminox will continue to combine cutting edge technology, forward-thinking design and extreme performance. Thanks to the Luminox Light Technology (LLT), Luminox watches will continue to show the time, all the time - ALWAYS VISIBLE!
Luminox Navy SEAL Series
The evolution of an icon
TRUSTED AND REQUESTED BY THE NAVY SEALS Navy SEALs require a sense of security that their gear will work when needed. Luminox honors the legacy of these elite teams by designing watches conceived with Navy SEALs input over the years and manufactured in a way that leverages the most advanced technology. The Original Luminox Navy SEAL watch, first introduced in 1994, is the timepiece that put Luminox on the map. The officer in charge of procurement for the Navy SEALs, Chief Nick North and Luminox worked together to develop a watch specifically for the SEALs. “As a research, development, test, and evaluation officer for the Navy SEALs I was asked, back in 1992, to find a dependable watch for night missions. After testing a variety of brands in the most arduous conditions, Luminox was the only one still functioning at the end of the evaluation.” Nick North, Navy SEAL (Retired).
In 1994, the Luminox 3001 Original Navy Seal was launched and is the timepiece that made Luminox famous. The ultra-light weight and the extreme robustness were the features that turned the Original 3000 Series into the Navy SEALS’s favorite.
‟Luminox was the only one still functioning at the end of the evaluation” FROM THE ELITE TROOPS TO THE MAN ON THE STREET Since then, 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 requested Luminox for their use around the world.
The man on the street has also shown particular interest in Luminox, figuring rightly that if the watches are designed for and used by elite troops, they have to be able to stand up to everyday use. In 2007 Luminox introduced the Navy SEAL Colormark 3050 series - the evolution of the Original Navy SEAL series – soon to become Luminox’ s best-selling models! The 3050 series still had all the main features that were favored by the SEALS on the Original 3000 Series. The case and the uni-directional rotating bezel are made of Carbon Compound, resulting in an attractive yet incredibly light and durable timepiece. The crystal is scratch-resistant, tempered mineral glass and the double gasket stainless steel crown enables water resistance to 20ATM. In addition, its updated design with a larger case and larger opening made the 3050 even more readable. Thicker than its predecessor, its tougher look turned this timepiece into a real icon.
WATCH OF CHOICE Luminox is honored to be selected to design and supply watches for one of the most elite and respected Special Forces in the world. With its new 3500 Navy SEAL Series, Luminox is celebrating this ongoing relationship with the SEALs and is proud to have been chosen by two generations of SEALs, first in 1992 and again in 2013, as their watch of choice.
EVOLUTION OF AN ICON
In 2013, the SEALs decided to re-evaluate watch brands. They arrived at the same conclusion as in 1992 and again chose Luminox, confirming Luminox as Essential Gear for the SEALs, both active duty and retired. In 2017, Luminox releases the latest evolution of its Navy SEAL watches, the 3500 Series! The 3500 Series is a modern design
iconic “turtle-shape” case. The Carbon Compound case is a matter black and the dial is darker, resulting in a more valuable and more modern look for the new 3500 Series. The stainless steel screw down caseback reveals a stamped relief Navy SEAL logo and makes it even safer for water resistance. The crown is beautifully engraved with
SEALs operate in, as well as all the outdoor enthusiasts in need of a tough watch, the new 3500 is still very functional and even more robust. When grasped from the top, the rotating bezel has more grip than on the 3050 Series. Also, the aluminum hour and minute hands make the watch more shock resistant. With its 16 Light Tubes on the dial, the
interpretation of the 3050 Series – where proportions and technical features of the watch have been optimized. As for all Sea Series Luminox watches, the 3500 Series case with its protected crown balanced by an opposite outcropping and four prominent horns is referred to as the Luminox
Luminox logo, perfectly integrated with the crown protection yet easier to manipulate. The Luminox signature strap is now made of a new longer lasting and more resistant material. The strap is also wider, giving the 3500 Series a stronger look. Keeping in mind harshest environments that Navy
hands and bezel, the 3500 Series allows unsurpassed visibility, even in total darkness.
Always Visible: Luminox uses tiny tritium gas tubes, which provide illumination for up to 25 years. Unlike other systems, which depend on exterior light sources to charge luminous paint or a push button to illuminate the watch, the luminosity is built right into Luminox watches, ensuring that you will always be able to see the time, no matter the conditions.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
FROM INSPIRATION TO DESIGN CREATION The example of the new 3500 Navy SEAL Series
In order to create a new watch series, designers need to collect and work from several ingredients. WHAT ARE THESE INGREDIENTS? First of all, designers must understand and capture the nature, the essence and the spirit of the brand, the brand DNA. Also, designers must aggregate all inputs provided within the briefing coming from the Luminox team. This may include the sizes, the materials, the price bracket, the targeted end consumer and many others items. The Luminox identity is strong which enables us to create iconic designs and to make Luminox a very unique brand in the watch world.
PHASE 1 – Development of Design Concepts During the first phase of the creation process, Studio Divine submits watch case drawings along with 2D renderings of dials, and develops several design options in order to offer a wide array of choice in response to the initial briefing. The Luminox team selects one design option which will then guide the aesthetic of the project until completion.
PHASE 2 – Concept Development Studio Divine then fine tunes the aesthetic of the watch working on the watch case from all possible angles. All details are finalized including watch straps and bracelets, case backs, color combinations, to create consistency in the watch series and the brand collection as a whole.
PHASE 3 - 3D Rendering A wax prototype is produced in order to check and confirm the volume of the watch on a 1:1 scale and from there, start the technical development. This modelling also enables Luminox to work with their vendors and start sourcing the various watch components for production, such as the case, dial, hands, crystal, straps, etc.
Once these three steps are completed, it’s time to receive the new series! If required, adjustments will be made before moving on to the final production. Studio Divine and Luminox have been collaborating for several years now, enabling consistent design of the new models perfectly encompassing the Luminox brand spirit. by Studio Divine, Watch design studio 15
THE LATEST EVOLUTION OF THE NAVY SEAL COLLECTION
Luminox releases three new models of the Navy SEAL 3500 Series, the latest evolution of the best-selling Navy SEAL collection of Luminox timepieces.
environments during testing by these maritime commandos. Day or night, the Navy SEAL series from Luminox will serve you well and function perfectly.
Navy SEALs require a great deal of security that their gear will work when needed. Luminox honors the legacy of these elite teams by designing watches conceived with Navy SEALs input over the years and manufactured using the most advanced technology and materials. This results in watches that function in all circumstances, having performed under the toughest conditions and in the harshest
You will be mission ready in eye-catching, military-inspired shades of army green, navy blue and shadowy gray snow camo. The NATO style webbing straps are the preferred watch bands of many elite forces as they are secure, durable, and flexible and can fit over heavy outer wear and gear. NATO straps have an additional strap that slides through the 2 lugs, so you have 2 straps of
nylon under the watch holding it in place. They fasten with three stainless steel loops and a Luminox signature buckle. The case and the unidirectional rotating bezel are all made of Carbon Compound (except 3503.ND, fiberglass compound) which results in an attractive yet incredibly light and durable timepiece. The crystal is scratch-resistant, tempered mineral glass and the double gasket stainless steel crown enables water resistance to 20ATM.
NAVY SEAL 3500 SERIES
LUMINOX INTRODUCES THE NAVY SEAL STEEL Built Tough for Extreme Adventure
Expanding upon its redesign of the hugely successful Navy SEAL watches, Luminox debuts the Navy SEAL Steel 3250 Series presenting five different models, including a blackout version. The handsome new design has the iconic Luminox ‘turtle-shaped’ case, with raised numbers and indices on the dial, and alternating brushed and high polish stainless steel accents on the case and bezel. As with all Luminox watches, the muscular 45 mm stainless steel case is designed to stand up to extreme conditions. Its unidirectional rotating bezel and Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating protect the dial. The steel series have a screw-down crown and case back ensuring water resistance to 200 meters and is available on a solid-link stainless steel bracelet, black genuine leather band or gray webbing strap. 18
The watches of the best-selling Navy SEAL Series are designed for use under the most demanding conditions imaginable. That’s why so many first responders, elite military units, and law enforcement teams around the world have requested Luminox and have come to consider a Luminox watch part of their Essential Gear. Like all Luminox watches, the watches of the Navy SEAL Steel Series are Swiss Made and feature Luminox Light Technology (LLT), a dial illumination system that glows for up to 25 years, regardless of conditions, so that the time is always visible.
NAVY SEAL STEEL 3250 SERIES
MASTER CARBON SEAL Limited Edition A Classic Color Combination Re-imagined
The formal navy blue dial and blue strap combination is a classic that never goes out of style. The new Luminox Master Carbon SEAL Limited Edition 3803 reimagines this genre with a casual, rugged and ultra-lightweight timepiece featuring a subtle navy blue carbon fiber dial with a matching webbing strap. Luminox watches are known for their durability and the Master Carbon SEAL takes 20
rugged to a whole new level. For the Master Carbon SEAL series, Luminox employs its hi-tech carbon compound creating an ultra-strong, durable and scratch resistant watch case which is also three times lighter than Titanium. The Master Carbon SEAL is water resistant to 300 meters / 1,000 feet, enabling the timepiece to
withstand incredible pressure on deep dives. The extra thick sapphire crystal and stainless steel caseback help to ensure its water resistance. The Master Carbon SEAL also incorporates the very best of two luminous technologies â€“ the Luminox Light Technology with the addition of SuperLumiNova on the hour markers and bezel for maximum visibility. Limited to 750 pieces worldwide.
MASTER CARBON SEAL 3800 SERIES
3803 46 mm
THE LUMINOX SCOTT CASSELL DEEP DIVE AUTOMATIC Essential Gear For Serious Divers
The Deep Dive Automatic has all the features that RECON divers consider essential, including a sturdy 316L steel case, a professional-grade rotating unidirectional dive bezel, patented bezel locking device that doubles as a crown protector, 500-meter water resistance, and a clear, high-contrast dial with the very best of two luminous technologies – the Luminox Light Technology
with the addition of Super-LumiNova on the indices, for maximum visibility. The Luminox Deep Dive series are 500 meter / 1650 feet water resistant watches - serious, certified watches for professionals, complying with the strict and extremely high standards of ISO 6425 for Diving watches.
SPECIAL FEATURES • Water resistant to 500 meters /50 bar (far exceeding the minimum of 100 meters requested by ISO 6425). The tests, which only very few watch brands have passed, is conducted at a specialized Swiss laboratory • Unique, patented Bezel Locking System (BLS), that also serves to protect the crown • Swiss Made (per the 2017 Swiss Law) including a Swiss Automatic movement with big date window • Automatic Helium Release Valve • Unmatched constant visibility underwater with Luminox Light Technology (called LLT), constant glow for up to 25 years
• Specially designed case with custom gaskets, screw-in crown and case back • Specially designed, thicker sapphire crystal and thicker case back • Highly visible, broader Minute Hand in contrast color, with double LLT tubes • Removable rubber (NBR 70) strap with a special backing to reduce sweat, a loop stopper and stainless steel buckle, with a wet suit extension strap
The watches come in a classic black (model 1521) or blue sunray (model 1523) dial encased in brushed stainless steel or black PVD-plated stainless steel. The matching steel bezels with aluminum inserts have silver Arabic numbers and indices. The case back depicts Scott Cassell’s ‘Great White’ submarine. Each watch is individually numbered and comes in a speciallydesigned, water resistant gift box which can be used to store the diver’s mobile phone, camera or other personal gear.
immediate readability, and is always visible, constantly glowing for up to 25 years. The tiny micro gas light glass tubes that guarantee constant visibility glow blue on the Deep Dive series, as blue is the last color that the eyes register as one goes deeper and deeper under water. In
addition, the Deep Dive features different color of LLTs at the 12 O’clock position of the dial as well as on the rotating bezel, and since the minute hand is particularly important to divers, it is equipped with a double-LLT for easier reading, even in complete darkness.
THE LUMINOX LIGHT TECHNOLOGY (LLT) For a professional diving watch, it is critical and can even be the difference between life and death, that the time is visible in any and all conditions, be it night diving, deep diving, diving in poor visibility or wreck diving. The Luminox Light Technology (LLT) ensures easy and
ISO 6425 DIVERS’ WATCHES INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 6425 testing of a diver's watch consists of the following tests and no evidence of water intrusion or condensation is allowed.
Besides water resistance standards to a minimum of 100 meters (330 ft) depth rating, ISO 6425 also provides minimum requirements for mechanical diver's watches.
• Magnetic resistance; shock resistance; resistance to salty water; resistance of attachments to external forces (strap solidity).
• Reliability under water. • Condensation test. • Resistance of crowns and other setting devices to an external force. • Water-tightness and resistance at a water overpressure. • Resistance to thermal shock.
• The presence of a time-preselecting device such as a unidirectional ratcheting bezel protected against inadvertent rotation or manipulation. • The time must be legible at a distance of 25cm with the minute hand easily distinguishable from the hour hand. • A running second hand with a luminous tip to indicate that the watch is running in total darkness.
Many companies make watches with 200 meters water resistance, but 500 meters / 50 Bar is much more challenging and as a result separates the Luminox Deep Dive from the pack. The sapphire crystal must be more than twice as thick as on a 200 meter watch (3.00 mm), as well as the case back (3.00 mm). Steel deforms at 50 Bar pressure, so the overall case construction has to be much more robust and rugged.
stops during ascent are not long enough, the gas in the watch doesn’t have time to release and the pressure which builds up can damage the watch. With Luminox’s automatic helium release valve, excess pressure is
released automatically through a one-way valve, protecting the watch.
move and indicate less time available under water. Divers want to stay down as long as they safely can, and need as much time as they can get for deep diving.
This newly invented Bezel Locking System ensures that the time the divers set with their turning bezel will stay set, by simply locking the crown protector into position.
AUTOMATIC HELIUM RELEASE VALVE During prolonged dives in pressurized environments (like diving bells, deep sea exploration vessels and more) which use a helium-rich air mixture, tiny helium molecules can get inside the watch. If decompression SPECIAL LOCKING ROTATING BEZEL The patented Luminox Bezel Locking System prevents the bezel from changing position. A conventional unidirectional bezel is great, but if knocked, it could
DEEP DIVE 1520 SERIES
SCOTT CASSELL UVP SPECIAL EDITION WATCH SETS The latest addition to the Scott Cassell UVP Dive Sets Scott Cassell devotes his life to saving the sea and its inhabitants. In recent years, the shark population has dramatically diminished and 3 million sharks are killed every year. To draw attention to their plight Scott went to the Bahamas to demonstrate that sharks are not the killing machines they are portrayed as. Scott’s mission is to protect the shark population from extinction which has far-reaching consequences for the entire ocean ecosystem. With their natural predators vanishing, the giant squids are rapidly overpopulating the oceans, eating tuna and other fish which in turn is endangering these species. Scott says: “I look at sharks like the family dog. We need to save them, there is not much time left.” A man of high ideals and a true explorer, his exploits are undertaken with unwavering commitment to a clearly defined goal – the protection of the world’s oceans and their inhabitants. Never losing sight of this cause, Cassell explores the undersea world, documents his discoveries for science, and hunts down lawbreakers whose activities threaten ocean ecosystems. And Luminox is with him every step of
the way, on his wrist and also supporting his work through sales of a Special Edition dive sets. The Undersea Voyager Project (UVP) is a notfor-profit public benefit company for Oceanic Research and Educational Outreach. In support of the UVP, Luminox has created the new 3500 dive sets in collaboration with Cassell. A portion of proceeds from sales of this watch will go towards funding UVP and its missions. The latest UVP Special Editions feature the newly redesigned Navy SEAL 3500 timepieces with the addition of the UVP logo on the dial, and Cassell’s ‘Great White’ submarine on the stainless steel case back. As a serious diving watch, it has a stainless steel protected crown, unidirectional rotating bezel, was tested in our Swiss factory to 20 bar (equivalent to 200-meter water depth), and a clear high-contrast dial and hands with Luminox Light Technology (LLT) that glows for up to 25 years, regardless of conditions, so that the time is always visible. The watch sets include two interchangeable straps - one comfortable polyurethane and one black webbing textile strap,
a compass and a strap-changing tool all packed in an original dive mask storage box.
THE UNDERSEA VOYAGER PROJECT When he’s not hunting down poachers, Cassell explores the underwater world. He knows that people are more motivated to protect the things they understand best, but the vast majority of the world’s oceans remain mysterious and unexplored. So Cassell created the non-profit Undersea Voyager Project (UVP), which helps marine researchers, educators, students, and “citizen scientists” explore and learn about the underwater environment through dives in specially equipped submarines and live webcasts of the expeditions. As an undersea explorer, Cassell has often encountered the unknown, documented his discoveries, and freely shared them with the scientific and educational communities. The UVP multiplies learning opportunities by opening the world’s unexplored oceans to those inspired by deepsea discovery.
SCOTT CASSELL UVP 3500 DIVE SETS
GUARDIAN OF THE DEEP
Undersea explorer Scott Cassell is on a mission to bring the ocean’s mysteries to the surface.
It all happened pretty quickly. Five minutes after diving into the warm waters off the coast of Baja in the Sea of Cortez, a swarm of five-footlong Humboldt squids attacked Scott Cassell. They smashed his camera into his face, wrapped a tentacle around his arm, and bit him on the wrist. Then, the beasts dragged him deeper into the abyss so fast that his eardrum imploded from the pressure. After somehow freeing himself and getting back to the surface, Cassell, who was working as an undersea cameraman at the time, wasn’t frightened. His shoulder was dislocated, and he was more than a bit roughed up. But he was also hooked. The experience, as violent as it was, was also transcendent. He had finally found his true calling, that of an undersea explorer out to find answers to what goes on under the world’s seas. Fast-forward 20 years, and Cassell, now 55, has spent the past two decades diving, filming, producing, and sometimes even starring in various shows about ocean life for National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and History Channel, including a return to Baja to film the squids. He turned a boyish fascination with Jacques Cousteau into a 30-plus-year diving career that’s seen him spend more than 15,000 hours underwater. That works out to nearly two years of his life. He’s been a Special Operations combat diver and holds the record for the longest distance traveled underwater by a diver: 52 miles. One would think he’s seen it all, but he’s quick to tell you that 98 percent of the ocean is still unexplored. According to Cassell, a big reason for the blank space in humanity’s knowledge of the ocean is technology. The stuff we need to explore the ocean is often too expensive for the scientific community to obtain – much like rocketing into space, going underwater requires specialized, purpose-built equipment. Hence the Underwater Voyager Project (UVP), the multifaceted nonprofit Cassell founded in 2005, which has two main goals: to create some of the most advanced scuba 26
gear and submersibles in the water and to team up with oceanographers and marine biologists to advance our understanding of the deep. “All professions – climbers, doctors, scientists – require their own essential gear,” Cassell says. “Mine is just as complicated.” And homemade. Between raising money and awareness for UVP and diving, he can often be found in his garage tinkering with exotic gear or sanding the fiberglass hulls of his latest submersible. From that tinkering, he’s developed an armored, electrified underwater dive suit to protect him from the aforementioned giant squids. He’s also working on what he’s dubbed Wolf Packs: diving helmets and tanks in hard plastic cases with built-in lights to help team members keep track of each other, modeled after, of all things, the battle suits from the video game Halo. He’s also teamed up with several engineers and technicians to build a manned submarine, Great White, which can transport and support two divers working outside the vessel for up to three hours through 50-footlong air hoses. Right now he’s finishing up work on the Sea Wolf, an open-cockpit sub with a roll cage on top that carries three hours’ worth of extra air tanks. It looks more like a jet fighter than a sub, which, in a way, it is. “We built it to ‘fly’ up to 300 feet underwater at six knots per hour (roughly seven mph) and turn and move like a big fish,” he says. In this case, the big fish are great white sharks that he plans to observe and follow for dozens of miles off the coast of San Francisco later this year. “The idea is to travel with a shark at shark speed and give scientists the opportunity to see how they travel. Up until now, observing sharks has always been about getting them to come to us,” he says. “We really have no idea how they operate on their own – and if we have a permit to tag one along the way, we can.” All of this technology is being developed and
FOR TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S HEROES WHO ARE SELFLESSLY TRYING TO DO SOMETHING TO BENEFIT THE OCEAN’S HEALTH
tested to pull off the UVP’s ever-growing list of missions. “I get a question that needs an answer, and then I go to work on figuring out what inventions I need to find an answer,” says Cassell, who collaborates with a constantly expanding network of scientists from places such as San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Cal State East Bay. He averages 10 missions a year if he has the funding, ranging from the aforementioned tracking of great white sharks to mapping the floor of Fallen Leaf Lake, an alpine body of water south of Lake Tahoe where he believes geothermal vents on the lake bottom could be hosting freshwater life forms that no one’s ever witnessed. But his biggest mission, one he concedes he’ll never finish, is the systematic removal of “ghost nets” from the waters offshore of California and Oregon. “We use our submarine, Great White, to
CASSELL EVEN PAINTED THE SEA WOLF IN SHARKLIKE CAMO: WHITE UNDERBELLY, GRAY ABOVE, WHICH MAKES IT EASY FOR HUMANS TO SPOT FROM THE WATER’S SURFACE BUT IS SEEN AS GRAY WHEN UNDERWATER.
GUARDIAN OF THE DEEP
go down to depths of 300 feet, looking for drift nets that either came loose on the open ocean and drifted into shallower water or were snagged on reefs and ripped free and now lie off the coast where they’re trapping and killing sea mammals and sea life by the thousands,” Cassell says. With his team and sub, he’ll be able to survey several miles per dive, cataloging and pulling the nets and fishing lines from the water. If UVP’s lofty goals, all the James Bond-like equipment, and even Cassell’s Special Forces background all sound like ingredients for an incredible action movie with an altruistic hero at its heart, you’re probably right. And maybe it’ll happen someday. But as Cassell crosses into middle age, he’s most focused on inspiring the next generation. “I’m looking for today’s and tomorrow’s heroes who are selflessly trying to do something to benefit the ocean’s health.”
Luminox shares Scott Cassell’s concern for the viability of the oceans and is honored to partner with him by helping to fund both of his organizations. Working together, Luminox and Cassell have created the Scott Cassell Deep Dive Automatic Special Edition and the Scott Cassell Special Edition Dive sets. Proceeds from the sale of these watches help support the work of Sea Wolves Unlimited and the Underwater Voyager Project. For more information, visit www.underseavoyagerproject.org
Luminox is proud to announce its new generation of Luminox Spec Ops Challenge event, LSOC powered by Tough Viking Throughout the Luminox Special Operations Challenge events (L.S.O.C.), participants take part in exercises inspired in the training preparation that allows the Navy SEALs to be one of the elite Special Forces groups in the U.S. Teams are challenged not only physically but also mentally, and Teamwork, Leadership, Confidence and Communication play a fundamental role in the Luminox Special Operations Challenge (L.S.O.C.) events.
LSOC POWERED BY TOUGH VIKING As a new generation of LSOC event, Luminox is now initiating the LSOC powered by Tough Viking event. Being the leading and largest Obstacle Race in Scandinavia, Tough Viking is a natural fit to Luminox. Also, the obstacles are designed together with the Swedish elite maritime unit KustjĂ¤garna reminding the DNA of the original LSOC concept.
The main LSOC powered by Tough Viking event will take place on August 26, 2017, in Stockholm (Sweden), where Luminox will be sending a selection of participants to the 15 kilometers race.
OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER OF THE TOUGH VIKING SERIES Luminox Spec Ops Challenge powered by Tough Viking is the perfect occasion to express your mental strength, endurance and toughness! Luminox, as official timekeeper of the Tough Viking Series, provides all sports & outdoor enthusiasts with an opportunity to really push their limits - and constantly test our watches under extreme conditions! Â
TOUGH VIKING SPECIAL EDITION The Tough Viking Special Edition comes in black 45mm size Carbon Compound case and olive dark green dial featuring the Tough Viking logo. The Tough Viking logo is a tribute to the vikings faith in Thor - the god of Thunder - and is an interpretation of his winged helmet. The case and the unidirectional rotating bezel are all made of Carbon Compound which results in an attractive yet incredibly light and durable timepiece. The crystal is scratch-resistant, tempered mineral glass, and the double gasket stainless steel crown enables water resistance to 20ATM. Often compared to the shape of a turtle, the now iconic turtle-shape Luminox case design features a protected crown balanced by an opposite outcropping that depicts a 200M stamp at the 9 marker. The eye catching bright orange seconds hand efficiently contrasts with the green dial color for enhanced visibility. The Tough Viking Special Edition features the newly designed Luminox signature strap and is provided with an additional green webbing strap perfectly matching the watch dial, as well as with a strap changing tool. Always striving for maximum wearability in all circumstances, the strap of the Tough Viking Special Edition guarantees enhanced comfort on the wrist.
LUMINOX PROUDLY PRESENTS: LUMINOX ATLAS STONE! The new Luminox Atlas Stones is a heavy duty obstacle - 80 kg for men and 60 kg for women. Grab the Luminox Atlas Stone from the ground, lift it up and place it on top of the oil drum. The Atlas Stone is a classic obstacle in strongman competitions perfectly fitting the Luminox brand: it requires strength and stamina, and not just speed and endurance.
ABOUT TOUGH VIKING Tough Viking is the leading and largest Obstacle Race in Scandinavia. We also have large races in Russia and France. The obstacles are massive and consist of fire, water, electricity, mud, monkey bars and barbed wire set out along a challenging route. The set-up of obstacles depends on the country and regulations on the different locations. The obstacles are designed together with the Swedish elite maritime unit Kustjägarna
TIME TO PUSH YOUR LIMITS! RACE REPORT FROM THE TOUGH VIKING STOCKHOLM OLYMPIC STADIUM, BY WILDA NILSSON The water in the large tank is very cold and mixed with ice cubes. We get in, dive under a beam and crawl back out. Completely soaked and freezing we keep going. More than 5 000 people are running the Tough Viking Stockholm Olympic Stadium race today. I am one of them. My name is Wilda Nilsson and I participated in the race on 8 May in Stockholm. This is the story of how it felt to participate in my first obstacle course race ever. It certainly wonâ€™t be the last.
Having gotten out of the ice tank I continue along the track taking it slow in the beginning and focusing on my goal: to get through the race no matter what. Climbing over walls that tilt towards you, carrying heavy jerricans and crawling through muddy ditches turned out to be hard but surprisingly fun. Whilst Elites have to overcome all obstacles alone, the rest of us can work together in teams. Since my team mate was sick I ended up running alone but there is a definite feeling of solidarity amongst the participants and everyone looks out for each other.
Wilda is a 29 years old Swedish citizen. She works as a Marketing consultant and photographer and runs her own company with 2 employees. In July 2017, Wilda will be starting the military basic training which will be ongoing for 11 months. Wilda wants to have a job that truly makes a difference and to contribute to others as well as being a part of team and challenging herself.
Elite Race Winner Martin StjernlĂśf and his Luminox Tough Viking Special Edition Watch. 30
Almost 10 km through mud, fire and freezing water. The Tough Viking Stockholm Olympic Stadium was my first obstacle course race and the perfect challenge for me before joining the Swedish Armed Forces.
The Tough Viking obstacles are massive and consist of fire, water, electricity, mud, monkey bars, net cage, vertical walls and nets, and barbed wire set out along a challenging route. To me this seemed like a fun challenge that would also be a part time goal in my training towards joining the Swedish army this summer. Thoughts of giving up never crossed my mind during the race even though I failed the obstacles spinning wheels and the vertical rope climb. I also fell down from the mega monkey bars into the muddy water below. Since I ran just for fun and to gain experience I tried these obstacles 2-3 times and ran the punishment laps required of those who fail an obstacle, thinking that I will have to work on more upper body strength as well as technique. The obstacles are designed together with the Swedish elite maritime special forces unit known as Kustjägarna. Strength, endurance and coordination are necessary in order to get through the challenging race. However, the most important thing is having the mind set that you will push through. Regarding the equipment I wore a pair of old trainers, compression clothes from Skins that dries fast, simple rubber gloves and my Luminox Black Ops 8881. If an obstacle is too hard it is possible to run laps and / or do burpees / pushups instead. The most difficult moment for me was to realize that I could not get up onto the super ramp despite reaching the top of the hanging rope twice. Help from a team mate would have made the difference since I did not have the arm strength left this late in
the race to pull myself up. That was extremely disappointing and I look forward to revenging myself on that particular obstacle in the future. After having run more than 8 km and gotten through more than 20 obstacles I can finally see the Olympic Stadium in central Stockholm again. We run down the steps and into the stadium, the Luminox Atlas Stones are still left before we can cross the finish line. Each stone weighs 60 kg (women) or 80 kg (men) and you have to heave them up and on to a Luminox branded oil drum. The audience is cheering us on as we lift the heavy stones before climbing over a high wall and over a huge net cage. I loved all of the net climb obstacles - those were pure joy for me. Pushing through the last 100 meters of running before the finish line gives such a rush and receiving the finisher medal feels amazing. I finished the race in roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Later, on the podium, the race winners Martin Stjernlöf (elite male) and Yoie Bohlin (elite female) are each awarded a Luminox 3501 Tough Viking Special Edition watch. During the spring 8-10 km races are held in Scandinavian Gothenburg, Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki as well as in France and Russia. All building towards the grand 15 km race at Djurgården August 26th in Stockholm, Sweden where several Luminox teams will participate. Until then I will start my training in the army and I will also work extra hard on back, arm and grip strength before the 15 km race. Tough Viking Djurgården will definitely push my limits. By now I am completely hooked on obstacle course racing and training. Will we meet at the next race?
by Wilda Nilsson
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The classic Luminox case design with the protected crown balanced by an opposite outcropping and four prominent horns has often been compared to the shape of a turtle.
Applied to the Luminox SEA series watches, the now iconic Luminox case design is referred to as the â€œTurtle-Shapeâ€? case.
Luminox has been the watch of choice for professionals like the Navy SEALs, SCUBA legend Stan Waterman, the US Coast Guard, law enforcement divers and many more for the past 25 years.
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night diving, deep diving, diving in poor visibility or wreck diving. The Luminox Light Technology (LLT) ensures that all its watches have easy and immediate readability and are Always Visible constantly glowing for up to 25 years.
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Utilizing aircraft-inspired details, the watches of the Luminox AIR series pay tribute to some of the most remarkable strategic aircraft in aviation history. Created under official and exclusive worldwide license with Lockheed Martin, the Luminox Air collection includes the F-117 NighthawkTM, F-22 RaptorTM,
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The Luminox LAND collection features timepieces for professionals in military and law enforcement. The RECON series meets the requirements of military personnel for analog watches that can also be used as simple and efficient navigation tools on the ground.
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In 2014 Luminox launched a line of signature watches Made for Space and designed with the input from test pilots and astronauts from SXC and XCOR Space Expeditions. The SPACE Collection includes the SXC/XCOR GMT Series in stainless steel or ultralight carbon reinforced polycarbonate, the Pilot Professional Titanium Analog Digital, and the new numbered edition XCOR Valjoux Automatic Chronograph. Luminox is the official watch partner of XCOR Aerospace. For more information visit www.XCOR.com
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THE WARRIOR'S WATCH
THE WARRIOR’S WATCH As an Army officer, I had to have the most rugged timepiece available. I bought a Luminox Navy SEAL watch in 1994 for practical reasons as much as for aesthetic ones. It was new on the market, the hour markings and second hand were self-illuminating. Pure genius. This was no gimmick, combat medic friends of mine explained how these watches were the latest piece of “must have” gear for anyone working in emergency medicine. Why? The reason was simple. The second hand was clearly visible in low light conditions and total darkness. This enables one to take a critical vital sign, an accurate heart rate. This ability would be useless, however, if the timepiece could not stand up to the rigors of field use. After I learned that a Luminox was the only watch to survive real world field testing by SEALs, I was sold. The depth rating on my new watch was 200 meters and I knew the SEALs must have pushed it to its limits during underwater operations. Of course, I had to test it for myself and I was pleased to be able to read the watch from any angle in any lighting conditions at any depth. It ended up being the watch that I wore on every military operation I was involved in until I was forced to retire for medical reasons in 2004 following a lengthy deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was during that
deployment that I had the opportunity to put that luminous second hand to the best use I can think of helping to save a human life. I remember the night well. The silence and cover of darkness were suddenly pierced by the deafening roar of an earth-shakingly loud explosion instantly followed by a large fireball. The silence was shortly broken again by the all too familiar cry of “Medic!!!”. Our Medical Sergeant quickly made his way to the first of two causalities. I’ve had cross training in emergency medicine, so I handled the second soldier who I quickly discovered was badly burned on his face and torso. Assessing our situation, I decided that we immediately required a MEDEVAC helicopter en route to our location. During my medical assessment, I quickly exposed the face of my watch and used the glowing second hand to mark time while I took an initial heart rate. As expected, it was sky high. It would have been impossible to have provided an accurate number to the incoming flight medics without the aid of my Luminox watch. With more information, an inbound medical team knows better how to prepare for the casualty.
Guy D. Mc Cardle, Jr. Captain, US Army (ret)
Accurate, timely medical information helps to save lives. Most people don’t think of a watch as a critical piece of medical equipment, but it can be. I eventually heard that the young man was being treated at our burn center at Brooke Army Medical Center for second and third degree burns and was expected to make a full recovery.
BRITISH PARACHUTE DISPLAY TEAM
BRITISH PARACHUTE DISPLAY TEAM - THE TIGERS Luminox is delighted to announce the sponsorship of the British Tigers Parachute Display team. The Tigers Parachute Display Team will wear personally chosen Luminox watches throughout each exciting display. The freefall team will also be jumping with a branded Luminox flag. In return Burton McCall, on behalf of Luminox, was recently presented with a commemorative set of photos and the Tigers framed coin. The Tigers were formed over 20 years ago and is firmly established as one of the top parachute display teams within the United Kingdom. The team has been very successful in competitions throughout this period, with the team performing at events such as the British National Parachute Championships and the World Parachute Championships.
The Tigers are the flagship team for the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, whose seniority stems from the Tangier Regiment of 1661 and thus has the distinction of being the senior English Infantry Regiment of the line. Soldiers of the Regiment are recruited from Kent, Surrey, Sussex, London, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Members of The Tigers consist of volunteers from various battalions of the regiment. Of the partnership, Colin Lee Director of Sales said: "We are proud to sponsor one of Britain’s finest Parachute Display Teams – the Tigers – as its ethos of dedication, drive, and excellence neatly mirrors our own. Luminox has long stood as the watch choice of the elite and peak performers, so for us the association was a natural one. We look forward to cementing a long lasting relationship with the Tigers.”
Left to Right: R Capt Ian Wicks , Gemma Hine (Marketing Manager, Timepieces, Burton McCall,) Colin Lee (Director of Sales, Timepieces, Burton McCall) and Cpl Frank Millerick
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Luminox Light Technology (LLT) All Luminox watches feature a self-powered illumination system employing tiny micro gas light sources. This unique Swiss technology guarantees unsurpassed ability to read the time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for up to 25 years. Each watch has micro gas lights mounted on the hands, dial, and, when necessary, also on the bezel. This unique technology does not depend on an external light source to “charge“ fluorescent paint on the dial or hands in order to glow, nor do Luminox watches require the push of a button to light up as do watches with electroluminescence.
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WATER RESISTANCE Frequently Asked Questions Water resistance of wrist watches is one of the most discussed topics by consumers. This interview with our in-house expert, Martin Eugster, Quality Manager at Luminox, provides useful insights to all watch lovers. CAN A WATCH BE 100% WATERPROOF? Never use the term ‘100% waterproof’! Firstly, a watch cannot be water proof but only water resistant. Only something which is indestructible can be waterproof. Secondly, a watch either is or is not water resistant, there is nothing like 70% water resistance.
WHAT DOES ‘200 METERS’ MEAN? Water resistance is stated as a depth (Bar, ATM, meters or feet) this means that it has been tested in our factory to withstand a static pressure, for a short period only, at the stated depth. The actual water pressure on the watch during use is greater than the static pressure, for instance when diving into a pool the pressure on the watch is greater at the impact point with the water. A water resistance rating of 20 Bar, 20 ATM or 200 meters means that the pressure applied to the watch is equivalent to the pressure it would be under at a depth of 200 Meters. It doesn’t indicate the depth to which you can dive with the watch.
IS MY WATCH REALLY WATER RESISTANT? The correct answer is “Yes, but…”! because water resistance doesn’t last forever. 100% of the Luminox watches leaving our factory have passed the water resistance testing. Temperature fluctuations and external influences, such as solvents, cosmetics, dust or shocks, caused by impacts or sudden movements, can fundamentally and suddenly affect water-resistance, even if the shock happens on the very first day of wearing a new watch. A watch can sustain a shock to the crown or crystal without necessarily leaving a visible mark, but the fragile parts can be damaged and the watch will no longer be water resistant. The seals and sealing systems in particular are subject to wear and tear and natural ageing, e.g. gaskets at the crystal, crown and case back. CAN A WATER RESISTANT WATCH SHOW SOME FOG INSIDE THE GLASS? Under certain circumstances condensation may form on the inside of the crystal. This is a physical phenomenon caused by the natural humidity inside the watch. Condensation can appear when the watch is exposed to sudden changes in temperature exposing the watch to hot sun and then going swimming or taking a hot shower. Fogging may occur if the inside humidity is over 50%. As long as the fog is not caused by a leak it will disappear as soon the watch is in normal temperature range again. 46
IS A WATCH, TESTED TO 200 METERS, AUTOMATICALLY A DIVING WATCH? No. A true diving watch goes through stringent tests defined by NIHS (Normes de l’Industrie Horlogère Suisse) or by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), which are much tougher than the water resistance tests for watches for normal use. This means that only watches which have passed the special tests for diving watches should be called diving watches, all other watches are purely water resistance tested watches from 1 Bar to 20 Bar/ ATM typically. Very few watches from very few
brands have passed the diving watch tests. Diving watches use screw-down crowns, a screwed in case back sealed with a robust gasket and have a thick crystal to withstand the high pressure underwater. Do not operate the watch in the water except for moving the unidirectional bezel if equipped. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NORMAL CROWN AND A SCREWDOWN CROWN? A normal crown includes one, two or even three gaskets which form a seal between the case body and the crown itself. If you use the crown for operating the watch, the gaskets will become worn and will eventually leak. Screw-down crowns have an additional gasket on the bottom of the crown which is compressed each time you screw it down creating an additional seal. Provided that the crown is screwed down properly and firmly, a screw-down crown protects the watch against leaking and against the inadvertent operation of the crown. CAN A WATER DEPTH OF LESS THAN 1 METER BE DANGEROUS FOR A WATER RESISTANT WATCH? Yes it can! A watch may not leak at 50 meters pressure but leaks when the pressure is only at 0.5 meters. This can happen if a case back screw is not tightened adequately or the crown gaskets are slightly damaged. At greater depths the pressure on the watch case increases sealing the watch tight while it remains under pressure. A watch with badly fixed case back screws could be water resistant at 20 Bar/ATM, but not at 0.1 Bar/ATM which is why all our watches are tested in a vacuum (low pressure) and at pressures of 3, 5, 10 Bar/ATM.
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