Relative to other success stories in watchmaking, Luminox’s history is brief, but since its founding in 1989, it’s very shortly become a leading purveyor of ultra-tough tool watches. It was originally founded on the principle of making super-durable, super-legible watches utilizing an innovative source of lumination at the time — tritium gas tubes — which can operate for 25 years in complete darkness, as opposed to traditional forms of illumination that need a battery or to be “charged” by the sunlight. For this reason, Luminox watches quickly caught on with law enforcement and military forces like the Navy SEALS who have used the brand’s watches as standard equipment in the decades since. But the brand’s watches aren’t just for hard-working professionals — their tough builds and legible dials are perfectly suited for outdoor excursions and everyday life, too.
Luminox Navy SEAL Steel
Luminox’s classic Navy SEAL now comes with a stealthy black coating over its rugged stainless steel case and bracelet. It also gets a bezel made from durable, yet lightweight carbon-reinforced polycarbonate that surrounds a sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating. The watch is powered by a accurate and relaible Swiss-made quartz movement, and thanks to its robust case it’s good for a 200-meter swim.
Case diameter: 45mm
Water Resistance: 200m
Luminox Carbon SEAL Limited Edition
The Carbon SEAL prioritizes comfort and a light weight, but doesn’t sacrifice durability or utility. The case and bezel protecting the quartz movement inside are made from an ultra-lightweight carbon compound, reducing weight, yet it still manages an exceptional 300-meter depth rating.
Case diameter: 46mm
Water Resistance: 300m
Scott Cassell Deep Dive Automatic
Boasting a massive 500-meter depth rating, a helium escape valve and a Swiss-made automatic movement, the Scott Cassell Deep Dive (named after the American explorer and diver) boasts all the features you’d expect on a dive watch worth more than two times its price. The stainless steel case also gets a PVD-black coating to protect it from scratches, while a crown protector ensures the watch remains in working function if subjected to any hard knocks during dives (or life, for that matter).
Case diameter: 44mm
Water Resistance: 500m