Perhaps no watch brand today is more specifically associated with the US Navy SEALs than the Swiss company Luminox. While soldiers can typically choose their timepieces, and Casio G-Shocks are popular, Luminox has an ongoing relationship with the famous special forces. Joining the Luminox Navy SEAL collection is a new version of the rugged outdoor watch that remains tough and tactical but incorporates a flash of gold to reference the SEALs’ rank stripes and underwater demolition training insignia.
Why not a little touch of gold, as long as it doesn’t hinder the usability of a watch that should be function-first? Pragmatic it remains, with a 45mm-wide case (200m water-resistant) made of a carbon material apparently proprietary to the brand and dubbed Carbonox. Here it appears with a matte finish, and similar materials have become more popular for watch cases due to their lightweight, strong, and scratch-resistant properties. (Not that Navy SEALs or the like should be worrying about scratching their watches.)
A quartz movement is another practical choice for its accuracy, reliability and low cost. SEALs can wear expensive mechanical watches when not doing things like underwater demolition. Like many Luminox watches, the Navy SEAL 3500 Gold watch uses perpetually glowing tritium tubes on the dial for cover-of-darkness visibility. Luminox says that the watches are “officially licensed by the Department of the Navy” and that active-duty Navy SEALs had input in their creation.
Luckily, you don’t need any special training to get one. They are, however, limited to 1,618 pieces with a price of $545 each.