When it comes to technology you have to admit that the United States is a world leader. Driven by innovation not imitation, the US has the capability to explore every corner of the world to add value and market their product.
Luminox watches are one classic example. Founded in 1989 in California, Luminox watches are Swiss-made and what makes them so unique is the cutting-edge luminescence and readability installed into each and every watch. It is a costly and time-consuming process that makes Luminox watches shine above all others.
Luminox is held in such high esteem that the watches are used by the US Coast Guard, US Air Force, United States Navy SEALs, and a variety of other special forces, professional divers and EMS teams worldwide.
Like many other American success stories, Luminox came from a forward-thinking 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.
In fact the name Luminox comes from Latin: lumi for light and nox for night.
Luminox watches are advertised to possess “always visible technology” and glow up to 25 years in any light condition. The watch hands and markers contain tritium insets which provide the long-term luminescence, as opposed to phosphorescent markers used in other watches, which must be charged by a light source.
The process for achieving Luminox’s legendary luminescence is quite complicated. Anyway, here goes: tritium in a gaseous tritium light source undergoes beta decay, releasing electrons which cause the phosphor layer to fluoresce. During manufacture, a length of borosilicate glass tube which has had the inside surface coated with a phosphor-containing compound is filled with the radioactive tritium. The tube is then fused with a CO2 laser at the desired length. Borosilicate glass is used for its strength and resistance to breakage. In the tube, the tritium gives off a steady stream of electrons due to beta decay. These particles excite the phosphor, causing it to emit a low, steady glow.
Luminox markets its range watches across four different categories: sea, air, land and yes – even in the darkest of environments – space.
LUMINOX: SEA COLLECTION
The Luminox Navy SEAL watch is the timepiece that made Luminox famous. In 1993, the Assistant Research and Development Officer 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 Luminox’s founder Barry Cohen to develop a watch specifically for the US Navy Seals and a revolution was born.
Divers will be interested in the Scott Cassell “deep dive” range of watches. Scott Cassell is an expert counter-terrorism operative and a consummate undersea explorer who embraces danger and relies on Luminox timepieces as part of his essential gear.
LUMINOX: AIR COLLECTION
As the Navy SEAL watch gained a serious reputation, Luminox was approached by US Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk fighter jet. Luminox developed a watch for these pilots and then contacted Lockheed Martin, which turned into an exclusive arrangement to produce Lockheed Martin timepieces.
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 Nighthawk, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, the vintage inspired P-38 Lightning and the Limited Edition SR-71 Blackbird.
LUMINOX: LAND COLLECTION
The Luminox LAND collection is a series of timepieces perfected for professionals in military and law enforcement. They have been developed with and supplied to professionals around the world in military, law enforcement, SWAT teams, border patrols and more.
As part of the collection, 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.
The Field Series in Day Date, Chronograph Alarm and Automatic movements update the very traditional Field watch category with vintage-inspired styling, rugged appeal and modern functionality.
Also in its LAND series is some serious motor racing pedigree. Since 2008 Luminox has partnered with Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan to bring his signature watch series to his devoted fan base. In collaboration, they have produced five successful Limited Edition series charting TK’s racing career, including the Ultra-Light PC Carbon Chronographs.
LUMINOX: SPACE COLLECTION
From sea, air and land, Luminox was keen to explore the deepest dark depths of space. Their opportunity came through the XCOR Space Expeditions (formerly known as SXC), a venture committed to making passenger space flights possible.
According to Luminox founder Barry Cohen: “We are now entering the era of the privatization of space travel and XCOR is enabling the common man and woman to experience something never possible before – being in space.”
In 2013 Luminox launched a line of signature watches Made for Space and designed with the input from test pilots and astronauts from XCOR Space Expeditions. The Luminox Space watches will be worn by both the astronauts and passengers.
Can’t see yourself adventuring in to outer-space? Well at least you can now wear the watch and enjoy some inner-space. The watch will be visible under your bedsheets.