Although many watchmakers take inspiration from the military when designing their products, Luminox is one of the few contemporary watchmakers with actual military ties. Since the company's inception in 1989, Luminox has collaborated closely with the United States Navy Seal to develop high-performance timepieces that meet the needs of today's current military troops.
While also paying tribute to their dedication, expertise, and ideals. This new black-on-black "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" Chronograph from Luminox honors the 60th anniversary of the Navy SEALs' founding by serving as a constant reminder to its wearers that the fastest and most efficient way to complete a task is to be methodical, calculated, and careful.
The new 45mm Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" Edition is made from CARBONOX, a robust carbon composite material that is six times lighter than steel, three times lighter than titanium, and both anti-allergenic and anti-magnetic.
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A toughened mineral glass crystal (550-650 Vickers) protects the face of the watch, and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a three-dimensional elapsed time scale and a bright zero marker surround the crystal on all sides. The watch is water-resistant to 200 meters thanks to its strong 316L stainless steel screw-on case back, which is engraved with the Navy SEALs' logo, and the signature crown with a double security gasket, which is protected by big crown guards.
In keeping with the watch's otherwise all-black design, the new Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" Edition features a black face with a few strategically placed pops of brilliant red. For a sleek, monochromatic look, the chronograph registers are marked in glossy black on the matte black background.
At twelve o'clock is where you'll find the Luminox logo, and at six o'clock is where you'll find the date window with the white-on-black calendar disc. Around the outside edge of the dial are smaller red marks that serve as the five-minute markers; the words "Swiss Made" and "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" are also written in red along the same arc of this minute's track.
The Navy SEAL Chronograph "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" Edition, like all other Luminox timepieces, is equipped with the company's proprietary Luminox Light Technology, which consists of tritium gas-filled tubes set into the hands and hour markers of the dial, and which will glow continuously for up to 25 years regardless of light exposure.
The tubes are not embedded into the dial's surface but rather the three-dimensional chapter ring that surrounds it. The tube for the 12 o'clock marker is positioned vertically and is created to emit an orange light instead of the usual green. To help wearers keep track of elapsed time while in the dark, the watch has tritium tubes installed in the hour and three of the sub-dial hands; the hour and sub-dial hands glow green, while the extra big tube for the minute hand glows orange.
Luminox watches are prized by collectors and enthusiasts for their sturdy construction and bright tritium gas tubes, yet they were created primarily to serve as accurate timepieces. Navy SEAL Chronograph "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" Edition is powered by Swiss quartz movement, as are the vast majority of the brand's watches.
Quartz chronographs are more accurate, more robust, and easier to repair than their mechanical counterparts, and they are generally more practical for a timepiece that may see active use in situations when reliability is of the utmost importance. The black textured rubber strap with double tang buckle of the Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" Edition is as functional as the movement it supports.
The United States Navy SEALs have played an integral role in Luminox's development as a company, and this cooperation has shaped the aesthetic of the company's timepieces. Collectors interested in the significance of the Navy's elite tactical unit to the Luminox brand may find this specific model interesting.
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