While many brands enjoy making military-inspired timepieces, Luminox is one of the few watch companies that has a true military affiliation in the modern era. Founded in 1989, Luminox has worked directly with US Navy SEALs since the brand’s early days to create purpose-built watches that meet the demanding needs of active duty military personnel, while respecting their work ethic, skills and core values. .
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Navy SEALs, Luminox has released the latest edition of the “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” chronograph, which takes the famous mantra of the Navy SEAL teams and presents it in all black. format to serve as a constant reminder to its owners that the fastest and most efficient way to get a job done is to be methodical, calculated, and careful while doing it.
The new Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph case “Slow is, Smooth is Fast” edition measures 45mm in diameter and is crafted from Carbonox, Luminox’s durable carbon composite material that is six times lighter than steel and 3 times lighter than titanium. and both anti-allergenic and anti-magnetic. Sitting atop the case is a hardened mineral glass crystal (550-650 Vickers) surrounded by a unidirectional rotating bezel that features a three-dimensional elapsed time scale and a luminous marking at the zero marker. Protected by large crown guards, the crown is signed by a double security rubber strap, which works with a solid 316L stainless steel screw-on caseback adorned with the Navy Seals logo to help provide the watch with 200 meters of water resistance.
The dial of the new Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” edition follows the mostly black profile of the watch except for a few small, bright red accents. The matte-black surface features slightly recessed rings for its chronograph registers, which feature gloss black markings for an all-black, tone-on-tone presentation. The Luminox logo sits at the 12 o’clock position, while the date window faces it with a white-on-black calendar disc at the 6 o’clock position on the dial. Small red markers line the edge of the dial to indicate the five-minute markers, while the “Swiss Made” signature and the words “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” also appear in red lettering on the same arc as these minutes. Track.
Like all Luminox watches, the Navy SEAL Chronograph “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” edition features the brand’s signature Luminox light technology, consisting of tritium gas-filled tubes embedded in the dial that glow. continuously for up to 25 years, regardless of whether they have received any light exposure or not. Apart from the dial surface itself, the tubes are set horizontally in a three-dimensional chapter ring that frames its perimeter, while the tube for the 12 o’clock marker is set vertically and glows orange rather than green. Released by its siblings. Similarly, while the hour hand and triad hands receive green-luminous tritium tubes for the sub-dials, an extra-large tube for the minute hand glows orange, as well as helping the luminescent markings on the outer rotating bezel. Users track elapsed time while in dark environments.
While Luminox watches are enjoyed by many collectors and enthusiasts for their robust designs and glowing tritium gas tubes, they are designed first and foremost as functional timekeeping tools. Although the brand makes a few mechanical watches, most of its offerings are powered by Swiss quartz movements, and the same is true of the Navy SEAL Chronograph “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” edition. Although they are undeniably less interesting than their mechanical counterparts from a horological point of view, quartz chronographs are more accurate, more durable, easier to maintain and more practical for a timepiece that sees active use in situations where reliability is of utmost importance. . Like the option in the movement, the strap for the Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast” edition emphasizes practicality and is made of black textured rubber with a double tang buckle for added durability.
Luminox’s history as a company is inseparable from that of the United States Navy SEALs, and the long-standing partnership has informed much of the design language seen across the brand’s various watches. While this particular model may not resonate with those without a personal connection to the Navy SEALs, other collectors may be drawn to the Luminox brand and its history as the Navy’s elite tactical team. At official retail price $595 USD, the Luminox Navy Seal Chronograph “Slow is, Smooth is Fast” edition is almost guaranteed not to be a permanent fixture in the brand’s catalog in the long run; However, this isn’t a limited edition, where you’ll either have to scramble to secure an example or be forced to turn to the secondary market. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.