For more than 25 years, Swiss Made Luminox has been trusted and requested by many elite military, Special Forces and law enforcement units that have used Luminox as their own personal standard equipment or ‘Essential Gear’. The watches feature a unique self-powered illumination system, the Luminox Light Technology (LLT), that offers luminescence and readability of the watch.
Luminox is also one of the biggest volume producers of carbon compound watches in the world, allowing our watches to be both tough and lightweight. This is what makes our watches an Essential Gear and why the United States Navy SEALs, Special Forces and law enforcement units have chosen Luminox. Always Visible, tough, powerful, and accurate, Swiss-Made Luminox is the ultimate night vision gear.
Luminox Light Technology (LLTs)
All Luminox watches feature a self-powered illumination system employing tiny micro gas light sources. This Swiss technology guarantees unsurpassed ability to read the time in little to no lighting conditions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each watch has micro light tubes mounted on the hands, dial and, when necessary, also on the bezel.
This technology does not depend on an external power or light source to ‘charge’ the light tubes, nor do Luminox watches require the push of a button to light up as do watches with electroluminescence.
Luminox uses an innovative carbon compound material - CARBONOX™ - for its ultra-lightweight watches, favoured by elite professionals and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
With CARBONOX™, Luminox creates high-tech timepieces with a very rigid and hard finished watch case that takes ruggedness and durability to a whole new level. Luminox has a long history with CARBONOX™, using this material for its watch cases, and some bracelets since 2006.
Today consumers are familiar with carbon in a variety of goods and equipment where it is used as a lightweight alternative to materials such as aluminium.
Carbon materials are regularly used in high tech industries such as construction, automotive racing, and aerospace. CARBONOX™ was inspired by professionals around the world who choose carbon because of its perfect combination of strength and durability.
CARBONOX™ is the trademark of Luminox.
Luminox announced its historic partnership with Bear Grylls, the world’s most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure and is rolling out the full Luminox X Bear Grylls collection.
All these watches have features exclusively specified by Bear Grylls to make them useful to him and other adventurers. The Bear Grylls Collection consists of watches for every Luminox environment – Sea, Air and Land. Of course, all the models feature Luminox LLT technology so that the watch is visible in any lighting conditions.
Officially Licensed by the Department of the Navy.
Created with input from U.S. Navy SEALs.
The Navy SEALs are America’s premiere defenders, willing to go to any lengths to preserve freedom. For many years, Luminox has been supplying to the SEALs and supporting their missions by developing the highest quality timepieces built to withstand the rigors these warriors put them through.
Luminox is honoured to be selected to design and supply watches for one of the most elite and respected Special Forces in the world.
Our watches have been valued and worn by maritime experts all over the world for ore than thirty years. Their robust construction, their water-resistance, and their energy-independent illumination system make them the perfect companion for both outdoor activities and everyday life.
Luminox watches are built for all the adventures and activities of your life and are often tested by the toughest elite forces on the globe. Professionals such as the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) and military forces across the world rely on our Luminox Light Technology. When time is of the essence, Luminox watches are the perfect companion, thanks to their perfect visibility in all conditions.
Take to the skies with our AIR Series. With their characteristics, such as high durability and extreme illumination power, thanks to our Luminox Light Technology (LLT) every-independent illumination system, these watches are the perfect companion for your next adventure. The series has its origins in our partnerships with renowned fighter aircraft manufacturer ‘Lockheed Martin’, which still operates today.
1989 Luminox (Lumi is latin for light while Nox is Latin for night) was born in 1989, driven by a commitment to offer cutting-edge luminescence and readability in its line of high-performance sports watches.
Since then, we refer to the illumination technology in the Luminox watches as the Luminox Light Technology (LLT).
1992 The Assistant Officer in Charge (AOIC) for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E), West Coast, Nick North, together with the Luminox founder, Barry Cohen, worked to develop a watch specifically for the Navy SEALs and the Navy SEAL watch was born.
1994 After Luminox provided the watches to the SEALs, more elite units contacted the brand directly, including the U.S. Coast Guard, New York City Police Department, Singapore Air Force, Special Military Forces Israel and many other law enforcement groups.
1998 Luminox was approached by U.S. Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk™ Stealth fighter jet. This initial contact turned into a worldwide license agreement to produce Lockheed Martin timepieces.
2002 The U.S. Bobsleigh and Skeleton Teams win six medals during the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. The teams wore co-branded Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark watches 3001 and 3957.
2003 Luminox opens its first mono-brand store in Tokyo. Luminox now has four mono-brand stores in Japan.
2005 Luminox creates the first Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird™ Limited Edition timepieces.
2007 Launch of the Navy SEAL Colormark 3051 Series — the evolution of the original Navy SEAL timepieces — soon to become the best-selling series of Luminox watches.
2008 Luminox expands its presence globally to more than 50 countries and becomes a truly global brand.
2009 Luminox partners with counter terrorism expert and undersea explorer Scott Cassell. Cassell is a dive professional and relies on Luminox watches as part of his essential diving gear.
2010 Luminox is proud to introduce its 50 bar (500 meter / 1500 feet) Deep Dive Automatic Series — Essential Gear for serious divers and a certified watch for use by professionals — complying with the strict and extremely high standards of ISO 6425 for diving watches.
2011 Launch of the first Luminox RECON series with the Point Man 8820.
2015 Luminox initiates the Luminox Special Operations Challenge (LSOC): honoring its heritage, Luminox partners with retired Navy SEALs to offer civilians the chance to train like a Navy SEAL for a day.
2017 New Swiss-Made law: The new Swiss-Made law came into effect as of January 2017 and all Luminox Watches continue to fulfil the new Swiss-Made regulations.
2018 Luminox named Official Partner of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR). To celebrate and commemorate this partnership, Luminox has created a special ICE-SAR Arctic Series.
2020 Luminox announced its historic partnership with Bear Grylls, the world's most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure and is rolling out the full Luminox X Bear Grylls collection.
In partnership with Bear Grylls and #tide, Luminox launches its first sustainable watch where the case, bezel and strap are made from 100% recycled ocean waste plastic.
2021 Luminox continues offering appealing watches to all outdoor adventurers!