The history of Luminox watches
For the past twenty-five years, Luminox watches have been adopted by many elite military and law enforcement units that consider their Luminox watch as their personal standard equipment or ‘Essential Gear’. The unique Luminox lighting system guarantees continuous visibility for up to 25 years without having to push a button or expose the watch to a light source.
In 1989 Barry Cohen, a watch industry veteran and Richard Timbo partnered up to create a unique brand of watches with a self-powered illumination system. At first, the aim was to create high-performance sports watches with excellent visibility and readability in low or no light situations. But it wasn’t until 1993 when the Navy SEAls approached the brand to develop a watch especially for them that the brand became world famous.
Following the success of the Navy SEAL's watch in 1999, Luminox was approached by US Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk fighter jet for whom Luminox developed a unique watch in collaboration with aviation manufacturers Lockheed Martin.
The range of durable and ‘Always visible’ Luminox watches kept growing and reached a peak in In 2013 when Luminox launched a line of watches designed for use in space with the input from test pilots and astronauts from XCOR Space Expeditions.
Luminox watch series
The Luminox watch collection is divided into four series: LAND, SEA, AIR and SPACE.
Luminox Land watches
The analogue watches from the Recon series can also be used as simple and efficient navigation tools on the ground, making them the ideal watch for military personnel. The Field Series is a series of Day Date, Chronograph Alarm and Automatic watches with a vintage- styling and rugged appeal backed by modern functionality.
Luminox Sea watches
In 2009 the Navy SEALs approached Luminox, and the watch which was developed especially for this special ops unit was the only model to pass all their stringent tests. The ensuing collaboration resulted in A.N.U. (Authorised for Navy Use) watches for new graduates of their training program.
Luminox Air watches
The watches of the Luminox AIR series pay tribute to some of the most remarkable strategic aviation histories with aircraft-inspired details. The Air collection included models such as the F-117 Nighthawk, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II and the vintage inspired P-38 Lightning and was developed under official and exclusive worldwide license with Lockheed Martin.
Luminox Space watches
The Luminox Space watches were designed with input from test pilots and astronauts of XCOR Space Expeditions (formerly known as SXC). Starting in 2013, Luminox and XCOR have the future in sight, both committing to passenger space flights.
Brand ambassadors and collaborations
Besides collaborations with military and law enforcement organisations and XCOR Space Expeditions, Luminox has worked closely with experts such as counter-terrorism operative, underwater explorer Scott Cassell and Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan. These collaborations often result in unique or limited edition gift sets
in a special air- and watertight Luminox case with lots of extra goodies.