Pros:Luminox Light Technology can be seen from outer space!
Cons:Navy Seals 'Mil-Spec' watch my @$$! Allergic to water:-(
The Bottom Line: Nice watch for the ballet or theater. Many (as I did) will get suckered by the questionable Navy Seal hype. Sorry Luminox, your watches aren't worthy of the Seals:-(
I've owned two of these Luminox Original Navy Seal watches, purchased from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and Amazon. My thinking was that if they were good enough for Navy Seals, they were good enough for me, a retired military man of mystery and now active civilian desk jockey. I was attracted by the Luminox Light Technology, so-called mil specs and supposed durability & ruggedness.
Recommend this product?
The first watch worked great until its first ever visit to the Virginia Beach surf! Water had gotten inside the crystal:-( It was out of warranty but I continued to use it as is (out of water). I contacted the manufacturer hoping that my defective out of warranty watch would be replaced but no dice;-) Even so, when it came time for replacement, I bought another exactly like it, this time from Amazon. I figured I probably somehow contributed to the first watches untimely demise and I really liked the watch otherwise!
The second watch also lasted a little over a year before the same thing happened, again the first time it was exposed to the Va. Beach surf! Now, I'm slow but I eventually catch on. The Va. Beach surf is hell on these Luminox watches!
In hindsight, I don't believe the U.S. Navy Seals actually use these watches under operational or training conditions. The water resistance (or lack thereof) issue would be a serious limiting factor. Maybe they use them when they trek to the Base movie theaters. The Luminox Light Technology works great for illuminating passageways for the pogie bait runs and emergency head calls:-)
If you're looking for rugged mil-spec commercial hardware that the military actually uses, buy a Force Protection Industries CAT II Cougar MRAP vehicle, or maybe a Maxvision MaxPac computer workstation or a Polaris MV7 ATV, but forget the overpriced Navy Seal hardware wannabe Luminox movie theater watches:-)
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