Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

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Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

Post by aztecknight on 2013-01-06, 00:05

I've always wanted to try out tritium tubes, but Ball watches don't seem to do it for me and didn't want to spend the dough just to experiment. I found a really good deal on a Luminox and figured it could make for a great beater watch and I could try tritium on the cheap from a reputable company. This one I have seen referred to both Black Ops and the Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary.

Specifications

Article number: A.8815
Serie: BLACK OPS CARBON 8800 SERIES
Family: Land
Function: TimeDate
Movement (technology): Quartz
Size of case diameter (mm): 45.00
Case material: Carbon reinforced PC
Case Bezel: Rotating 1-Way Diver
Case Back: Caseback with Screws
Crown: Double-Security Gasket
Crystal/Glass material: Hardened Mineral
Water resistance (m/ft/atm): 200 / 600 / 20
Strap/Bracelet material: Rubber / Silicone / PU
Illumination: Night Vision Tubes (25 years)


This is a very light watch. Carbon reiforced polycarbonate case and bezel. The strap is some comination of rubber, silicone, and polyurethane according to the specs, all I know is that it's pretty comfortable. It has a 60 click bezel that clicks with authority and no play. The best part of course is the tritium. I was pleasantly surprised by the brightness and am convinced that this would pass the conjurer quick glance in a dark car test. In complete darkness this thing is very bright. I usually hate waking up in the middle of the night, but when this is on the dresser, I get a little pleasure looking at the tritium glowing. The tritium tubes are green, except for the 12 O'clock marker which is orange.





Here's a close up of the pip which also has a tritium tube on it. The fact that its 200M WR is nice and I was surprised that it doesn't have a screw down crown.




I like the color combination, and it's a nice size, definitely doesn't look like 45mm. I'm sure the weight and the fact that the bezel is big play a role in it feeling/looking smaller. I only wish the mineral crystal on this one had a little more AR on it, but it isn't bad.






Get to the point

Pros: It's Swiss Made, Light, Tough, Tritium, Price
Cons: I'll try to come up with some

I haven't been able to take a pick of the tritium with my phone, as soon
as I get a good one, I'll post her up. All in all, I think it's a great deal. Thanks for looking.

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Re: Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

Post by mrneddles on 2013-01-06, 00:28

Thanks for the write up! Small point, but why isn't the buckle ip black to better match the case?

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Re: Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

Post by AJC on 2013-01-06, 10:03

Nice pictures and review! I didn't know Luminox was so detailed.

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Re: Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

Post by Mortuus on 2013-01-06, 16:39

Good write-up & pix, AK; been looking at this one for a while, so I appreciate the review. That is a bit odd about the whole buckle vs case color issue, but that wouldn't necessarily be a show-stopper for me...

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Post by eddiea on 2013-01-06, 19:54

Like it ...nice , can't warm up to Ball either.

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Re: Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

Post by aztecknight on 2013-01-06, 20:11

mrneddles wrote:Thanks for the write up! Small point, but why isn't the buckle ip black to better match the case?

Good point. Not really sure why, but I suspect its cheaper for Luminox this way. Not a big deal, but it would complete the package better.

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Re: Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

Post by Ocean on 2013-01-06, 20:51

Great write up, thanks. As for the buckle it might not be an oversight, I have had IP watches that the first and only place I scratch is the buckle. With SS it would be less noticeable and therefore would be better overall for me.

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Re: Luminox Black Ops/Navy SEAL 20th Anniversary

Post by aztecknight on 2013-01-08, 12:07

Ocean wrote:Great write up, thanks. As for the buckle it might not be an oversight, I have had IP watches that the first and only place I scratch is the buckle. With SS it would be less noticeable and therefore would be better overall for me.

Didn't consider this point of view. Makes sense.

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