30 June 2016 18:00:00
Luminox – late at night like in the daytime
An article about remarkable "always visible technology" for dial-plates
Troops on a mission and millions of civilians around the world use Californian watches. Luminox display time in any weather condition: burning heat, damp subtropics or icy deserts. Brandshop tells you a story about unique military watches with tritium luminescence.
Ace in the hole
The brand’s history dates back to 1989. Like many other American success stories, Luminox came from a forward-thinking individual realizing a need in the market and meeting it. Barry Cohen, a watch industry veteran, came across a Swiss self-powered illumination system and knew that it would make watches more visible and easier to read in low or no light situations. He came across a Swiss company mb-microtech which specialized in production of lighting systems with stand-alone power source.
Initially, mb-microtech wanted to produce such systems for map-reading in a field conditions, exit and evacuation indicators in planes. At first, the company became interested in Barry’s offer to introduce the invention to watches. However, they declined it because there was no manufacturer at that time that saw any potential in the technology. So, Barry partnered with a friend, Richard Timbo, and Luminox was born (Lumi is Latin for light, Nox is Latin for night) driven by a commitment to offer cutting-edge luminescence and readability in its line of high-performance sports watches.
Nowadays, the majority of manufacturers solve the problem of reading watches in low or no light situations in two ways: they either paint the details with luminescent color or mount lighting system with the “push the button” mechanism which works only with a battery. Luminox watches have a permanent twenty-four-hour lighting that doesn’t depend on weather conditions.
Luminox watches are advertised to possess "always visible technology." The watch hands and markers contain tritium insets which provide long-term luminescence, as opposed to phosphorescent markers used in other watches, which must be charged by a light source. The tritium in a gaseous tritium light source undergoes beta decay, releasing electrons which cause the phosphor layer to fluoresce. During manufacture, a length of borosilicate glass tube which has had the inside surface coated with a phosphor-containing compound is filled with the radioactive tritium. The tube is then fused with a CO2 laser at the desired length. Borosilicate glass is used for its strength and resistance to breakage. In the tube, the tritium gives off a steady stream of electrons due to beta decay. These particles excite the phosphor, causing it to emit a low, steady glow.
Durability of watches and complete confidence in a permanent lighting of a dialplate gained the popularity among the militaries. Navy SEALs were searching for a more dependable watch for night missions and found the solution in Luminox. Then Luminox was approached by US Air Force pilots and developed a watch for them. For 25 years Luminox has been confirmed and validated by the many elite military and law enforcement units that have adopted Luminox as their own personal standard equipment or Essential Gear.
Luminox continues to combine cutting edge technology, forward-thinking design and extreme performance in Swiss Made timepieces. It is an ideal accessory for the militaries and civilians.
LuminoxMen's wrist watch Recon XL.8841.KM.SET Black
LuminoxMen's wrist watch Field XL.1927 Brown/Beige
LuminoxMen's wrist watch Field XL.1925 Beige
LuminoxMen's wrist watch Navy Seal XS.3152.BO.NV Black
LuminoxMen's wrist watch Evo XS.3151.NV Black/White
LuminoxMen's wrist watch Evo A.8815 Black/Red
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