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Terrible watch, worse service,
This review is from: Luminox Men's 3001 Original Navy SEAL Dive Watch (Watch)
Please do yourself a favor and avoid Luminox watches at all cost.
I am a firefighter and assumed that a watch good enough for Navy Seals would meet my on the job needs as well. How wrong I was.
After less than a year I cracked the crystal by setting the watch on a plastic countertop. Apparently they are not made to handle impact of any kind. Navy Seals must be a fragile bunch.
After considerable hassle, the Luminox service center repaired the watch, but charged me an outragous $120 dollars - and it took them all of 16 weeks.
Several months later the glow-in-the-dark paint fell off of the second hand and now sits inside the watch housing, getting pushed around by the hands.
I like the look of this watch, but the quality is terrible. Even worse, it costs more to fix the frequently broken parts than it costs to buy a better watch.
Give your money to a watchmaker with a quality product who cares about its customers - Luminox is not that company.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2007 4:53:44 AM PDT
Jeffery A. Neu says:
I can only think you are abusive to your watch. I have owned a Luminox Stealth Fighter Model for 8 years. The watch has worked flawlessly during this time. The only maintenance has been replacing the battery.
I have now become interested in mechanical watches and purchased a Ball Master Engineer II Diver Watch. Ball uses the same illumination system used by Luminox. I love my Ball watch, but I still appreciate the quality product I purchased from Luminox and I would purchase another Luminox watch without hesitation.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2008 3:16:14 PM PDT
Joseph D. Hall says:
HA, ya a firefighter would be way tuffer that a SEAL.
Posted on Jan 7, 2010 9:51:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2010 9:52:03 PM PST
P. Stevens says:
Yeah these watches are junk. I brought one with me to Iraq in 2003 and six months later the crystal was broken, band snapped, and the numbers on the bezel were worn off.
Posted on Jul 31, 2010 5:57:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2010 6:00:16 PM PDT
Gerard M. Palomo says:
I have owned a couple of these watches ( I am speaking of the "basic" original Navy Seal watch - plastic case/bezel, synthetic rubber wristband and metal back held on with four tiny screws ). There is nothing wrong with the concept. There are a few problems with the execution. The very first one I purchased actually said "Navy Seals" on the face in small print just above the "200 meters" designation. This watch has a slightly smaller face and tritium markers than current iterations of this model. It is still with me, and still works fine after about five years. I confess that I don't wear it much because of minor parallax problems due to the design of the face. These minor problems were corrected in the current version. The second one I purchased was this newer style, and it has the most efficient and intelligent use of tritium that I have ever seen - big, bright markers all around with orange at 12:00 o'clock and tritium markers on the seconds-sweep and the zero-point of the rotating bezel. Problem is, this watch runs erratically. Worn on the wrist, it sometimes just stops. Not a battery problem - the watch always restarts spontaneously - but obviously not a viable working tool. Herein lies the conundrum: thse watches are definitely NOT worth the full retail price, but if you buy at a discount it will probably be from an unauthorized dealer, and Luminox won't honor the warranty. Couple this with what seems to be relatively poor quality-control, and you COULD have a big disappointment. ( Why aren't they worth full retail price? 1.see "poor quality-control, " above. 2.Well, they're plastic watches. Kind of like tough-guy "Swatch" fashion watches. If these watches cost U.S.$150 at full retail with full warranty, they'd be the world's GREATEST watches ). By the way, I LIKE the band. Thin, light, and flexible, this original rubber-like strap is just "tacky" enough to stay in place on your wrist without rotating even when loosely buckled: it is comfortable. I've put one of these straps on a mechanical diver watch of considerably greater value.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2010 5:21:38 AM PDT
I did a google search "what watches do SEALS wear" and got to a site that said - whatever the individuals want to use, and there is no "official" SEAL watch. (Same result re. knives). Apparently a lot of them and other special forces like the Casio G-Shock. I'd like to hear from some real SEALS. And I would never wear a watch or anything else that said "SEAL" - I'm a civilian and would not want to insult the warriors who put their lives on the line for us.
Posted on Dec 24, 2010 10:52:57 PM PST
F. Marandola says:
i put a bad review up here because of the same exact reasons. the crystal cracked for no apparent reason and the glow in the dark piece fell off of the second hand. what a piece of garbage!!! if it was tougher it would be a great watch though. i haven't ever seen one glow in the dark as bright.
Posted on May 4, 2011 4:15:34 AM PDT
Thank you for your review. You saved me from a lot of trouble. Will shop for a G-Shock.
Posted on Sep 26, 2011 11:40:54 AM PDT
you have to be abusing this watch a ton. I've had cheap watches last a while but are fairly sensitive. I have an expensive watch that seems to keep on chugging along and has withstand way more than other cheap ones. You might have gotten a real dud or something. There is even a stronger possibility that you just like hitting the thing with a hammer and slamming it into car doors.
PS I'm sure a Navy SEAL had to go through a heck of a lot more to get to where they are than you.
Posted on Jan 14, 2012 8:03:30 AM PST
Barry Hall says:
I agree. They are crap. Mine was losing time right out of the box. When I tried to get it fixed, Luminox wouldn't honor the warranty because I bought it on Amazon. I am telling everyone I know not to do business with them.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 8:05:41 AM PST
Barry Hall says:
Nelson. My watch was a piece of crap and all I did was wear it to go to the firing range and the gym. Also, if you have a problem as I did while the watch was under warranty, Luminox won't honor the warranty. I am telling everyone I know to avoid this company.