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Nice watch for the price,
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This review is from: Luminox Men's 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch (Watch)
I own several TAGs, Breitlings, Omega, Citizen, Torgoen, and Tissot. This is my first Luminox, and I bought it mainly for the novelty of the Tritium illumination vials - everyone should have at least one H3 watch in their collection.
All markings are *very* high contrast white. The tritium 5-minute marker vials are BLUE, the second hand marker vial is BLUE, with GREEN vials on the hour/minute hands, a GREEN vial on the 12 hour marker and a small GREEN bezel marker. The tritium illumination isn't as bright as perhaps some marketing material and pictures would make it out to be - however it is very good and certainly does the job in low light or darkness.
The watch is large which is my preference, about the same size as a TAG Formula One Grande. The bezel turns in one direction, a safety feature for divers so they cannot accidentally bump the bezel and 'add time' to their tank supply after aligning the zero to the minute hand just before diving - a one way bezel can only subtract time if you bump it. The bezel has a nice, solid ratchet feel when rotating. The numbers on the bezel are in fact countersunk/engraved, not just painted on the top surface of the bezel - so it would seem to be difficult to 'wipe or rub off' the paint as some have suggested.
The watch case, case back, and bezel are made from a polycarbonate & carbon composite material. This makes the watch light, but some may think it feels cheap. However these materials are very strong, and give the watch a low magnetic signature - important if you are working near explosives/mines (EOD) or navigating with a handheld compass. It probably makes the trip through airport metal detectors a little easier too :-) The case back has a large engraved Special Warfare insignia (aka Navy SEAL Trident, aka "The Budweiser"). The case back is secured to the case by 4 screws.
The crown seems to be plastic or perhaps composite, and it does not screw down. If the crown was a screw down, eventually users would strip the plastic screw threads. So this crown pushes in and pulls out. This could be a concern for preventing moisture entering the watch, however Luminox rates the watch good to a 200M depth. Be sure your crown is pushed in well before you take to water or even wash your hands.
The band is a typical Polyurethane strap that seems well made and offers plenty of adjustment for wrists large or small. Be careful though - I have seen these types of straps be destroyed by some bug sprays/bug lotions. The north strap has a Luminox logo molded in. The buckle is stainless steel, has a stamped Luminox logo, and has double tangs of stainless steel.
Once concern is that the strap is 23mm. This will make finding replacement straps difficult, as 23mm is not a popular size for watch straps. The AMAZON ID for the replacement strap is B001BQNWBQ or B001MV2J7S.
The mineral crystal is very clear, but it sure would be nice (and more expensive) if the watch had the harder sapphire crystal.
This is a nice knockaround watch, made better if you catch it on sale. I paid $157 direct from Amazon.
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Initial post: Jul 21, 2009 12:43:14 PM PDT
Eric Reed says:
Great review. I am looking at my watch and the numbers on my bezel are not countersunk, nor the tritium vials multicolor. More then one rendition of the watch. Unlucky me I got version 1.
Posted on Jul 8, 2011 10:28:24 AM PDT
Joel Tunnah says:
My 3051 does not have engraved/embossed bezel numbers either.
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