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Luminox #1827 Men's 42mm Field Day Date - 1800 Series Watch
Luminox Tech: All Luminox watches must undergo additional manufacturing steps that other watches do not require. The Luminox self-powered illumination system must be installed into each and every watch. It is a costly and time consuming endeavor but it is what makes Luminox watches special. It is our raison d'être. Each watch employs tiny self-powered micro gas lights developed by the world leader in the luminous compound industry. These micro gas lights (borosilicate glass capsules) are installed into the hands, hour markers, and when necessary, bezels of our watches. Luminox watches need no external light source to "charge" the paint on the dial or hands in order to glow as do conventional luminous watches. Nor do they require the push of a button to light the dial as do watches with electroluminescence. The U.S. military has long recognized the advantages of micro gas light sources and their use is specified in procurement specification MIL-W-46374F. Our self-powered illumination-Luminox Light Technology (LLT) allows one to view time-at-a-glance, no matter what the light level, even in complete darkness. This ease of being able to read time effortlessly seems to fill a need for various military and law enforcement groups. It is why the U.S. Navy SEALs Procurement officers came to us asking us to create dive watches for them for night missions. It is also why U.S. Air Force pilots flying the F-117 NighthawkTM Stealth Jets asked the same of us. These are only two of many groups of "heroes" that truly understand and appreciate the inherent benefit of wearing a Luminox timepiece.
Precise Swiss Quartz Movement
Solid Stainless 316L Stainless Steel Case with Genuine Black Leather Strap
Anti Reflective Coated Sapphire Crystal, Day/Date Display, Tritium Luminous Hands and Markers
Case Size: 42mm Diameter, 13mm Thickness, Screw Down Crown and Case Back
Swiss Made, Water Resistant - 100M
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41 of 43 found the following review helpful:
A Watch for All SeasonsJul 28, 2010
I spent a considerable amount of time studying watches before making a purchase, because I really knew nothing about them. I discovered that, up to a certain rather lofty price point (two or three grand or even more), many watches use the same exact movements, with the main differences in the watch being the style and execution. Oh, and the brand name. That'll jack up the price, irrespective of the inherent quality. So, after all was said and done (and after realizing that what I really wanted was a Zenith "El Primero" -- oh yeah!), I was at least able to come up with a criteria for a watch that I might be able to afford.
I did not want to spend more than $1000. I wanted a relatively clean, uncluttered face. So many watches are so busy looking that you cannot simply glance at them and tell the time! The watch had to be Swiss made. Whether it was a quartz or mechanical movement mattered not to me, since both have their + and - aspects. It also had to have a sapphire crystal, and be able to withstand constant immersion in the ocean, since I live in Hawaii. And, I came to want a watch with tritium markers, after realizing that a watch that you can't see in all lighting conditions is pretty worthless and that even "superluminova" only lasts for so long.
When all was said and done, I settled on this watch. I uploaded a few pics, so as you can see I changed the stock brown leather band to a black silicone sport watchband by Toscana that has a Rolex "Oyster" style design and an extra heavy-duty 6.00mm thick band. I think it matches up with the black markers on the face quite nicely, and the thickness goes well with this rather thick timepiece.
As to the watch itself, it is really an eye catcher. I think it's the best looking watch Luminox makes, hands down. I looked at so many straight ahead dive watches from different makers. I came to hate the sameness in all of their looks. Perhaps functional, but kinda ugly. And many dressier-style watches were simply unsuitable for the kind of use/abuse to which I will subject a watch. This Luminox fits the bill for me in all respects, especially with its 200m water resistance. It has a screw-down crown, which is essential for real ocean use. And, its 200m rating should be sufficient for swimming, snorkeling, bodyboarding, etc. Plus it's nice and big, but not too big, and the numbers are easy to see at a glance.
This is a bargain at the price. I recommend it.
33 of 34 found the following review helpful:
Luminox Video Review with Night ViewNov 13, 2010
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R215XVLKY882X8 Luminox Field 42mm 1827 Ivory Dial Brown Leather Mens Watch
I've spent years trying to find the perfect watch. I'm a Marine so I've been through the Timex, all the G-shocks, and even a Victorinox Automatic. All of these pale in comparison to the Luminox 1827 Field Watch. It's got a rugged thick case, screw-down crown, and good down to 200 meters. But best of all is the tritium dial. I travel through a lot of time zones and I'm always checking my watch at night to make sure I haven't overslept. With the other watches, that would quickly run down the battery or I'd have to fumble for a light switch because the illumination had faded after an hour or so. But this baby shines like an angel from heaven! And the tritium has a 25 year warranty. Don't waste your time on another watch. Buy this one and you can sleep at night knowing your Luminox is shining bright.
16 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Overall pleased, but...Jul 08, 2010
By Deekin Scalesinger
I am by no means an expert - I only just got into watches, and this is the most expensive one I own (thus far!) With that said, I am overall very pleased with the 1827, expect for two small issues noted below.
First and foremost, it is a handsome watch. My wardrobe style is classy and understated, and this watch fits the bill perfectly. A very easy to read face, cream background, simple date/time format...this watch epitomizes refined masculinity.
The watch band is rugged looking, but finished well. The stitching is clean and shows care in it's assembly. The buckle has two teeth instead of one - likely due to the fact that the leather used for the band is heavy, and would likely put strain on a single tooth. Also the buckle has a roller - nice touch! It makes it so much easier to adjust the band.
The illumination is easy to see at night. I like that the 12 o'clock position is an offset color (hazmat orange) than the rest of the illuminations (radioactive green). Speaking of which, I love that fact that I am wearing a teeny tiny bit of fissionable material on my person. Maybe it is all of those sessions playing Fallout 3, but there is something very cool about wearing a true atomic age watch, IMO.
Now to the two reasons I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5. Firstly, others have said it, but this watch is big! Hella big. It is thicker than my iPad - I measured it at approximately .5 inches. Not a lot when you are talking about most things, but you can definitely realize the difference between this one and the thin Seiko dress watches I sometime sport to functions. I knew that going into the transaction and can't fault Luminox, but I guess I was still surprised at the heft and girth of the watch.
The second point though, I can blame Luminox for. The second hand falls in between the watch ticks, which annoys the heck out of me. Why the watch was allowed to ship like this means either their manufacturing or the QA department missed a beat with this particular watch. I called their service center to reports this and the woman did not seem surprised - she told me the face could be aligned, but it would take approximately 14 business days to complete this from when they received it. I'm going to hold off on sending it until I see how much it is retail to align the face locally - I'd hate to wait close to a month for this to be fixed.
Overall I am extremely impressed and happy with this purchased. The minor alignment issue aside, It appears to my untrained eye that Luminox put a lot of care into the product. Would I buy again? You bet!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Great looking military style watch !Apr 21, 2010
By JT in ChiTown
The luminox 1827 is a great looking old school style military watch ! The brown band looks smart and can be worn to work or just kicking around. The price is right too for a quality swiss watch that keeps impeccable time.
The big face is expected but as the other reviewer points out this watch is also "thick"...meaning it sits a little high; which does take some getting used to. Also because of its size it tends to want to lean to one side vs. sitting perfectly flat on the top part of your wrist.
Its quartz run and not automatic so collectors may shy away but its a great watch overall. The Day and Date feature will take a few days to get set properly. On mine the bezzle took a few tries to get it to line up with the screw....I write that off to new, sharp metal but it eventually wears in like all good things.
I particularly like this model over say the 37 or 47 because it is less busy on the dial which makes it look sharper, cleaner to the eye.
Worth having in your collection....its a great everyday watch, expecially at these prices !
9 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Very Thick Case!Mar 12, 2010
By John H.
Having owned other Luminox watches, I was anxious to acquire this model. I had purchased the ladies model for my wife a few years ago, and it was not particularly bulky. I was looking for a lower profile watch, I should have looked at the specs more closely. It has a very thick case. Other than that, it is a fine looking watch, ruggedly built, typical Luminox quality. It's a keeper.
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