Today we’re reviewing the sporty Luminox 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Watch. Many of the marine watches that we’ve reviewed were designed with style in mind and so they’re classy, elegant watches. The 3051 from Luminox is a slightly different breed. It was designed for practical function, specifically with the needs of the Navy SEALs in mind. In fact, the Navy SEALs worked directly with Luminox to develop this watch for something to take on night missions. The end result is something that’s reliable and functional, and also happens to look good too.
One thing to note about this watch is that it’s not technically a diving watch. Yes, the 3051 was designed to be able to withstand marine environments and it is water resistant to 200 meters. However, scuba diving was not one of the functions the makers had in mind, which is why the crown doesn’t screw down. That being said, people have worn it scuba diving and reported that it was up to the task. If you’re looking for a sporty watch that will look great while you enjoy activities on the surface of the water, this watch would be perfect for you. If you’re feeling more adventurous though, you’ll be diving at your own risk.
Case and Build
The big, bold numbers of the Luminox 3051 really stand out and are easy to read, in part due to the large, round case. At 44mm in diameter, it might be best suited for people with larger wrists. This rugged timepiece is also toward the thicker end of what many people consider to be comfortable at 13mm high. However, it is comfortable and doesn’t feel too heavy, so the height shouldn’t necessarily be a dealbreaker.
Much of the comfort of the 3051 is owed to the material of the case and strap, which is polyurethane. Divers will be familiar with equipment of this material, but it’s not necessarily something that we see often here at The Watch Review Blog. Since this watch was designed for durability, it makes sense that the material is something that can take a beating. That said, the strap of this watch is known to break eventually, so perhaps replacing it with a rubber strap would give the same feeling of comfort and ruggedness while lasting a little longer.
Another major feature of the construction of this watch is the unidirectional bezel, which does more than just hold the mineral crystal in place with the case. Although this is not a diving watch, this is a feature that is common to diving watches that helps divers measure time. The textured edge allows for easy gripping in slippery situations and it can only turn in one direction to prevent accidents and ensure accuracy. It’s also shock resistant so you won’t have to worry about hitting the water too hard.
3051 EVO Design
The bold white Arabic numbers against the black dial of Luminox’s Navy SEAL watch are easy to read in any type of light, from the sunny deck of a boat to the murky depths of a cavern that needs exploring. One of the things that the designers of this watch had in mind was low light situations that Navy SEALs run into during night missions, so the luminosity is outstanding.
Luminox claims that their tritium luminosity accents are 100 times brighter than other luminous watches on the market, but unlike most outrageous claims, this one might actually be true. This watch doesn’t need to be exposed to light before being able to glow in the dark and it’s bright enough to read no matter how murky the depths. Another feature of this watch is that the luminosity accents are two different colors, making it even easier to read. The markers on the hour, minute, and second hands are green, as well as the markers at the 12 o’clock position and the 0 position on the unidirectional bezel. Other markers that indicate the rest of the hours are blue.
The 3051 is the Atacama Edition of this marine watch, meaning that the hands are silver, in addition to having the luminous markers. The shape of the hands is pretty unique, being a pencil shape with both a tail and a point, distinguishing it from other sporty watches. Don’t let the ruggedness of this watch fool you though, as it’s also practical with a date display at the 3 o’clock position and a small set of Arabic number indicators for the 24 hour time system.
In conclusion, there are several things about the Luminox 3051 that might scare off serious collectors, such as the quartz movement and the polyurethane material. But this watch has a lot of great features, a bold look, and was designed to be easy to read no matter the adventure you find yourself on. Perfect for explorers and watch enthusiasts alike, this watch is worth a second look.