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I've been thinking about getting a Luminox watch perhaps one of the "blackout" models but my research has turned up a lot of negative reviews. Granted some people have ended up with fakes or bought from dubious resellers so that may account for most of the problems. Unfortunately there are no local Luminox dealers or any remotely close to me so I will be buying on the intrnet.
Looking to spend up to $500.00 so I would really appreciate owners thoughts on these.
Thanks.


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Get a good Seiko watch, and save some money, I have a 30 + year old divers watch, still going strong.


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Contact David Truong. I bought mine from him a few years ago. I wear it daily.




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I have a 3051 Blackout I purchased from Mr. David Truong 3 years ago and have been very happy with it. I'm on my second band, but I like the black rubber band so I bought another one. It's very light and I can tell time in the pitch dark without glasses on. I highly recommend you correspond with David and have him send you one for your approval.



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+2 on contact David Truong, I also bought one from him a few years ago. Love mine.


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David Truong for the win.

If you are retired or active military, you can contact Luminox directly for possible mil discount.

Do not buy from on line "Amazon", etc.




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David Truong is absolutely awesome to work with. I have had absolutely zero issues with my luminox watch that is now about 2 1/2 years old.


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I bought one from a Navy Exchange last year.

I don’t like fabric bands for watches that get wet, so I picked up a black rubber band shortly thereafter. The band is flexible, but thick and tends to stick out at an angle if the keepers aren’t positioned just right near the end, and then it tends to get away from them.

That’s a minor irritant and nothing compared with the fact that if the watch is exposed to extreme temperature changes, and especially if exposed to direct sunlight, condensation forms on the inner surface of the crystal. The first time it happened I was somewhat alarmed and immediately looked into warranty service. As it turns out, however, the phenomenon is mentioned in the owners’ manual and is described as being perfectly normal(!). As I remarked here before, I guess the Navy SEALs who supposedly endorse Luminox watches don’t ever expose them to temperature changes, such as getting in and out of cold water—or perhaps being actually able to see the face and hands clearly isn’t a big deal for them. The last time it happened the condensation didn’t dissipate for nearly a day.

On the other hand, I wanted a watch that was both easy to read in the dark without turning on a light and without having an excessively bright signature. From that standpoint the watch is perfect. The tritium dial and hands markers are “on” all the time, readily visible under low light conditions, and don’t light up the neighborhood.

Would I buy one again? Probably not, but I’d be disappointed if I couldn’t find a substitute that was as easy to read in the dark.




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My only experience with Luminox was owning one of their military field style watches several years ago, not one of their diving/SEAL watches (no bezel). It worked fine until it stopped working. I thought the battery died, so I took it to a jewelry/watch store to have it replaced. Turned out that somehow the hands started rubbing together, eventually seizing up due to friction. Apparently it doesn't take a licking and keeps on ticking. Rather than send it in for warranty service I just had the shop fix it. It worked fine for a while, then it started having issues again. I gave up on it. I switched to a Timex Expedition, which worked very well for a number of years, until I switched to my current watch, a Casio G-Shock. I have no interest in purchasing another Luminox watch after that.



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I had two that fell apart in just a couple of years. Both failed to last two years of everyday use.

Just junk.

My Seikos lasted much longer.
 
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I learned after some research that there are copies/fraud Luminox watches on th market. That is why I went through David, he is an authorized dealer and his come direct from Luminox.




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Luminox watches are pure hunks of freaking junk. Too expensive and they fall apart. Seriously they are a joke. I have owned 4 of them and they were the real deal not fake. To be honest, a fake one might hold up better. Seriously if you are even a little hard on watches stay away fro Luminox. Get a Marathon T-SAR instead, or a G-shock.


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I bought a Luminox field watch 14 years ago. I replaced the battery about 7 years ago, and now need to replace it again. The clasp is worn but still latches.

I'd buy same again if I needed a new watch.
 
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Not impressed with them in the least, of the 2 I've had, neither would keep proper time. Learned my lesson the hard way.


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I've got a 16 yr old model. Metal case sapphire crystal, metal and rubber bracelets. One trip to the mothership for battery and cleaning under warranty. Last fall I put another battery in it.

It never comes off my wrist, I don't abuse it, but it lives a blue collar life. Still looks great, still keeps time just fine.


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I have a sapphire crystal, field watch. Lightweight and pretty much bullet proof. Have beat it up, been in salt water at least twice a week. Just works. Not very expensive but more than their cheaper ones.





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Contact David Truong. I bought mine from him a few years ago. I wear it daily.


+1. David is a great person to deal with.



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Google search of David Truong doesn't turn up much about watches. Is there a company name?
 
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Google search of David Truong doesn't turn up much about watches. Is there a company name?


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I've owned the Luminox 3051BO and the Luminox Model A.6251.BO. Both were good watches. Purchased mine from World of Watches several years ago. (They are now out of business though.)

Just sold both of them (along with some other watches) after acquiring my Submariner.

My wife wears the Luminox Women's A.7065 "Colormark" Black/Pink Dial one.


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