In 1993, Nick North was dispatched on a mission to find a watch. North, who was serving as the Assistant RDT&E Officer for the Navy SEALs, knew what the team needed: a dependable watch that could be used on night missions. What North found was Luminox. North and Luminox worked together on the project, developing a watch that met the needs and specifications of these elite operators. That partnership has continued over the last 20 years, with Luminox relying on the world’s toughest maritime commandos to hone and refine the watch until it was tough enough and useful enough to be used on any mission. All that work has culminated into the ANU (Authorized for Nay Use) watch series.
The watch comes in just about every combination you can imagine, from blacked out to tricked out in green, blue, orange, and even steel. Whatever option you choose, you know you’re getting a solid watch you can rely on. The frame is beyond durable, and the unidirectional bezel is made of a carbon compound that is proprietary to Luminox—CARBONOX. This compound is six times lighter than steel and three times lighter than titanium. The watch also features Luminox’s luminosity technology, which is always visible made possible by micro-gas light sources that are mounted in the hands, dial, and bezel of the watch. When you need to see what time it is, day or night, the luminous material is providing a “constant glow” that lasts for 25 years. If you’re looking for a reliable chronograph, the Navy collection includes one that operates independently of time and date, making it more efficient and accurate. And what watch bearing the Navy name and aimed at SEALs as its end user would be of any good if it wasn’t water resistant? The Luminox Navy collection is water resistant up to 200 meters. Pricing on the watches ranges from $650 to $1200. For that price you’ll be getting a watch that lives by the SEAL motto—the only easy day was yesterday.