Luminox Recon NAV SPC And Point Man Watches Hands-On

Luminox Recon NAV SPC And Point Man Watches Hands-On

Luminox Recon NAV SPC And Point Man Watches Hands On   hands on

What you see here are two newer watches in the Luminox Recon collection, as part of their "land" family of timepieces. The Recon series watches are designed around the idea of offering special features for members of a tactical reconnaissance team. New for 2013 is the Recon NAV SPC (we debuted it here), which offers a few differences on the existing Recon Point Man. Each is a cool watch, and our favorite part is the actually (somewhat) useful tachymeter.

A lot of sport chronograph watches have tachymeter scales somewhere on the watch. These are used to measure the speed of items you see moving when you can determine the time it has taken to travel (usually) a kilometer. In real life they are rarely useful. The Recon Point Man and NAV SPC (which by the way stands for "navigation specialist") have "walking speed tachymeters." That's right, these can be used to determine how fast you are walking. Why is that useful? In most instances it is not useful at all. But imagine you are out in the field, either alone or with a squad and want to know how long it will take you to get to a specific location. Perhaps you know it is five miles away, but you need to know approximately when you'll get there.

Luminox Recon NAV SPC And Point Man Watches Hands On   hands on

Luminox Recon NAV SPC And Point Man Watches Hands On   hands on

So what you'd do with one of the Recon watches is wait until the seconds hand reaches zero, and then once it gets there, measure how long it takes (in this case) for you to walk 164 feet. You can always estimate it by walking with one foot right in front of the other. When you've traveled 164 feet, you look to see where the seconds hand is pointing on the walking speed tachymeter scale.  Note that Luminox has considered the 'world market' so there are two versions of each watch - one based on miles and another based on kilometers. These are differentiated by an "MI" or KM" at the end of the watch's reference number. Again, it isn't the most precise system, but it gives you a rough idea if you have no other instrumentation. The bottom line is that it is arguably useful. As is the ruler scale on the Recon NAV SPC's polyurethane strap. Maybe good for measuring stuff on a map? Basically this is trying to be a bit like a Swiss Army knife watch, which of course doesn't have any relation to the actual Swiss Army brand of watches (that to my knowledge, don't have straps with rulers on them).

Other features include a rotating bezel with both a 60 minute counter and navigational ring (on the Recon Point Man), and 24 hour scale on the Recon NAV SPC. Actually you also have the navigational features on the Recon NAV SPC, but on the little strap-attached compass instead. I love these, and we've seen them on watches in the past. Breitling even makes fancy digital ones that they call the "Co-Pilot." Here you have a simple magnetic compass with rotating navigational ring. In a sense it is very retro cool, and we all dig it. You can remove the compass as it can be slid on and off the strap. These come standard on all Luminox Recon NAV SPC watches.

Luminox Recon NAV SPC And Point Man Watches Hands On   hands on

9 comments
DavePinke
DavePinke

I wanted a knockaround watch to bring to some 3rd world countries that I would enjoy but not really worry about. I was in a watch shop and this one really caught my eye, I agree with the review, its really on a new level of quality of Luminox. The tritium is several cool colors, the band is really comfortable and that sapphire crystal was the icing on the cake! I love the compass too, and its removable if you think its a bit of an eyesore or don't want it on all the time. Glad I bought this watch sight unseen, and glad ABTW backed up my decision when I got home. Gotta love that!

mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Gimmicky. Very gimmicky. Any professional who considers wearing this watch is going to get an earful from his squadmates. Why? Because any professional who hones his craft as he should will already know his "pace count". Knowing that, and having a string of ranger beads on your person is enough to get you anywhere you need to go. Professionals wear G-Shocks. They are cheaper, damn near immortal, and are a wonderful example of the K.I.S.S. system. Leave the gimmicks to the schmoes who wish to look "tacti-cool".

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I see the color difference for the hour markers from 9 to 12 but I fail to see an 'orientation' difference. Oh well...

Also, a normal tachymeter scale knows neither miles or kilometers (regardless of any marking it may have). It is just speed for a given unit of distance. Shorter distances (like kilometers compared to miles) simply take less time for a given speed so the unit readout is higher as the units are shorter, etc. 

Also, it appears that 164 feet (the base distance for this watch) is roughly  50 meters. I suppose this is meant that recon teams can estimate a 50 meter distance or have counted their steps for this distance ahead of time, so they can pace off their 50 meters and then have the watch tell them their rate of speed. Kinda useful if you have that distance or pace count already in your head.

So while the base is always 50 meters on these watches, the resulting tach readout does need to be in either miles or clicks (so it makes sense to have 2 models). These are not conventional tachymeter scales.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Polycarbonate is an engineering plastic, can tolerate relatively intricate machining and is very tough.  It's not just plastic.  This isn't the same kind of plastic your milk bottles are made of.  These watches do have an unsatisfying cheap appearance though.  A little expensive for something with the looks of a beater watch.

juliennnnnnn
juliennnnnnn

It looks great! I quite like Luminox watches but I don't know if I could wear them every day...

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

Looked at these a few weeks ago liked them untill I saw the price I know they have the tritium tubes but they are still plasticky at $400 it seames a bit steep and some of the watches I looked at were $400 to $800 and they even had a $3500 auto version bring them down to swatch prices and I will have 1 or 2 for sure

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@DavePinkeAlways happy to hear when we successfully match man and watch once again. Enjoy and thanks for reading.