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Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On

Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For the past 30 years, Luminox has been producing products based around its core mission to create rugged, relentless Swiss watches infused with an American aesthetic. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Luminox has released the Luminox Sport Timer 0900 Series 30th Anniversary Limited Edition. One of the most immeidately noticeable things about the brand is the incredibly accessible price point, which is itself an important part of the Luminox philosophy. Smart design decisions are made in every phase of creation to ensure a very strong cost/quality ratio.

Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The durability of Luminox watches has made them a favorite among Navy SEALs, law enforcement officers, first responders, and military personnel all around the world. The emphasis on high legibility in all conditions, using Luminox Light Technology (LLT), a self-powered illumination system that utilizes tiny micro triteum gas light tubes to create ultimate visibility in complete darkness, under any conditions (as is the case with the Luminox Sport Timer 0900 Series 30th Anniversary Limited Edition), makes these highly functional tools great companions for those facing life-or-death situations.

Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The new Limited Edition Luminox Sport Timer (left) alongside an older generation

The design of this timepiece has its roots in the Luminox Sport Timer 1540 Series but has been tweaked to ensure that the newest member of the Luminox family benefits from all of the advancements in manufacturing that the company has made throughout its existence. Above you can see a side-by-side of the newer model next to its ancestor (a well worn and loved model, I might add). The most obvious changes are the removal of the date window, a new bezel pip, and less text on the dial — all decisions watch design sticklers will appreciate.

Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Luminox Sport Timer 0900 Series 30th Anniversary Limited Edition will be limited to 730 pieces. While on the surface this seems like an odd limitation number, Luminox has been kind enough to explain its reasoning: Simply, the “7” is because Luminox was founded in the month of July, while the “30” is to commemorate the fact that 1989 was 30 years ago. So it’s basically celebrating the fact that there have been 30 Julys since the company’s founding. And I thought I didn’t need much of an excuse to have a party…

Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

In reality, the limitation was probably chosen because Luminox believes that’s about the right level of market demand for what is a typically solid, if somewhat subdued, limited edition. As expected, the watch has all the regular traits of a Luminox timepiece. With 200 meters of water resistance, a Ronda quartz movement, and an anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the watch is strong, reliable, and perfectly able to take a beating. Another nice touch for increased scratch-resistance is the use of ceramic in the rotating bezel.

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Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Case back photo by Luminox

Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Luminox Sport Timer 0900 Series 30th Anniversary Limited Edition is 42mm-wide and made from 316L stainless steel, has a screw-down crown, a closed caseback engraved with the Luminox star, 1989-2019, the limitation number, and “Invented in the USA. Swiss Made.” The watch is delivered with both a brown NATO-style strap and a stainless steel bracelet.

Luminox Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 Limited-Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

And improving the quality of the timepieces is not all the brand has been focused on. Luminox is also attempting to remodel its customer experience to ensure the company is built for the ever-advancing digital age. As a result, this watch will be sold primarily online. It was officially released on July 4th and is currently being advertised on the brand’s official Instagram page, its Facebook page, and across other social media platforms. You can also reserve your model on the brand’s official (U.S.) website. But be quick! With just 730 units available and priced at an accessible $945, this model will not be around for long. Learn more at luminox.com.

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  • The ‘Impact’ font used for the numbers cause a bad legibility.
    I expected more brightness in the dark for a brand called Luminox!
    And finally this quartz at $945…as Raymond would say: ‘not my cup of tea’.

  • Ron Crocker

    Let’s see… an “incredibly accessible price point”. A complication (date window) has been removed and it’s a quartz watch @ $945… are you serious?

    • Larry Holmack

      I agree…I just figured they were trying to imitate Invicta’s MSRP’s…list its retail near $1000 and sell them for $269.95!

    • A price can be accessible without it being one you’d be happy to pay.

  • SuperStrapper

    The handset on the older model is nicer. The new one is likely brighter, but looks less refined and even a bit shorter. The dual tubes on the minute hand is an interesting look.

  • Craig A Clark

    Only issue for me is the smaller 24hr numbers inboard of the main ones, just no need for them and would make the dial clearer and more legible. I’ve a watch with T25 tubes and they are dim but just fine in the dark, so I’ve no doubt this is great in the dark too.

  • all74

    Or, for $902 you could get a Marathon with 30ATM, a date window, and a cleaner font, also made to MILSPEC (which I’m assuming the Luminox is as well). I’d take the Marathon, personally.

  • Steve

    that pip at 12 is redonkulous

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I had to look that up.

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