The History of Luminox Watches


Luminox is a watchmaker long associated with the US Navy Seals and with many other professionals who rely on these precision timepieces for their built-in lighting capabilities. The brand was founded in 1989 by watch industry veteran Barry Cohen, who came across a Swiss self-powered illumination system and Richard Timbo to create high-performance, cutting-edge sports watches with luminous readability.

The brand whose name comes from the Latin term for Light: Lumi and Night: Nox was commissioned by the US Navy SEALS in 1993 to develop illuminated watches for night missions.  With widespread approval and success of this illuminated watch, Luminox began to market the watch model throughout the US and around the globe. In 1999, Luminox worked with Lockheed Martin to produce illuminated watches for US Air Force Pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter jets.

Luminox watches today a leader in the watch industry for their lighted Swiss-made timepieces for both men and women. Their watches feature the state-of-the-art light technology used by the US Military with miniscule gas lighting technology, which is always lit on the watch hands, hour markers and even the bezels on select models.  This patented light technology is designed to continuously glow for the duration of 25 years or more.


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