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Review: Luminox Specs Ops Challenge

Luminox’s Spec Ops Challenge watch reveals a new dimension in the partnership between the brand and the US Navy SEALs

Jun 26, 2016 | By Jamie Tan

Luminox and the US Navy SEALs have formalized their relationship this year and the brand is now an official licensee of the special operations unit. The ties between the two go beyond just active Navy SEAL operators though; Luminox has also partnered with retired Navy SEALs to offer the Special Operations Challenge (Spec Ops Challenge), which gives civilians a chance to experience Navy SEALs training for a day. The new Spec Ops Challenge watches were created to commemorate this collaboration, and comes in two versions based on the Navy SEAL Colormark 3050 and Authorised for Navy Use (ANU) 4220 models respectively.

The Spec Ops Challenge watch here is based on the Navy SEAL Colormark 3050 and, like every other Luminox timepiece, uses tritium-filled glass tubes that emit a constant glow to display the time in the dark. The watch retains the original’s carbon-reinforced polycarbonate case, and thus its corresponding lightness, durability, and stealthy matte black finish. Its highly legible dial and bezel designs have also been kept largely intact, save for the large Spec Ops Challenge logo at six o’clock. Each Spec Ops Challenge watch ships with a polyurethane strap and an additional NATO fabric strap.

As a sign of the deepening relationship between Luminox and the Navy SEALs, part of the proceeds from the sale of each Spec Ops Challenge watch will go towards the Navy SEAL Foundation, which provides financial and other forms of support for the servicement and families of the Naval Special Warfare community.


  • Dimensions: 44mm
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, date
  • Power Reserve: NA
  • Movement: Swiss quartz
    Case: Carbon-reinforced polycarbonate
  • Water resistantce: 200 meters
    Strap: Black Polyurethane strap with steel buckle, and black textile NATO strap with steel rings and buckle

This article was originally published in World of Watches Magazine

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