Luminox just lately launched a brand new household of Bear Grylls Mountain Assortment watches with some necessary design adjustments that embody a brand new case, strap, and dial design language. Media persona and survivalist Bear Grylls has been a Luminox model ambassador for some time and these new timepieces characterize simply among the many Luminox timepieces along with his title and group’s emblem on it. Of the 4 new Bear Grylls Survival Moutain watches, three are normal assortment fashions and one (the pictured watch) is a restricted version model with some enjoyable design tweaks.
Whereas this restricted version Bear Grylls Survival Mountain mannequin sports activities a white face, the opposite three model dials are black and orange, black and beige, and black and inexperienced. Additionally they don’t have the retro-style bullbar wire crystal safety of the restricted version (an element designed to be detachable, if most popular). The Luminox Mountain watches all have 43mm broad black-colored Carbonox (a proprietary carbon mix) circumstances which can be additionally 13mm thick with 200 meters of water resistance. Over the dial is an AR-coated sapphire crystal. The watch’s crown and caseback are in metal. Across the bezel is a bi-directional rotating navigation bezel.
Illuminating the dial are Swiss Made tritium gasoline tubes, which self-illuminate for 25 years. An extra tube is positioned on the 60-minute marker on the rotating bezel. I didn’t have an opportunity to do my very own darkness shot of the watch face, however the view of the dial is evident (you possibly can simply see what the dial would appear to be at nighttime by the place of the gasoline tubes), although gasoline tubes aren’t per se very vibrant. Contained in the Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Mountain watches are a Swiss Made Ronda 515 quartz motion, which provides the time with date.
The said function of this limited-edition model of the Bear Grylls Survival Mountain watch is to rejoice the twenty fifth anniversary of Grylls’ ascent to the highest of Mount Everest. The colours and particulars of the watch are supposed to evoke this truth, and total the dial is modified a bit from the non-limited version variations. For one factor, the Bear Grylls Basis sash emblem replaces the usual Arabic quantity 10 o’clock hour indicator. There’s additionally the “8848m” assertion on the high of the watch, which is the peak of Mount Everest. Not like the opposite Bear Grylls Survival Mountain watches, this restricted version additionally has a purple versus orange rubber phase over the in any other case metal crown in addition to an engraved caseback that depicts Mount Everest on it. The rubber strap colour is deep blue versus black. The colours are attention-grabbing, impressed by the Nepalese flag, and total make for a enjoyable look.
A part of Luminox’s aim with these new 43mm broad case kinds was to make them extra comfy for smaller wrists. To that finish, you possibly can see how the strap attachment system is completely different, and the straps now connect and instantly angle downwards. I actually agree that this new case is an efficient combination of daring aspect and dynamic sporting consolation.
The brand new dials are good-looking and total I like them very a lot. One situation I’ve (a minor one admittedly) is the seemingly non-functional and admittedly distracting set of markers on the angled fringe of the flange ring on the outer dial. This identical ring is the place the hour markers are positioned, however then there are these halfway markers between the tritium gasoline tubes which actually solely make it more difficult to learn the minutes. These markers could possibly be used as half-hour factors, however given their proximity to and non-alignment with minute markers, these simply really feel distracting. On the identical time, I perceive that not having one thing on this area would depart an excessive amount of white area, so I perceive from a design perspective that Luminox needed to place one thing in that space. What I like to recommend is that Luminox use this area for further minute markers. Given the thicker measurement of the hour markers, the dial doesn’t even have all of the minute markers printed on it, which might be complicated whenever you wish to rapidly learn the time all the way down to the exact minute. I’ve full religion that Luminox will refine these points sooner or later, and even with them, the dials of the Bear Grylls Survival Mountain watches are fairly cool. My favourite half is the brand new two-color printed hour marker design. The palms aren’t too unhealthy both.
Matching the black Carbonox case is a black Carbonox buckle on the close-fitting 22mm broad blue rubber strap. The watch itself is comparatively light-weight being simply 70 grams. I do like how the case is an try and evolve the core Luminox look with some extra refined sporting proportions. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see what folks say for themselves as extra fans get the Bear Grylls Survival Mountain watches on their wrists. The value premium for this restricted version (of 800 items) model in honor of Bear Grylls climbing Mount Everest is $50 over the non-limited version fashions, which isn’t too unhealthy. The retail worth for this reference XB.3737 Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Mountain Assortment 43mm Restricted Version watch is $595 USD. Learn more at the Luminox watches website here.