There’s really no better way to put this – Luminox makes badass watches. Plain and simple.
The American-founded but Swiss-made watchmaker designs durable, dependable and adventure-ready watches to help wearers master four main environments: sea, air, land and space (yes, space).
In fact, Luminox watches have developed such a reputation amongst those who depend on quality gear that they’ve become the watch brand of choice for countless professionals, like the U.S. Navy SEALs, F-117 Nighthawk stealth jet pilots, the U.S Coast Guard, the FBI and many more.
One Luminox wearer in particular is Scott Cassell, an expert counter-terrorism operative and renowned undersea explorer who counts Luminox watches among his essential dive gear. And Luminox is equally a fan of Scott, showcased in their collaboration on the Scott Cassell Navy SEAL Colormark Set, which I recently put to the test while white water rafting in Idaho (more on that below).
Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark – Details
The Navy SEAL Colormark Set comes with two interchangeable straps: one black and yellow stipe webbing, one signature polyurethane, a strap extender, changing tool and water resistant compass. All of this is then packed in a dive mask storage box (a nice touch)
Size: 44 mm // Carbon reinforced polycarbonate case and case back // Tempered scratch resistant mineral crystal // Water resistant to 200 meters (656 feet)
A Good Cause:
A portion of the proceeds from the Luminox Scott Cassell Dive Sets goes to support Underwater Voyager Project, an organization founded by Cassell aimed at helping those in the scientific community as well as the public “explore and learn about the underwater environment.”
Luminox’s Self-Powered, Always Visible Illumination System
No matter the time of day, you’ll always be able to see what time it is on a Luminox watch thanks to the company’s proprietary, self-powered, Always Visible technology that lights up essential components of the watch face with a subtle glow.
These tiny lights are always on, 24-7/365 (you just can’t see them during the day), so when daylight fades, you won’t need to press a button to light up your watch — all you have to do is glance down. And the lights will glow for 25 years.
My Adventure With The Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark — Rafting Idaho’s Snake River
An adventure-ready watch like the Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark deserves to be taken on a good adventure — so I took mine on a multi-day whitewater rafting trip down the Snake River (the river that separates Idaho from Washington and Oregon).
The river, known for its moderate difficulty level and class III rapids was running at high water, meaning water levels in the river were above average and turned many the class III rapids into solid class IV rapids. Needless to say, it was a very wet ride.
The trip, organized by O.A.R.S, a well-known rafting outfitter with operations all over the world, included three days on the river and two nights camping. Along the way, we stopped to hike, eat lunch, and in the mid to late afternoon, set up camp for the night.
Some of my rafting trip essentials // I’ve whitewater rafted in Nepal, California, Colorado and British Columbia, and know that having the right gear is vital — especially on overnight rafting trips.
To get to the Snake River, I flew from Los Angeles to Seattle, then from Seattle to Spokane, Washington, then drove two hours, then spent the night in a hotel, then took a 40-minute private charter flight in a six-seater plane (pictured) and landed in what was essentially a farmer’s field, then drove another hour — and finally made it to the launch point.
Floating down the Snake River through Hells Canyon. The river flows south to north; the left bank of the river is Idaho and the right bank is Washington.
For my trip, I swapped out the black and yellow striped webbing band (pictured at the top of this article) for the black, polyurethane strap.
This watch is tough and can stand up to the elements, whether in or out of the water.
We pulled the rafts over and got out to scout these rapids from an elevated vantage point (to plan the best way through). They might not look too intense in this photo, but trust me, they were solid class IV rapids.
The Navy SEAL Colormark can handle depths of 200 meters, so for this watch, a trip to the river is a walk in the park (or swim in the park).
The sandy area seen below served as our campsite on night two.
Hanging out in the river at camp // Afternoons and nights at camp included time to relax, sit around the campfires and eat delicious meals (with h’ordeuvres and desert) prepared by our guides.
The view from my tent on night two of camping.
My Navy SEAL Colormark on my sleeping bag // When the sun set behind the canyon walls, the Always Visible illumination system came in handy — as it did when I set the watch next to my sleeping bag at night and could easily see the time in the pitch darkness.
The yellow face is bold and looks great with both provided straps // Seen here: the location of my campsite on night one.
Next up for my Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark: I’ll be brining it along for my PADI scuba diving certification and subsequent scuba dives!
This post was sponsored by Luminox. As always, all opinions are my own. Seriously, I’m really looking forward to taking his watch on many more wild and wet adventures.