Like many other American success stories, Luminox came from a forward-thinking individual realizing a need in the market and meeting it. Barry Cohen, a watch industry veteran, came across a Swiss self-powered illumination system and knew that it would make watches more visible and easier to read in low or no light situations.
He partnered with a friend, Richard Timbo, and Luminox was born in 1989 (Lumi is Latin for light, Nox is Latin for night) driven by a commitment to offer cutting-edge luminescence and readability in its line of high-performance sports watches.
The Official Watch of the Navy SEALs
The Luminox Navy SEAL watch is the timepiece that made Luminox famous. In 1993, the Assistant RDT&E Officer for the Navy SEALs, Nick North, was asked to seek a more dependable watch for night missions and found the solution at a trade show where he discovered Luminox. He worked with Cohen to develop a watch specifically for them and a revolution was born.
20 years later the SEALs approached Luminox again, and again we were the only model to pass all their rigorous tests. The result was the A.N.U. (Authorized for Navy Use) model provided to new graduates of the BUD/S training.
Lockheed Martin Timepieces
After Luminox provided the watches to the SEALs, Luminox began marketing the same style of watch (model 3001) across the country and the world. As the watch gained reknown, Luminox was approached by US Air Force pilots flying the F-117 Nighthawk fighter jet in 1999 — Luminox developed a watch for these pilots and then contacted Lockheed Martin, which turned into an exclusive arrangement to produce Lockheed Martin timepieces.
XCOR Space Expeditions
XCOR Space Expeditions is at the forefront of commercial space travel and has developed the Lynx space craft with a unique reusable rocket engine. When they wanted to create a line of signature watches made for space they partnered with Luminox. Trusted and requested by elite forces around the globe, Luminox has earned a reputation for toughness, durability and visibility in all light conditions, making it the perfect space timepiece.
Designed with input from their test pilots and future astronauts, the Luminox Space Series timepieces will be worn by astronauts and passengers as they travel to space.
25 Years of Luminox
For 25 years Luminox has been confirmed and validated by the many elite military and law enforcement units that have adopted Luminox as their own personal standard equipment or Essential Gear.
Luminox continues to combine cutting edge technology, forward-thinking design and extreme performance in Swiss Made timepieces.