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Review: Luminox Atacama Field Automatic

by Chester Lau on June 4, 2019
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Luminox releases the new Atacama Field Automatic under the LAND collection. The Luminox field watches are used and endorsed by land-based law enforcement groups such as the CIA, FBI, New York Police Department (NYPD), LA Police Department and LA Fire Brigade. This collection is named after the Atacama Desert, one of the most extreme stretches of land on the planet that is known for its dry terrain and made for field missions in the harsh conditions of the desert. The new Atacama Field Automatic 1900 series is designed with adventure in mind but is also perfect for casual wear.

Luminox Atacama Field Automatic

The Case and Dial

The watch measures 44 mm in diameter and 14 mm in height. The stainless steel case features a 2 piece construction, an upper and a caseback. A single matte finish surface is used throughout the case.

A legible cream white dial is visible through a convex sapphire crystal coated with Anti-Reflective. While this gives the dial better clarity than a non-AR crystal, the convex shape and thick crystal still creates a magnifying glass effect. Micro-gas tubes housing Tritium are used to mark the hours on the dial as well as the hours and minutes hands.

The watch has a screw-down crown, caseback and 200 m water resistance.

The movement

The watch uses a swiss automatic movement with a day-date indicator. Luminox uses automatic movements from both Sellita and ETA. These workhorse movements have a standard 40 hours power reserve and beats at 28,800 vph frequency.

Concluding Thoughts

While the Luminox Atacama makes for a fine sports watch, most would recall a Luminox in its black plastic or carbon case. The sea series is easily the most iconic of the brand and this new collection while intended to venture into the hybrid sports and classic design, lacks the inspired style of its more stealthy sea or navy seal designs.

The new Luminox Atacama is available in stores at S$1492.65 including taxes.

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