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Review: Luminox Bear Grylls Survival ECO 3703

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Environmental issues are one of the biggest concerns that mankind is facing today. 

These problems, unfortunately, are causing a detrimental impact on our climate and our ways of life. We are glad that there are a rising group of individuals who are speaking up and creating awareness of the dire situation, but more certainly needs to be done in order to make a difference.

Luminox Bear Grylls Survival ECO 3703

Luminox, in collaboration with TV personality and outdoor survivalist Bear Grylls, had decided to produce a timepiece to broadcast the message to the world about climate change. But this particular Luminox is not just another timepiece. There is definitely more than what meets the eye.

The Dial, Hands, and Case

The main highlight certainly comes from the materials that were used to produce the various components of the 45mm timepiece. In tandem with the message that the brand is driving across, the case and bezel of the timepiece is produced by a material which is known as the “Tide Ocean Material”. This particular material is produced from 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic. First, plastic waste was collected by local fishermen in the coast of Thailand, before the waste materials are being registered, washed, shredded, and then turned into a granular material that can be injected or spun into a yarn. The end result, as seen above, is the brownish case that is rather unique.

Moving on, the Luminox is fitted with a deep navy blue dial. We particularly like the shade of blue that was chosen, and it certainly blends in very nicely with the wave motifs that were featured on dial itself.

The dial also features large white Arabic numerals (sans the Bear Grylls logo at the 10 o’clock position), as well as a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. Together with the tritium gas tubes (known as the Luminox Light Technology), the Luminox is rather legible and works well especially in low-light condition. Perhaps our only qualm is that Luminox could have filled the indices with luminescence materials as well to ensure full legibility in the dark.

 

Finally, the watch is fitted with a pair of thick sword and syringe hands. We like the use of orange and white for the hands, which provides vibrancy and great colour contrasts as well. The orange hands also complements the “Never Give Up” motif at the 6 o’clock position of the dial.

Overall, the Luminox Bear Grylls Survival ECO 3703 is a refreshing timepiece, with an interesting concept and bold aesthetics.

The Movement

Powering the timepiece is a quartz movement. It is suitable for a timepiece at this price point, and we think that it is highly appropriate especially for someone who needs a reliable timepiece to accompany him/her on an outdoor adventure.

Concluding Thoughts

The Luminox Bear Grylls Survival ECO 3703 is priced at S$800, and it is limited to a production of a 1,500 pieces. Notably, the watch is also paired with a blue strap that is also produced from recycled plastic as well – which completes the look and the concept of the watch in its entirety.

On an additional note, a portion of each sale will be donated to Project Aware (www.projectaware.org) to help protect underwater environments. This is a win-win situation for watch lovers who want to do a part for the social cause too.

On a whole, the timepiece is certainly a novel idea, and we do hope that watch manufacturers can consider exploring the use of recycled materials in the production of their watches or straps. This does not only ensure that consumers purchase goods responsibly, but it also helps to drive the message of sustainability across greatly. This is a brilliant idea by Luminox, and we really hope that the others will pick up on this trend as well.

 

 

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