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The new Luminox ICE-SAR Arctic 1000 Series

The all-weather timepiece
by Chester Lau on October 27, 2018

Luminox named the Official Partner of The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR)

Luminox has a long history of working with heroes. The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE- SAR) was founded in 1928 due to Iceland’s extreme weather conditions and lack of a professional army. The first group of volunteers created this proud tradition and today, ICE-SAR has 93 teams and a force of over 8,000 volunteers, passionately driving accident prevention and Search and Rescue programs in Iceland to battle with Mother Nature.

 

Luminox ICE-SAR Artic 1000

 

 

During a search and rescue mission, time is of the essence as it is a matter of life and death. Freezing weather conditions means that modern day equipment cannot function as well due to battery drainage. Coupled with the need to carry heavy equipment, rescuers require a watch that is tough and provides a quick glance of the time in any light conditions.

 

 

Luminox watches are designed and produced to go to these extreme places with the volunteers of ICE-SAR. Celebrating its 90th year this year, ICE-SAR has named Luminox as its Official Partner and to commemorate this partnership, Luminox has created a special ICE-SAR Arctic 1000 Series, which is made up of five models, with one being a limited edition.

 

 

The Case

All the ICE-SAR Arctic 1000 series use a 46mm CarbonoxTM case. Exclusive to Luminox, CarbonoxTM is an extremely tough and durable carbon-based material that is 6 times lighter than steel and 3 times lighter than titanium. It is also hypoallergenic, extremely durable and shock resistant.

 

 

These timepieces feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystals, are powered by a Swiss Made quartz movement and are water resistant to 200 meters. All watches are equipped with the Luminox Lighting Technology (LLT), which guarantees ultimate night vision to ICE-SAR teams for 24 hours a day, up to 25 years through their use of tritium gas tubes.

 

The Dial

The logo of ICE-SAR, with its four circle-section elements has inspired the shape of the bezel for the collection while the hands are shaped to resemble the carabiners that the rescuers use on every mission. The hard-sandblasted dial calls to mind the lava fields that cover 30% of Iceland.

 

 

On the blue and black/red models, the number 12 is replaced with ‘112’, the emergency number in many countries of Europe and USA. The ICE-SAR Arctic 1000 Series is made up of a four dial versions – a black dial, a black dial with red accents, a blue dial and a white dial. The straps used are genuine rubber with textile top insert and include a CarbonoxTM signature buckle.

 

 

The limited edition timepiece is limited to 900 pieces worldwide. It uses the blue and red color scheme of ICE-SAR and all the watches are individually numbered on the caseback that also feature the ICE-SAR logo. At the nine o’clock, the index has been replaced with ‘90 years’ and the ICE-SAR logo is placed at six o’clock while ‘112’ replaces the number twelve.

 

 

The all-weather Luminox

The professional teams of the ICE-SAR are trained to go anywhere on Iceland and rescuers routinely answer calls during avalanches, shipwrecks, storms, eruptions, earthquakes, sub-zero winters and much more. These teams need a watch they can depend upon, that will endure the hardships they have to, and keep on doing its job. They need a watch they can see in the dead of a long winter’s night, and one that will not quit after the first shock or submersion in water. Luminox is proud to be working with the ICE-SAR, a historic Search and Rescue operation, and to be equipping them with ICE-SAR Arctic 1000 series watches

 

 

1003.SAR – LIMITED EDITION

ICE-SAR Arctic 1000 series – Main product features

Case size: 46 MM

CARBONOXTM case

Water resistance: 20 ATM

Glass: sapphire crystal

Strap: Fabric/Rubber

Number of LLT’s: 14

Movement: Ronda 515, 3 hands/date Stainless steel caseback

Swiss Made

RRP: SGD$749 with GST

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