Best Luminous Watches: Five To Wear In The Dark
Forget the night light
Franck Muller Vanguard Krypton Carbon
Here’s a timepiece that comes to life after dark. Named after Kryptonite, the radioactive element that drains Superman of all his strength, it similarly glows green when the lights are off. In case you’re wondering, no, Franck Muller did not manage to procure the extra-terrestrial mineral. Instead, it has ingeniously introduced specks of Super-LumiNova into the manufacturing process of the case and dial, successfully combining the luminescent material with carbon fibre. Fitted with a sporty nylon-on-rubber strap that matches the watch with contrasting green stitching, this ticker is driven by an automatic movement.
Luminox Navy SEAL 3500 series
When it comes to luminosity, few watches come close to Luminox. The brand’s signature tritium gas tubes are good to glow for 25 years and don’t need to be charged by an external light source. Besides, if it’s good enough for the elite US Navy SEALs, it’s good enough for us. This series comes in seven different colour options from stealth blackout to bright yellow, although our favourite would be the Carbon Compound Navy SEAL 3501.BO with blacked-out dial, case and black uni-directional rotating bezel.
Oris Aquis Date
You can always count on a diver’s watch to rank high in the luminosity department. After all, visibility is of paramount importance for underwater exploits. When the Oris Aquis was launched, it was characterised by muscular lugs that enabled the strap to pivot, fitting a range of wrist sizes. It also had a broad bezel and oversized numerals for better legibility. This year, the new Aquis Date comes with thinner lugs and bracelet, while the hands and indexes have been redesigned for a sharper, more contemporary look. A small gap has also been introduced between the case and body, making the uni-directional bezel easier to manoeuvre. We also love the blue sunray finish on this dial—perfectly suited to the cerulean depths of the ocean.