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Introducing The Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801 Three-Hand Watch

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Duration: 30 min
Skill level: Beginner

The new Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801 watch finally offers you a pair of military watches that combine their patented LLT self-illuminating technology with the amazing presence of an automatic mechanical movement. The new line of watches consists of two new members: a three-hand, three-hand Luminox Field Day Date A.1801 powered by a Swiss Made ETA 2878 automatic caliber, and a Luminox Field A.1867 Chronograph watch, which is animated by an ETA Valjoux 7750 natural-born chronograph movement. Like their quartz siblings, the mechanically animated models are offered in two case sizes ranging from a modest 43mm to a giant 48mm in diameter.

The Field Automatic watches come in similarly shaped cases, but are slightly larger than their quartz counterparts, with the 43mm three-handed version and the chronograph in a huge 48mm case. The quartz models are available with a diameter of 42 mm and 47 mm, respectively. Both watches are an update to the existing steel Luminox Field 1800 series of watches currently powered by Swiss quartz movements. While the quartz is infinitely more accurate and reliable, it is also much duller and characterless, so the introduction of mechanical versions was just a matter of time.

As you can see in the pictures, both versions come with a black or silver dial with black textured dials and huge Arabic numerals painted on it. Both cases feature transparent casebacks with sapphire crystals (a rare treat in this price range) that offer an unobstructed view of the automatic movements. Well, to be honest, there is nothing special to look at (both movements have only basic decoration, such as perlage). Still, some people especially like to just look at the engraved oscillating weight and slow spinning gear trains.

The twelve LLT tubes placed closer to the outer part of the dial (eleven green and orange at noon), as well as a pair of green tubes in the hour and minute hands, provide the dial with ample illumination and provide excellent legibility. Since Luminox watches traditionally come with their self-healing tubes filled with tritium, the numbers are printed with normal paint and don't light up in the dark. Photos: Luminox Luminox Field Automatic A.1801 Three-Hand and A.1867 Chronograph Military Watch Specification Price: $ 880 (A.1801) / $ 2300 (A.1867) Movement: Automatic, ETA 2878 Automatic Day-Date (A.1801 Three-Hand) or Valjoux 7750 (A.1867 Chronograph) Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Day, Date (A.1801 Three-Hand) PLUS Chronograph (A.1867 Chronograph) Power reserve: 42 hours Case Material: Stainless steel, Black PVD coating Bezel Material: Stainless steel, black PVD coating Case shape: Round Bezel shape: Round Case size: 43.0 mm (A.1801) or 48.0 mm (A.1867) Cabinet height: N / A Dial: Silver, Black Figures: Arabic Hands: steel Water resistance: 100 meters Band: leather Crystal: sapphire The back of the case: sapphire The best quality Luminox watches are perfectly legible, even at dusk, when most Superluminova and other ultraviolet luminescent materials "charge" tend to suck it up.