Best Tritium Watches for Men in 2020

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Luminox Men’s 3051 EVO

Perfect for low-light or no-light situations, the Luminox Men’s Navy SEAL Colormark watch glows 100 times brighter than other luminous watches, which allows for easier visibility. This timepiece This versatile timepiece is constructed with a 43.9-millimeter polyurethane case and matching durable polyurethane band, which includes a buckle clasp.

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Luminox Men's 3051 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark Watch

Perfect for low-light or no-light situations, the Luminox Men's Navy SEAL Colormark watch glows 100 times brighter than other luminous watches, which allows for easier visibility. This timepiece This ...
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Okay so a lot of the negative reviews are questionable in my opinion. Here are some positive and negative points about this watch.Positive-Light weightVery comfortable bandToughTritium glows well (at first)Negative-The band will break, you will be purchasing more bands for this watch. Guaranteed.Tritium. The tritium markers looks great at first but after a few years it will not even be visible in the dark.Part cost. The parts for this watch are ridiculously expensive.Be mindful who you purchase this watch from since they must be an authorized seller for the warranty to be honored from Luminox. I don't see myself buying another one after this.
I was looking for a somewhat rugged, no-nonsense watch that was easy to read in any light without having to push any buttons. I prefer analog watches with easy to read numerals and this watch fits the bill perfectly. However, I was hesitant to buy it from Amazon as I was not sure if it was an authentic Luminox watch. My doubts were due to the huge price difference between the price on Luminox's website ($399) and the Amazon merchant's price ($179). After reading the reviews and the Q&As, it seems the reason for this price difference is that merchants selling these watches on Amazon are not authorized Luminox dealers, and Luminox will not honor the warranty on watches purchased from these dealers. But Amazon does provide their own warranty on the watch, so I decided to take a chance on it. So far I have been very pleased. It is everything I was looking for. Its rugged and easy to read. Especially in the dark. Some have complained that the Tritium is hard to see. My guess is that these people were looking at the watch in ambient light, or didn't give their eyes time to adjust to the dark. If there is enough light to read the numerals on the watch, you won't be able to see the glow of the Tritium. And if you walk into a dark room and look at it without letting your eyes adjust to the dark, it will appear very dim. However, when you are in the dark and your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark, the Tritium is very bright and easy to read.
I purchased this watch 2 years ago because of the good reputation of Luminox for making dependable, reliable and stylish watches. My goal was to get a watch that could find its way at a dinner party and also feel at ease deep down in a Southern California desert canyon. It's got class and a demeanor that seems to be saying "let's go explore".From one out of several other action watches, this watch quickly became my favorite and a travel companion -- a trusted partner. I use it every day: at work, on the trail, on my bike, across borders and oceans.Here are some things that made me fall in love with it over time. The look is sharp and unapologetic, reminiscent of aviation instruments with big, bold numerals and fat dials. Sizable, yet without the monstrous proportions of too many modern watches. The rotating bezel is firm and stays securely in its place, making it a very useful countdown instrument. Time awareness saved my life when I got lost in the Indio hills (and to make perfect boiled eggs). The glow is peerless: you will see time no matter how dark it is outside, whether the watch has been sitting in a closet (God forbid) for months. You will see the light: I say that's fantastic. Timekeeping: flawless (I only adjust time across time zones). Battery life: 2 years and counting with a stock battery. Date: easy to adjust every other month (31 days manual setting).No watch is perfect and this one is no exception: the rubber strap wears out somehow quickly (one of the smaller bands left off during a skydive and the pins got loose a couple time playing catch football) and the dials do not perfectly line up with the digits.If you're on the lookout to purchase a watch that's as handsomely rugged as it is practical, you may want to consider that one. To me, there is no one like it.Thanks for reading my review! I wish you many years of adventure with your new time piece. The world is awaiting!

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  • Luminous black watch featuring notched unidirectional bezel, contrast white markers, and date display at 3 o’clock position
  • 44 mm Polyurethane case with mineral dial window
  • Swiss quartz movement with analog display

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Seiko Men’s SNZG15

From the master craftsmen at Seiko, the Seiko Men’s SNZG15 Seiko 5 Automatic Black Dial Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch is a cutting-edge timepiece with a masculine appeal. Featuring a black analog dial and a black canvas band, this watch is packed with style and would be a great addition to your watch collection.

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Seiko Men's SNZG15 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Nylon Strap

From the master craftsmen at Seiko, the Seiko Men's SNZG15 Seiko 5 Automatic Black Dial Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch is a cutting-edge timepiece with a masculine appeal. Featuring a black analog ...
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SEE THE UPDATE at the end of the review.I love automatics and this is my first Seiko auto (the others have all been Swiss in origin and mid-level, but not "luxury", and all with Swiss ETA 2824-2 cal either stock or modified). I was looking for a "beater" everyday watch that wasn't flashy in anyway, versatile, inexpensive, from a reputable name in horology, had a basic military style, was at least 100m water resistant, preferably with a sapphire crystal, display back would be nice and one that would go well on NATO straps. This Seiko hit ALL of the points EXCEPT the crystal, which is Seiko's proprietary Hardlex. From what I've read, it's a step above the standard mineral crystal and yet still below sapphire. Fine, it's not a luxury watch and for $109, I can live with Hardlex.I'd like to address points I've seen in many reviews here on Amazon, along in this review to help others out. A lot, by no fault of the reviewer, are really based out of not understanding mechanical/automatic watches in general.DESIGN: Basic, no nonsense, military. Will not go out of style, this has been around since the 1930's.CASE: Bead-blasted stainless. A nice matte finish that doesn't give off a lot of reflection and is consistent with military style. The back is polished, so is the area between the lugs. A solid case. The display back is a nice touch. 42mm is a bit big for this watch, I think. I'd rather see it at 40mm and it would still be a nice step up from the tiny little 809 at 36mm.FACE: A bit busy for my taste, but I can live with it. The info that is needed is easy to read and the luminosity ("Lume") is VERY good. What I'd change is to remove the "Sports" designation from under the Seiko 5 logo, it's just dumb and not needed. I'd also like to see the minute and second hands be a bit longer and reach onto the chapter ring. Small things, not deal breakers. The LUME, wow!MOVEMENT: Here's where people get confused and frustrated and complain.#1 You have to remember that this is an inexpensive watch. You cannot get around that fact. In an autowinder, you are not getting Swiss chronometer certification here (LOL). Additionally, quartz movements are almost always more accurate than mechanical. That's not the point (BTW, I dislike quartz personally).#2 This is powered, like all autowinders, by a mainspring that must be wound. When it's FULLY wound (or close) the stored energy is what runs the watch. The movement of your arm, or shaking it gently in a looping motion, will wind it. Give it a good 100 to start with when you first get it, then set it and put it on. See #3.#3 This watch does not offer a manual winder via the crown like most autowinders do. For the price of this watch, I'm fine with it. Just know it going in and then don't complain about it when it acts as designed.#4 This watch does not "hack". That means it does not stop running when you pull the crown out to set it. Again, a bit unusual, but for the price it's fine and it keeps the cost down. This really isn't a big deal. If you need 100% accuracy and to hack the time, a $100 auto isn't what you need anyway. For what it is, this is fine.#5 ALL autowinder watches have a power reserve, that's the stored power in the main spring. This one should be about 35-40 hours if FULLY wound. If not it will be less. Mine has been fine overnight, never an issue. My ETA 2824-2's are in the 40-50 hour range, so this isn't too bad. You have to really get up in price for the reserve to be measured in many days or weeks (Think >$10k watches). If you don't want to deal with keeping it moving / winding, mechanicals are NOT for you. Go get a quartz with a batter, solar or kinetic and be happy.ACCURACY: While part of the movement, I want this to stand on it's own. Per Seiko, the accuracy is considered within operational limits at -20 seconds or + 45 seconds per day. It can be regulated to be more accurate by a watchmaker OR someone who knows what they are doing at home. Most users find the 5 series to run about +/- 10 seconds or so. My Swiss ETA 2824-2's run an average of about +/- 1-3 seconds per day, but they cost 5-10x more. For the money, I can live with the 5's accuracy. For more info, please go to Seiko's website and read their FAQ on mechanical watches. I suspect we'll see about a 3-5 second per day of accuracy, maybe, at the worst 5-10 seconds.BOTTOMLINE: This is a fantastic value for an autowinder mechanical watch. I don't believe there is any better value out there than the 5 series if you are looking under $250. Even with the limitations I mention, I still give it a 4 star rating. I'm not deducting stars based on unrealistic expectations of a $109 purchase. If this were $500+ watch, it would be 2 maybe 3 stars at most....maybe. But in it's intended market, this is a stellar value.UPDATE: I set my most accurate ETA 2824-2 movement in a Swiss watch vs. the Seiko to see how it holds up. It has been 48 hours since I started this. The ETA movement runs about 2 seconds slow per day, it was just cleaned and lubricated and still has the same accuracy as before. Thankfully. So how has the Seiko held up? In 48 hours, the ETA movement was set as the "standard" to compare it against the Seiko. I stopped it running (hack) and started it up again when the Seiko was at the top of hour down to the second. They were both fully wound. The Seiko by wearing it all day on a NATO strap, plus some "hand winding" before by moving it in large circular motions about 100 times to get it to at least 75-80%. The ETA movement was hand wound to about the same. The ETA sat on the desk all day and the Seiko was worn. The SEIKO has lost 44 seconds in two days compared to the ETA. The ETA lost 3 seconds compared to a timer on my iPhone.That makes the total time for SEIKO lost at 47 seconds in 48 hours (23.5 seconds per day / ~1 second per hour). The ETA lost ~0.125 seconds per hour. Over a week, if this rate continues, the Seiko will have lost 2.74 minutes and the ETA movement 6 seconds. That may not seem huge, but over a 30 day period, the ETA will be ~1.5 minutes lost in the month. The Seiko? At a rate of 23.5 sec/day that would be a loss of ~11.75 minutes.The Seiko loss is > than the specified range of -20 --> +45/day. A watch that is off by this much is now making me question it. I'll run the test again. If it's better, I'll post it here. If not, I won't and I'll let this new star rating stand. I have dropped it from 4 stars to 3 stars. If the new test is also bad, I'm not taking it to the watchmaker to have the timing adjusted and spending probably around $75 to have it done on a $109 watch. This will be returned quickly if the test fails again. I was not expecting this at all.
The reviews of the 7S36 Seiko movement in this watch fall into three main categories:1. "I don't care how well it keeps the time"2. "Mine only loses a few seconds a day"3. "The time is all over the place, it loses a minute every day or two"The first watch I was sent fell into category 3. The second watch was near perfect - category 2! Here's what I noticed was different, something any user can look for when they are evaluating the performance of the 7S36 movement in this watch. There is a regulator in the movement, although sometimes you have to tip the watch so that the winding weight stops you seeing the regulator! This photograph was taken through the plastic back of my good watch, looking at the regulator with a microscope. The regulator is actually small, but you can see it clearly with a x10 magnifying glass. There is no need to remove the back or do anything to the mechanism!You can see that the arrow near the + and - signs is approximately at the middle (0) position. This is where it should be. It means that when the watch was adjusted in the factory every part of the mechanism was within tolerance, the regulator did not have to be adjusted very far from its nominal position to make the timekeeping accurate. The watch I received which was keeping bad time had its arrow point right at the maximum negative mark, meaning that a lot of compensation had to be applied to get the watch keeping roughly correct time. It was running about 25 seconds slow a day, but would surge sometimes to half a minute fast. Those positive surges are perhaps why the regulator was on hard negative, even though the watch was running very slow? I don't know that answer, I am afraid. Perhaps the time-regulating robot in the factory just had a bad day. Who knows?Anyway, it seems that by taking a quick look through the transparent back of the watch you can get a good guide as to the watch's factory timekeeping accuracy.
I bought the Seiko SNK809 automatic a couple years ago and really liked it. But wanted a bit larger automatic so just got this SNZG15 auto. Lovely watch. 42mm size with 22mm lug width. The nighttime markers are very bright and easily readable all night long. This watch uses the 23 jewel 7S36 movement whereas the SNK809 uses the 21 jewel 7S26 movement. From what i've read both movements are basically the same but having two more jewels just sounds better. This watch keeps very good time for an inexpensive automatic gaining about 3 seconds a day. I'm happy with that. 100 meter depth rating is nice. I won't use for swimming or scuba but nice to think i can leave it on while bathing and also don't have to worry about perspiration seeping in while hiking. I have a Seiko Kinetic dive watch if i want to go snorkeling. Bold clear face is easy to read any time indoors or out. Some have complained about the nylon strap but i think it's fine.Update: Not sure how i originally stated the watch gains 3 seconds per day. After wearing daily for a week i find the watch only gains 1 second per day! Awesome!!

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  • Round watch featuring logoed dial with Arabic numeral indices, luminous hands, and day/date window at 3 o’clock
  • 42 mm stainless steel case with hardlex dial window

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Luminox Mens Watch Evo Navy Seals

Perfect for low-light or no-light situations, the Luminox Men’s Navy SEAL Colormark watch glows 100 times brighter than other luminous watches, which allows for easier visibility. This timepiece This versatile timepiece is constructed with a 48-millimeter polyurethane case and matching durable polyurethane band, which includes a buckle clasp with safety mechanism.

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Luminox Mens Watch Evo Navy Seals Colormark Black Blue (XS.3053 Series) -...

Precise Swiss-quartz movementMineral crystalCase diameter: 44 mmPolyurethane case; black dial; date functionWater resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving
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This watch has been sent in for repairs 3 times for the same issue. The problem is the "sweep" hand does not hold correct time and lags behind. Each time I had to send it back based on Amazons watch policy/warranty claims to Asurion, Inc. Typical, overseas based company with very little understanding and customer support. In total, this model watch has been off my wrist and in the shop for 24 weeks for same repair issues all 3 times. Perhaps, I received bad watch but the process has been a nightmare.
Would have been 5 stars but it broke in 3 years. But for the three years I had it, it worked well and I preferred it to all my other watches. It was extremely lightweight and it never dimmed overt the time I had it. I really loved this watch and I would wear it over my steel $800 Luminox because it was so much more comfortable and light.It did get some very minor scratches that were visible under close inspection. That's to be expected when you hard-use a watch with mineral glass. I wish this watch came with a sapphire glass option.Im considering buying another one of these watches because of how much I liked it when it was working,FYI, My Luminox 3053(this watch) stopped keeping time. It started losing several minutes a day. Something broke in the movement and the only fix was to replace the movement or the watch - same cost. Ive been on the fence about buying a new one. But I liked this watch so much, that I might. I have been wearing my expensive steel case Luminox, but I have been spoiled by how lightweight this one is.
I love this watch it is my daily driver. The only complaint I have is the band decayed and wore out in less than a year or about a year's time. The rubber split around the metal shaft that holds it to the face. It developed a crack in the rubber there and of course the watch was unwearable until the band was replaced. I don't wear my watches in lakes, oceans, or showers - So this is why the band wearing out so fast baffles me. My watch is only on my wrist during regular daily activity. That said the Luminox mechanism and face are top notch and durable. I'm going to be picking up another one for my brother when he graduates boot camp.

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  • Black watch featuring notched unidirectional bezel, contrast blue hour markers, and date display at 3 o’clock position
  • 44 mm polyurethane case with mineral dial window

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Tissot PRS 516 Automatic

Black Carbon dial enhanced by luminous silver-tone paddle-style shape hands. Black PVD stainless steel case with a black rubber band. Automatic movement. 100 meters / 330 feet water resistance. Uni-directional Rotating bezel. Scratch Resistant Sapphire crystal. Transparent caseback. Fold Over with Push Button Release clasp.

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Tissot PRS 516 Automatic Men's Watch T100.430.37.201.00

Black Carbon dial enhanced by luminous silver-tone paddle-style shape hands. Black PVD stainless steel case with a black rubber band. Automatic movement. 100 meters / 330 feet water resistance. ...
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Upon arrival the watch looked beyond used. The face of the watch was more or less in an okay condition but the band was clearly worn with a lot of scratches. Not much of a watch connoisseur to be able to tell if it was real or not but didn't at all feel like it was worth the money. To say less I returned the watch and got my refund so alls well that ends well?
Awesome watch. Very durable and looks amazing. I would highly recommend buying this watch.
Nice timepiece

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Isobrite ISO100 Ultra Bright

Isobrite ISO100 the first T100 lightweight polycarbon watch with 10 year battery life, sapphire crystal, two tritium markers on the unidirectional bezel, 200m water resistant watch on the market. The “T” rating measures the amount of tritium in a watch.

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Isobrite ISO100 Ultra Bright 200m Dive/Tactical T100 Tritium Watch by Armourlite

T100 makes this watch up to 4 times brighter than a Luminox or Traser; T100 illumination lasts up to 50 years, which is double the life of a standard T25 tritium watch; T100 represents the latest ...
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This is a quartz watch. Not put together in Switzerland, it just has a Swiss Quartz movement, thus it says Swiss Movement not Swiss made. The Tritium is about as bright as a T25, of which I have one. I also have a T100 that is about 3 times brighter than this is. (from "Nite" Watch company out of the UK.) They sell both T25 and T100, watches. This Isobrite is misleading people by saying how bright this watch is. I checked wth MB microtech in Switzerland, they make the Tritium, and this is what they said. "The T25 and T100 on the watch is to show the max allowed activity that a watch may have T25 means the watch may have up to 25mCi of activity and T 100 100mCi so if a watch has lights on it that are over the 25mCi level then they have to declared as a T100The inscription on the rear of the watches is a requirement of the US Nuclear Radiation Commission and lets the know who produced the lights in the watch
 Three stars because I did not hate this watch. I loved it. Sadly it went back to armourlite twice for repairs. The mechanism would quit altogether and I would have to reset the crown to bring it back. This happened once every couple months or so. I just got to the point I couldn't trust it any more. The first time it went for service was about two years after I bought it. They inspected it and replaced the battery. No acknowlegement of the actual described issue. I prayed that although the battery is supposed to last ten years, that this was the issue. Fast forward 18 months and it started happening again. That was when I took the attached video. I have another video of the mechanism stopped altogether and it took two crown resets to get it going again. Amazon only allows one video. I decided I didn't trust it no matter what they did so I sent it back. They demanded a form be filled out so I called. I explained to the service rep that I did not want it back and they could keep it to research and hopefully make the product better. Rep responded "ok" and hung up on me. Hope they got something out of my $450 purchase. That was a cool band I put on it too! :(Update:There's more to say about this watch. You can see I changed the watchstrap. That's because the strap loops that retain the slack do break pretty easily. Lots of nice straps out there so not a big deal. This was a Bonetto Cinturini and it was awesome. Their rubber smells like sweet vanilla pretty much forever!Next, about the tritium, it's true that this thing is bright. The novelty of a super bright tritium watch is cool but I've found that it doesn't really need to be that bright, but it does look cool!The crown on this watch would occasionally come out on its own. This is unrelated to this issues I had when the watch wouldn't work when depressed all the way. This was just another factor in my mistrust of this item. The crown is too big to not be a screw-down. So when you notice it's out... what do you do? Look at your phone and find the real time :/Lastly, the red anodizing on the crown and 12 and 3 oclock positions did fade to a dark pink, so I ligtly polished the face of the crown down to a nice bare metal silver finish. Do be aware of this.What I really wanted was a watch with time as dependable as that on my cellphone, so that checking the time was not an exercise in checking both devices to be certain of the accuracy of my watch. Now that this watch is gone I have an older Tag auto at home for occasions, and my daily watch believe it or not, it a $30 g-shock. I pulled it out of a drawer 4 years after taking it off a motorcycle where it had served as the clock. The thing was dead on to the minute and it's now my "dependable" timepiece.Thanks for reading. Aurmourlite if you're out there. I will buy a watch from you again. I promise.
I researched this fairly carefully before I bought it. I was looking to replace a 13 year-old Luminox that had lost much of its brightness and was barely visible at night. I was looking for:An accurate watch and that means it must have a quartz movementA watch easily visible in all conditions and that means it must have bright tritium gas tubes, T100A durable watch and that means it must have a sapphire crystalA comfortable watch and that means it must be light-weight with a silicon bandAppearance-wise, I really don't care if it is impressive to look at, as long as it meets my needs on these criteria.Believe it or not, there is only ONE brand with all these features and that is Armourlite. Android, Deep Blue, Nite, and Ball all have T100 gas tubes. Of these only Armourlite, Nite, and Ball have quartz movements. Of these, only Armourlite and Ball have sapphire crystals. Of these, only Armourlite offers a polycarb, light-weight case. Ball watches,by the way, start at around $2,000.I've had this for a couple of months now without it leaving my wrist and it has kept perfect time (-1 second a month), it's bright and easily visible at night, it's crystal and case remain scratch-free and I barely notice it on my wrist. In short, it is a perfect watch for my needs. That it has a 10-year battery is a considerable plus.Some things to consider when looking for a tritium gas tube watch. T100 is a fairly new product and is MUCH brighter than the old-style (T25, AKA H3) tubes used in Luminox and others. From what I can tell, however, SOME brands (like Nite and Deep Blue, I think) "stack" multiple T25 tubes side-by-side and call them T100 brightness. The end result is the same, I guess, but they aren't strictly T100 tubes. Also, the eye perceives different colors as being brighter than others. Green is the brightest, blue is the least bright, and other colors (orange, yellow) fall in-between. Look for green if this is important to you. Finally, having a different color at 12 o'clock makes it easier to distinguish the time in darkness. Some have this, others don't. This IsoBrite has green tubes with an orange marker at 12.If you are looking for the same things I am in a watch, this watch is not only a perfect choice it is the ONLY choice. I don't think you'll regret buying this.

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  • T100 makes this watch up to 4 times brighter than a Luminox or Traser
  • T100 illumination lasts up to 50 years, which is double the life of a standard T25 tritium watch
  • T100 represents the latest technology in tritium watches and makes seeing the time in the dark much easier on the eyes

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