We have not had the opportunity to try the F117 on the bracelet but it does, of course, add considerable weight and we understand that whilst it looks rugged enough, the PVD coating does not wear particularly well in this application.
A real highlight of Luminox watches, of course, are the tritium gas-filled tubes which illuminate the indices and hands. These are guaranteed to last for 25 years and they really do provide excellent luminosity (Lumi means light and Nox refers to dark, in latin). They glow green with the 12 o'clock position highlighted in orange. And as such, these are ideal for a night-time hike or bike ride, when caving or perhaps, completing that covert mission over enemy territory under the cover of darkness.
We have used the F-117 mountain biking, hiking, surfing and kayaking and it has always proved reliable, accurate and easy to read in such testing environments.
Those gas-filled tubes are protected by sapphire crystal (anti-reflective on the inside) which provides exceptional clarity and is, of course, impervious to scratches and scuffs. Indeed, it would take a severe and direct impact to shatter the crystal.
*replacement keepers are available from the Luminox UK distributor at £10.00 for two, or a more appropriate option at a later stage in the strap life perhaps, an entire new rubber strap at £35.00.
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