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    Traser vs Luminox

    Are these watches on par with each other in term of reliablilty/cost etc.

    I'm looking for a cheap military style watch (<$350) preferably in black with nato or rubber strap.

    Any other suggestions to fit the bill?
    I've looked at used Ollech & Wajs watches, are they any good?

    Thanks

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    Re: Traser vs Luminox

    Hi Gareth,

    I think both watches are very similar as far as I know. I have a Luminox Navy Seals series 1 that I bought back in '97 or '98. I've worn it quite a bit and it has taken some pretty good knocks over the years with no problems. Both have the tritium vials which I think are great. Not overly bright but bright enough to see clearly in darkness. I know there are some who have the Traser watch and think very highly of it. I'd say either one would be a very good choice and you won't be disappointed .

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    Re: Traser vs Luminox

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian D. View Post
    Hi Gareth,

    I think both watches are very similar as far as I know. I have a Luminox Navy Seals series 1 that I bought back in '97 or '98. I've worn it quite a bit and it has taken some pretty good knocks over the years with no problems. Both have the tritium vials which I think are great. Not overly bright but bright enough to see clearly in darkness. I know there are some who have the Traser watch and think very highly of it. I'd say either one would be a very good choice and you won't be disappointed .
    Thanks for the reply

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    Essentially, the same watches...

    ...especially if you're looking at the 'Navy Seals' models. The composite versions of both brands are based upon the Stocker & Yale P650 U.S. military contract watch of 1996 - 2000. They are both made by mb Microtec of Switzerland, which is the sole producer of those tritium tubes for all similar watches.

    You mentioned O&W watches, and yes, they are very good, made with standard ETA movements, and represent a great value.

    And here's one that is a combination of sorts of both watch types you were asking about. This is a M-16 diver watch by Howard Marx, a O&W dive watch with the dial and hands from a Marathon U.S. government contract military field watch installed. So it has tritium tube dial and hands, ETA automatic movement, 200M WR stainless steel case, and a custom domed sapphire crystal. I'm wearing it today on a 20mm black Zulu strap.

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    Re: Essentially, the same watches...

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyFromHonolulu View Post
    They are both made by mb Microtec of Switzerland, which is the sole producer of those tritium tubes for all similar watches.
    Whereas the Marathon tritium vials, as well as - I believe - the S&W and Uzi vials come from a different source in Canada.
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    Re: Traser vs Luminox

    You can get a good new O&W in that range.

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    Re: Traser vs Luminox

    My Traser arrived today - don't like it

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    Re: Traser vs Luminox

    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth View Post
    My Traser arrived today - don't like it
    Old newbie here... Which model? What don't you like about it? Could you be more specific?

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    Re: Traser vs Luminox

    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth View Post
    My Traser arrived today - don't like it
    I had a Traser for a very brief time and sold it almost immediately. Personally, I really like my Luminox 8401. Good size, superb tritum lume, nice PVD black finish, and really quite accurate +/- 10 seconds a month! And at $199. USD from Gem Day, a hard price to beat.
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    Re: Traser vs Luminox

    Can someone post a pic of a Traser or Luminox night shot? And is the same technology that Ball uses?

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