As a runner, I’m always looking for timepieces that help me track what’s important. And yes, many runners could ask: how does a simple chronograph track what’s important? I’ll show you how in this Luminox 3081.BO Chronograph Watch Review.
I guess that get’s back to what, as a runner, we like to measure. And for me, that changes throughout my relationship with running.
But then after the triathlons, I considered training for a full marathon. I’d done a half already, and figured 26.2 made the next obvious goal.
But then I started training.
And that meant of course I needed an app for that. But soon realized that as I was so focused on getting my miles in, I wasn’t really enjoying running anymore.
So I ditched the marathon goal.
Which brings me back to the the Luminox and had it came to be in my watch stable.
I wanted something that was lightweight, looked cool, basic stopwatch functions, and could be worn everyday to work. The Luminox also served an added benefit of being composite, which means it’s not metal and since I was traveling a lot for work, I could leave it on at the airport. Which oddly enough, I still always took it off.
I opted for the Luninox 3081.BO for the blacked out look. There’s a few cons to that I’ll get to below. But after having the watch for about a year with the MTM Ballistic Velcro Band, it was starting to be a little… not so “professional” looking to wear at the office anymore.
So purchased the 3050 PC Carbon bracelet for the 3081 watch from Saltzmans Watches. This was an awesome purchase and made the watch pretty much perfect.
I could use the chronograph for my daily runs over lunch; using both the bezel and the chrono, which I usually used the both at the same time. I generally run for 30 minutes over lunch, plus I like to use it to time my hot tub, steam room, and cold plunge pool times. Yes, I time about everything.
Now I paid $320 for the Luminox back then, plus another $70 on the bracelet. You can pick up the Luminox 3081.BO for MUCH less than that today.
So now onto the basic tech specs:
|Size of case diameter||44.00 mm|
|Case material||Carbon Compound|
|Case Bezel||Uni-directional rotating|
|Case Back||Screw on case back|
|Water resistance (m/ft/atm)||200 / 660 / 20|
|Crystal/Glass material||Hardened Mineral Crystal|
|Strap/Bracelet material||Rubber / Silicone / PU|
|Case Height||14.60 mm|
|Bezel LLT||Ice Blue|
|LLT on Dial 12H||Orange|
|LLT on Dial 1-11H||Ice Blue|
|LLT on Hour hand||Ice Blue|
|LLT on Minute hand||Ice Blue|
|LLT on Second hand||White|
|Illumination||Night Vision Tubes (25 years)|
Of course the Luminox brand is known for its gas crystals, or borosilicate glass capsules that make them stay luminescent for (claimed) 25 years. In my case, I’ll list out the pros and cons as I experienced using this watch as a daily wearer for over 3 years.
- Weight: At a listed 63 grams, I hardly notice this watch at all. Which is amazing. Some feel that the composite material (carbon compound) scratches easily, and over the course of 3 years I did notice a few scratches on the bezel, but it’s a rough watch and I didn’t have a problem with that.
- Durability: As mentioned above, it is susceptible to some minor scratches with the carbon compound, but for it’s weight, I think it’s extremely durable.
- Chronograph: Chrono works great, and you don’t have to worry about using the buttons when they’re wet.
- Looks cool. At least I think so.
- As a diver, this watch works great! Although I’m still not sure why anyone would wear a “diver” these days for diving, my dive computer does all that. I just loved the bezel for basic time keeping.
- The only real con for me, since I got the blacked out version, the small chronograph numbers were sort of hard to read most of the time.
- Cost: For some it may be a bit expensive, but since I purchased it over 4 years ago, it’s become more reasonable.
All in all, I loved this watch. Still do actually and wear it every now and then. But as with all gadgets (at least for this guy) I move on eventually.
So from a runner’s perspective, the Liminox 3081.BO watch is great since it’s light and has a chronograph. But again, it all depends on what you’re wanting to track. If you’re looking for fitness and running data, obviously look elsewhere.