Lockheed Martin Collection
A proprietary collaboration with Lockheed Martin to create watches recognized by the professionals of the sky.
On Jan 17, 1991, the fuse of the Persian Gulf War was ignited by the night air raid. Much later, a phone call was received from one of the pilots of the F-117 Nighthawk that participated in that night mission.
"I was wearing a Luminox on that day for the air raid. So were some of my buddies. However..." The pilot went on to describe his feelings about wearing the watch in actual air missions and highlighted some desired areas for improvements.
He concluded with a request for a watch made specifically for pilots carrying out missions under severe conditions in military aircrafts.
Accordingly, that conversation kick-started the Luminox pilot watch development project.
A detailed research on the specific needs and wants of the pilots was first carried out.
To meet the pilots' need to have the assurance of the highest visibility level regardless of flying conditions, sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating was used.
To prevent diffused reflection of the strong sun rays while up in the air, jet black color was standardized for use.
PVD (physical vapor deposition), which is much stronger than hard metal (cemented carbide), was adopted for the case, bezel and stainless steel strap, providing stronger shock withstanding capability and higher abrasion resistance than the Original Navy SEAL Dive Watch series.
Several other developments were implemented to create a professional watch specifically and worthy for use by military pilots.
When the watch was finally recognized officially by Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force, it joined the Original Navy SEALs Dive Watch series to become one of the two finest models that propelled Luminox to greater heights in the world of military watches.
| ||F-117 Nighthawk series |
First stealth aircraft in the world, ground-attack aircraft of the U.S. Air Force used mainly in night missions. Christened "Nighthawk" due to its black painted body. Design and development undertaken by the famed Skunk Works team of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs. Incorporating a passive radar system that uses infrared sensor to detect ground targets, it is reported to have a above 90% hit rate. Flew close to 1,300 sorties during the Gulf War without a single loss.
| ||SR-71 Blackbird series |
Developed by Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works team, active as a reconnaissance aircraft from 1968 during the Cold War period. To avoid attacks from anti-air weapon systems, developed to be able to fly supersonic at high altitudes. Still holds the unbeaten flight airspeed record at Mach 3.5 (3,500km/h).
| ||F-16 Fighting Falcon series |
Developed during the Cold War to counter Soviet Union's new and powerful MIG fighter aircrafts at that time. Designed to surpass the MIGs in all functional aspects. Since then, it has been used by many NATO countries for many years even till today. Lightweight with excellent maneuverability, it has been exported to 25 countries and holds the record of over 4,400 aircrafts being built.
| ||F-22 Raptor |
Super-maneuverable aircraft with stealth capability, high versatility propelled by high thrust engines, super-cruise (cruising at supersonic speed) capability without using afterburners. Christened "Raptor" to signify its status as ruler of the sky, thus showing the expectation and pride of the U.S. Air Force.
| ||F-35 Lightning II |
Fifth generation multirole stealth fighter jet developed to perform ground attack, reconnaissance and air defense missions. Born out of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, which is a development and acquisition program intended to replace a wide range of existing attack aircrafts, it is said that compared to legacy fighter aircrafts, the F-35 will be four times more effective in air-to-air combat, eight times more effective in air-to-ground combat, and three times more effective in reconnaissance and suppression of air defenses.
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