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What is Seiko LumiBrite Watch and How Does It Benefits You?

Brighter and last longer than the previous lume materials

Date Published
March 31, 2023
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When it comes to innovation, it’s no wonder that Seiko comes as one watch brand with a list of inventions, including the LumiBrite watch. The Seiko LumiBrite is the company’s luminous paint that is brighter than other lumens, last longer and is completely free from radioactive chemicals. Here, we can see how LumiBrite outwins both Super-LumiNova and tritium for its glow-in-the-dark watches.

LumiBrite comes as a better alternative for the watchmaking industry to use and produce watches that are safer for the wearers and perform better. The fact is every watch enthusiast should not only look at how bright the lume glows but also the innovation and technology each brand puts as well as how they ensure safety.

In this article, we’re going to look deeper at what Seiko LumiBrite is and a brief story behind the invention. Let’s check this out!

What is Seiko LumiBrite Watch?

Looking at the function, a LumiBrite watch is a timepiece that glows in the dark with its luminous dial and hands – just other luminous watches. The use of LumiBrite is a new invention in the watchmaking industry developed by Seiko, a renowned Japanese watch company

Compared to other materials, LumiBrite can last longer, is brighter, and fades slowly. For example, if a LumiBrite watch is exposed to light for approximately 10 minutes with more than 500 lux, it would glow for 3 to 5 hours. 

However, it’s important to note that the glow would gradually decrease over time. The duration might also vary depending on the place’s brightness and the distance between the watch and the light source.

Moreover, it’s completely free of radioactive chemicals to give better safety for both the wearers and the environment. How is that possible?

LumiBrite improved the use of fluorescent luminous paint, resulting in a greater amount of light absorbed. Therefore, the watch can glow brighter and last longer due to that process. This makes LumiBrite an ideal choice for free radioactive materials, better performance, and eco-friendly.

Read also: Choosing the Best Watches that Glow in the Dark at its Finest

Why Choosing LumiBrite Watches?

With the explanation above, you might have your answers to why should you choose LumiBrite watches for a glow-in-the-dark watch. But, to make it more appealing, let’s find out some reasons why LumiBrite watches are worth being on your watch list.

Durability, Longevity, and Brighter Glow

LumiBrite watches can last for about 3-5 hours in the dark after a brief exposure to artificial light or sunlight. This duration is 10 times longer compared to other conventional luminous paint. 

Moreover, LumiBrite material is designed to be durable and resistant to scratches. As a result, your LumiBrite watch can maintain its luminosity for many years, even with regular wear and tear.

Moreover, LumiBrite watches flaunt a brighter glow compared to the other luminous materials. That is indeed impressive, especially considering that the charging duration doesn’t take a long time. 

Eco-Friendly and Safe

Another main benefit of LumiBrite watches is the fact that they don’t use any radioactive chemicals. As a result, the watch is safe for long-term wear. 

Besides, LumiBrite is non-toxic and non-allergenic material, meaning that it is also safe for the environment.

Read also: 7 Eco-Friendly Watch Brands for A Sustainable

Stylish and Versatile

Finally, a watch is also about its appearance as it completes our fashion elegantly. Seiko also offers a wide range of LumiBrite watches from a formal look to the most casual one.

They also come in different colors, so you can choose one that matches your style.

Our Top Picks of Seiko LumiBrite Watches

It’s not over yet until you look at how Seiko LumiBrite watches perform, right? So, you probably are looking for some recommendations. Below are some of our top picks that might interest you.

Prospex 62MAS 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC101

Short for “Professional Specification”, Prospex timepieces are built with the highest standards for professionals. Proven to be reliable and accurate, the 6R15 movement powers the Prospex 62MAS 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC101. Always seeking to improve, Seiko unveils its latest engine, the 6R35 caliber, an upgrade from the workhorse 6R15.

Prospex 62MAS 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC101
Prospex 62MAS 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC101

This dive watch is a well-received favorite in the Seiko community. Sporting a sunburst grey dial and a shiny black bezel, the 62MAS Black reflects the original 62MAS design and elevates it with symmetrically applied markers. Furthermore, painted with long-lasting Lumibrite, its watch hands point time clearly in the dark.

Read also: 7 Best Seiko Watches for Men That Fit Your Wrist

Prospex Professional 200M 1970s Diver’s Re-Interpretation Black – Seichu Fabric

For many Seiko lovers, the stainless steel case of the Seiko Prospex Professional 200M 1970s Diver’s Re-Interpretation Black – Seichu Fabric feels all too familiar, carrying the iconic cushion case design of the 6105. 

Prospex Professional 200M 1970s Diver’s Re-Interpretation Black - Seichu Fabric
Prospex Professional 200M 1970s Diver’s Re-Interpretation Black – Seichu Fabric

Being an ISO-rated 200m dive watch, the SBDC143 houses a matte black 120-click unidirectional diving bezel in steel with 60-minute graduations printed crisply in a subtle beige for an additional vintage visual flair.

 Like the 6105, the squared hour applied indices and faced baton hands complement one another excellently for a comprehensive and legible layout. Treated with Seiko’s proprietary cream-colored LumiBrite, you can expect a bright and potent glow in the dark. 

Selection Solar Chronograph Black Ref. SBPY167

The next recommendation for LumiBrite watches is not from the Prospex or Presage range but the lesser-known Seiko Selection. The Selection Solar Chronograph Black Ref. SBPY167 comes with a cool shade of black dial that perfectly complements the surrounding black bezel.

Selection Solar Chronograph Black Ref. SBPY167
Selection Solar Chronograph Black Ref. SBPY167

It features a classic 3-6-9 layout here, with the ticking second hand at 3, a 60-minute counter at 6, and a 24-hour indicator at 9. Further improving the watch’s legibility, Seiko’s proprietary Lumibrite can also be found on the hands and indices, allowing one to read the time even in dark conditions. 

Prospex PADI 200M Sumo Sapphire 3rd Gen Ref. SBDC179

The next LumiBrite watch is Seiko’s collaboration with PADI (which stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors). The Prospex PADI 200M Sumo Sapphire 3rd Gen Ref. SBDC179 alludes very much to the original concept of 2007. The bulky case with a small lug width of 20mm measures a 45mm diameter and boasts a height of 12.9mm.

Prospex PADI 200M Sumo Sapphire 3rd Gen Ref. SBDC179
Prospex PADI 200M Sumo Sapphire 3rd Gen Ref. SBDC179

Powering the watch is Seiko’s latest automatic caliber, 6R35, a notable upgrade from the workhorse 6R15. It flaunts a superior power reserve of 70 hours. For even better visibility in the dark, the impeccable hour markers and hands are luxuriously coated with Seiko’s LumiBrite. 

Presage Automatic Sharp Edged Kabuki Pwr Rsv – Ltd Ed 2000pcs Ref. SARW063

The Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Kabuki Automatic Power Reserve SARW063 is an exquisite timepiece inspired by Kabuki, the 17th-century Japanese theatre during the Edo period. It comes with aesthetic elements and iconic characteristics, such as the sharp case lines, narrow bezel, blend of brushed and polished surfaces, and use of sapphire crystal with inner AR coating. 

Presage Automatic Sharp Edged Kabuki Pwr Rsv - Ltd Ed 2000pcs Ref. SARW063
Presage Automatic Sharp Edged Kabuki Pwr Rsv – Ltd Ed 2000pcs Ref. SARW063

Moving on to the dial, Seiko ensures optimal legibility with boldly contrasting dial colors – golden markers applied all around and a gradient outwards to a darker periphery. Further, Seiko has applied a good amount of its LumiBrite which performs at its best to give maximal legibility.

In Conclusion

LumiBrite watches are like a revolutionary timepiece that offers better and safer options for a glow-in-the-dark watch. As explained above, it outwins other luminous materials in terms of longevity, brightness, and safety. Regardless, the Seiko LumiBrite watch is the perfect choice for those who need optimal legibility on their watches, such as soldiers, pilots, and divers.

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