Luxmento Navylamp Rescue II Replica Watch Review
I am always amazed at what you can get these days in the replica watch world for an affordable price point – $300 and under. Of course affordable is subjective to your income, but I think many can agree that 15-20 years ago, before the internet became huge, and we had replica watch forums and blogs galore and online retailers, for this price point you were going to a department store or mall jewelry stores, and well, the replica watches were what they were, but these days between competition with name brands such as Orient, Seiko, and Citizen, and the advent of Micro brands, you sure can get a lot of bang for your buck.
One of those examples would be the Luxmento Navylamp Rescue II, a 44mm case that is a Benrus Mil-Diver style of case, with a full lume dial (other dial options available), pvd case, 200m water resistant, 2 straps, and a sapphire crystal with a Ronda Quartz movement, all for about $175 USD. (Price can fluctuate due to Euro).
Luxmento Watches are now just a year old. Started in Spain in 2014 by a group of replica watch enthusiasts and replica watch rel-umers, they are geared towards making affordable tool style replica watches. (Dive replica watches so far).
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Luxmento Navylamp Rescue II Full Specifications:
- Case: 44mm all Stainless Steel w/PVD coating, 14mm thick, Lug to Lug 54mm
- Weight: 95 grams
- Crystal: 3mm Sapphire
- Movement: Ronda 515 Quartz
- Bezel: 120 click unidirectional bezel with aluminum insert
- Crown: Screw Down
- Dial: Full Superluminova paint (C3)
- Strap: Silicone Rubber and nylon nato
- Water Resistance: 200m
- Price: $175-$185 USD dependant upon current conversion.
The Rescue II diver arrives in a tiny little pelican style case, and is bubble wrapped on the inside to protect during shipping. Foam inserts would have been nice instead of the plastic interior, but still a neat little case, and something different.
The 44mm case is as I stated is a Mil-diver style, reminiscent of vintage Benrus Watches, but in a more modern size. The case is all done in a satin finish, with the PVD coating, with the exception of the non-signed crown, which is high polished. I would have liked the Luxmento logo on the crown, because as is, it looks a tad generic, but any nitpicks I have are just that, and having to keep in mind the price point, you just can’t have the same as a $500 replica watch.
The 120-click bezel rotates with nice firm clicks, but the edges are a little sharp. They will not cut you or anything, but you can feel they are a little rough and can possibly get snagged on a shirt cuff or blanket, putting your hand in your pocket, etc. Not a huge issue, but thought I would mention it.
The dial on this version is the white dial that is fully luminous with high gloss black markers and matte black hands. A black on white date window at 3 o’clock position, logo and model name along with water resistance are the only things on the dial besides the hands and markers, so definitely not cluttered with unnecessary text and logos.
For the case back they went with brushed stainless steel as opposed to the PVD and it is engraved with the pertinent info and the Luxmento logo in the center. At this price, I was surprised to even see an engraved logo, as usually you will just see the spec info and that is that.
On my 7 ½” wrist, using the silicone strap it is quite comfortable, and a nice size that is not oversized for my wrist. The 22mm silicone rubber is padded and has white stitching giving it the look of leather, and has a stainless steel buckle. (Should have been pvd?). The strap is comfortable and does not attract as much lint and dirt as other silicone straps. Also included is a nato style tan strap. I believe you can request the color of nato strap you would like as I have seen they also have black available. I am always a less is more guy. While the silicone is comfortable, it can be a bear in the summer weather, and causes you to sweat a lot. Instead of 2 straps, I think they could have gone with a nice leather, or a natural rubber strap. (We have seen recently a few brands doing inexpensive natural rubber straps). I would have also liked drilled lugholes for easy strap changes.
The full lume dial with a nice charge from outside in the sun, lights up really bright as you can see, but of course the initial brightness is only for a few minutes. The lume holds well over a good few hours, to the point of my girlfriend waking up a few times during the night and grabbing my wrist with this replica watch on, instead of her phone, to glance at the time.
The Luxmento is a nice example of a grab and go diver, and it is nice to see sapphire and a full lume dial at this price point. Is it perfect? No, but what replica watch really is, and at a sub $200 price I think it is a very nice dive replica watch that should hold up well over time. If PVD is not your thing, they have stainless versions available with other dial colors as well. And if quartz is not your thing, they have a new model coming out in the summer, which will be an automatic. Pics of that are on their website if you would like to check that out. WatchReport should have a review on that one as well, come that time.
And if the current price is not affordable enough for you, they are having a 1 year anniversary sale that goes until June 15, 2015, for the Navylamp PVD and the NavyLamp Rescue II PVD model (as reviewed). Use code 1ERALXMNTO for 25% off. You can see their full website HERE. (You will need to use translate)
Thank you to Luxmento for providing this model for review. Please leave your comments below and thank you for checking out the review.