March 11, 2013

Lum Tec 500M Watch Review

Lum-Tec 500M Watch
Lum-Tec 500M-1
  Lum-Tec, never been a big fan of the brand name, BUT big fan of Lum-Tec. Being reviewed today is the Lum-Tec 500M-1. It's large, it's beefy, it's got insane lume to match, this a serious dive watch. There is also a PVD version, called the 500M-2. Both version are limited runs of 200 and 150 for the PVD model.
  First impressions, quite large coming in with a 44mm case at 18.5mm of thickness. The black dial is clean and the orange accents add a nice visual pop. The dial has LUM-TEC, MDV Technology, and 500M printed in a masculine font. MDV (maximum depth visibility) is quite a process. To avoid getting to "wordy", the simple explanation is 8 layers of SuperLumiNova applied over a chemically treated white base. This process equates to some phenomenally intense lume for all us lume junkies! As seen in the picture below, every hand and marker glows like a torch, with the exception of the small second/minute markers. 

  Lum-Tec uses a 5mm thick domed sapphire crystal. W&R is always a sucker for domed sapphire. The best description of the Lum-Tec 500m-1 might be a modernly aggressive dive watch, with it's sharp defined lines, extremely pronounced bezel, and overall visually size. The 500M has a water resistance rating to match the name of the watch. It is fitted to your wrist via a 24mm strap, tapering to 22mm. Lum-Tec went with a no date layout and is used a non hacking Seiko Sii NH15 movement. Would have preferred to see a better movement at this price point. Overall, a well built watch, with an impressive wrist presence.

Pros - lume, domed 5mm sapphire
Consideration - choice of movement, lacking date

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Strap: Black Rubber
Lug Width: 24mm
Crystal: Domed Sapphire
Bezel: Unidirectional
Movement: Seiko Sii NH15
Power Reserve: Estimated 40 hours
Water Resistant: 500M


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