With technology advancing, there has been an immense change in the way things work now. The watch came out of the pockets on our wrists in the 20th century, and the rest is history. It no more a mere device for telling time. The smartwatches can be paired to the smartphones to keep us connected to the rest of the world.
Luminous materials used in watches helped improve visibility, and radium was the first luminous material used in watches during the early 1900s. However, its radioactive nature is extremely toxic to the human body, which is why the watch companies minimized their use. These watches provide easy readability in the dark, and are also known as ‘night watches’.
Different luminous materials are used in watches today, such as photoluminescence, tritium gas tubes, and electroluminescence. Some have dials coated with non-toxic material, while others feature embedded glass capsule producing instant glow and some timepieces come with LED technology. There are different technologies that brands use in these watches, and it is difficult choosing the best option.
The list below has been curated based on the above attributes. It takes you through 15 best luminous watches that light up, and aide better visibility at night.
1. Luminox 6251 Modern Mariner Watch
The timepiece from Luminox combines ruggedness with aesthetics. Wear it to work, or a pair it with casuals, it looks perfect with all looks. The brushed stainless steel case is paired to a black bezel and contrast black dial. Also, the silver Arabic numerals look vivid on the dark dial. A built-in calendar display day and date information at the 3.0’clock position. Also, the black leather strap with the same colour stitching is comfortable and fits well around the wrist. It features tang buckle clasp for closure and colored in red on the side that rests on the skin. The round dial looks classic, and the mineral window over the dial prevents the surface from getting scratches for a clear view.
2. Casio Pro Trek Quartz
A sporty black watch suffices all your requirements when it comes to picking a suitable timepiece. It is wearable and can be accompanied by a formal outfit, or casual jeans/shirt, etc. Pair it to any outfit, it will gel in easily, enhancing your appearance by multiple-folds. The all-black timepiece features small splashes of silver visible on hour markings and bezel. Also, the three hands indicating the hour, minute and seconds are finished in silver. The seconds hand is sleek, while the hour and minutes hands have a framed design. It is suitable for the moist environment, though diving should be avoided. Also, it allows setting multiple alarms including 4 one-time and 1 snooze alarm. It has a stopwatch and allows setting time for 31 different zones across the world.
3. Citizen Eco-Drive Navihawk Atomic
This dual-tone round watch is elegance personified. A fitting timepiece to ace your office look. It goes well with all the outfits and gives you confidence. The mineral crystal lens allows a clear display, while the silver-tone sunray dial is paired to the dual-tone adjustable link bracelet with jewellery clasp and extender closure. If you work in an environment where you are exposed to moisture, this may not be a perfect option as it is not resistant to water. The standard band length allows it to fit comfortably around the wrist. Also, it has a quartz watch movement and a 26 mm thick metal case.
4. Invicta Rally Analog Japanese Quartz
The oversized stainless steel case is paired to a dark brown dial with the minute and hour hands finished in silver-tone, while the seconds hand is colored in brown. Also, the hour markings match the case finish, and there is a light brown leather strap featuring the same colour stitching. For closure, the strap is combined to a tang buckle clasp. The luminous hands enable reading time in the dark, and the mineral crystal over the dial protects from getting scratches. Water resistance of up to 100 meters makes it suitable for wearing in a moist environment, though it should be avoided while swimming, snorkelling and diving. Backed by a pleasing design, this watch looks classic and is comfortable to wear.
5. Luminox Evo Navy Seals Colormark
This all-black Luminox Evo Navy Seals Colormark watch is the ultimate option if you can’t get enough of black. It combines the vivid blue splash on the dial, and bezel for a sporty appearance. The minutes marking, Arabic numerals on the dial and the three-hands (hours, minutes and seconds) are all coloured in vibrant blue. This cool timepiece is equipped with a 44 mm case with mineral dial window, and the polyutherine band features buckle clasp for closure. It is resistant in water for up to 200 meters, and is claimed to be suitable for professional marine activity as well as serious surface water sports. However, it should not be worn when attempting scuba diving.
6. Seiko 5 Self-Winding
Featuring Seiko’s craftsmanship, this timepiece personifies elegance. The suave silver watch is paired with a shimmery stainless steel bracelet that gets a deployment clasp for closure. Also, the white dial is encased in a 38 mm stainless steel case and features golden accented hour markings. The three-hands for measuring hour, minutes and seconds are also finished in golden. Besides telling time, this watch also keeps you updated about the day of the week and date. It could be worn with any outfit and is suitable for every occasion. The classic silver color goes well with the basic round white dial. Also, it has a power reserve of up to 40 hours on a single charge.
7. Casio Classic Unisex
Casio is known for producing some of the best watches with great value when it comes to pricing. This classic black timepiece is perfect for people of all age groups, be it teenagers, college-goers or professionals. The chic look is highlighted by the use of orange accent on the dial which features Arabic numerals. Contrasting with the dial colour are the silver-toned hands used for depicting hour, minutes and seconds. Unlike the above watches, this one is not resistant to water and should be avoided in a moist environment. The luminous hands let you manage at night; it enables reading time at a dark movie hall, or even in a meeting room or places with dim light.
8. Reef Tiger Sport
The Reef Tiger sport watch has a gold case paired to black dial and band. Also, the calfskin leather strap pairs to a tang buckle clasp for closure, and it fits comfortably around the wrist. The 46 mm masculine rose gold case is transparent from the back. It features anti-scratch sapphire crystal for a scratch-free top. Water-resistance is mild, which makes it unsuitable for water sports, swimming, snorkelling and diving, though it could resist subtle splashing. High on aesthetic appeal, this timepiece combines the classic black tone with the shimmery rose gold finish. A perfect watch that goes with all the outfits, and makes you stand in the crowd.
9. Luxury Moon Phase Casual
If your love for brown is undying, look no further. Just grab this piece before it is taken. Featuring an oversized round dial, it is a subtle piece which educes elegance and makes head turn wherever you go. It is a classic timepiece that fits for all occasions, be it a formal meeting, or a casual outing with friends, or even a family gathering. The tinge of gold appears just right, giving it the perfect bling. While the luminous pointer makes sure you don’t miss reading time, even in a dark place. It could be worn in a moist environment, though not fit for water sports, snorkelling and diving. Contact with hot water or steam should be avoided.
10. Seiko 5 Automatic Gold Dial
Gold was the most wearable watch in the older times and is loved even today for its rich looks. It is a formal timepiece suitable for a business meeting, or formal functions. The gold finish appears just right, neither too flashy nor too simple. It adds the perfect bling to the classic round timepiece. Built of a stainless steel case, it has a golden bezel and shimmery gold-toned bracelet with a push-button foldover clasp with safety. Even the dial is finished in gold, with all three hands, including the luminous hour and minute hands, as well as the second hands finished in the same tone as the dial.
11. Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Watch
The slick dual-tone Swiss-made stainless steel timepiece could be a wonderful addition to your collection of watches. It combines elegance with masculinity, something that you want in your timepiece. The dual-tone finish featuring gold and silver, enhance its appearance, making it the perfect formal timepiece that could be worn anywhere. Look confident and make heads turn in this Swiss-made watch. The dual-tone bracelet band comes with a double locking foldover clasp for closure. Also, the grey dial features gold-toned hour markings in Arabic numerals at just two positions (3 and 9), and the gold crown is well contrasted with the grey bezel.
12. Laco Valencia
Watch enthusiasts just adore shimmery timepieces, while black tops the list, something that can never fail to impress. But when it comes to luxury watches, it has to be a brown timepiece with a leather strap. Laco’s premium model features a silver case with matching lugs/crown, and the crème dial looks just perfect with it. The Arabic hour markings are visible clearly on the crème backdrop, also it matches the black color of the hour/minute and second hands. Enhancing its visual appeal, the brown strap with contrast crème stitching looks pleasing to the eye. Moreover, the strap combines a tang buckle clasp for a hassle-free closure.
13. San Martin Pilot Flieger Watch
Here is another luminous piece with a brown dial that you just can’t miss. The contrast of brown leather strap and the vivid blue dial creates a master timepiece which is pleasing to the eye and modern in all senses. Also, the silver stainless steel case looks sturdy, and the oversized blue dial with contrasting yellow Arabic numerals adds to the macho look. The luminous dials promise a clear vision even in dark. It is a perfect piece with just the right styling for every occasion. Wear it any outfit and look cool. Besides, it is waterproof, and suitable for swimming and even diving.
14. Invicta Pro Diver
The classic silver timepiece looks nothing less than magic with a chronograph black dial featuring silver luminous hands and hour markings. Also, the 48 mm stainless steel case provides strength to the timepiece. It is paired to a comfortable, bracelet band with a deployment clasp for easy closure. The synthetic sapphire crystal comes with scratch resistance and allows a clear view to the dial. While the luminous hands make sure you never lose track of time even in dark. Crafted to impress with its looks, the silver-toned timepiece matches perfectly with any outfit and features cutting-edge technology. If you are planning to add a luminous watch to your collection, this is a great option.
15. Nautica Freeboard Multifunction Watch
The stainless steel 44 mm case is coupled to an adjustable navy silicone strap that can fit on up to 8-inch writs circumference. Matching the strap colour, the bezel features minute markings, and the navy blue dial equips silver-toned hour, minute and second hands. It has a built-in calendar, displaying the day of the week and the date at the 3.0’ clock position. Also, the luminous hour and minute hands glow in the dark, letting you keep a track of time wherever you are. The water-resistant feature makes this timepiece suitable for swimming and snorkelling, though it is not advised to be worn when diving.