Lumed dials are awesome

With the sun shining overhead I’m pretty sure that today will by warm and sunny, and so it’s time to take the ISL-68 out for a stroll before winter sets in. The Islander is based on a mini turtle case but being mini is relative as its weight and thickness are making it top heavy and it does have plenty of heft. I’m usually avoiding such watches but in the case of the ISL-68, what won me over is the lumed dial.

Yes, I can freely admit that it’s a party trick, and that running back and forth from the balcony to the study to admire the glow of the dial is childish and immature. It’s also true that not having any indices on the dial and being forced to rely on the rotating bezel for reading the time doesn’t exactly add to functionality or legibility.

But the dial is lumed...he he he…

It’s just awesome and I acknowledge that the appeal is purely due to a childish attraction to shiny thing. So what?

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The rest of the ISL-68 isn’t bad, although not exactly strong on originality. The case is sturdy (and thick and heavy), the bracelet is solid (and thick and heavy), the upgraded clasp has plenty of micro-adjustment (and is thick and heavy) and finally the bezel with its blue ceramic insert is quite nice (and may also be thick and heavy but I can’t check that for sure). It's a solid watch. 

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In short it’s not heralding a breakthrough in watch’s design and it can be too heavy to enjoy wearing it on a thin wrist like mine, but it has a cracking lumed dial which make it perfect for sunny days.

What are your favorite lumed dials?

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Bit of a lume nut here as well!  My Lumibright Seikos have the most pop out of my small collection.  Would love to add a fully lumed dial to my group one of these days.

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Fieldwalker

Bit of a lume nut here as well!  My Lumibright Seikos have the most pop out of my small collection.  Would love to add a fully lumed dial to my group one of these days.

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I could not resist the occasion to snap a night lume shot.

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