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The Navy SEALs share their mantra with the launch of Lu­mi­nox’s 2018 col­lec­tion dur­ing an ob­sta­cle course at The Canopi, Bin­tan In­done­sia

“THE ONLY EASY Day Was Yes­ter­day” the SEAL mantra that has un­doubt­edly lifted Navy

SEALs through the tough­est of days. You thought to­day was tough? You’ll wish it was to­day to­mor­row. A very sim­ple mantra, yet one that can def­i­nitely be used not just by the Navy SEALs, but us ev­ery­day peo­ple too. “The Only Easy Day Was Yes­ter­day”, it may seem in­tim­i­dat­ing, but we should ac­tu­ally strive to make yes­ter­day eas­ier than to­day, be­cause that, in my opin­ion, is how we re­ally know that we are grow­ing.

On a blis­ter­ing hot Wed­nes­day, 26 par­tic­i­pants were gath­ered at The Canopi, Bin­tan In­done­sia for The Lu­mi­nox Jun­gle Sur­vival Course. Hail­ing from Malaysia, Brunei and Sin­ga­pore, the par­tic­i­pants had been in­vited to un­dergo a course of var­i­ous ob­sta­cles de­signed to test not only their phys­i­cal abil­ity, but also on their men­tal strength. Above all, the par­tic­i­pants were to com­plete the chal­lenge un­der the com­mand of re­tired Navy SEAL, Rob Roy.

The groups was split into five teams, each named after a spokesper­son, or­gan­i­sa­tion or ob­sta­cle race as­so­ci­ated with Lu­mi­nox: SEAL Team 6, ICE-SAR, Sea Wolves, Un­der­sea Voy­ager Pro­ject and Spar­tan. Upon for­ma­tion, Rob pro­ceeded to ask each group leader ran­dom ques­tions re­gard­ing the leader’s group­mates, where each wrong an­swer re­sulted in push ups. This was Rob’s way of high­light­ing how vi­tal it is to know the peo­ple you work with, stranger or not; once you’re put in the same team, they’re your fam­ily.

Each par­tic­i­pant was also handed a Lu­mi­nox watch that would ac­com­pany them through­out the course. This was a very strong show of con­fi­dence from the brand of the re­silience of their watches, as par­tic­i­pants were to go through a course that will in­evitably lead to a lot of knock­ing about. The watches also acted as ev­ery­one’s best friend in the test of our time man­age­ment, with each ob­sta­cle given a spe­cific du­ra­tion to be com­pleted. The par­tic­i­pants learned how to time hack or to syn­chro­nise their time down to the sec­ond, as well as utilise the ro­tat­ing bezel for count­down pur­poses.

All these tech­niques were passed down eas­ily due to the sim­plic­ity of the Lu­mi­nox watches, with Rob stress­ing how sim­plic­ity is vi­tal as easy use will greatly re­duce any risk of er­rors dur­ing a mis­sion.

Be­sides the watches, each group were also given a com­pass and map to help nav­i­gate through the jun­gle and man­grove swamp. Snacks were also pro­vided in a bag to re­plen­ish one­self, while bot­tles of wa­ter were given through­out the course to guar­an­tee hy­dra­tion, es­pe­cially in the sting­ing heat.

A tes­ta­ment as to how in­tel­lec­tual abil­ity mat­ters just as much, if not more than phys­i­cal abil­i­ties, each group was given a puz­zle from the get-go, with the amount of time a group took to com­plete the puz­zle de­ter­min­ing which team would get a head start on the course. Groups then went off ac­cord­ing to their al­lot­ted times to the first ob­sta­cle, which re­quired pairs to work to­gether to kayak through a man­grove for­est. A telling test of co­op­er­a­tion, this ob­sta­cle showed one’s abil­ity to co­or­di­nate with their team­mate, with the in­abil­ity to do so lead­ing to sway­ing and slow kayak­ing, which would also ul­ti­mately lead to un­nec­es­sary strain to the body. As the kayak ob­sta­cle was the first real ob­sta­cle of the day, it was also the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the par­tic­i­pants to build chem­istry with each other.

Upon reach­ing the check­point, groups then had to hike through a trail to­gether as a group with the help of the map and com­pass. A very im­por­tant rule was how group­mates had to be within 6 feet of each other. This raised the in­ten­sity, as groups had to fo­cus not only on be­ing close by each other but also to main­tain a speed that keeps the dis­tance be­tween them and other groups. This is in keep­ing with Navy SEAL op­er­a­tions where each mem­ber must

be ac­counted for and how tak­ing care of each other is a vi­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The last chal­lenge tested their re­source­ful­ness as well as their abil­ity to adapt to their sur­round­ings. Groups were pro­vided with ropes, wood and leaves. They were then given 45 min­utes to utilise the re­sources pro­vided as well as any­thing else they can find in their sur­round­ings to build a shel­ter that can com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date all four group mem­bers. This tested the groups on their crit­i­cal think­ing, whether they can think out­side the box in a re­stricted amount of time to make the ab­so­lute best out of a sit­u­a­tion and how lit­tle it pro­vides you. The course then ended with Rob him­self pro­vid­ing real Navy SEAL train­ing regimes to some par­tic­i­pants that were ask­ing for more, giv­ing them a glimpse of the men­tal and phys­i­cal strain, the Navy SEALs must go through on a daily ba­sis to get to where they are.

After be­ing given time to freshen up, the par­tic­i­pants were then treated to a hearty spread for din­ner pre­pared by Lu­mi­nox, the per­fect re­ward for a long hard day. Rob was also on hand to pass out cer­tifi­cates to par­tic­i­pants in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Lu­mi­nox Jun­gle Sur­vival Course. Cer­tifi­cates were given ac­cord­ing to the par­tic­u­lar skill in which the par­tic­i­pant ex­celled through­out the course, with skills in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion among oth­ers. The watches also had to be re­turned at the end of the day, and as ex­pected, they with­stood the course per­fectly as there was not a sin­gle scratch on them.

On the sec­ond day, a press con­fer­ence was held by Lu­mi­nox to share more about the three new col­lec­tions launched by Lu­mi­nox in 2018: Navy SEAL 3580 Chrono­graph

The Only Easy Day Was Yes­ter­day, ICE-SAR 1000 series and Deep Dive Car­bonox 1550. Par­tic­i­pants were also treated to a shar­ing ses­sion with Rob, as they got to know him be­neath the tough Navy SEAL re­tiree ex­te­rior. Aside from shar­ing more re­gard­ing him­self, he also di­vulged on his in­volve­ment with Lu­mi­nox, on the con­fi­dence he has in the brand in pro­duc­ing time­pieces of the ut­most qual­ity to their part­ners.



Con­sist­ing of five models, the new Navy SEAL 3580 series sports sev­eral ex­cit­ing new fea­tures in­clud­ing a chrono­graph func­tion and Car­bonox cas­ing. The Navy SEAL mantra “The Only Easy Day Was Yes­ter­day” is promi­nently dis­played on the

dial of one of the models in the series, as the lat­est it­er­a­tion of the best-sell­ing Navy SEAL col­lec­tion of Lu­mi­nox watches as a whole have been in­tro­duced with sev­eral up­graded fea­tures to weather the tough­est of ob­sta­cles. Be­sides that, the ad­di­tion of Car­bonox to the series en­hances not only the aes­thetic, but also dura­bil­ity, as the case and the uni­di­rec­tional ro­tat­ing bezel are all made of the in­no­va­tive car­bon com­pound ma­te­rial. An­other in­no­va­tive fac­tor to the series is the Lu­mi­nox Light Tech­nol­ogy, which pro­vides un­matched night vis­i­bil­ity through a self-pow­ered il­lu­mi­na­tion sys­tem that lasts up to 25 years with­out the need of an ex­te­rior light source or the push of a but­ton.


Bring­ing with them an il­lus­tri­ous his­tory of work­ing with he­roes, Lu­mi­nox proudly ex­tends that his­tory by be­ing the proud Of­fi­cial Part­ner of The Ice­landic As­so­ci­a­tion for Search and Res­cue. Founded in 1928, the Ice­landic As­so­ci­a­tion for Search and Res­cue (ICE-SAR) was formed due to the harsh weather con­di­tions of Ice­land and the lack of a pro­fes­sional army. In com­mem­o­ra­tion of this part­ner­ship, Lu­mi­nox launches the ICE-SAR Arc­tic 1000 series. Us­ing a 46mm Car­bonox case, these time­pieces fea­ture scratch re­sis­tant sap­phire crys­tal. All watches are also equipped with the Lu­mi­nox Light­ing Tech­nol­ogy, guar­an­tee­ing ul­ti­mate night vi­sion to ICE-SAR teams for 24 hours a day. The bezel of the watches are in­spired by the ICE-SAR logo, while the hands are shaped to re­sem­ble the cara­bin­ers that are used by the res­cuers on ev­ery mis­sion.

A lim­ited edi­tion piece of the series is also pro­duced. Lim­ited to only 900 pieces world­wide, the blue and red colour scheme of ICE-SAR is used, with each watch in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered on the case back that also fea­tures the ICE-SAR logo. At nine o’clock, the in­dex has been re­placed with ’90 years’ and the ICE­SAR logo is placed at six o’clock while ‘112’, the emer­gency num­ber in many coun­tries of Europe and USA, re­places the num­ber twelve.


Lu­mi­nox reaf­firms their sup­port to Scott Cas­sell’s mis­sions with the launch of the lat­est edi­tion of the Deep Dive series, the

Scott Cas­sell Deep Dive 1550 series. Mark­ing the first time Lu­mi­nox is us­ing the pre­ci­sion light­weight Car­bonox+ in its Deep Dive col­lec­tion, all four models in the series come in 46mm Car­bonox+ cases. Each watch in the series fea­ture a sap­phire crys­tal with anti-re­flec­tive coat­ing, screw down crown, a stain­less steel screw down case back and a gen­uine rub­ber strap. The case backs also fea­ture an em­boss­ing of a sub­ma­rine that is spe­cially de­signed to look like ‘The Great White’, a sub­mersible that Scott Cas­sell per­son­ally re­fur­bished in his garage and is now used for his mis­sions with Un­der­sea Voy­ager Pro­ject.

“The Only Easy Day Was Yes­ter­day”. This mantra proved to be painfully ac­cu­rate even after the gru­elling first day at the course, as the mus­cle aches would tell you. But along with the mus­cle aches came a sense of ac­com­plish­ment, a mo­ti­va­tion to con­tinue to build on the mo­men­tum of yes­ter­day and con­tinue to im­prove one­self to­day, so as to feel some­thing even greater to­mor­row. AM

Over­com­ing ob­sta­cles as a team, Navy SEAL style, at the Lu­mi­nox Jun­gle Sur­vival Course(Above) ICE-SAR Arc­tic 1000 Series, in suppo of the Ice­landic As­so­ci­a­tion for Search & Res­cue

Re­tired Navy SEAL, Rob Roy

Team work is key to sur­vival

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