The Story Behind RESCO and the only Navy SEAL watch maker in the world.
I recently had dinner with my fellow SEAL brother Rob Smith and his wonderful wife Nicole, founders of RESCO Instruments . (FYI-the only NAVY SEAL made watch in history. EVER) Rob is a great guy and is a walking watch “wiki” of information.
Straight away Rob and I got into the story about Luminox. He wouldn’t elaborate only to pointed me to a few SEAL friends that could tell me the real deal about the debacle. After talking to some old school friends in the Teams, I have come to the conclusion that heir claim as the “official” Navy SEAL watch is overplayed and downright sleazy. Few guys I know of in the Teams have much of anything good to say about them and I personally would never wear one.
So what’s the unofficial Luminox story? Rumor has it that they gave some watches to the SEALs to test out. Most of them flooded out, steamed out or just plain fell apart under harsh SEAL testing. The Teams apparently sent them back in disgust and somehow, someone at Luminox slid one by our government contracting folks. And even though the watches failed the SEAL standard, they apparently had some sort of contractual right to lay claim to be the SEAL watch. FYI, I would welcome a public statement from Luminox stating their side of the story. Enough said, but at least now you know the inside scoop. Now onto a real watch company….