The New ICE-SAR Arctic 1050 Series from Luminox

Search & Rescue, Iceland-Style: The New ICE-SAR Arctic 1050 Series from Luminox

Luminox gets serious with a new purpose-built line to meet the needs of rescue workers in one of the world’s most remote locales.

By Mike Espindle
Executive Editor

When based on recent product news, it is all too easy to associate Swiss watchmaker Luminox with SCUBA diving in elegantly tropical destinations or with its natural affinity for aviation.

But one of the brand’s historical pillars isn’t based on lofty or elegant associations. Luminox also makes watches dedicated and purpose-built for some of the hardest working people on the planet, first responders.

And there can be no doubt that some of the hardest-working of that hard-working lot are the dedicated volunteers from the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR).

ICE-SAR’s elite teams deal with extreme weather, harsh terrain, icy waters, open glaciers, occasionally active volcanoes, and more on a daily basis. And with the island nation’s boom in tourism, visitors’ lack of familiarity with the terrain can further complicate rescue efforts.

Durable & Resilient

To honor their bravery and equip the wrists of these stalwart volunteers, Luminox has partnered with the ICE-SAR organization to create the ICE-SAR Arctic 1050 Series. Wrought in the brand’s propriety CARBONOX material (a durable compressed carbon powder six times lighter than steel and three times lighter than titanium), these tough timepieces are available in multiple color variations: red-on-black, white-on-black, and white-on-dark blue.

The Luminox ICE-SAR Arctic 1050 Series features beefy, durable 46mm cases with angled lugs that give way to more wrist movement, technical rubber straps, and a reliable Swiss quartz Ronda 515 calibre. And it is the use of this quartz movement that makes one of the new line’s most notable features possible. I am talking about the additional extra-long seconds hand that functions as a pulsometer.

Lost & Found

An indispensable feature for first responders, an ICE-SAR volunteer can quickly take the pulse of a rescued traveler by using a combination of the extra-long second hand and the indices of the dial ring. A terrific added-value function that can come in handy, no matter if you’re the rescuer or rescuee.

Of course, you can also expect Luminox’s signature Light Technology to enable bright legibility in any conditions for 25 years, 200 meters/660 feet of water resistance, and a long 72-month battery life. You know, just in case you get stranded in the middle of a glacier.

While losing your way in Iceland might evoke some humorous visions of a St. Bernard with a keg of brandy around its neck (although you shouldn’t since that is a trope of the Alps), you’ll probably be a lot happier if someone with this watch around their wrist shows up. Or, better yet, owning your own Luminox ICE-SAR Arctic Series 1050 might inspire you to work up the expert skills of Iceland’s intrepid search and rescue teams. You never know!

Pricing & Availability

The ICE-SAR Artic Series 1050 timepieces retail for $595 and are available at Luminox boutiques, retailers, and the brand’s online store as you read this. Visit the Luminox website for more information.

(Photography by Liam O'Donnell. Images © Luminox)

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