It’s Analog Time

Four days ago, the Automatic Sport Timer 0921 arrived from Luminox. This isn’t my first watch from the company. I previously owned the A.1847 Field Chronograph (2011), the A.1848 Field Chronograph (2012), and the 3187 Navy Seal (2013-15). I loved them all, but let each go during periods of financial uncertainty and to test various smartwatches. The new timepiece replaces the Apple Watch Series 5 retired on May 31, 2021.

The 0921 is my second automatic mechanical watch, joining the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 7 Twin-Time acquired three years ago next month. Both represent simplification, as I seek to minimize distractions and maximize attention—change precipitated in part by an aging brain. My short-term memory isn’t as reliable as younger me, although I am still plenty mentally sharp just not as quick.

The new wrist-wear is “based off the 1990s Sport Timer that was one of the most important watches for the fledgling brand”, according to the company. “Luminox takes the Sport Timer even further, incorporating an automatic movement into the sporty vintage design”. Marketing-speak aside, the 0921 looks and feels good to me—and what a relief not to be nagged by Apple Watch or need to charge it nightly. The analog timepiece’s persistent luminescence is an enormous benefit, for my older eyes.

I used Leica Q2 Macro mode to shoot the Featured Image and first companion on June 3, 2021—before ever putting the timepiece on my wrist. Hence, the day and date mismatch. Vitals, aperture manually set for both: f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/125 sec, 28mm; 11:26 a.m. PDT. The other is the same but ISO 500 and one-minute later. I captured the additional photo, this evening, after posting. Vitals, aperture and ISO manually set: f/2.8, ISO 400, 8 sec, 28mm; 9:46 p.m.