“The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” the SEAL mantra that has undoubtedly lifted Navy SEALs through the toughest of todays. 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, cause 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 were to set to undergo a course of various obstacles that not only tests one on 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.
Split into 5 different groups of 4 members, the groups named after the various spokespersons, organisations or obstacle races associated with Luminox: SEAL Team 6, ICE-SAR, Sea Wolves, Undersea Voyager Project and Spartan. Upon the formation of the groups, Rob proceeded to ask each group leader random questions regarding the leader’s group mates, with each wrong answer leading to 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 a course that would also test our time management, with each obstacle being given a specific time duration to be completed.
The participants learned how to time hack or to synchronise their time down to the second, as well as utilising 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 blind 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 were given a puzzle from the get-go, with the amount of time a group takes 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 inability to do so leading to a 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 blind map and compass. A very important rule was how group mates had to be within six feet of each other, with the completion of the course with an incomplete group deeming the finish void.
This raised the intensity of the course, 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 emphasis on how every group mate must be of close vicinity to each other replicates Navy SEAL operations where each member must be accounted for and how taking care of each other is a vital responsibility.
The last test in which groups had to go through 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 skills, 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 in 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 are used, with each watch individually numbered on the case back that also feature the ICE-SAR logo. At the nine o’clock, the index has been replaced with ’90 years’ and the ICE-SAR 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 launching of the latest edition to 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.