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First Look: Armasight Watchman IR Illuminator


NEW from Armasight comes the Watchman IR Illuminator

Powered by an 850nm, 600mW Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL), this illuminator has three brightness settings to choose from.

Able to focus the beam between 3 degrees and 14 degrees and enhance vision beyond 500 yards. 

Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Watchman is shockproof and IP67 waterproof. The push button tail cap can be user-replaced with a tape switch for mounting to weapons.

A small red indicator light on the tail cap illuminates when the IR laser is powered on.

All of this is powered by a single, rechargeable 18650 battery. Or you can use two CR123s. Run times is about 15 hours on low setting and 5 hours on the high setting.

The Watchman can be used either handheld or mounted in an included 30mm ring.

From now until May 31, 2023 Armasight is offering a free Watchman with the purchase of eligible Armasight Nightvision products.

Armasight is located in Northbrook, IL, with manufacturing across the USA. They have been a leader in night vision and thermal imaging since 2011.

Look out for a full review on the Watchman coming to RECOIL in the near future!


  • Three output levels
  • Adjustable field of view
  • Visible redlight power-on indicator
  • Handheld or weapon mountable
  • 30mm ring, tape switch and rechargeable 18650 battery included

MSRP: $229.00

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