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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 11, 2012
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It seems there are a couple variations of the dial-face style in the Invicta II Collection. One has the chronograph sub-dials clustered near the 6 o' clock and does have not numerals but instead just notches.

The second, this one, reverses the chronograph sub-dials and has them arranged near 12 o' clock as they slightly cover 5 extra large numerals: 12, 2, 4, 8, and 10, making telling time a much easier task to do. Another difference is the 1278 has more of a protrusion on the 3 crowns which flows better than the stumpy, shrunken ones like the Invicta Men's 1277 II Collection Chronograph Rose Gold Dial 18k Rose Gold Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Watch . This watch, model 1278, looks much better than the first variation I mentioned. It has more of a distinct style, yet is still reserved enough not to be `flashy'. The 1278 is a watch that garners lots of compliments, because it is unique.

With many Invicta watches, you have to be somewhat cautious if you are sensitive to the size of the case for the company routinely makes very big watches. Not to worry here, though, because the case of the watch is just a little over 1.5in across. This is one of their more subdued-sized watches, and is just right.

If you are considering this watch you obviously like the silver stainless-steel look, though what kind of `steel' is this watch? Is it the shiny, polished variety that mimics chrome? How about a very rough, matte type brushed nickel? It is in between.

The dial face has a glimmering steel texture that tends to shimmer in the light--a good thing. The numerals may look a tad too `youthful' in the pictures, but you would be within your rights to wear this watch even if you over a certain age--no one would mind.

The band is not too shiny, and it is not a true matte--like an oyster bracelet. It fits the whole of the watch, and has more of a polished look. The band is not the highest of quality you will find, being a little flimsy and has the slight squeaky movement of some typical lightweight bracelets. It is very comfortable to wear, however, and does not look cheap. It could be that they purposely made the band lighter because the watch overall has a heavy, solid feel. It does feel like a well-made watch for the price.

Owning many Invicta watches, I can say that their watches have much of the same in common--they are on the heavy side, have a better-than-average quality feel, and are not afraid of taking chances with their designs. This one is no different and, if you like the look or are deciding whether or not you want to take the chance on the purchase, I can offer to you that it will be a good choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
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Out of the box the first thing that comes to mind is WOW! The Invicta Men's Model 1278 makes quite an impression. As an owner of several other Invicta classics, this one is seriously worth a second look.

Powered by Japanese quartz movement, the 40mm stainless steel case cradles a face with three sub dials including 60 second, 60 minute and 24 hour displays. The date display is nicely added at the six o' clock position. The silver toned luminous hands are a great touch and actually show up well in a darkened room. The bezel is unidirectional.

Usually I'm not a big fan of metal bands. The stainless steel band with its fold over safety clasp is actually quite comfortable. It held up well and passed an unscheduled test when I forgot to remove it while playing racketball. I was quite surprised that it didn't go flying. Still I don't recommend this test. As far as water resistance goes, Invicta claims its a go up to 165 feet or 50 meters. Personally, I wouldn't bet on it.

The Invicta Model 1278 comes nicely packaged and includes a one year manufacturer's warranty, a five year extended warranty application and product ID card. The Florida based company offers an informative website with customer support numbers and email links. There's also a repair pricing chart posted on the site.

Even with the stainless steel metal band, this Invicta watch is a welcome addition to my growing collection of time pieces. It sells itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fun, moderately heavy men's watch. The band and casing are in a manly stainless steel, while the face and hands and stopwatch dials have a polished silver appearance that has a surprising amount of glitter.

Description: This is good looking, with a moderate heft to it. It's heavy enough that you know when you're wearing it, and the big stainless steel housing is eye-catching. The face is almost rhinestone level glittery, with a silver background and extra shiny silver accents. The watch is water resistant, and has a light glow in the dark for after hours time telling. The three small dials together have a stopwatch (chronograph) function, which is cool and tracks seconds, minutes hours. With all of the watch links intact, the watch is about 127 grams (4 3/8 ounces) and is about 21 centimeters (just under 8 1/2 inches) in interior circumference when the clasp is closed. Invicta has a ton of styles, so if a silver face, stainless steel body, and eye catching glitter doesn't do it for you, I'm sure they have something that will.

Resizing: One slight gripe is that the manual doesn't give any information on resizing. For those of you wondering how do to it, here is is:

1) If you need to shorten the watch a centimeter or less, you can make small adjustments pretty easily with the "micro adjustment holes." If you look at the back of the clasp, you will see four holes in a row. You can use a pushpin to push the spring bar loose (be careful not to let it pop out and get lost!) and reset the pin in one of the closer holes without too much trouble.

2) If the watch is more than a centimeter too big, then you have to remove some links. If you look at the back of the band, you will see that the last four links on each side have thin pins holding them to the next link. Check the internet if you're going to do a DIY resize , but basically, first you remove the clasp, then you take out one or more pins, either (very carefully) with a hammer and a pushpin, or more precisely with something like the Invicta Watch Sizing Tool, remove some links, then put a pin back in to attach the remaining links. Save your links in case you ever need to pass the watch on to someone with bigger wrists. Be careful not to bend or lose the spring bars or pins. Alternately, take the easier path and take this to a watch store to get resized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
So, I'll make this short n' sweet.

Long as I've been ordering from Amazon, never have I felt so compelled to write a review about an item!

After reading all the reviews I should have listened and not been so glamoured by the shiny, sparkly watch.

I was super sad :*( I mean, it didn't work... RIGHT OUT of the BOX... it was a dead watch X(

The only reason I gave this item 2 stars was because I believe that it at least had this going for them: good weight, not super flimsy and shiny with beautiful detail on the facade... but that's all it is.. a facade :(

Anyway, I realize that this was obviously a defective watch and not ALL of them are like this...

But it sure doesn't feel like it's worth a hundred bucks, especially in light of all the negative reviews I decided not to listen to!

BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK/GOOD LUCK ;P
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on September 4, 2012
i bought this watch to wear around to school, while swimming, working in the yard, and performing other day to day activity. As time has progressed the watch has received any small scratches all over but still keeps its shine. The crystal is un scratch-able and still looks brand new with no marks. This watch keeps amazing time, it gains about one second every few days which is remarkable for this price point. The band is nothing fancy but still feels durable and has weight to it. Although this watch does NOT feature a screw down crown or a screw down case back it still holds its own underwater. I swim with this watch on a regular basis, i have worn it into hot springs, and have done many other tasks involving submersion and have not had any condensation or failure in the watch. Unfortunately the glow features the watch has are the typical invicta light blue night glow features that dont stay bright and require direct contact with a bright light or LED to make them function. This watch only glows on the minute and hour hand and it might as well not glow at all. Overall this watch has a wonderful weight and is perfect for heavy everyday use, after months of tough work it still looks new, functions well, and still receives compliments for its beauty. I love this watch and i strongly think it is an awesome purchase for anyone.
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on February 15, 2012
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The Invicta Men's 1278 II watch has a face that is smaller than some of the other Invicta men's watches I have seen, but still large enough to be considered manly. Although smaller, this face still sports three smaller dials at the "12," "3," and "9" o'clock positions, which are for the stopwatch feature (60 second, 60 minute and 24 hour), as well as a square "date" window at the 6 o'clock position.

The silver face has only a few mirrored silver numerals--"12" which is partially hidden by the top dial, "2", "4", "8", and "10". The other numerals are represented by dashes. Like the "12" numeral, the "3" and "9" dashes are likewise partially hidden by the stopwatch dials. Overall, I think this makes telling the time sometimes hard at a glance, if the light is not favorable. Luckily, the mirror finish on the silver numerals and dashes shifts in contrast as you move your wrist, making them easier to read.

The outer ring bezel turns anti-clockwise, (I assume) for use with the second hand as a manual stopwatch. I really could not find anything in the manual about the outer bezel's function. The hour and minute hands are luminous; the second hand is not. The adjustable stainless steel link band features a fold-over style clasp.

The Invicta Men's 1278 II watch arrived in a plush yellow leather gift box. Inside, I found the watch nestled on a pillow of buttery yellow suede. Even the gift box is quality made! Both the watch face and band has a plastic shipping film on it to protect it from scratches until it reaches its recipient.

Overall, the Invicta Men's 1278 II has a heavy, solid feel to it that oozes quality and workmanship, and is powered by a Japanese movement. Since it is all polished stainless steel, it's striking to look at, in a classy way. This is a great dress watch that makes a sharp statement on any wrist.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2011
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The Invicta Men's 1278 II Collection Chronograph Silver Dial Stainless Steel Watch makes a big statement. It's large and bright and very masculine. It's also fairly heavy with a large face and a wide 20 mm band.

The movement is Japanese quartz and the case and band are stainless steel. The band is large enough for a man with large wrists and a small or medium boned man may require a trip to the watch store to shorten the band. DYI is a bit daunting on this. The clasp does have a safety catch.

It also has a date dial and second, minute, and 24 hour dials as well. They make the time a bit more difficult to read but look impressive. It also advertises as water resistant to 50 meters; I have no idea of the reality of that.

I promise to come back and report if there are problems in the time keeping, but at the moment my spouse likes the appearance and feel of the Invicta.
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VINE VOICEon January 19, 2012
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I like Invicta watches. They offer a LOT for the money, and the ones I've owned perform as well as watch I've worn. The Invicta Men's 1278 II Collection Chronograph Silver Dial Stainless Steel Watch is distinctive in that it hits the sweet spot between casual and dressy. I wouldn't hesitate to wear this timepiece with a suit or tux, and yet it also looks just right when I'm on the golf course or sharing a bucket of wings with my buddies.

The main feature of this watch, aside from the chronograph (60 second, 60 minute and 24 hour subdials) and date functions, is the reasonable case diameter. I still puzzle over the 60mm case that some manufacturers (Invicta being one of them) release to a disbelieving market. I know they sell a ton of these mammoth things, but I can't remember the last time I saw somebody wearing one. The 1278 II Collection Watch has a sensible 40mm case diameter, which looks pretty good on my large wrist and pretty good on my son's slightly thinner wrist. And that's important, because I promise you this is one watch you will actually want to wear everyday.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2012
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It is a nice looking watch that performs well at keeping time and with Chronograph functions. The band is easy to adjust if you have a watch kit, this has the little pins that are removable to remove links. The face can be difficult to see though and it would be better if the face were white maybe. Very nice looking and I expect it to last for quite a while.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
Super fast shipping. Item arrived in great condition and was just what I had expected and even more. Quality is great and I am very satisfied with the item that I bought.
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