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From Case To Wrist, the Invicta is Not Subtle on its Extravagance
on August 24, 2011
It is not necessarily good to talk about price in a review unless spending an amount that overlaps the quality is present. As of right now this Invicta watch is under 100$ and 'says' it retails for 575$. Any company can represent their product with any number, though; if you are not careful that 575$ MSRP will make you think you are getting a 575$ watch. The Invicta comes close, I will say. At the present price of sub-100$, and if you like the look, this is a must buy. Not only does this watch feel that it was crafted with quality--which is rare I find now-a-days--it manages to strut its way into the fashion category while also being able to run into sports functionality.
Starting with the craftmanship--though I cannot tell you how well the inside is made because frankly, my hands are too big to be prying under the carriage here--the watch is on the heavy side with a very solid Stainless Steel plate (in my case, Gold Plated)***Stainless Steel is prone to turn darker if not cleaned a few times annually***. Also, there are many varieties with this particular watch: Gold, Black, Silver Plate and White or Black Dials so that you are not stuck with mine.
Under the specifications listed on Amazon's webpage it says that the band is Leather, Synthetic but on the watch band itself it reads 'Genuine Leather'. Furthermore, the feeling on the band does feel and look like Gin-You-Ine leather. The watch does take the current trend of oversized watch with this one being a bigger than average wrist watch. To give you an idea of the size, the diameter of the dial is 1 3/4 inch across or 4.5 centimeters. I have seen very large so that it is just obnoxious, and pleasantly aggrandized. The Invicta falls in with the latter. Do not be too timid if you are worrying about the size. It's not that bad.
***The band is black with fairly thick, white stitching vertically down the 2 straps, and a few of my stitches looked marked with a black color such that they looked a little dirty. Probably just mine.***
This is a Chronograph watch. That means this has the usual moving Minute, Hour, and Second (Step Elapse, not Smooth--Like the Rolex) hands while also showing the Date: DD, and containing 3 subdials:
1 and 2: Function as a stopwatch with 1 showing the minutes passed, and 2 showing seconds passed. These can be started and stopped with a side button and reset with one button as well.
3: shows the proper hour as corresponding to the time of day e.g. a.m. or p.m. represented in a 24-hr format. For example, it is 9 o clock on the watch, but is it a.m. or p.m.? The Subdial hand will either be on the 21-hr mark to represent p.m. or 9-hr mark to show a.m.
The actual typeface of the numbers on the watch are what I would describe as being more adolescent, modern, and young than eloquent and traditional. Keep this mind if you are older and used to a certain low key, and classic number type on your dials.
With the Invicta Chronograph, there is little to not be impressed by. For the price, you are getting quality. For the look you are getting a perfectly depicted modern timepiece--one that is loud, but reserved, and cocky enough to be unabashed without being repugnant. If this was not enough, how about a watch that you can wear with a two-button suit or a wetsuit without worrying about it dulling the look of formal wear or putting too much polish on the blue collar; Yes...it has versatility too.