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Invicta model 1429

I've been curious about Invicta watches for several years, and have purchased Fossil and Casio G-Shock in the past without any problems. I decided to give this Invicta a try, just to get an idea of the quality and workmanship. To make a long story short, the actual street price of the Invicta is too high for the actual quality and workmanship. You're better off buying Fossil or Seiko for the price because they have much better quality.

Let's start from the beginning. The Invicta 1429 is an analog Chronograph watch, where you can set the date and time. There is a smaller gauge that tells the 24-hour time (to distinguish PM from AM). The remaining 2 gauges are used to indicate Chronograph seconds (0-60) and minutes (0-60). The main watch is your standard 3-hand setup for second, minute, and hour. While the watch itself looks good from afar, up close the back of the watch and the face look/feel cheap. The chronograph hands don't line up with the indicated tick marks. There are no tick marks for the main clock so I can't tell if they line up. The watch band is made of very stiff leather and seemed like an afterthought when they fitted it to the watch. The notches aren't cut all the way, so if you have smaller wrists the watch is too big. The chronograph buttons aren't tactile, so I had no idea if the stop watch was active.

The instruction manual was useless for this model. After flipping through it, I eventually stumbled across a folded insert marked "Operation VD 53 B" which had the actual instructions for this configuration of watch. The 1429 arrived with the chronograph not zeroed properly, so I had to recalibrate the hands. The MSRP tag was a joke, as it exhibited a cost about 10-20 times what the actual value of the watch should cost.

The positive aspect is that the watch could pass as something expensive or classy, but the level of quality isn't there. It made my Fossil watch look like a much more expensive precision watch, and the watch aficionados consider Fossil to be cheap mall watches. The glow-in-the-dark inserts on the watch glows a subdued white-blue color, which is actually kind of cool compared to the boring green that most watches use to simulate mil-spec tritium "diver" watches.

Overall: 3/5 stars, the chronograph hands don't match up to their tick marks and seems to change with every revolution, it arrived out of the box with the hands not calibrated/zeroed properly, and the watch band isn't very good.
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VINE VOICEon August 24, 2011
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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.
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VINE VOICEon September 17, 2011
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The Invicta Men's 1429 Chronograph is a very distinctive watch with its large face and the rose gold plated finish which is set against the black watch face. The rose gold gives the gold finish is a reddish hue which is different, distinctive and looks nice. But, what people have always noticed first about the watch is its size. The watch face is slightly less than 1 3/4 inches (44mm) in diameter. The watch body is almost 1/2 inch thick. This is by far the largest watch that I have ever worn. The face is easy to read.

The hands and numbers of are white and show up well against the black background of the watch face. There are also three smaller dials on the watch face. Two of the smaller faces are dedicated to the stopwatch which can be used up to 60 minutes. The stopwatch is controlled by two push-buttons on the side of the watch. The other small face shows the time in military time. Between the 4 and 5 on the face is a small indicator of the date.

The watch is a quartz watch which means that the battery will need to eventually be replaced. The ticking sound that the watch makes is very quiet which is nice for people who get annoyed at the loud ticking of some mechanical watches.

The dial window material is synthetic-sapphire which is supposed to be scratch resistant. My other watch is a watch that I use for running which has only a plastic dial window. My running watch is completely scratched whereas the Invicta has remained scratch free so far. So, the synthetic sapphire material does appear to do a good job at resisting scratches.

Although the Amazon description notes that the band material is leather / synthetic, the watch band includes a stamp noting that it is genuine leather. So it may be just the small bands that hold the watch strap in place that are synthetic. The band is comfortable, but seems to be designed for a wide wrist. I dont think that I have an uncommonly small wrist, but I needed to use the very last hole in the strap (so that the strap was as small as it could go without punching new holes).

The watch comes in a distinctive, yellow box which is a nice touch. The documentation includes a piece of paper showing how to use the chronograph, to set the time and to set the date. Also included is an application for an extended warranty for five years.

Overall, a distinctive watch which will be noticed. If you are looking for a large watch, then you should certainly consider this model. However, due to the large size of the watch, this model may not be for people who are looking for a smaller profile, or for a more elegant watch.
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on May 11, 2015
My fiance proudly wears this watch everyday and he shows it off to everyone who will look! It is as attractive as it is functional and was reasonably priced. It also arrived quickly and was securely packaged. Thanks.
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VINE VOICEon August 24, 2011
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This is the Hummer of watches - a massive timepiece that dwarfs many (perhaps most) men's watches. It is outsize and overweight and realistically should only be worn by someone with an Arnold Schwarzenegger forearm.

I'll come back to the size issues in a minute, but want to first comment on the watch's functionality. Size aside, it is a reasonably attractive watch with an easy-to-read face. It only carries the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12, with markers for the other hours, but the numbers and markers are well defined and attractively modern - white against a black background, with gold lettering for the brand. The watch seems to keep excellent time, but that is standard today with even the cheapest of battery-powered watches.

Within the face are 3 smaller dials. One shows 24-hour time, the other two serve as minute and second stopwatches. I can only infer how to work them because the manual that came with the watch shows many Invicta watch models but not the exact watch sent to me. Despite the large size of the watch face, these 3 interior dials have very small numbers and markings, making them a bit difficult to read with middle-aged eyes.

One function that is missing, however, is a truly luminous dial. While the numbers and hands can be somewhat luminescent after exposure to bright light, they do not remain fluorescent for very long and are almost completely unreadable in the dark after a short time.

Now to the size issue. I own several other watches of different styles and manufacture, so I compared the dimensions of this watch to my others and here's what I found:

Perhaps most important is weight: My other watches all weigh between 1 and 2 ounces. This monster weighs in at 4 ounces - that's a quarter pound of metal and leather hanging from my wrist. And I emphasize the word "hanging" because how the strap fits worsens the problem. The leather strap is very thick and wide. Combined with the width and thickness of the watch itself, it is difficult to get a snug fit. I cannot pull the band tight enough to get the prong of the buckle into the proper hole in the strap, but when I use the next larger hole, the heavy watch just hangs from my wrist very uncomfortably. The dimensions of the strap also make it very stiff, so it is hard to thread through the first loop, which is fixed in place near the buckle.

Some other dimensional comparisons:
The faces of my other watches are 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" in diameter -- the Invicta is 1 7/8", but a full 2 inches when you add in the depth of the over-sized crown.
My other watches are 1/4" to 3/8" thick, but this one is 1/2".
My other watches have bands that are 1/16" to 1/8" thick, while the Invicta is 3/16".

These differences in fractions of an inch (Invicta vs. my other watches) may seem small, but on an object the size of a watch that needs to fit well on a wrist, they are amazingly large. I haven't done the math, but, overall, this watch is probably at least 50% larger than other watches I own (and twice as heavy), with no obvious advantage in function. Moreover, if the wearer were engaged in any sort of work involving manual dexterity in tight places, this watch would be a risk to get caught on nearby objects.

I suppose you could call the Invicta a big, ruggedly handsome watch. I need to think of whether I have any big, ruggedly handsome friends who could wear this wrist-sized quarter-pounder.
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on May 7, 2014
I actually collect Invictas I have 7 models now, I was missing a Rose Gold plated watch, My wife gave it to me on a Birthday present, Invicta has a great variety of qualities and pricing, they have from Hyundai to Mercedes Benz, from 35 usd to more than $1,000.00 it all depends on how much you can pay, Invictas are the only watch maker in the world to have a Flame fusion Crystal for their dials it has 3 layers of different materials, so I simply love it.
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on February 24, 2014
I have a number of Invicta watches and got this particular for a birthday present. Nice, big, bold watches with really interesting details and feel. I get compliments on all of my Invicta watches just about every time I wear them.
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on January 6, 2013
Very nice looking watch, get lots of comments. Got it very cheap on sale on amazon. Quality is mediocre , would not paid full price, but at less then half retail price it's a good deal and it is a smart looking time piece. Hopefully it will keep working for awhile.
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I picked this from my Vine offerings this month as I intend to give it as a gift. I was not sure what to expect because the list price is expensive and Amazon was offering it at a huge discount. Anyway, it arrived yesterday and what a beauty! It arrived in a beautiful yellow box with interesting designs on it. When I lifted the watch out of the box, there was a price tag attached to it ($595). Wow, that gave me pause for thought, and I looked at the watch a little closer. The watch comes with a black leather strap with white-stitched trim on the sides. The watch face itself is heavy and beautiful to look at. The watch face has the numbers 3,6,9, and 12 on it, and they are large enough to please the most tired eyes! No squinting required here:) This is the Invicta Tritnite Night Glow model, made in Japan, with Flame Fusion Crystal (whatever that means), chronograph, stainless steel case, and is water resistant to 100 meters.

There is an instruction manual and warranty that comes with it. The manufacturers claim (on a card that comes in the box) that there will be online aid for customers with queries regarding the product. There is also a web address provided. It also comes with an application form for a platinum plan extended five-year warranty program. In addition, there is a brief instruction booklet that shows basic operations (display and crown/button operation, adjusting the stopwatch hand position, time setting, and instructions on how to use the stopwatch). The operation is pretty simple, but it would have been nice to have an adjustable bezel. This is a handsome, masculine watch that has a high sexiness factor:)
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on January 8, 2014
My husband really likes Invicta watches and this is no exception. Large numbers and the rose gold is a nice change of pace from silver and gold. The watch face itseld is thick and the band is very thick and durable. Make sure to check the length on the band because my husband is a big guy and it barely fit him
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