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You get some serious Retro-Bling with this watch!
on September 23, 2011
It's hard to appreciate the size and weight of this watch from just reading the specifications on the web page. The watch is a replica 1959 Russian diver's watch, so needless to say it needed to be big to fit over the wet suit and the numbers needed to be big enough to read under water through a mask and water. I hope by now you're getting the idea how big this watch is, but if not, I can tell you if you trace the circumference of a golf ball, the face of this watch would be bigger. The controls for setting the time are covered with a metal screw top lid that is quite distinctive and protrude significantly from the side of the watch.
It is complete given that when you wear this watch, people will notice and ask about it. In fact, in some ways, it's more of a conversation piece than a time piece. But that's not to take away from the quartz crystal (fairly standard for watches) and heavy construction.
Why do I like the watch?
Well, the primary reason is due to its originality and uniqueness. It's probably a bit too big and flashy for me to wear as an everyday watch (okay, not probably, it IS too big and flashy to wear as an everyday watch). However, you can easily use this as a time piece that sits on your desk as almost a desk clock. This may sound ridiculous, but the size of this watch is ridiculous. I wore this watch one day to work with the result that I had many people (more than 10) people ask about it, and even more where I could see they were looking and staring.
In case you're wondering, I made this term up because this watch uniquely provides a flash from the past along with a constant flash due to the gold trim, gold control knob, and immense size. I won't go as far to say that it's somewhat equivalent to wearing a brash gold chain around your neck, but this watch would be considered jewelry by many.
Who might buy this watch?
First off, you can't wear this watch and not draw attention to yourself. So, if you're shy and modest, this probably isn't the watch for you unless you're trying to break out of your shell. The good news is that the watch is so big you can almost hide behind it!
If you're a bigger person, maybe a bit on the big-boned side, this watch won't look like your body is dwarfing it. I can say that with high confidence. Small boned people will definitely look silly wearing this watch unless it's on a gold chain hanging around your neck (then it's a different kind of silly, but one that hopes for style points).
Any one with a conservative look, can keep looking. And anyone wanting an outrageous look, it might just be perfect for you.
I will say that the watch is rated to go down to 100meters, so actual diver's might be interested. But I'd bet that the gold trim was added by Invicta from the original 1959 Russian watch (their things tended to be plain, functional, and dreary).
This could be the gift for the man that has everything (although you might be taking a chance he may not anything ever from you again).
Finally, the construction of the watch is very solid. Quartz time keeping is known to be very accurate and my guess is that this watch will only loose less than a minute or two per month. Basically, it will keep adequate time because the technology is reliable. I honest don't know what makes the watch so heavy and thick, but you might get a bit of work out on your arm just by having it on.
Overall, it's hard to provide a solid recommendation on this watch because it's really a matter of style and taste.