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One Significant Problem
on August 30, 2011
Invicta's Men's 1461 watch offers a simple but attractive presentation. The dial face is actually a slightly lighter shade of brown than comes across in the product pictured, but that gives it more contrast with the dark leather band (a plus, in my opinion). The anchor numbers (12, 3, 6, and 9) are very large and easily read, making this watch a perfect fit for older men or others with impaired vision; the minute hand, in particular, stands out sharply against the watch face, but the hour hand is also easily read.
Having such large numbers makes the calendar date display seem even smaller than it is - and it is already pretty small (which seems odd if this watch really is aimed at an older market - it may not be). The date display is the only problem I have had with the watch, in fact. It keeps perfect time, fits comfortably on my arm, and is perfectly presentable in an office environment. But, for some reason, on the second day I had the watch I noticed that it had moved up three full calendar days (on its own) within a four-hour window of actual time. I noticed while re-setting the date that the mechanism that sets the date seems to be "spinning" slightly because it takes an effort to get it to actually move the numbers. It now only moves the days in a forward progression, and I am fairly certain that it also moved them backward when I first set the date and time on the watch.
Bottom line: I am fine with the watch as it is, but this early failure of the date-setting mechanism limits my overall rating of the product. Of course, this one failure may be a rare exception for this model - no way to know.