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best Invicta watch I've owned
on March 7, 2012
The Invicta Men's 1933 Sea Spider Chronograph black dial black polyurethane watch is my third Invicta watch. I picked this one up on a Gold Box offer and, boy, am I glad I did. I really love this watch.
Like all Invicta watches, the 1933 Sea Spider arrives well-packaged in a hard yellow Invicta box. The instructions provided are thorough and easy to follow. The watch face, back, and band clasp are protected with plastic film to prevent marring from shipment.
Upon holding the watch it becomes immediately apparent that you are holding a piece of jewelry that was built with quality (unlike a similarly priced Stuhrling watch I recently purchased). I have owned very expensive $500-600 Seiko watches in years past, and this watch feels like it is built with the same level of quality. The watch is very solid, and the case and button controls feel well-made. Like most all Invicta watches the styling of the Sea Spider is very stylish. It looks far better in person than it does in the photo shown on the product page. This is a very handsome watch by any standards. The size of the watch face is big but not overly so. The hour and minute hands are easily seen and, along with the hour markings, light up in the dark very well. In fact, I wore the watch for only a couple of hours before going to bed last night and was amazed to see the markings were still slightly luminous when I got up this morning. Very impressive. There are three smaller dials for the chronometer stopwatch functions. While I have no particular use for them the stopwatch functions seem to work just fine on my watch. There is a calendar window which is handy. The watch has a Japanese quartz movement (many seem to think these are more accurate than Swiss movements) and it appears to be quite accurate. Invicta claims this watch is water resistant to 100 meters.
The band on this watch is very big - unless you have wrists the size of a wrestler you will surely need to adjust the size of the band to fit your wrist (I am a large man and still had to remove 4 links to make it fit my wrist properly). Ordinarily I am not a fan of rubber watch bands, but it just seems to be the right material for this particular watch. The band is made of rubber links that gives it much more flexibility than most rubber watch bands have. The width is perfect for the size of this watch, and the metal screws and clasp give it a classy appearance. The only drawback to this band is the tiny screws that are used for the individual links. It requires two small jeweler screwdrivers to remove the screws for band adjustment, which is awkward and a real pain to do. If you choose to do this yourself, which I did along with a headband magnifier, you need to remove the smaller screws near the clasp end to adjust the band. You also need to be very careful doing so as each long screw in the link mates with a very small screw on the other end. If you're not careful the small screw will push out and can be easily lost. Once it's properly adjusted to fit your wrist, though, the band feels comfortable, and the metal clasp is secure.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the 1933 Sea Spider Chronograph. It is very handsome and stylish, perfect for both leisure and formal wear, and by far my favorite Invicta watch. I recommend it highly.