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A massive watch in search of a massive arm,
This review is from: Invicta Men's 1429 "II Collection" 18k Rose Gold-Plated Stainless Steel and Black Leather Watch (Watch)
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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.