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Great balance of style, function and size
on October 5, 2012
There's a reason why Invicta hasn't been able to retire this model from their line-up. I own several Invicta watches - I'm an addicted collector of the brand. I'm slowly picking up most of the "classic" models over time as well as snapping up the newest models that suit my taste. If you like larger, over sized watches this brand is for you and if you're just getting started in collecting the brand this is a good model to start with. Compared to other watches in the line up this is on the larger "mid-size" - but remember compared to what you would buy at a department store that doesn't sell the brand it'll appear to be HUGE. This model is SUPPOSED to ship with a set of poly straps, extra lug pins and a bracelet removal tool - mine shipped from Amazon did NOT so I promptly returned it and made a purchase from Costco - I'm not a member (the closest store is about a 40 minute drive so it's not worth the drive to have a membership) but you can still purchase this model (straps, pins, and tool included) for about $40-60 less then most of the partners or Amazon fulfilling it charge - even adding in the fee for non-members and taxes I was ahead with the Costco purchase. Ok so on to the watch itself. The finishing, details, and overall quality of this is on-par with Invicta's Reserve Collection even though it's not part of that series. The outer portions of the bracelet are high polish with the textured inner portion - the look is of a 3 piece link but it's not (which is ok - it's still solid stainless and well finished). You (should) receive 5 additional straps and they are indicated as poly though they really feel as soft as silicone - very comfortable and if you're new to larger/heavier watches you may want to first wear the straps instead of the bracelet to get used to the weight of the timepiece - you'll most likely have to size or have sized the bracelet as only someone with very large wrists (probably close to an 8") would be able to wear the bracelet unsized. The watch is easy to read and there's plenty of lume to help in low/no light situations though I haven't tested the lume yet for overall brightness or length of charge. The watch face sports a date window at the 4:30 position, a second sub dial at the 3:00 position, a 10th of a second dial at the 6:00 location and a 30 minute "totalizer" at the 9:00 mark. The second hand moves during the use of the chronograph along with the 1/10 sub dial and the 30 minute sub - when the minute hand reaches the 30 second mark the "fast runner" stops but registers when the start/stop pusher is depressed to stop the chrono. The unidirectional rotating bezel is easy to operate - I don't know if it's 120 clicks or less - it feels somewhat "cheap" compared to higher end dive watches but no where close to being "cheesy" or poor quality - it's not loose or excessively tight but a bit "hollow" sounding as though the spring is a bit long - this is a very, very minor "nit" and if you hand the watch over to someone asking about it the watch feels of high quality and detail. The crown and function pushers are screw-down type which no doubt adds to the 500M WR. The locking crown guard adds to the look and ruggedness of the timepiece. The second hand (for the chrono) came perfectly zeroed which I can't say the same for some other brands at much higher prices. The pictures don't do this timepiece justice - the main dial/face is more silver or shinny pewter not as "white" as it looks to be in the pictures.
The bottom line here is you are getting an incredible deal:
500M WR - even though you may not dive - it's bragging rights
Swiss Made (not just Swiss parts or Swiss movement)
5 additional straps in addition to the stainless steel bracelet
screw down crown and pushers with locking crown guard
nice 3 slot dive/impact case - you can store more of your collection or other items in
For under $300 (purchased pretty much anywhere will be closer to the $200 mark) you're getting what would be at most retail stores over $1500 - the retail price tag on the watch was listed at $1100 - most of the time those price tags make me laugh - on this one I'm not so sure it's _that_ far off.
I'm not really sure about some other reviewers that have had hour markers or hands come off - I guess that with over 3000 models and probably hundreds of thousands sold there has got to be a few "duds" but that hasn't happened to me and if it were I'm not too sure I would be soured on the brand - Invicta quality has always been top notch for me - I am a bit concerned about the overall customer service if/when I need to get my watches serviced - I think that for any of my watches rated at 200M and beyond I'll have the manufacturer replace the battery - otherwise I'll have my local watch shop (yes there are still a few around) service them.
The smaller links in the bracelet ARE 3 piece - not a huge deal either way - the larger (end links and second to end) are one piece - they are linked together with screws - all links that are able to be sized are 3 piece but are extremely well fitted which gives the impression they are from piece of steel - the bracelet links are all solid steel.