12 Feb 2012

Invicta II Women’s Black Dial Stainless Steel Quartz

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Written by: Holly Troupe

The Invicta II Women's Black Dial Stainless Steel Quartz back view

The Invicta II Women's Black Dial Stainless Steel Quartz back view

It seems that we’ve gotten bored with unobtrusive watches that can actually be read. A timepiece with a simple, classic design might not exactly garner a round of applause from a giant, chunky-watch loving public, but it is nonetheless a breath of fresh air. The Invicta II Stainless-Steel line is uncomplicated, clean and comes in three different colored dials. While it shares horological genetic material with its blue-dial and silver-dial sisters, the Invicta II Women’s Black Dial Stainless Steel Quartz is its own being. The black dial face makes an entirely different statement from the other two.  Its unfortunate that it’s not necessarily a better one.

Watch Features:

  • Analog Display
  • Stainless-Steel 31mm Case with 9mm Thickness
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • Stainless Steel Bracelet with 16mm Width
  • Stationary Bezel
  • Black Dial
  • Flame-Fusion Crystal Dial Window
  • Magnified Date Calendar at 3 o’clock Position
  • Silver-Toned Hands with Luminous Seconds-Hand
  • Water Resistant up to 330ft
  • Stainless Steel Clasp with Fold-Over Push Button Safety Release

The black dial face lacks the crispness of its silver counterpart or the stained-glass quality of the blue. It is certainly simple enough to be worn with casual attire; it just doesn’t have the luminescence to transition to formal wear with the easy swing that the other watches have. The black is fairly flat, with no anthracite or brushed steel glow. It is perfectly serviceable and inoffensive—it’s just a bit boring.

The Invicta II Women's Black Dial Stainless Steel Quartz side view

The Invicta II Women's Black Dial Stainless Steel Quartz side view

The middling size doesn’t help. Like the other two in the stainless-steel line, this piece is a bit too big to be feminine and a bit too small to be truly bold and fashionable. Unfortunately, the drab dial makes the awkwardness really pop.

From a practical standpoint, the watch face is thoroughly readable in most conditions due to the largeness of the dial and the boldness of the Arabic numeral hour markers. The watch dial window is a flame-fusion crystal, which has been known to shatter and crack rather easily. The bracelet is large, so the small of wrist will likely have to resize it. This is easily done, though just to be on the safe side, you might want to return it to Invicta, just to maintain the warranty. This is generally a $10 charge.

The Invicta II keeps accurate time due to the Japanese quartz movement, and it is water resistant up to 330ft. The Invicta II Women’s Black dial is a bit of a Plain-Jane, but it is perfectly fine with sporty or casual attire. Ultimately, it is a fairly good, workman-like watch—with the possible exception of the dial window, which may or may not disintegrate.

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