25 Jun 2012

Invicta Men’s Reserve Akula GMT Grey Dial Grey Polyurethane (0628) Review

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

Front view of the Invicta Reserve (0628) – Grey Face and Polyurethane Strap with Gold-Plated Case as well as Gold Crown, Numerals, and Hands.

The Invicta Reserve Blends Sporty with Sophisticated

For the sportsman who wants a touch of style on the field and at the gym, the Invicta Reserve (0628)strikes a nice balance between strength and sophistication.

Features:

  • Luminescent
  • Date function
  • 24-hour GMT function
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • Flame-fusion crystal
  • Water-resistant

The Reserve (0628) has a durable design and is water resistant at 100 meters (330 feet). It has a black polyurethane strap and gold plated buckle clasp. It’s also outfitted with scratch resistant flame fusion crystal and a fixed stainless steel bezel.

The case is brushed and polish 18k gold-plated stainless steel case. It measures 52mm in diameter and is 16 mm thick. It’s stainless steel with a gold-tone and a solid back. This is framed by minute markers around the outer rim and a textured gold-tone crown. In total, the watch weighs about 16 ounces.

The black and gold dial has luminous hands and index hour markers. The Reserve displays hours, minutes, seconds, and a calendar. It also has a GMT scale and date display function.

Measurements of the Invicta Reserve (0628) – 52mm in diameter and 16mm thick.

The Invicta Reserve measures 52mm in diameter and is 16mm thick

Pros:

  • 1-year warranty
  • Durable
  • Sporty but stylish

Cons:

  • Warranty is void if serviced elsewhere
  • Not for formal wear

Evaluation
The tough but stylish look of the Invicta Reserve Akula has a ready-to-go look appealing to the sportsman without sacrificing style. The grey polyurethane strap and gold crown set the tone. The dial matches with a gold numerals and hands that are set off nicely by a dark grey face.

The tough grey polyurethane should stand up to the worst gym and sports conditions, while the gold-plated case gives the watch an eye catching sophistication. Luminous hands keep the watch readable even in low light conditions, perfect for a late night jog.

The Invicta Reserve (0628) ranges in price from $199.00 and $219.99 up to $274.00 on sites such as Amazon and Mediatwinkle. It comes with a 1-year warranty, and repairs are generally completed quickly and professionally. While the warranty is nice, it becomes void the moment you let anyone but Invicta service your watch. This can create problems, since sending the watch in is sometimes a hassle.

Summary:
The Invicta Reserve (0628) would make a great for men who like a durable, sports-ready watch, but also want a stylish, more expensive, look. The polyurethane strap and stainless steel buckle and case will hold up well on the field or in the gym, while the 18K gold-plating, numerals, and hands keep your look sharp and sophisticated. So while it may not work so well for an evening out, the watch is still highly useable and well worth the cost if you’re looking for something a little more stylish than your average gym watch.

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