02 Jul 2012

Invicta Men’s Russian Diver Blue Dial Black Rubber Watch (1434)

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

Do you like large watches? Want one that will look impressive while keeping precise time even under water? The Invicta Russian Diver (1434) may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Features:
Luminous
Water-resistant to 330 feet
Swiss quartz movement

The Invicta Russian Diver (1434) shown with measurements – the case is 52mm in diameter making it much larger than most watches.

This Diver is a Very Large Watch

The Russian Diver is a high quality watch with a price tag to match. It normally retails for $595.00. If that’s a little out of your price range though, shop around online. I’ve seen some amazing discounts offered on Amazon.com for instance.

This watch has a black and blue color scheme which looks especially sharp against its stainless steel case and inserts. The round, stainless steel case measuring 52mm in diameter and 16mm thick. The black, rubber strap is a standard men’s length but 26mm thick. It’s finished with stainless steel barrel accents and a stainless steel buckle clasp.

The Diver’s blue dial is framed by a stainless steel stationary bezel which has a coin edge. The crown screws down securely. Luminous, green arabic numerals and silver hands adorn the face. Black, arabic numerals count off every five minutes with a luminous strip keeps these visible even in low light conditions. This feature is especially helpful when diving, but can also come in handy just about anywhere.

Pros:
Durable
Precise time
Impressive look

Cons:
Heavy
Very large

One of the most important thing to note about this watch is its size. Unless you like large watch faces, steer clear of the Invicta Russian Diver. This watch can seem very heavy and bulky to those not accustomed to larger watches. You’re likely to feel the watch most of all when you flex your wrist, as parts of it may touch or even poke the back of your hand. Additionally, the watch can look out of place and down right bulky if you have smaller wrists or a long and lean build.

On the other hand, the Russian Diver looks incredibly impressive on men with larger upper bodies and thick wrists. It’s black and blue color scheme and large dial draw eyes. For instance, it suits Arnold Schwarzenegger very well. In addition, the chic color scheme and classic design of the watch keep it from looking tacky or over spoken despite its size.

Arnold Schwarzenegger shown wearing the Invicta Russian Diver (1434) – the watch makes an impressive display on men with larger upper bodies such as Schwarzenegger.

The Russian Diver Looks Impressive on Men with Larger Upper Bodies, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Russian Diver’s durability and classy look make it quite versatile. Besides diving, this watch works excellently for special occasions. It may also serve as a good every day watch, especially for men living in humid environments or who tend to be active in a variety of environments. The luminous elements and size make this watch easier to view if you have poorer eye sight as well. Though you might note that this does not mean the watch is visible in complete darkness.

True to its name, the Russian Diver is water proof to greater depths than most watches. Invicta promises the Diver will resist water down to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet). In fact, it’s water proof to a greater depth than most watches. Its durable stainless steel, mineral quartz, and rubber build help this Diver stand up to the elements. At the same time, the watch is designed with swiss quartz movement which keeps it precises. Furthermore, the watch is backed by good warranty.

Some people prefer automatic watches to swiss quartz, because changing the battery often compromises the water-proof quality of divers. Invicta seems to have a strategy to avoid this though. They recommend returning the watch to them for battery changes and other maintenance. After maintenance, Invicta ensures the quality of every watch with three weeks of testing. While this means you must wait for your watch to be returned, it does guarantee the timepiece is in perfect working order when you do get it back. In general, it’s fairly rare that these watches require service. You may want to take out an extended warranty so that by the time you do need a battery change, the watch will still be covered.

Wearing this watch may take some getting used to at first. The band can be rather stiff at first, but it will relax once you’ve worn it a few times. If you’re not used to large watches, you may find it awkward at first as well. Once you adjust to each other, however, this watch wears quite comfortably.

Summary:
If you’re looking for a quality diving watch, or just love large watches, this is an excellent choice. The Russian Diver (1434) lives up to Invicta’s standards of precision time, durability, and style making it well worth the price.

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