09 Jul 2012

Invicta Men’s Russian Diver Chronograph (1800) Review

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

If you’re looking for a left handed watch that can follow you on dives, but be worn on a daily basis as well, the Invicta Men’s Russian Diver Chronograph (1800) may just be the perfect medium.

Features:

  • Luminous
  • Left Handed
  • Water-resistant
  • Japanese quartz
  • Flame-fusion crystal
  • Date and day sub-dials

The Invicta Men’s Russian Diver Chronogrpah (1800) has stainless steel case which measures 48mm in diameter and 15mm thick. The black, polyurethane strap gives a flexible fit. To reinforce it, the strap has stainless steel barrel inserts. It measures 9 inches long and 24mm thick and is secured by a stainless steel buckle clasp.

The silver dial is adorned with black, luminous, Arabic numerals and hands. Around the edge of the dial, a black band marked with white Arabic numerals counts off the minutes in fives. Four sub-dials, positioned in the middle of the dial, you’ll find a 60 second and 24 hour as well as two more sub-dials which display the date and day of the week.

As a diving watch, the Invicta 1800 has a secure crown and case. The stainless steel case back is screwed down and the push/pull crown has a screw-down protective cap. This ensures that the watch is water-resistant down to 100 meters (330 feet).

The Invicta Men's Russian Diver (1800) Shown with Measurements - 48mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

The Invicta Russian Diver measures 48mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Smaller Diver

Cons:

  • Date and Day Sub-dials are Round

The Invicta Men’s Russian Diver (1800) retails for $795.00, but on sties such as WorldofWatches.com or Amazon.com often offer discounts. The Diver can be found for as little as $100-150.00 sometimes.

This is a handsome accessory which fits well and attracts compliments. The Russian Diver (1800) is smaller than other Divers. If you’re looking for a watch that can follow you on dives, but be worn on a daily basis as well, this may just be the perfect medium. The size, weight, and look make it an excellent watch for daily wear.

The black on silver color scheme of the dial makes the Russian Diver easily legible. Luminous hands, numerals, and markers keep the watch readable even in low-light conditions. The black polyurethane strap is both durable and comfortable. These straps can be stiff at first, but after a few wears, the material stretches and flexes easily as you move.

What you may find rather odd about this watch, is that the day and date displays are also round. At first glance this can make it difficult to see where your day of the week or date are located. Once you’ve adjusted to reading these, however, they work perfectly well. The other oddity you might note about this watch is that it is specifically designed for a left handed owner.Rear view of the Invicta Men's Russian Diver 1800 showing its stainless steel buckle clasp and polyurethane strap.

Some diving watches can be extremely large, but the Invicta Russian Diver (1800) is an average sized men’s watch. It’s chic black and silver color scheme and classic round face help it pass on the streets or even at work. This makes the watch far more Versatile than other divers, so if you’re looking for just one all-purpose watch, this would be a very good choice.

Invicta designed the Russian Diver with Japanese quartz movement which keeps the watch precise. Their signature flame-fusion crystal makes it more impact resistant. A screw-down, stainless steel case and push/pull crown with a protective screw-down cap help ensure the watch is water-resistant.

Summary:
The Invicta Russian Diver (1800) is a high quality, left handed watch that can be worn on dives or on a daily basis. It’s chic black and silver color scheme make it an attractive accessory that might even pass at work. It’s highly readable and designed with quality parts to keep it ticking precisely while taking a beating. Since you can find it online for less than $200, this watch is an excellent choice.

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