09 Jul 2012

Men’s Invicta II Chronograph with Khaki Green Canvas (1875) Review

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

The chic yet earthy color scheme, classic round face, and canvas band give the Men’s Invicta II Chronograph (1875) a unique and comfortable style, but is it worth its price?

Features:
Date display
Tachymeter Scale
Leather backing on Canvas Strap
60 Second, 60 Minute, and 1/10 Second Sub-dials

Invicta’s Men’s Invicta II Chronograph (1875) has a stainless steel case which measures 46mm in diameter and 13mm thick. The case is plated in 18K gold and has a screw-down case back. The push/pull crown is also made of stainless steel. The subdued, khaki green band is made of canvas supported by a leather backing. The strap is 21mm wide and 9 inches long and secured by a stainless steel, buckle clasp which is also gold plated.

The black dial has contrasting grey hands and white, luminous Arabic numerals. Every hour is clearly marked with a numeral, while white tick marks signify the minutes between. The white numerals and markers of the sub-dials are also luminous. This keeps the watch readable even in low-light conditions. The red second hand especially stands out.

The dial is framed by a tachymeter scale lining the inner bezel. This is done with white numerals and markers. A gold ring frames a 60 second sub-dial. Two other sub-dials display 60 minute and 1/10 of a second counters. These are not framed, but marked with white ticks and Arabic numerals for the quarters. A date display appears at 4 o’clock. This has a white back ground and contrasting black Arabic numerals, which makes it easily readable despite its relatively small size.

The Invicta II (1875) Shown with Measurements - 46mm in diameter and 13mm thick.

The Invicta II Measures 46mm in Diameter and 13mm Thick.

Pros:
Large dial
Three Sub-dials
Comfortable Fit
Muted, Chic Style

Cons:
Less durable
Moderate Visibility

Invicta designed the Invicta II with Chronograph quartz movement. Rather than their signature flame-fusion crystal though, they Invicta II (1875) uses the classic mineral crystal of other watches. While this is still a sturdy design, this does make the watch less impact-resistant. The watch is still water-resistant down to 100 meters (330) feet though. Given the style of this watch, however, it is meant for more casual wear than sporting.

The canvas strap on the Invicta II gives a very nice earthy feel to the watch, especially in khaki green. Geinuine leather backs the strap, giving it more stability and a stainless steel buckle securely fastens it. The gold plating on the case and buckle continue the classy yet earthy feel and a classic round face finishes the style.Rear View of the Invicta II (1875) - showing its canvas strap with leather backing and gold plated, stainless steel buckle clasp.

The large, matte-finished dial is quite readable. Where glossy dials tend to reflect brighter light, the matte-finish does not. Additionally, having the muted white numerals and markers set against a black background really improves visibility. The hands and numerals also have a matte finish. Still, the grey hands do not show up particularly well. The hands and numerals are luminous to help in low-light settings, but only just luminous enough. The second hand, in red, has the most contrast and visibility really, but the color scheme does at least give a muted, sophisticated air.

Summary:
This timepiece has retail price of $695.00, but if you check sites such as TheWatchery.com you can find the Invicta II for $179.00. Given the quality, classic look, and comfortable fit this isn’t a bad price for an Invicta watch. Still, there are more durable and equally stylish watches out there with a greater visibility for a similar price. The color scheme and canvas band give it a unique feel to be sure though, which may be worth those sacrifices if you’re not hard on your watches.

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