16 Jul 2012

Men’s Reserve Akula GMT Grey Dial Grey Polurethane Quartz (0625) Review

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

With its durable build the Invicta Reserve Akula (0625) makes an excellent out door companion for active men who prefer a large watch face and subtle by stylish look.

Scale view of the Invicta Reserve Akula (0625)

The Invicta Reserve is a Large Watch at 50mm in Diameter and 18mm Thick.

The Invicta Reserve Akula (0625) has a retail price of $1,295.00 normally, but don’t let that scare you off. The timepiece can be found online for closer to $300.00 and, depending on the retailer and special offers or sale, can be snatched up for as little as $119.00. I recommend checking sites such as TheWatchery.com, Amazon.com, Sharkstores.com, and NextDayWatches.com for deals.

Features:

  • Date Function
  • GMT Function
  • Water Resistant
  • Quartz Movement

The Invicta Reserve Akula GMT (0625) has a brushed and polished stainless steel case which measures 50mm in diameter and 18mm thick. It is framed with a stainless steel bezel and grey, hardened polyurethane cover for added durability. This matches the grey polyurethane strap which is cut to the standard men’s length and sits boldly on your wrist at 31mm wide. The strap is secured by a stainless steel buckle clasp and reinforced by stainless steel inserts to ensure a strong hold. White, luminous dashes frame the round, sunray dial while luminous hour markers – in gunmetal grey and white – and a white second hand indicate the time. The color scheme picks up on the grey polyurethane and stainless steel used elsewhere in the watch’s construction. Collectively, this gives the watch a subdued by chic, silver-tone appearance.

The stationary bezel is marked with white, Arabic numerals from 1 to 24. The gunmetal grey GMT hand moves at half the speed of the standard 12 hour hand, thereby indicating the time in a 24 hour format as well as the standard 12 hour configuration. Additionally, the Reserve has a date display, which can be found at the 3 o’clock position. The date is depicted by black, Arabic numerals on a white back ground. This high-contrast color scheme makes the date easily viewable despite the otherwise small size of the display.

Rear view of the Invicta Reserve Akula (0625) showing its grey, polyurethane strap and stainless steel buckle clasp.

The Invicta Reserve Akula (0625) has a Polyurethane Strap Secured by a Stainless Steel Buckle Clasp.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Subtle Style
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Low Visibility
  • Too Large for Some

At 50mm, this is a large watch – weighing in at 16 ounces – and not for those with a smaller frame. The watch would look best on men with a larger upper body or bone structure. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who isn’t sure they like a larger watch face, as watches of this size can look bulky and awkward on men with slender wrists. That said, the Invicta Reserve Akula (0625) is a well constructed and sharp looking timepiece.
Invicta designed this watch to read precisely and accurately, using quartz movement to ensure precision. Besides being water proof down to 100 meters (330 feet), Invicta’s signature flame-fusion crystal makes the Reserve Akula more impact resistant than other watches. The polyurethane strap gives the Reserve a durable but comfortable fit. Polyurethane can be a little stiff at first, but once broken in it flexes with you nicely. Best of all, the material can take a beating and it stands up well to a variety of weather conditions. This makes the Reserve a highly durable watch perfect for the active man.
Unfortunately, the lack of a high contrast color scheme can impact visibility, especially under bright or direct light. The lack of numbers (except for the ring of 24 for the GMT function) also make the time less than obvious. The gunmetal-grey GMT hand can be difficult to pick out against the matching grey dial. Furthermore, the GMT numbers are quite small. At least they’re set in black against a white background though, helping them stand out clearly from the rest of the dial. The large size of the dial does help make up for these drawbacks however, and most people won’t find the watch too difficult to read. Additionally, the luminous markers and hands make the Reserve easy to read in low-light conditions.

Summary:
Overall, the Invicta Reserve Akula (0625) would make a fine outdoor companion. While $1,295 seems a little steep for what is essentially a sports watch, the durable design and subtly chic look make it a good choice for active men who want more than a boring, plastic time piece. If you’re shopping online, you can find the timepiece for very reasonable prices – anything under $300 is well worth it. Just be sure the large size of this dial won’t look overwhelming on your wrist before you order.

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