23 Jul 2012

Men’s Reserve Black Dial Two Tone Chronograph (0814) Review

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

Invicta is known for high quality, stylish watches and their Reserve Leviathan (0814) is no exception. This stylish timepiece is designed to take a beating and keep on counting the minutes with swiss-quartz precision.

Features:

  • Luminous
  • Flame-fusion Crystal
  • Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Black Ion Plated Accents
  • Water-resistant (500 Meters)
  • 60 second, 30 minute and 1/10th of a second sub-dials

The Invicta Reserve Leviathan (0814) has a brushed stainless steel case which measures 51mm in diameter and 19mm thick. The bracelet, also brushed stainless steel, has matte black stainless steel accents. It is 26mm wide and extends up to 10.5 inches in length. The bracelet is secured by a deployment style clasp with a safety latch to ensure it won’t come loose unintentionally.

Rear View of the Invicta Reserve Leviathan (0814)

The Reserve has a brushed stainless steel bracelet with matte black stainless steel accents and a deployment clasp.

This Chronograph has a black dial with silver-tone, luminous hour markers adorning the face. The time is indicated by white and silver-tone, luminous hour and minute hands. Framing the dial, the unidirectional bezel has a black ion plated stainless steel rim and silver-tone top ring. Black, Arabic numerals are carved into the bezel to mark the minutes in fives. The stainless steel pushers also have black ion plating to continue the look.

The center of the dial holds sub-dials measuring 60 second, 30 minute and 1/10th of a second. These are framed in silver-tone dashes and Arabic numerals. The date function is located between the 4 and 5 o’clock position. The date itself is displayed in black, Arabic numerals on a white back ground and framed in silver.

The Reserve Leviathan is water-resistant down to 500 meters (1650 feet). It’s designed with Swiss-quartz movement to keep it precise. A screw-down case back and push/pull crown help seal the watch against water. The dial is made with Invicta’s trademarked flame-fusion crystal which makes the watch more impact resistant and less likely to crack. Swiss-quartz movement keeps the Leviathan displaying time precisely.

Pros:

  • Readable
  • Highly Durable
  • Multiple Functions
  • Stylish but Sturdy Look

Cons:

  • Too Large for Some

Th Invicta Reserve Leviathan (0814) is an excellent watch for every day wear. The chic color scheme and classic design will match most outfits and the timepiece is stylish enough to follow you to the office. Its solid look and build also suit it well to the gym or outdoor activities, including swimming. It’s also highly readable, with it’s high contrast color scheme and luminous hands and markers, making it as usable as it is wearable.

The Invicta Reserve (0814) shown with measurements.

The Invicta Reserve (0814) Weighs 16oz and Measures 51mm in Diameter and 19mm Thick.

One of the most important things note about this Chronograph is its size. This is a large watch, and while that combines with it’s high contrast color scheme to make it an eye catching men’s accessory, it’s also difficult to forget your wearing it. You will notice not only the size of dial and thickness on the band but the weight. In totally, the Reserve Leviathan weighs 16 ounces (1 pound).

If you have a slender wrist or slight upper body, I definitely would not recommend a watch this size. Despite the chic design, this timepiece is likely to look bulky and awkward on anyone without a larger upper body or thicker bone structure. However, if you have a larger body build, watches this size can look quite impressive and this could quickly become your favorite watch.

While it’s large size may prompt you to seek the watch out for an inperson trial, I recommend looking to the internet for deals before you buy. The Invicta Reserve Leviathan (0814) has a listening price of $1,395.00, but can be found on sites such as TheWatchery.com, eWatches.com, or Amazon.com for under $500 and sometimes as little as $275.00 with little to no shipping cost.

Summary:
While the size of this watch may be a major deterrent for some, if you like larger watches, this timepiece would be an excellent choice. Its durable build, quality parts, and chic style make the Invicta Reserve Leviathan (0814) a fine addition to any man’s wardrobe.

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