23 Jul 2012

Men’s Reserve Chronograph Grey Dial Stainless Steel Chronograph (0811) Review

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0811) is one of Invicta’s most durable, water-resistant watches on the market. Combined with its chic but subtle style, you could literally wear this watch just about anywhere.

Features:

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

The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0811) has a brushed stainless steel case and bracelet which gives it a silver-tone look and solid feel. The case measures 52mm in diameter and 20mm thick. The bracelet spans 10.5 inches in length and is 26mm wide and is secured by a stainless steel fold-over clasp complete with a safety latch.

The Reserve Chronograph has a grey dial with silver-tone, luminous hour markers adorning the face. Time is indicated by luminous, white and silver-tone hour and minute hands. Framing the dial, the unidirectional bezel is marked by fives to correspond with each hour marker. The black, Arabic numerals stand out handsomely against the brushed and polished stainless steel.

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.

This Chronograph is water-resistant down to 500 meters (1,640 feet). It’s designed with Swiss-quartz movement to keep it displaying time precisely. The screw-down crown and case back help to secure the watch against wear and water. The dial is made with Invicta’s signature flame-fusion crystal which makes the the Chronograph more impact resistant than other watches.

Pros:

  • Highly Durable
  • Multiple Functions
  • Neutral but Stylish Look

Cons:

  • Quiet Look
  • Too Large for Some

The first thing to note is that this is a large watch. While this increases the odds of it being noticed by others, you’re likely to really notice it yourself. You will notice not only the size of dial and thickness on the band but the weight. In totally, the Reserve Chronograph weighs 16 ounces (1 pound). I would not recommend such a large watch to anyone with a small frame. However, if you have a larger upper body or thicker bone structure, watches this size can look quite impressive.

The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0811) shown with measurements.

The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0811) Measures 52mm in Diameter and 20mm Thick.

The black numerals around the bezel are probably the most visitable elements of the watch, but over all it’s fairly readable. While the markers don’t contrast the grey dial particularly well, the hands are quite visible with their white and luminous sections. At the same time, the silver-tone boarder and second hand help pull the look together.

This is a highly durable watch. Flame-fusion crystal only increases the durability of this already solidly built watch. It’s rather rare to find a watch that claims water-resistance down to 500 meters, even amongst divers. This is far deeper than most people would ever take their timepieces.

The silver-tone color scheme keeps the watch from being loud. While this means it is less of an eye catcher, it makes the Reserve an excellent watch for every day wear. The color scheme is neutral enough to match just about anything and is stylish enough to follow you to the office. Its solid look and build suits it well to the gym or outdoor activities. Rain or shine, swimming or filing. This watch definitely stands the test.

All this quality comes at a little higher price of course. The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0811) generally retails for $1,395.00, but it can be found online for closer to $300-400.00. I recommend checking sites such as Amazon.com or TheWatchery.com for deals. If you prefer, Sears.com also carries the Reserve, but for a little higher price ($623.98). Given the size though, it might be worth seeking this watch out in stores to try it on first.

Summary:
If you’re looking for a truly durable watch, the Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0811) is an excellent choice. It’s classically stylish look and understated but chic color scheme make it easy to match to any wardrobe. However, the size of this watch may be a major deterrent for some. As you’re sure you like larger watches though, this timepiece would be a fine addition to any man’s wardrobe for a reasonable price.

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