16 Jul 2012

Men’s Reserve Chronograph Two Tone, Stainless Steel Chronograph (0644) Review

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Written by Quinn M. Redfield

If your looking for a sturdy and versatile timepiece, the Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0644) may just be the perfect accessory.

Features:

  • Luminous
  • Water-resistant
  • Flame-fusion Crystal
  • Swiss-quartz Movement
  • Plated in 18K Rose Gold
  • 60 Second, 30 minute, and 1/10 Second Sub-dials

The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0644) is a large watch. It has a stainless steel case which measures 50mm in diameter and 20mm thick. The bracelet is also made of stainless steel and is secured by a stainless steel deployment clasp complete with safety catch. In keeping with the size of the case, the bracelet measures 10 inches in length and 20mm wide.

Swiss made chronograph quartz keeps the watch displaying time precisely. A screw-down case back and crown help to seal the watch against water, and the Reserve is water resistant down to 100 meters (330 feet). Invicta’s signature flame-fusion crystal ensures the watch is also impact resistant. The face is finished with screw-down, stainless steel pushers.

The grey dial is marked with white, luminous orbs for each hour and matching luminous dashes at the quarters. These are outlined in rose gold to give them a pearly and expensive look. Silver-tone, luminous hands indicate the time, and are visible even in low-light conditions.

Three sub-dials provide measurements in 60 second, 30 minute, and 1/10 second intervals. The sub-dials are defined by white tick marks and numerals within grey circles. The date, displayed in black numerals on a white back ground and framed in rose gold, appears between the 4 and 5 o’clock hour.

Side View of The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0644)

18K Rose Gold Ion Plated Pushers Finish the Unique and Expensive Look

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Versatile Style
  • Multiple Functions
  • Stylish and Unique Look

Cons:

  • Poor Readability
  • Too Large for Some

 

The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0644) typically retails for $1,995.00, but Check sites such as: WorldofWatches.com or Amazon.com for deals. Depending on the site and any special offers, the Reserve can be found for approximately $309-429.00 with little to no cost for shipping.

At 50mm, this is a large watch not at all suited to those with a smaller frame. The watch would look best on men with a larger upper body or broader bone structure. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who isn’t sure they like a larger watch face. Not only can the size and weight take some time to adjust to, but watches of this size can look bulky and awkward on men with slender wrists.

It’s a good thing this watch is so large, because the lack of contrast on the dial can make it difficult to read. The luminous hands and markers help remedy this in low-light conditions. However, bright or direct light can cause the grey and silver color scheme to blur together. The rose gold accents help distinguish the markers, but are not obvious enough to make up for poor visibility.

Size aside though, the Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0644) is a well constructed and sharp looking timepiece. The stainless steel case and bracelet are brushed and polished to give them a silver-tone sophistication. To finish the look, the bracelet is outfitted with rose gold plated accents. The crown, pushers, and bezel are plated in 18K rose gold to match, giving this timepiece a sharp and unique look that’s sure to draw compliments.

The Invicta Reserve Chronograph (0644) Shown with Measurements

The Reserve Chronograph is Large Watch at 50mm in Diameter and 20mm Thick.

The unusual color scheme can make it difficult to match to some outfits, but its polished and stylish look help this watch look good whether you dress it up or down. While it probably wouldn’t pass at especially dressy occasions, the Reserve Chronograph could certainly blend in at the office or on the beach either one. If your looking for a sturdy and versatile timepiece, this might be the perfect accessory.

Summary:
While I would not recommend this watch to anyone with a slim build or poorer eye sight, Invicta’s Reserve Chronograph (0644) is an impressive watch. Its solid build and resistance to impact and water keep it ticking even under heavy wear. In addition, the timepiece has unique, eye catching color scheme which make it an excellent accessory capable of dressing up and down to some degree. When it comes down to quality and wear-ability, the Reserve definitely earns its price tag.

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