20 Jan 2012

Invicta Women’s Subaqua Noma IV 538

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Written by: Kimberly Lavoie

Looking for a women’s watch with the durability to withstand your favorite water sports at a price that won’t wreck your recreation budget? The Invicta Subaqua Noma IV 538 should be on the short list. Originally priced at $2395, this watch is now available at the bargain hunter’s dream price of $280-400, depending on your choice of retailer. All of the original Invicta quality and styling for less money. What’s not to like?

The Subaqua series is created with the water sport enthusiast in mind. Designed to withstand water to a depth of 1640 feet (500 meters), protected by integrated shock resistance, and outfitted with luminous hands, it seems the 538 is ready to take on any underwater adventure. Other features include:

  • 25 mm white polyurethane strap with stainless steel inserts
  • 40 mm diameter stainless-steel case
  • Mother of Pearl dial with luminous indices
  • Stainless steel 60 minute unidirectional bezel
  • Tachymeter on bezel edge to compute relative distances traveled
  • Date display at three o’clock
Sideview of the Subaqua Noma IV 538 shows the stainless steel case, band attachment hardware and crown protector

A view of the Invicta Subaqua Noma IV 538 from the side of the case - note the crown protector and strap hardware

The styling of this watch is somewhat larger than some women might prefer. Considering that it does not include a full function chronograph, the case seems a bit on the large side for a ladies’ watch. The band is thinner and may resolve this concern. Invicta enthusiasts have noted that the Subaqua Noma IV series (SAN IV) is overall sleeker than the predecessor Subaqua Noma III series (SAN III). The SAN IV models also include a crown protector to keep the crown in its water-tight position while you enjoy your water activity. If a chronograph is important to you, you might also consider the Invicta Reserve Chronograph 529, which has similar styling and pricing, but includes a chronograph function. The 529 does not include the bezel functions of the 538, however, so that is a tradeoff.

Pros: This watch, though stylish enough for any woman, is also rugged enough to withstand your most active water enthusiast activity. It is designed to go underwater and stay there, with tools built-in to help you truly enjoy your underwater experience. The price for a luxury sport watch cannot be beat.

Cons: You may have to spend a little more time to find this watch. At the time of this review several retailers mentioned only have one, or a few, in stock. The reward from your hunt is a great bargain on a durable, stylish, water sport watch. The size may put off some ladies, but it adds to the readability and overall clean look of the watch.

Ladies’ watches that have the craftsmanship to withstand serious water activity are hard to come by. Finding one at a steal of a price is even more rare. The Subaqua Noma IV 538 by Invicta fits the bill perfectly on both counts.

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