I saw the ShopNBC “Our Top Value” on the Invicta S1 chronograph LE. I really like the looks of the watch and for $140.00, I decided to go ahead and buy one. I bought the yellow dial with the yellow mother-of-pearl center. I received the watch yesterday and I have to tell you, it looks and feels like a quality watch. I know some of you do not like Invicta and I can understand. This is my second one and I have not had any QC problems. Here is my short review of this watch
I received that watch in a very nice case that was designed for this watch alone. It is black and has what looks like tire tracks on it. The center is the S1 emblem, I like the design of it.
Open up the case and you have the watch. It is shipped on a SS bracelet and included a nice rubber strap. Both the bracelet and the strap have quick-change pins, making it easy to change from one to the other. Also in the case there is a Certificate of Authorization.
The dial is bright but for a “sports” watch, I think it matches the concept perfectly. The bezel and the center links are black IP plating. The hands and hour markers on Tritinate (sp) luminescent. The dial is a bright oil press yellow with yellow (kind of a yellow tint) mother-of-pearl. The sub-dials are also a bright yellow. The movement is a Swiss Ronda chronograph quarts movement. It has a sapphire crystal and a diver clasp and safety lock. It is true LE of 4000 pieces (I know that doesn’t mean much).
The case back has the same S1 emblem as the case. I think this is a nice touch and I really like that idea.
The lume is bright when charged but I do not know how long they glow yet.
My first impression of the watch is that it is well made. I loved the design of the watch and the idea of changing the straps for two different looks appeal to me. Everything on the watch worked right and I could not see any imperfection on it. It is very comfortable on the wrist and I say it weighs approximately 150-160 grams. I am very happy with this watch and I hope this are the signs to come that Invicta will be make a greater effort on producing quality watches.
The only problem I had with the watch, it is more of me then the watch, is that I changed the bracelet to the strap. That was very easy with the quick-change pins but converting it back to the bracelet took me forever. The pins are not mounted permanently in the end links like the rubber strap. There is a grove that goes through the end links and the pin slides in the grove. The problem I had was that the pin kept ejecting out of the grove when I did not set the pins right. You could loose the pins if your not careful. It took me around 30 minutes to finally get the bracelet on. I know after more practice this wouldn’t be a problem. The bracelet and the strap make the watch have two different looks. With the bracelet, it has a more dress appearance and with the strap it has a more sporty look.
To me, this watch is well worth the $140.00 I paid for it. I am very pleased with the style and quality of the watch.