Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Moon Phase Watch from Relic

While my tough-looking Relic "Detroit" watch is cool, sometimes you have to set a slightly different tone for the office, job interviews, and other sophisticated functions. For those occasions, I break out what may be my most luxurious Relic watch. My Silver Stainless Steel Multifunction Watch is a moon phase watch. On one of the subdials the sun shows during the day and the moon shows at night. 

It's a great watch with all the sophistication of a fine European timepiece at a very affordable $50 to $70 price.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Men's Relic Detroit Watch

Need a tough looking watch?  Check out the Relic Detroit (ZR11924).  The lighting brightens it considerably in this photo, but it's a dark, brooding, tough looking timepiece.  I like how it evokes classic diver-style and military-style watches.  This watch is perfectly appropriate for the office.

The rugged looks of this watch are great after hours. Below, the Relic Detroit goes well with my leather jacket.  

The Multifunction version of the Relic Detroit looks great as well.  As of 2024, Relic watches can still be found here on Amazon.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wristwatch Review: Invicta Men's 1460 Vintage Collection Riveted Leather Strap Black Dial Watch

My Invicta 1460 Vintage Collection Quartz Watch 

[This is a repost of a watch review of the Invicta 1460 Vintage Collection Watch that I originally published on Yahoo Voices back in the 2012 timeframe.  I've updated the article with new links, headings, and photos as of 2024.]

The Invicta 1460 Vintage Collection Quartz Watch

Most watch enthusiasts enjoy viewing Invicta presentations on the ShopNBC cable channel. While I sometimes ridicule Invicta for making big, honking, watches, the company usually sells watches that are interesting, luxurious, and relatively affordable. When I bought my Invicta Men's 1460 Vintage Collection Riveted Leather Strap Black Dial Watch at TJ Maxx, I was attracted by the finish and fine features that I saw under the watch counter glass. These are the same features that are often showcased by Invicta Watch Group hosts on television. A quick review of my new Invicta quartz watch reveals a least seven high end features that are found on far costlier timepieces.

Invicta 1460 Features

Stainless Steel Case. My Invicta Black Dial watch has an all stainless steel case, caseback, and clasp. Cheaper watches often have base metal bezels made from inexpensive materials like zinc. Plastic is also commonly used in cheap watches. The all stainless steel construction of the Invicta Men's 1460 is a rugged and attractive alternative.

Detailed Crown. The crown of this Invicta men's watch is nicely detailed, ribbed for easy manipulation, and stamped with a small Swiss Cross logo. You won't find this level of detail on the crown of any low budget quartz watch.

Coin-Edged Bezel. The bezel has a similar ribbed design that reminds me of a coin edge. The stainless steel bezel provides good protection for the "flame-fusion" crystal. Little extra details like the coin-edged bezel take extra time, equipment, and money.

Etched Caseback.  Most cheap watches have a plain caseback that either has no design or a simple battery number and the omnipresent "Made in China" label. In contrast, the vintage design inspired Invicta 1460 has an interesting and complete design. The Invicta wings logo dominates the back. It sits on a field of small squares that contain the same Swiss Cross logo that is found on the end of the crown.

Stitched Genuine Calf-Leather Band. The Invicta 1460 has a soft leather band that is generously sized and incredibly soft. Lower priced watches usually have a velcro band, plastic band, or short band. For example, my Timex Expedition Metal Tech came with a soft leather band that was too short and too narrow. With this Invicta, it's nice to have a comfortable band that actually fits!

Detailed Band Rivets and Clasp. The leather band has a rivet on each side of the watch case. The rivet has the same Swiss cross logo that is found on the crown. It's an extra feature that simply doesn't appear on my wonderfully inexpensive Walmart watches.

Luminous Hands and Numbers. Finally, the hour and minute hands on this Invicta are broad, readable, and coated with luminous material. They are supported by broad hashmarks at five minute intervals, smaller hashmarks at one minute intervals. Large white numbers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock and a 45 millimeter case diameter make this Invicta watch very readable.

Overall Review

The extra features of the Invicta Men's 1460 Vintage Collection Riveted Leather Band Black Dial Watch made it a good value at $99 at my local TJ Maxx. I was even more amazed when participants on My Wristwatch forum found it for roughly half that price from a variety of internet vendors. When compared to other watches in the price range, it is definitely a bargain. You get a lot for your money.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Grenen Men's Stainless Steel Mesh Watch

If you are looking for sparse, functional, Scandinavian design in an elegant and comfortable package check out the Grenen Men's Stainless Steel Mesh Watch.  A Skagen brand, Grenen has many thin, comfortable, dress watches that are excellent for daily wear to the office.

Please check out my full review here --  Wristwatch Review:  Grenen Men's Stainless Steel Mesh Watch