INVICTA SPECIALTY MECHANICAL HANDS-ON

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Invicta’s reputation is as polarizing as it gets in the watch world. I make a point of not being interested in popular opinion when assessing a brand as I’d rather see their watches hands-on and form my own opinion. It was in that spirit that I plopped down $80 to purchase this specialty and give it a fair shake

This model of Specialty is found on Amazon for under $80, a price point that is crowded with similar entrants from no-name import brands, ODM resellers, and volume brands like Stuhrling Original, Lucien Piccard, and… Invicta.

Given its low price, many will find the Specialty attractive, and there’s no denying that the Skeleton dial is atypical compared to the usual $80 watch. After several mixed experiences with similar watches from other brands, I was genuinely curious to see how the ultra-affordable Specialty would be.

A largeish 42mm case gives the skeleton dial plenty of room, and the skeleton is what dominates the look of the Specialty. Next to the skeleton, the Roman Numeral hour markers and dots encircling the outermost portion of the dial just complicate an already crowded dial. As a result, I think it’s too busy to look good.

But someone eying the Specialty isn’t concerned about how crowded the outer ring is; they’re looking at the exposed movement which, I have to say, does look pretty good. The movement isn’t the cleanest or most polished you’re going to find, but it’s clean enough that the eye has plenty to gawk at.

Sadly, because of how loud the rest of the dial is, the black hands get lost in them. Telling time requires commitment since you’re forever having to verify the position of the hands. This is especially true for the hour hand, which lacks the length to clear the inner skeleton dial. At least the minute and seconds hands have tips that reach the outer ring. Using more reflective steel hands would have been a much better choice for visibility.

Thankfully, there are numerous other (and better) color schemes available. This one – white/black on brown leather – is one of the least attractive versions, so if you like the idea of a budget skeleton but echo my sentiments on the problems this color scheme has, you have plenty of choices.

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