|Invicta Men’s 15200 Specialty Chronograph – Product Link|
This was one of those purchases where I was a little leery. This watch was on a pre-black Friday deal for $59 and it had the little clock ticking down, telling me the time was running out for the deal. I figured it would be on sale again (which turned out to be true) but I thought it was a good deal regardless. The main issue I had was that there were no reviews for the watch and some reviewers of lower end models like this were complaining about the lower end Invicta models. I have a couple budget Seiko Automatic and Citizen Eco Drive watches I’m really happy with, so I figured this one was worth a try.
My review sample was purchased from Amazon during some lightning deal they had for the holidays, and I paid $59 for it. Amazon claims the price is normally $395 but those numbers don’t mean anything. This is a lower end Invicta they are probably happy to sell for the 100 dollar range, so I thought $59 was a good deal for it.
This is a typical diver’s chronograph style watch with a beefy polyurethane (rubber) band. It’s sports a very large case. Heck, just the band is 22 mm. It’s waterproof to 50 meters which isn’t much for a diver’s watch. But if you are a diver, this probably wouldn’t be your first choice for a diver’s watch, so like me, you’re buying this watch because it looks kind of–for lack of a better word– badass. It has a synthetic sapphire crystal which should be much more rugged than a typical mineral crystal found on most lower end watches.
Official Specs (From Amazon)
It came in an awful yellow box that had some scuff marks on it. But I didn’t buy it for the box. Opening the box, I caught my first glimpse of the 15200, and it’s big! Big is an understatement–this thing is a monster. I knew intellectually that 45 mm is a large case, but I wasn’t prepared for how big it really is. For a second, I even thought about returning it. But my eyes aren’t that great, and the large dial is easy to read. Plus, I’m already a little eccentric, so I don’t think anyone will blink seeing me wear this “arm clock” as the wife now calls it.
Other than the size, it has the same classy look in person as it did over the Internet. It doesn’t give me the impression it is cheap at all.
The 15200 has a beefy looking stainless steel case. It’s a large case, and thick, too. The case is usually where a budget watch shows its stripes, and I was pleasantly surprised at the build quality, machining and finish of the case. The case gives this watch an upscale feel to it.
Yeah, baby, synthetic sapphire. The crystal on this watch should be impervious to scratches, just like an expensive watch. It’s also the main reason why I couldn’t resist this model. Obviously you are not going to get a real sapphire crystal on a 60 dollar watch, but it’s impressive at this price point to even get synthetic sapphire. I tend to be hard on my watches, and after a couple years anything with a mineral case has to pretty much be retired if it sees daily use. Not getting scratched up is my favorite thing about some of my more expensive watches, except at a price point where the watch is expendable–it’s best of both worlds.
The watch passed my simple submersion test, and I specifically wore it when I knew it would get wet like doing the dishes. So, it was submersed for a few minutes and routinely splashed with normal use.
The dial has an appealing style to me, and the oversize hands make the watch easier to read. And it’s slathered in decent quality luminescent coating. The large dial with the good coating is a great combination for reading it in the dark.
The blue band is a good quality, polyurethane rubber-ish material. Again, I’m surprised at the quality for this price point. We will see how it stands up to the test of time, but for now I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt. One thing about the band: At 22 mm it’s also huge. But it’s fairly comfortable, too.
When I saw the size of this thing, my first thought was that this wasn’t going to be something I wore every day. But it’s more comfortable than it looks. And it’s more upscale looking than I was expecting. This is probably going to be one of those jack of all trade watches for me–something I could wear as a dress watch or wear when I’m swimming in a lake. One thing I did notice wearing it is that my hand will sometimes hit the start/stop chronograph button. Every once in a while I will notice that the chronograph is running.
Once I got over the shock of how big this thing is, it dawned me how easy it is to read. While I don’t believe this is a 400 dollar watch, I do believe it is a very well made 60 dollar watch, and I am very satisfied with my purchase. It’s a worthy addition to my under $100 collection. It’s well built and classy. Looking at it in the photos it holds its own next to the Tag Heuer and Movado.