No doubt that what attracts watches-collectors to try the Invicta is its competitive price, especially when it’s on sale, and it’s the case with this one (I’ve put the discount link right down in this review). The Invicta Hydromax is one of the most interesting watches in the Reserve Collection. The identity of the brand is felt from the first sight because of the near resemblance to other Invicta watches, but this timepiece has a powerful feature which its other sisters don’t have and which I will talk about in this review.
Because many people prefer to judge a watch based on their personal experience by not listening to others, I will lay down the most important aspects of the Invicta Reserve Hydromax and let you decide at the end by yourself, so make sure you read the full review before you decide to buy this timepiece. I have also put down this review a Specifications Summary for quick deciders.
Reserve Hydromax Overview
The Invicta Hydromax or more precisely the Reserve 16958, is a beautiful big watch (52mm), Silver-tone with a very attractive coin-edge unidirectional bezel. The outline of the hands are also colored with the same bright silver-tone which is a nice color detail that adds shininess to the overall look. As you can see in the photo, this watch is designed with a brushed metal sun-ray dial which I like a lot. The dial is protected with under a synthetic-sapphire dial window.
Unboxing the Hydromax
I know that the black Reserve box is more attractive, at least in my opinion, but this Hydromax comes
with the standard yellow box with beige fabric inside that many collectors don’t like. Of course if you have a separate box where you put your watches, then this is not important at all.
Items you find in the box:
- A yellow plastic tag with the INVICTA logo
- The watch instruction manual
- The warranty program manual
- Platinum warranty plan (USA market only)
- International Warranty Card
PS: Normally the bracelet is covered up by plastic to keep it safe.
The Hydromax 52mm Case
This timepiece is for fans of big sturdy watches. It measures 52mm in
diameter and case thickness of 29mm. This means that it’s not for the skinny guy that has a very thing fore arm and wrist. You can see how it fits on the photo. But if you’re doing bodybuilding, then you have already ( or probably will) get the required wrist size.
The screw-down crown is of the same silver tone as the whole watch, but polished not brushed, and it has the “I” letter of the Invicta logo printed on it. On the opposite side, you find the Helium release valve made for professional divers, and which is also polished and has the “I” letter Invicta logo as well.
The unidirectional bezel is of the silver-tone that gives the watch look more unity. The coin-edge adds more shininess to the watch and has markings on it in order to easily grip when rotating it. The numbers on the bezel are not easily readable when diving. The crystal type of this watch is a Flame Fusion, slightly raised above the bezel (see photo), and has a somewhat domed shape.
I like the combination of the silver tone and white that makes the dial. It gives the watch a nice bright look. The second hand is fully dark grey, while the hour and minute hands are white with a sleek outline in silver tone. The GMT hand is white with a red outline. The “INVICTA RESERVE” letters are nicely centered on the top and are also in silver-tone. Above the 6 hour mark is printed “HYDROMAX” and under the mark is printed “Swiss Made” both in black. The date window, also with a silver tone outline edges, is readable with a nice and clear font. This dial is another success by Invicta, nicely designed to serve its purpose which is getting time at a glance.
The case back is somehow busy looking, but not a problem because you don’t look at it everyday anyway. On the center of it you find a skull face and “HYDROMAX” as well as “INVICTA RESERVE PRO DIVER” with the default Invicta font printed on it.
The Hydromax bracelet is a stainless steel three-link with fold-over clasp with safety closure. The size of the bracelet is 24mm. The links are folded rather than solid which may not appeal to everyone, but they do appear solid. The bracelet is adjustable as you can take off as much links as you want to fit your wrist. The clasp appear a bit cheap, but has a useful ratchet function designed for diving activities. It seems like Invicta loves their logo quite much, the logo is present on the clasp twice as well as the Hydromax letters.
The Hydromax is water resistant up to 1000 meters (according to Invicta), and the movement is a swiss Ronda 515.24H quartz with analog display. Normally when you get the watch, the time is not set, and it’s preferable to change the battery to avoid the minute per hour lagging that may occur.
Invicta has designed its watches with a simple three steps mechanism in order to set the time safely. All you have to do is to pull the crown to position 3, then you turn it. Once you have finished push the back to position 1. And concerning the Date, the process is the same as the time setup, the only the difference is that you pull the crown to position 2 instead of position 3. The same position, 2, is where you can correct the 24-hour display, but this time by turning the crown anticlockwise.
Reserve Hydromax Specifications Summary
Case and Dial
Case Size: 52mm
Material: Stainless Steel
The Invicta Reserve Hydromax is a nice huge watch that makes a statement and which feels more premium than it actually costs. Very attractive with nicely crafted silver tone details. Large, heavy, and thick, it is made for the guy who likes big watches, and if you’re a tiny guy you’d better stay away from this one. The Hydromax is available on Amazon, Click Here to go on their website and profit from Free Shipping.