I've had over 60 Invicta watches in my lifetime, starting the crazed obsession with Invictas, then moving to tool divers from 2009 to the present. For many months I had no Invictas, and it become very clear that I missed my Invicta Force Masters, particularly my 4830 and 4831 models. In my earnest to get those back, I found a new 4831 on eBay and it should arrive in the next couple of days.
I also ventured into a Force I never had, a gray textured 10515 with buckles to the north and south of the bezel. The buckles make the watch play even bigger than my previous Force Masters. Like those two watches, the I-Force 10515 has a huge dome crystal that magnifies the numbers. I love this feature of the watch.
Putting it on, I have to confess I was taken aback by the size of the beast. Understand, I've worn 60mm Sea Hunters and the like, but the buckles really add size to this creature.
I catalog my small Invictas as "fun" watches. I don't take them seriously. I wouldn't swim with them or wear them when I want strong lume. They have their place and that place is for a certain style, and that's okay with me.
It's risky posting this. I read on Watchuseek a quote that captures the disdain the watch community has for Invicta: "Friends don't let friends Invicta" and that is a verb used in the worst sense. But whatever the community thinks, I do love the Force style with the bubble crystal. Sorry, watch community, a few are staying in my collection.
Jonny writes, "I miss the old innocent days of binge purchasing on the Sunday Run." Jonny is not going back to TV brands any time soon. He was just responding to my missing my Invicta 4830 and 4831 (both with magnifying bubbles).
One of the problems of bingeing with affordable TV brands is that sooner than later you've got six full watch boxes starting at you, asking, "Dude, which one are you wearing today?"
I saw a guest on Bill Maher last night, a Daily Beast writer John Avlon, wearing what appeared to be a Panerai or some such watch with a "bubble" dome crystal. It made me realize that the dome-like bubble is one of my favorite features on a watch. In any case, it almost made me realize I all too often see a watch with a type of styling that I want to add to my collection. On the other hand, I hate choosing from a big collection of watches. No matter what watch I choose, I always regret not wearing another, which is why part of me would love to have only four watches.
But that won't happen. I currently have 12 watches. A year from now, my guess is that I'll have between 15-17 watches. I may get some "costume jewelry" such as a Chotovelli. I notice Amazon sells them for less than half the asking price, around the $150 price. My guess is they're in the same ballpark of Invicta, which means more about style than anything else.
I have mixed feelings about having my current Citizen Grand Touring for sale. There appears to be a disconnect between the photos I have of it, which look amazing, and the way it plays on my wrist, which looks so-so. But if it doesn't sell, I'll be cool. I'm not desperate to get rid of it. My guess is that it's one of those watches in which the more you wear it the more you love it. Either way I'll be fine.
Yesterday the bezel on my one-month-old Seiko SUN019 got stuck. I called Watch City and they told me to take it in. They sprayed a can of Watch Tech cleaner on a cloth and removed some dirt that got stuck under the bezel. Nowthe bezel moves as buttery smooth as it did when I got it. Looks like I'll need to buy a can of that stuff.
Very pricey Seiko Silver Sumo Limited Edition SPB029, about $1,400. Its official release was supposed to be in January of 2015. I wonder if it will be cheaper by then. If it were $500, it might be tempting.
I was watching Charlie Rose interview Bill Maher this morning and noticed what looked like this huge, oversized watch on Charlie Rose's wrist. It looked very expensive. I said to myself, I'll bet that's a 44mm Rolex Deep Sea Dweller and it turns out I was right, but since I'm colorblind I didn't pick up that it's the blue dial version.
Yesterday I went to Watch City to have a link added to my Citizen Grand Touring. Matt said it only needed a half link. I capitulated but regretted not adding a full link. By the time I got home, my wrist, expandinig in the heat, was making me wish I had gotten the full link. So this afternoon before walking into Watch City, I'll do a few windsprints at the mall and show Matt how tight the CGT is on my wrist. When Matt asks why I'm out of breath, I'll explain my windsprint strategy and add, "But I don't want you to think I'm crazy."
I should start compiling these anecdotes for my Diary of a Watch Addict.