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November 09, 2012

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Angelo

I have two Invicta watches, neither of which are "Jumbos." I have the Reserve Ocean Reef in rose gold----a hefty watch that gets positive attention. And I have a black and gold Ocean Reef----closer to the "costume jewelry" category perhaps, but still a nice watch that goes with suits or jeans. I wore that one to a business meeting yesterday. I get your analogy----for sure, the Seikos are all business and the Invictas (and some other brands) are style first/timepiece second. But I think you should look at it this way: "Experience" is the only way to live life----and your many Invicta purchases were not mistakes. Those watches brought you pleasure and served as a bridge to where you are now. "Knowing what you know now" and depriving yourself of experiencing the change of taste first hand----would not be a good thing, it would be a bad thing. I am considering treating myself to a new Tauchmeister/Aeromatic for Christmas. I want a thick one with lots of crowns!

jonnybardo

Wise words, Angelo. Six years ago we cannot have possibly known what we know today, just as we cannot possibly know now what we'll know six years into the future. Better to live life in the moment and enjoy what is, now. A major part of the fun, for me at least, is not knowing what the future will bring - and this can only be if we don't know now what we'll know someday!

That said, I hear your pain, Jeff. I just looked at my watch collection and saw a bunch of watches I haven't worn in a month or more. I'm even tempted to sell all of my Invictas except for maybe four or five: my Capsule, mid-size SAS 0524, SAS 5219, and one Ocean Reef, probably the 6138. But I'm not quite ready to go there, partially because I know that not only do my aesthetics change in a linear, forward direction, they are also circular.

For instance, one Invicta that I've found "comes around again" is my all-black Ocean Speedway. When I first got it I really liked it, although found it was one of those watches that looks better in picture than real life, and then stopped wearing it after a couple weeks. I didn't wear it for a month or so and then put it on again (late summer, I think) and really liked it. Its all-black with grey dials is really a striking, unique look. That's a watch I'll keep, even if I only wear it a half dozen times a year.

One of the things I'm trying to consciously do is not completely convert to being a "Seiko Only" guy - so I'm looking at Citizens in particular, and a few other brands - trying to keep my aesthetic sensibilities open. But there is no doubt that Seiko is by far my favorite brand right now.

herculodge

Angelo and Jonathan, forgive my extreme tendencies. I too still love my Invicta Force Masters and Ocean Reefs, so I'm not throwing Invicta under the bus.

I sold my all black Ocean Speedway because it has no lume. My current Seiko SKZ267 auto wears as big and reminds me of the Speedway but it has lume, slightly less amazing than my Black Monster's.

jonnybardo

I appreciate your extreme tendencies, so don't change. Maybe it has to do with "time served" - you were an Invictaddict for six years, while I was more like one year. I hope that doesn't mean that I'll be done with Seiko in a year - I don't think so, though, as I shared in one of my long recent blog posts - I see it more as a "mature phase" preference that will be open-ended.

I still shop Invictas, by the way, and check out the Sunday Run a couple times each week - especially the Rundown on Watchgeeks. But I don't have anything really pressing right now that I want, except for that elusive F0010 which is a perennial fixture on my wishlist. I might also eventually get a mid-size Sea Hunter I or II, but they're just too expensive.

I think, though, that Invictas is now not only second fiddle to Seiko but third to Citizen as well. How times change...

herculodge

I don't have one Invicta on my wish list. I've exhausted that product. Of course that's easy for me to say since I have over two dozen models.

What bums me is that the Seiko models I covet, including two on your blog, the 007 and the black Flight with the yellow or green hands (I'm colorblind), tend to be kinetic or auto with no winding option and having two already is enough to keep me busy.

Angelo

If I've ever read you were colorblind, I forgot about it. Is there a "spectrum" (no pun intended) of colorblindness, where some people see only black/white/gray but others can sense SOME color? If you've never seen color, how do you know if what you're looking at is the green/yellow family? I've always been curious about it. I had an uncle (aunt's husband) who claimed to be colorblind----but didn't describe it in detail. He said he could tell colors apart, but didn't really know what they were.

herculodge

Yes, there is a spectrum and I have the worst variety, so bad I'm disqualified, I'm told, from military duty.

jonnybardo

On the SKA425P2, the hour hand and 12, 3, 6, and 9 markers are all yellow. The minute and second hands, and the other markers, are white. I don't know about the lume, although I imagine it is good but not great - size matters for lume.

herculodge

My guess is that the lume is excellent. I want one.

Angelo

My uncle qualified for military duty and served----his colorblindness was not as bad as yours. The reason I even knew about it was that as a kid, he and I talked about NFL football uniforms. When I brought up team colors, he said he could sort of tell the different shades, but not as well as I could. You would think with technology today----there would be glasses you could put on if you needed to see certain colors.

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