- a rotating bezel, preferably unidirectional for snorkelling;
- 100 m waterproof for snorkelling;
- a steel case, if possible;
- a stopwatch function;
- a dual display, analog and digital. Now, you can get multi-hand chronographs with stopwatches -- most are like that, actually -- but I've never been a fan. Stopwatches are best digital.
|The Casio AMW320D-9EV|
|The $18 Special|
|Casio #4 with it's factory rubber strap|
|It really does have a digital display|
- The metal bracelet had no "fine adjustment; it was either too tight or too loose depending on how many links I took out.
- The bracelet started off black anodized, but all the anodizing wore off (and probably gave me lead poisoning), turning my wrist green for 2 months. Ewwww.
- In the photo, you can barely see the digital display, which is grey on black, so while it worked, it was a pain to use and I was constantly turning on the backlight.
|Invicta Intrinsic 12469|
- It's waterproof to 200 m.
- The rotating bezel is unidirectional;
- You can turn off the digital display;
- All three crowns are screw down, though I haven't figured out how to screw down the main crown yet. In fact, the watch didn't come with an owner's manual for it, but a generic manual for other Invicta watches; I had to go on-line to find it.
- The other interesting feature is that the digital time display is set up only as a 2nd time zone display. Normally, I use the analog hands as the 2nd time zone and keep the digital on home time.
The Invicta watch is controlled by the crown. Push it in past a detent and hold it, and the watch synchronizes the analog and digital displays to midnight. Let go, and they then return to their guess as to the time. Pull the crown out, and you can set the time.
About 20 days after I got the Invicta, on a road trip changing time zones I was trying to adjust the watch time, and the detent and spring system on the crown broke. Now, just tapping the crown put it into synchronize mode. It synchronized when I would bend my wrist up. Obviously time for warranty service. Except...
The phone numbers Invicta provides in the warranty book and on their website to contact them for service are both disconnected. You can't properly register your warranty on-line if you don't live in the USA. The on-line warranty registration rquires a "warranty number" that isn't provided with the watch. The instructions for warranty service are to send the watch -- and a cheque or money order for $28 US -- to Florida, where they will assess it and contact you with a time estimate. The 'net is full of complaints from people who have been waiting 6 months or more for service, and when they have been able to phone in, being on hold for hours at a time.
I contacted the dealer I bought the watch from. He gave me a different number to call Invicta, but told me to wait until Wednesday of this week. Not sure why.
The extended warranty I bought only kicks in after the 1 yr warranty is over. Push comes to shove, I put my watch in a drawer and pull it out in a year.
Because I was on a road trip, with no back up watch, I bought yet another watch from Wal-Mart: a $28 Casio.
|At least it has a digital display|