In order to mark the celebration of a decade since the production of its Russian Diver series started, Invicta has launched one of its most ambitious models so far. It is Russian Diver Nautilus Skeleton that includes several admirable features. Most of all, it is its special case construction which allows it to be water resistant to fantastic 1,000 meters. Due to the implemented solution, the case manages to provide such waterproofness, despite the fact that the construction allows its movement to be seen from both front (through the skeletonized dial) and back (through the transparent section revealed once the protective hatch is opened). What is also quite interesting, the movement in question is mechanical ETA 6497 caliber. The watch comes with a huge Russian Diver styled housing from stainless steel and is available in several versions which include different finishes for the case and/or the skeletonized movement.
The Russian Diver as the Flagship Series
The anniversary newcomer by Invicta is clearly one of the more ambitious models (the only more impressive that pops to one’s mind is Invicta Tourbillon model) by the brand which is lately trying to introduce more respectable timepieces which run on mechanical movements and not on quartz ones which are usually associated with the Florida-based manufacturer. Apart from this newcomer, we have also seen similar attempts mostly in the Russian Diver series (for example the model with a linear architecture) from which new Nautilus Skeleton model originates. As the brand states, the newcomer is a part of the celebration of 10 years since the Russian Diver is reintroduced, while it claims that the entire series is modeled after the watch that at that time Swiss-based Invicta made for the Russian fleet at the middle of the twentieth century. However, as we have previously written, this claim is not undisputedly proven. The lack of information is likewise one of the major problems that you encounter when examining models by Invicta. Be that as it may, let us share a few more details about the brand’s latest newcomer.
Invicta Russian Diver Nautilus Skeleton timepiece prides itself with a special case construction that allows the watch to have very impressive water resistance to 3,300 feet. The housing utilizes a pair of levers which are attached to different gears. This trait helps it to have independent lock and release systems for the frame of the brand’s flame-fusion crystal (another Invicta idiosyncrasy and a sort of a uncharted territory because of the lack of information) which is covered with protective bars and the case’s rear side. The case back involves a special hatch which, once opened, shows the movement from the other side. Russian Diver Nautilus has a pretty massive steel housing whose diameter measures to 50 mm, while the thickness is 18 mm. The case also has a recognizable crown with the protective cap on the chain. This distinguishing feature of the Russian Diver series in this instance lays on the left side of the round housing.
A Mechanical Manually-Wound Caliber
As it is always nice to see, Invicta made the movement visible from both sides. The movement in question is ETA 6497 (though to the usual scarce level of information, it is unknown whether this was base movement which was later modified by Invicta). This is a very reliable and widely used caliber which is an integral part of timekeepers by numerous different brands. It integrates 17 jewels, includes manual winding and provides a power reserve which lasts for about 50 hours. The sole functions which it provides are hours and minutes.
Three Types of Cases and Five Variations in Total
There are five different versions of Invicta Russian Diver Nautilus Skeleton model which all include a strap made of genuine leather that locks with a buckle clasp. A bit different from the rest of the models is the 14626 which has a two-tone (yellow-gold and black colored) finishes on its housing, a black finishing for the exposed movement and a black attachment. The next two variations are with brown wristlets and rose-toned coatings for the housing. However, while the 14627 has a blackened movement, the 14628 is with rose-colored finish that matches the case. Furthermore, there are additional two models that include a silver colored housing and a black strap. The only difference between them is that the 14629 has yellow gold colored finishes on the movement, whereas the 14630 has this coating in black shade.