In collaboration with the former NFL star, Jason Taylor, who spent most of his career playing for the Miami Dolphins, the Florida-based watchmaker Invicta has launched a limited collection of watches. The vast series of analog watches by Invicta, made together with the famous retired athlete, consists of special models from various series by the manufacturer. Almost entirely made from timepieces with quartz chronograph movements, the limited edition includes numerous models and a flagship Specialty Black Diamond Reserve watch equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement. Some of the timekeepers with the signature of Jason Taylor are made with highly increased water resistance which can reach up to impressive 1000 meters.
Specialty Scuba Reserve
The first watch (made in three versions) from the limited edition launched by Invicta and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year of 2006 is Specialty Scuba Reserve. As the manufacturer notes, this timekeeper is made with Ronda quartz 5040.D chronograph caliber with a split-seconds feature and the accuracy of 1/10th of a second. Besides, there is a date display. The watch has quite substantial dimensions (the diameter of 51mm) and therefore has a good visibility which is achieved together with the inclusion of a lot of luminous elements (on the hands, hour markers and small seconds sub dial). Fitted into a housing made from steel and made with solid screwed-down case back, the watch is a reliable diving timepiece since it features a unidirectional rotating bezel and, more importantly, water resistance to 500 meters, most likely more than you would ever need. The attachment of choice is two-colored polyurethane strap which fastens with a steel buckle.
As a part of the Jason Taylor Limited Edition which has the signature of the six-time Pro Bowl selected player on the case back, the timepiece is crafted in 3 versions. There are two incarnations with a silver-colored face and a two-tone gray strap with the designations 12947 and 12498. The only difference is that the former model has a strap in slightly lighter shades of gray. The third version (the model 12949) sports a slightly different look with a dark grey dial with a check board motif and red accents on the face, as well as red numerals and a gray and red strap.
Bolt Zeus Reserve – The Intricate Case with Twisted Metal Inserts
There are two different basic models from the Jason Taylor restricted series that are made with the distinctive and intricate Bolt Zeus case made from 316L stainless steel, recognizable by the twisted metal rope inserts. Apart from having the same extremely large (the width of 53mm) and complex housing with a solid case back and an oversized screw-down crown and pushers, both models from the Bolt Zeus Jason Taylor Limited Edition have chronograph functions and a nice looking three-dimensional faces. More shared traits are a unidirectional rotating bezel, quite respectable water resistance to 200 meters and a diver folding clasp.
The first model is once again constructed with Ronda 5040.D quartz caliber and sports subsidiary counters for small seconds, 30-minute and 10-hour chrono dials. First of all, let us start with the variations that are constructed with a metal bracelet. The version 12952 is made of a silver-colored basis having accents with 18kt yellow gold plating (for twisted rope inserts, crown and pushers, while the outer part of the dial is in the same color). The other variation (12953) sports a sort of a reversed appearance with a yellow-gold plated colored case and bracelet with inserts in the color of silver, and the dial in the same tone.
There are also three Invicta Bolt Zeus Reserve versions with the same caliber that have twisted metal inserts treated with black IP coating. Besides, these variations are paired with a more comfortable polyurethane straps which have metal reinforcements for additional strength. The first of the versions is the 12954 which is the basic one, since it combines these elements with a steel case in silver color. The next one is the 12955 which has the housing with yellow gold plating, whereas the final variation (the 12956) with Ronda 5040.D caliber has rose gold plating. Each of these models with rubber straps has a carbon fiber black face.
As far as the second model from the same series is concerned, the main difference is the inclusion of Ronda 8040.N chrono quartz caliber which features a different layout of subsidiary counters and a two-window aperture for date on the bottom. More importantly, this caliber also enables a day of the week retrograde display on the top of the dial. This model features a sportier appearance with black ionic plating for the stainless steel case and its bracelet. Furthermore, the dial is also in black color. The difference between two existing variations of this sporty model is in the color of the accents on the dial and twisted metal inserts on the cases and the attachments. For the version 12950, they are red, whereas the variation 12951 features blue accents.
Specialty Black Diamond Reserve
The next watch is the flagship timekeeper of the entire Jason Taylor limited edition – it is Specialty Black Diamond Reserve model 12957. Not only that this watch has a very interesting steam-punk styled dial, as well as diamond decorations as it is clear from its name, but also it comes with a mechanical self-winding chronograph movement, unlike any other of the watches from the special series with the signature of the former athlete known for his charitable work. The movement in question is ETA Calibre Valgranges A07.211. It is a sturdy and reliable caliber with 25 jewels, known for the speed of spring winding. The power reserve of the movement which runs at the most common frequency of 4 Hz lasts for two days. Apart from the chrono feature, it also provides a date display, while its functioning can be seen through the exhibition case back.
As far as the housing of the timekeeper is concerned, it is not also nice looking, but also very sturdy which can be demonstrated with the fact that this watch is water resistant to 500 meters. The case is constructed from stainless steel and with the oversized diameter of 52mm. A nice visual feature is the presence of 47 black diamonds which are placed on the stationary bezel. Another appealing characteristic is its skeletonized carbon fiber dial. The star model of the series is paired with a two-tone steel bracelet which sports black IP links and fastens with a diver deployment buckle with a safety clasp.
The next watch is fairly similar to the flagship model, especially in terms of resilience to pressure (also water proof to 500m) and appearance (its dial, two-tone case and attachment). Unlike the previous watch, this one is not equipped with a mechanical movement, but its quartz caliber can be placed in the high-end category of its class. It is made with ETA 251.233 COSC certified and thermo-compensated chrono caliber with 27 jewels (which is for example the basis for Breitling 73 caliber used in Breitling Seawolf Chrono watch) with the accuracy within of +/- 10 seconds per year. Two existing versions are only slightly different, and the difference is in the color of the ionic plating: the model 12958 is silver with brown accents, whereas the 12958 sports a black fixed bezel, as well as a screw-down crown, pushers, and two bracelet links in the same color.
Invicta Arsenal Reserve
Another watch supplied with Ronda 8040.N caliber comes in two different silver and black incarnations. Thanks to the movement of choice, the timekeeper is once again equipped with a chrono function, a date display and a day of the week indication on the top. Constructed with a stationary bezel, fixed with six screws, this product has a two-tone steel housing with the width of 48mm and a matching bracelet. Two versions sport different sorts of faces: while the 13047 has a silver dial, the 13048 features a black one.
Moving forward to timekeepers with exceptional water resistance to 1000 meters, we will firstly share a few details about the interesting looking Venom Reserve models. As it was the case with many of already reviewed models, this timepiece with a silver face and crenulated unidirectional bezel functions thanks to Ronda 5040.D chrono quartz caliber. This sturdy diving watch is placed inside a 53.7mm wide solid stainless steel housing. It is paired with a genuine leather strap (either brown or black) and available in three versions that have different colored bezels. As the version 12960 has a bezel in silver color, the 12961 version is treated with 18 karat rose gold plating, while the 12962 sports the one with a black gun metal plating.
Corduba 1000 Reserve
Furthermore, the limited Jason Taylor series includes one more watch with the amazing water resistance to 1 kilometer. This futuristic looking timepiece is forged with highly resilient materials: the housing is made from titanium, while the attachment is from Kevlar, the same substance used to make bullet proof vests. Even though it has Ronda 8040.N caliber as few other models from the limited series, there is a twist. The face of the watch is tilted 90 degrees to the right, so that the dial features a different layout, while the crown and pushers sit at the bottom of the face. There are four different incarnations of this 48mm wide timepiece with a unidirectional rotating bezel. The first two are with 18 karat plating on the bezel: the 13049 has a black and gray dial and the 13050 has a silver one. On the other hand, two next versions are with black ionic plating. While the 13051 has a dial which is black on the outskirts and silver in the middle, the 13052 has a silver dial. Each of four variations sport rose gold colored accents on the textured dials.
The final of the models from the Jason Taylor restricted series by Invicta comes with the Corduba designation. This model is supplied with ISA 9232/1930 quartz caliber, which apart from standard date display located at the three o’clock position on its black dial also has two more subsidiary counters. The top one indicates months, whereas the bottom one shows time in 24-hour format. As for the housing, the material is stainless steel, while the width is 52mm. For the wristlet, Invicta chose a rubber strap with metal inserts that match the case. There are three versions of the timekeeper with the unidirectional rotating bezel: the 13687 has a silver colored case, while two other 18 karat gold plating. While the model 13688 has yellow gold plating, the 13689 sports rose gold one. The featured water resistance is 200 meters.
As it is the common practice for Invicta watches, the models from the limited series made in the cooperation with Jason Taylor have their dials guarded with crystals made from a flame fusion synthetic material.