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INVICTA VENOM RESERVE REVIEW – DO THEY JUST LOOK GOOD? - [2020 UPDATE]

Invicta’s Venom Reserves are super stylish – the brand knows this, and claims they’re timepieces fit for men “in the know”. They aren’t just eye-candy. They’re some of the best watches we’ve used. What’s even better is, they’re affordable. We’ve reviewed the 32226 for our Invicta Venom Reserve review, comparing it with its siblings.

invicta venom reserve review

The Watch – At A Glance

Below, we’ve run through the 32226’s specs.

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Invicta Venom Reserve
Invicta Men's Reserve Venom Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Silicone Strap, Black, 26 (Model:...
Water resistance
330 feet (100 meters)
Movement
Swiss quartz
Strap
Silicone
Crystal
Sapphire (flame fusion crystal)
Case (size)
2 inches (52 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Colour
Gold & black
Invicta Venom Reserve
Preview
Invicta Men's Reserve Venom Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Silicone Strap, Black, 26 (Model:...
Water resistance
330 feet (100 meters)
Movement
Swiss quartz
Strap
Silicone
Crystal
Sapphire (flame fusion crystal)
Case (size)
2 inches (52 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Colour
Gold & black
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Invicta Venom 32226

The Watch - A Review

Design

The watch is one of the best-looking we’ve seen. The jeweled serpent on its bezel makes it look like an expensive timepiece. There are several Venom Reserves that look like it. The rest all have eye-catching designs.

It has a fabulous colourway. We’re huge fans of the rose-gold and black. What’s great is that its strap is silicone – you wouldn’t think that such a watch would rock the material.

It is big. Its case stretches 2 inches (52 mm) across. If you have smaller wrists, you’ll look awkward with it, but you’ll still be able to wear it. It’s heavy, though. It comes in at 14 ounces (396 grams).

There are three pushers on its sides. They aren’t there for fun. They work its chronograph.

You don’t have to look close to be hypnotized by its dial. There is a scale-like finish on it.

Dial & Case

The crystal on its window is tough. It’s flame fusion, which is a type of sapphire. You’ll have a hard time denting the 32226 due to its case too. It’s made from high-quality stainless steel.

There are three sub-dials on it. Two of them are its chronographs. If you’re wondering what the features are, they are basically stop-watches. The third sub-dial is its calendar – it reads the day.

If you look to the right, you’ll see a date feature. It’s small, so it’s not the easiest to read. It’s also in the 4 o'clock position – you’ll be straining your neck trying to read it.

There are no Arabic numerals. There are circular markers on an outer ring instead. They are full of lume. You can read the device in the darkest settings. Unfortunately, there is no pigment on its hands.

As its case is so thick, the Venom Reserve can handle an extra bit of beating.

Its crown is gigantic. We love big crowns as they’re easy to grip. That being said, they can be a pain – they slam into your wrist.

We would’ve loved it if it came with an exposed back, but due to its movement, you don’t get one. More on this later.

Strap

The strap on it is silicone. The material is super waterproof. You don’t have to worry about getting it wet. The thing is, wearing a lot of silicone is not fun. Bands that are thick with the material tend to collect a lot of sweat. Yes – the 32226 has such a strap. Its brothers in the collection have large bands too.

Attached to its strap is a tang-buckle clasp. It is a nuisance to work. You have to strap pins into holes. Depending on how large your wrist is, you’ll struggle to find a proper one. Thankfully, you can replace its clasp with a push-button deployant. Not only is it more secure, but it’s easier to work – it’s a literal push of a button.

Water Resistance

You’re looking at a water-resistant device. It can handle 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. Invicta says that you can swim and snorkel with it. As its strap is silicone, it’ll never get wet. This is true for its case too.

When swimming, you’ll easily be able to tell the time. The lume on it is super bright.

If you’re thinking of swimming deeper than specified, you’ll be making a bad move. Water would move into its insides, ruining it. Although this might not happen at once, regularly diving to 350 feet or so would expose its seals.

Movement

As mentioned earlier, it doesn’t have an exposed back due to its movement. It hosts the Ronda Z60 Quartz. It is Swiss quartz. You see the mechanism throughout the Venom Reserves. Swiss quartz is made with a lot of craftsmanship. Unfortunately, they don’t come with any gears – they are battery-powered. It would’ve been no use having an exposed back or front as you’d see nothing.

Alternatives

Now that you know everything about it, let’s top our invicta venom review by looking at its siblings.

Invicta Men’s Venom Reserve 0361

The timepiece does not look serpentine. It’s pretty classic looking. It has a rose-gold and gun-metal colourway. The two go hand-in-hand as the watch looks like a million bucks. Something that helps is the gold being 18 K.

Once again, you’re getting a silicone/plastic strap. It unfortunately is thick, like its brother. The watch is large too – its case is a whopping 2 inches (52 mm).

Something else that’s whopping is its water resistance. It can handle over 3000 feet (914 feet). It’s one of the most water-resistant pieces we’ve seen – If you check our best invicta watch review, you’d see some seriously dive-ready pieces – the brand loves them. The 0361 can easily be worn on deep dives. The fact that it’s so waterproof and comes with superb lume helps.

If you’re wondering what’s on its window, it is flame fusion crystal. As you know, it’s a sapphire that’s very strong.

There are circular markers on it. We’re glad that they’re wide – you get a better canvas for its luminous pigment to shine on.

If you guessed that its large pushers work its chronographs, you were right. Its chronographs track the seconds and minutes passed.

There is a calendar on it. It’s in the 4 o'clock position and isn’t that small, thankfully.

Its crown is large. If you remember, we’re fans of large crowns as they’re easy to grip. The one on the 0361 lives up to our standards.

It is a Swiss quartz device. We, unfortunately, don’t know the name of its specific movement. If we had to guess, we’d say it’s the Ronda we see in its siblings.

Invicta 30348

It doesn’t have a reptilian look to it either. But it rocks a cool bull-dog design. As we said, timepieces in Invicta’s Venom Reserve collection are incredibly good-looking. They all look different too. There’s even one that is holographic!

The timepiece follows a similar colourway to the other 2 watches. Its body is a mix of black and peach. Yes, its strap is silicone. You already know how durable the material is.

You might find the watch hard to read. Its dial is eye-catching, but it doesn’t have proper markers. Its hands are clear, though. They are an almost neon white. That being said, there are markers on its bezel. They act as timers as its bezel rotates. You usually see the feature in dive watches. You’ll be happy to know that the 30348 can handle over 1000 feet (300 meters) underwater.

The device is big. This shouldn’t surprise you as its alternatives were too. Its case is 2 inches (52 mm). You’ll be reading the time through a flame fusion crystal (sapphire).

It hosts a Swiss quartz movement. Unlike the entry above, we know the specific movement it hosts. It is the Ronda Z60. Something you should know about the Venom Reserves is that although they host Swiss movements, they are not Swiss-made. If they were, they’d cost much more.  

If you look into the Bulldog’s eyes, you’ll see a calendar in the left one. It reads the day. The date is read by a sub-dial in the 4 o'clock position. It’s not easy to read – the numbers on it don’t contrast well.

There is a chronograph on it. It reads the minutes passed.

Invicta Men’s 30128

The timepiece is not as big as its counterparts. Its case is only 1.98 inches (50.5 mm). By no means is it small, though. You’re still looking at a massive watch. Its design is great. Its bezel looks like a rope made from gold and silver. Its whole body is gold, so the silver is a nice contrast. Its display is an eye-catching blue that just wraps everything up.

Like its brothers, it hosts chronographs. They are the two sub-dials on its face. They read the seconds and minutes passed. There is a third sub-dial that reads the day. As you might’ve guessed, there is a date feature in the 4 o'clock position. It’s not hard to read. The numbers displayed are sharp.

There are large circular markers to read the hours passed. However, there is an inner ring that reads the minutes in an hour. It does so in Arabic numerals.

The gold on it was plated. It was plated onto high-quality stainless steel. We don’t know if it’s a surgical grade or not, but we know that it can handle a beating. This is true for its window too. It is made from flame fusion crystal.

Even its strap is steel. Similar to silicone, having a lot of it on your wrist will make you sweat. Unfortunately, the 30128 has a thick band.

You’re looking at another water-resistant watch. That being said, it can’t handle as much water as the other alternatives. It’s only resistant up to 1640 meters (500 meters). If you’re wondering, such depths are great for deep-diving.

A Swiss quartz movement is inside of it. It is the Ronda Z60 FE.

Final Thoughts

We think Invicta Venom Reserves are very good-looking devices. They are large and eye-catching and come with amazing water resistance. They are affordable, yet they are built to last the test of time. They look good too, so they make for the perfect gifts.

We’re huge fans of the 32226’s appearance – we’ve never seen anything like it. The snakehead and tail, with the scales on its dial, just blew us away.

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