Today we’re happy to bring this Invicta 1960 Chronograph to you, now available for preorder through Drop. As you know we’ve done many Glycine releases, and this is the first for Invicta, its parent company. We mainly know Invicta for its solid Pro Divers and overall for being a fearless company with a vast array of models sold all over the planet. Less known is that Invicta is a much older watch company than one might expect, and within that very long history are quite a number of standout timepieces that we felt were worth exploring.
So Drop approached Invicta in the fall of 2019 with the idea of resurrecting their very own Doctor’s chronograph made over sixty years ago. This original Invicta is a stunner: Landeron Caliber 48 bicompax movement executed in an 18 karat solid gold case. As much as we’d love to just put that watch inside a duplicator machine and make buckets of them, Landeron movements no longer exist, acrylic crystals scratch easily, and 18k solid gold runs a bit outside our democratic instincts.
What exactly did we do with this gorgeous vintage then? First, close attention was paid to preserving as much of the original look as possible, down to the old Invicta logo. We then replaced the acrylic crystal with AR coated domed sapphire, upped the water resistance, and for the case material used Bronze, suiting the vintage character of this timepiece with subtle weathering. We also added a telemeter scale in addition to the pulsometer scale of the original. We also decided to offer two dial choices: The original white and a black color scheme.
We also replaced the inestimable Landeron with a sensible VK64 mecha-quartz movement manufactured by Seiko. Here’s what I especially like about the VK64: The chronograph module is a complete mechanical complication, with all of the components you would find in any mechanical chronograph watch. Yet the balance wheel, escapement and mainspring are replaced with a quartz resonator, making it far more accurate.
The result is a movement that looks, moves, and behaves like a chronograph yet with the reliability enabled by modernity. The central seconds hand moves with smooth motion around the dial, instead of indexing as one might in a typical quartz.
We also sized this at 40mm, right for the character of the 36mm original while also looking amazing on any wrist.
Lastly, let it be known that we made this watch for the Drop community with excellence in mind. It's our aspiration to do custom projects with strong partners in the watch industry who are willing to take risks. We hope that if you’ve never considered Invicta before, may this be the one that moves you. :-)