Reviews for Invicta Automatic Pro Diver Stainless Steel Watch
People say Invicta is really similar to Omega.
Great entry level watch, even better for a gift.
I feel as if enough has been said about the Invicta Diver, but after owning this item for over a year I decided to give my interpretation on the piece. First and foremost, this is by far one of the best look-a-like submariners on the market. I actually own a submariner and people who know that I own it rarely notice the difference. I've had people actually walk up to me wearing this and ask "What store did you buy your submariner from?" Now I'm not advocating that you buy this to impress people or wear as a Rolex. I'm simply saying that this watch has such a sturdy build quality that it can easily be mistaken for a $3000 watch. If you've owned Mechanical watches before and are used to the quality of a Tag, Omega, Rolex, or Panerai then I highly suggest you save your money and upgrade to the 9937 with the Swiss 26 jewel movement and sapphire crystal glass. Even if you're new to watches and considering this one, if you have the money the 9937 would be a great investment. Pros: -Design (Well I guess that doesn't count the diver style is a classic) -Screw down crown is sturdy, not cheap and flimsy. The winding motion has a very fluid tick to it. -Movement -Hour markers and hands illuminate very well Cons: -The 9937. As long as you own this it will always be inferior to its older brother -It's made by Invicta... Now I want to explain the last one. I'm not saying that Invicta is a bad company. I own about 5 or 6 of their pieces. Some in the $500+ range. However, they have been... Read More
Have no fear -- it IS the real deal!
Frankly, I was somewhat skeptical. A decent, let alone good, watch at this price from ... ahem ... Invicta? Well, my experience 2 weeks or so into ownership has pretty much proven my suspicions to be ill-founded. This is a terrific watch, made all the better because of the "silly" price. Pay 20x the money or much more, if you want, in terms of a quality watch, you won't do better. OK, it doesn't say Omega or Rolex on the dial. But, let me take you through my likes and dislikes. 1. Appearance. It looks terrific straight out of the case and appears to be well made. On my wrist, I think it looks great -- it's 40mm, ie, medium sized these days, and that suits me. 2. Feel. It has a surprising heft. I wasn't expecting this for a watch at this price-point, but it feels substantial, but not overly heavy, when wearing it. I like that very much -- it's reassuring, somehow, and suggests robustness and superior build quality to my way of thinking. 3. Durability. Too soon to tell, overall, However, when I accidentally banged the watch against a heavy metal gate the other day, I winced, fully expecting to find at least a cracked or scratched crystal, or damage to the strap. Nope. Nada. I wasn't just relieved, I was, again, very pleasantly surprised by this piece. 4. Reliability. Again, probably too early to say, overall. Again, however, I will say this: my watch has been keeping perfect time. Saying so here will now probably jinx it, but we shall see. I was not expecting this from my o... Read More
Great value for an automatic watch
Love this watch, it surprisingly good! I mean how often do you buy something that makes you feel good about your purchase! First let me start with the appearance, which is sharp and refined, screw Rolex and Omega, normal folk can't afford those "warches"! This watch works and looks great. I love the sweeping second hand and the automatic clockwork. I use a thumb tack to remove the pins to remove the watch links to my size. I really really like this watch and happy I bought it! Great value for the dollar!
Everything about a Rolex except the price
UPDATE 2014: Everything comes back to Rolex because nothing is worth anything on the market so this watch is still a lot of fun. Looks great, but is not weighty feeling as the real thing. Still a very decent watch. If people are looking at it thinking it is a Rolex, so be it. It does fine as a watch. I always liked watches because unknowingly my dad had an Omega Deville automatic and I didn't even know it. He bought me a Seiko automatic years ago to play with- I broke the band and it was fat so I didn't like it. Then the Casios came out- I had a new calculator lcd watch every few years. So maybe 10 years ago I bought a nice Swatch that unknowingly was modelled after the Omega Speedmaster of Apollo fame. Then I lusted for the now infamous Tiger Woods Tag. I never got those expensive watches, but became curious about automatics when I needed to time something by the seconds for work. I thought, I'll get into analog watches and so I came upon what every expensive brand, even Omega, has tried to duplicate: a good looking Rolex Submariner. I read review after review and lo and behold, this Invicta 8926c is the most accurate imitation, but I think it exceeds it because, Invicta itself has history in Swiss watchmaking. Id say it is one of the most famous/infamous copies of what is known as the best looking watch by many. The Japanese movement in mine is accurate to +5 seconds per day, which is incredible. If I store it upside down at night, the accuracy improves! Obviously, the qua... Read More
Amazing Value For Money
Was looking for a mechanical 'beater' so my other watches could be spared. I often buy off amazon and have a collection of Seiko, Oris, Omega and Tudor watches. The Seiko movement inspired confidence ( same as their 4r movement) and knew it would be a workhorse and pretty much bullet proof. What I was not expecting was the quality of the finishing. It really is very good for the money. Yes it's a homage to the sub but the size and weight are perfect for me and the movement is Seiko, not some Chinese abomination. For the money was genuinely impressed and will wear this with my NATO straps swimming, outdoors and generally anywhere I don't want to take my expensive watches. Not sure what the QC is like but this one is perfect and worth the asking price on Amazon - no question.
Mine appears to be spot-on with time-keeping as I have yet to wind it once and only set it when I unwrapped it and again to adjust for daylight savings time. So, if it's off at all, it's less than I care about for my timekeeping needs. This replaces a non-water-resistant automatic that I recently dropped in the bathroom which knocked numerals off jamming the skeleton winding mechanism...oops. Because of this incident, I keep the watch on 24/7, except for playing basketball or other sports. It's a heavy watch, with comfortable band. I have large wrists but needed to still take out two links and that being said the face is proportioned nicely. It's a very quiet mechanism both in timekeeping and winding.The screw-down crown is a bit finicky to work with as the end of the lock-down turns quickly change to date-adjusting turns resulting in more tinkering than I'd like. I like the coin edge and the mix of high-polish and brushed surfaces. At a trade show recently a colleague had the Omega version of this watch and without looking very closely you couldn't tell the difference and a customer had the Rolex version like both of ours so it was good for a laugh on similarities but we all appreciated the style and tradition of automatic timepieces. For $90 this is a terrific, durable entry-level automatic watch and probably won't be my last Invicta. But, damn, someday I really do hope to be able to invest in an heirloom automatic, but I'd be happy wearing this Invicta anywhere.
Excellent watch for the price!
Excellent watch and quality for the price. I don't have thousands to spend on a high-end equivalent such as an Omega or Rolex. If you're reading this review it's likely that you don't either. :) The watch is sharp, elegant and sporty so it looks great regardless of attire and hold up to the elements and being submerged. The coin edge makes all the difference for the detail look. Wish list: The cyclops is the only thing I could do without, although this is just a personal preference -a lot of people like it. There are internet videos on how to remove it with a butane flame and razor but they do not apply to the 2011 build (the adhesive is different). At some pint I'll likely have it removed by a jeweler.
Excellent watch, most reasonably priced
Excellent watch, most reasonably priced, well packaged, well machined and well made. I ordered this watch on a whim to use while working in the yard. I wanted a stainless steel band automatic movement timepiece. Quartz watches are accurate but replacing batteries is not what I want to do with a watch. An automatic watch is more like a fine piece of machinery than a quartz toy.I have two Rolex automatics. This Invicta is a complete surprise. It is big, heavy and easy to read. So far it is rugged and dependable. The watchband is at least the equal of a Rolex stainless. The band is wellmade and replacing links is easy; buy a link removal kit from amazon and paying attention to the link pins, tapping only the non-screw side of the link pin to remove or replace and the adjustment can be made in moments by anyone with common sense and the ability to focus. The clasp is first class and the watch is more comfortable on the wrist in hot humid or wet comditions than a rubber, silicon or leather band. Setting the watch was as simple as setting a Rolex. The watch has the look and feel of new and vintage Rolex and Omega watches at at about 1% of the price. I have a small wrist and removed 4 links for my fit. Big men take notice, this is your watch. Save or spend your money on other fashion accessories. If you scuba dive...I suggest buying a dive watch made for the purpose.. But for normal use or fashion, this Invicta 8926 OB (original bezel) is the real deal. The machined "coin" bezel is ... Read More
Lovely watch especially at this price point!
****UPDATE 11/23/15 Watch has only lost 8 second in 2 weeks, which in terms of Automatic movements, is absolutely fantastic. This is every bit as good "so far" as how my 2004 Submariner did. Stay tuned. I'll make it clear, I'm a huge watch aficionado. That doesn't mean I'm a snob, rather an enthusiast with a vast knowledge. If you click on my name and read my past reviews on time pieces, you'll see I own many. I've had several Invictas, this is my second automatic. This newly updated Seiko movement is light years better than what was used 4 years ago. Not even a comparison. The movement is rather precise, and sweeps without any hesitation or lag. So far, timekeeping is good. Any decent Quartz watch will ALWAYS outperform any automatic watch. This includes (not limited to): Rolex Brequet Breitling Omega Tag.... This also includes all automatic movements, yes including tourbillon movements. So yes, we know we buy automatic movements for a few reasons, usually the complexity and the cool factor. That being said, screw Quartz. I like mechanical movements myself. The fact that this is a perpetual movement, AND can be manually wound, that's a huge biggie for me. I'll report back with reserve time, but my Submariner could go five days without being worn before dying. I don't suspect the Invictas will. The dial and bezel both look quality and nice. The luminous hands won't last a great deal of time without light, but they absolutely suffice. You can't expect tritium hands at this pr... Read More
Just buy it, even as you look at your Omega and Rolex
Lets be honest here, your paying less then 100 bucks for a automatic watch (do your research on Auto watches), and its a near copy of a Rolex. I have purchased two of these, my first was a more modern Omega style bezel which I gave to my brother after daily monthly use, he loved the look and I gifted it to him. I just recently ordered a new one with the OB (OB stands for Old Bezel...like a rolex with the coin edge). With this being my second, I still have no complaints. For those people that have issues in the water, I will say this: -Any watch you buy, always ensure the back case of the watch is tight...It goes for Omega's, Rolex, Citizen, and Invicta's. Buy a tool or take it to a family jeweler and ensure the case back is locked in sold. Both Invicta's I purchased the case back was not tight and had plenty of play in them for me to turn the case-back into a complete lock state. I also had this happen in Citizen and Seiko's I have owned as well. -Ensure the crown is completely locked in, can't re-state this some people new to diver watches think of a digital Gshock or Casio, the Crown on Auto's lock for a reason, lock it down before hitting the water. The watch itself is a beautiful time piece, I own Omega SM, and a Rolex GMT, and some will smirk and say...why sir would u replace those with a 100 dollar Invicta? If you know auto watches and also the maintenance cost of one of the above time pieces, you are saving yourself cost/worry/stress by buying one of these. I was b... Read More
Get over the stigma
The most controversial watch on the planet... Yes it’s a rip off of the Rolex Submariner just like sooooo many others but it’s inexpensive and built like a tank. Seiko NH35A movement- dead reliable, cheap to service if you even bother. Very good looking, some hate the Invicta logo on the side and second hand which is understandable, to each their own but most of them also then complain that there is nothing to distinguish it from the Rolex... SMH look it is a very well made watch with a quality movement inside you can beat the hell out of and not feel guilty. No it doesn’t have the fit and finish of the Submariner but it’s $70 not $10,000. I own Tissots, Omegas, Orients, etc. but those don’t get used doing yard work or working on my cars. This does and manages to still look good when I have to run to the hardware store. To me that’s the point of it. If someone is trying to pass it off as a Rolex they have deeper issues. Take a breath and walk away watch snobs, it’s just not worth it.
Very nice watch
Submariner in stainless and gold. $12000. Invictia $56.00. If this watch wasn’t branded Invicta on the face prominently, it would take a watchmaker to tell it from a Rolex without a loupe. It was just delivered today, so can’t say about accuracy or long term durability, but it’s heavier than my Omega Seamaster, detail is nice. The watch feels SOLID. The crown moves smoothly and the settings are good. If you want to impress the ladies at a bar, wear long sleeves and check the time.they’ll never know.
Rolex or Invicta?
This watch is great. The movement may not be Swiss and the gold may not be solid, but the watch is. I was looking at an Omega in Macy's when a watch salesman congratulated me on my taste for fine watches and the "sub mariner" I was wearing. You should have seen his face when I told him that it was an Invicta automatic! Just my opinion, but this watch is every bit as nice as my real Rolex Date Just and at 1/60 of the price. Can't beat this. Can' believe I paid 4x the price of this watch to have the Rolex repaired. The Rolex will not likely fail again in my life, but if it does, that will be it. If the Invicta fails, I'll just purchase another. In fact, I think I'll one or two more anyway!
A very nice watch bargain.
I now own two of these watches, this plus the black face steel watch. I love both of them. I bought this at 59 which, in my opinion, is a great deal. These are among the best looking Invicta watches I've owned. It also is just heavy enough with a substantial band that makes it feel nice to wear. It looks and feels like a much more expensive watch. It's not as nice as the Tags and one Omega I've owned, but then again this didn't cost more than a grand either.