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Beware : poor quality braclet and casing.
on 17 January 2014
At £67, you'd expect a better bracelet than something off a £10 market-stall, but unfortunately that's not the case. The lightness and malleability suggests very poor quality steel (is there any tin in it I wonder?).
The Invicta wings insignia on the dial, is a joke to anyone after the quality of engineering associated with top-of-the range, marque, Swiss watches. It looks like plastic, painted gold!
It is advertised as a mans watch, whereas 'unisex' would be a fairer description. It is slightly smaller than a 'Submariner' and much smaller than a gents 'Seamaster'.
the date change takes over an hour to complete (again, not what you'd expect on a quality watch).
So far, you may wonder why three stars not one; so let me give you some plus points.
The movement is I, believe, the Miyota 8215, as used by Citizen and Seiko. So far, mine has maintained an accuracy of 30 seconds over 10 days; it gained 20 seconds over 7 days and then settled down, to gain a further 20 seconds by the end of the month. For a fairly cheap automatic, that's highly impressive and vastly superior to what you'd get from a sub-£180 'fake' using cheap, Chinese, self-winding movements; accurate only to about 90 seconds a day.
The luminous paint works brilliantly (far better than a 'fake').
It is claimed water resistant to 200m; most 'fakes' are only splash-proof and a Seiko automatic at this price would not be guaranteed water resistant beyond 50m.
We now come to the crystal (claimed to be scratch-resistant Sapphire). Again, far batter than what you'd expect for £67 and the cyclops-window, date magnifier does a splendid job.
So, if you want to impress others, get a fake : a lot of them look very similar to the genuine item worth thousands of pounds and only an expert would spot the difference. Just don't expect the accuracy of this one; be careful not to scratch the glass and take care if you're near water; your 'fake' might be written off if it falls into the bath. Also, keep a torch at the bedside; the luminous paint is a joke!
In summary a watch which has a few salient features but beware, the bracelet is not what you'd expect on a quality watch. If you're buying to impress friends, AVOID! If want an 'automatic' with an accurate movement and need something more than splash-proof, go for it!
Update - 29th December, 2014
I've had the watch nearly a year now and so far, it hasn't deteriorated the way I expected. The glass still looks good as new and the casing shows only minor marks. There I'm sorry to say, the good news ends. The incredible accuracy I enjoyed during the first few weeks is now a distant memory. It looses 20-30 seconds a day. In fairness this is still a lot better than what you can expect from a cheap, Asian movement as fitted to most 'fakes'. Another thing that bothers me is that the description on Amazon, has changed. Mine was advertised last year as possessing a sapphire crystal. This has now been changed to mineral glass. Which of the two is correct bearing in mind that mine is the same model? Seems bit dodgy to me!
Update- 19th January, 2015
Used a special tool, purchased on eBay for less than a fiver, to remove the back and adjust the movement (a very easy task). Several attempts have now restored the accuracy to between 5-10 seconds a day, which I think is very impressive for the price. If you decide to adjust it yourself, however, do be careful to stop the flywheel by pulling the hands adjuster and take great care not to touch the flywheel or hairspring with your mini-screwdriver!
30th August, 2015
It's still accurate to 10 seconds a day and both casing and bracelet have worn very well. Overall, I'm very satisfied. This may not be in the same league as Omega, Rolex etc but represents excellent value-for-money to anyone wanting a solidly built, gents automatic. With its screw-down crown, it certainly looks the part though whether it really is 200m water resistant, most of us will never know!
Finally, the only thing I dislike is the word invicta etched on the left side of the casing, in capitals. It seems grossly uneccessary detracts from the appearance. Why did they do it?