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Absolute bargain of an automatic watch with that submariner look and 200 metre water resistance!
on 1 December 2014
Iv'e wanted a good automatic watch (no battery needed) for a long time now and always admired the looks of the Rolex Submariner, but not having thousands of pounds to spare and after watching a few review videos I decided that the Invicta Pro Diver was worth a try.
Let's make this clear, you will find mixed reviews, and many criticise this particular model, as its not the swiss movement version, but what I have found is 100% opposite to the negative reviews.
This version has an incredibly well tested and reliable Seiko automatic movement, which can be delightfully watched through the glass back of the watch, the way I looked at it is that as with cars the Japanese studied the market (in the case swiss movements) and then made a reliable version of their own. This is a 24 jewel movement and the second hand swings around in an almost smooth movement with only the tiniest 'tick' visible.
The watch feels like a quality item, and since setting over a week ago it has lost only 10 seconds, which for an automatic watch is fantastic. If you want absolute accuracy then go for the swiss quartz version, but my opinion is that it's just not the same as having a non-battery version which winds itself back up with every movement of your arm and hand during normal daily use.
I read in a review somewhere that the latest versions of this watch with the seiko movement cannot be hand wound, but I have found this to be incorrect and I was able to wind mine prior to wearing for the first time and its worked wonderfully ever since without intervention.
Being a divers watch of course I wanted to check the water tightness, particularly as its advertised as water tight up to 200 metres. I have left the watch in a glass of cold water for over an hour and also worn it whilst having a shower, at no point did it show any signs of moisture under the lense, something which I have experienced on other so called 'waterproof' watches.
For the money, and forgoing the 'I must have swiss' snobbery, this is a fantastic watch.
Anyone who has owned or considered owning a fake brand name watch should look at this, you get all the looks and style of the brand name, but instead you are buying a genuinely well made quality watch, not some cheap and leaky import, don't buy on name, buy on quality.
Anyone receiving this as a gift would surely love it, and for less than £70 you would be hard pushed to find anything remotely close in quality, my own research found that the Invicta brand was originally formed in the 1800's as a swiss watch maker and despite this more modern re-incarnation of the brand you will still experience the heritage of well made quality timepieces.
Will certainly be buying again, just have to decide what styles to choose from as there are so many!