Invicta Pro Diver 8927OB Automatic Watch Review – Rolex Submariner 16613LN Homage – Perth WAtch #47

 

Bei den Invecta Uhren konnten sich einige Serien stärker durchsetzen als andere. Genau diese Serien lohnt es sich genauer anzusehen. Die beliebtesten Invicta Herrenuhren auf einen Blick:

  • Aviator – Fliegeruhren mit einer wuchtigen Lünette und schmucken Zifferblatt
  • Pro Diver – Taucheruhren mit Automatikuhrwerk und das Design ist nahezu identisch mit der Rolex Submariner.
  • Russian Diver – Extrem große XXL-Uhren mit Kronenverschluss und patentiertem Design.
  • I Force Lefty – Armbanduhren speziell für Linkshänder mit Krone und Drücker auf der linken Gehäuseseite.
  • Subaqua – Massive Edelstahluhren mit Schweizer Uhrwerk und Beschichtungen in verschiedenen Farben.
  • Speedway – Tolle Chronographen mit viel Gold, Silber und Schwarz.

Automatikuhren von Invicta

Review of this Invicta Pro Diver presented in stainless steel with gold tone, black dial, and "oyster" style bracelet – homaging the Rolex Submariner 16613LN.
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Model Pro Diver 8927OB (feat. Seiko NH35A movement)
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56 Comments

  • Adam De Larozza sagt:

    Have the 17309 Diver watch for 3 months now. Seems like it’s gotten more accurate as time goes by. lol
    Seriously, i luv it and esp the back see-through on it. Can’t believe the price for such a reliable Japan movement. BravO~

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Thanks for the comment Adam! Hmm, the 17309 seems like a quartz model without a see-through back when I look it up… is that the right model number? The Seiko automatic movements do have some variability in accuracy (as with any automatic) and I do also find they sometimes vary toward better accuracy!

    • Adam De Larozza sagt:

      17309 is engraved on back of it. The half spinning-movement, is painted canary yellow.
      Here’s the order site info:
      Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Black Dial Men’s Watch 17039

      LOL, I must be dyslexic! I mixed up the numerals…039
      My apologies Perth WAtch.

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Ah yes, the 17039 model is another close Submariner homage! No worries about the numbers, the thing with Invicta is that they have *so many* models you could type in many random 4-5 digits and get a legit model! Cheers, Ivan.

  • Timemachine Eddie sagt:

    Wow! What an amazing video. Love the Invicta. I have the same Pro Diver watch with a Silletta sw 200 I purchased on e-bay pre-owned Mint for $140. Keeps better time than any of my older Rolex’s. Just hard to justify a 1200 dollar service at Rolex when I can have so many Beautiful Pro Divers by Invicta.. Thanks for sharing a real great video.

    • Timemachine Eddie sagt:

      Over 20 years ago I purchased an Identical Invicta Pro Diver like the one you reviewed for my Dad.. Today it still looks great and with it’s Myota movement it works as well as  many of my  older Seiko’s. It was cool to see the sub next to the Pro Diver. What I like about the Pro-Diver is the beauty of the Sun Burst Dial in the sun. One of mine sparkles Deep purple and the other sparkles Deep Blue. It can be blinding. I never had a Rolex that looked that good.

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Thanks again Eddie – agreed about the sunburst dials that they do… I have this particular Pro Diver 8928OB and I’m not sure if it’s the juxtaposition with the gold PVD, but the blue dial and bezel are *gorgeous*, especially in the sun! Interesting also to hear that they used to have Miyota movements, which are also a very reliable Citizen brand subsidiary.

    • Carine Somon sagt:

      Timemachine Eddie

    • Carine Somon sagt:

      Timemachine Eddie

    • David Topchiev sagt:

      I have a Quarts and an Automatic for 13years! Still working! Still look great! And no scratches on the crystals! No maintenance required!

  • Teamhonn sagt:

    Don’t mean to get into a big argument here, but is seems it is a pretty much a copy and I cheap copy at that not a homage.  Nothing wrong with a copy if that is what you want but not a homage which at least in my mind means to show a respect for something by making something that will remind you of the classic but not mistaken for the classic.  Am I wrong on this?

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      I think Invicta is unlikely to be in the top 10 groups by revenue, but they’re probably pretty big given store distribution and sheer size of their product range. Which ones do you see low power reserve in? 40+ hours is sort of par for the course in automatics, although when looking at the Sistem51 we see the rather phenomenal 90 hours (this is not usual)! I’m not sure if having Invicta in the market means people won’t buy higher cost watches… there seems to be other factors that also determine this, such as disposable income levels and brand perception.
      Seiko and Citizen selling movements to 3rd parties may well be driven by dollars as you say. Also there are many Seiko watches available at the same price points as Invicta, providing a choice to go for a true in-house manufacture at budget prices.
      I’m curious – why do you feel that a Sistem51 would lead people to go for more expensive pieces later, but less so with Invicta?

    • Teamhonn sagt:

      I think when people buy a System51 watch (at least me) I know that I am buying a fun watch that is not trying to be anything other than a fun watch to put on.  If I start to like the look of a watch on my wrist I will probably want to buy a more serious watch.  I think the System 51 watches (the rubber ones) are cool and if I was a owner of a life style device like a apple watch I would think a System 51 might be a good 1st analog watch.  On the other hand, when I see people’s comments about Invicta watches and I have looked around a bit in the youtube channels they speak of the Invicta as being their serious watch and really what they want is more Invictas.  They like the look of them.  That big chunky look or a copy of a more expensive watch depending on the Invicta brand.  They also talk about why buy a Seiko watch when Invicta’s have Seiko parts.  It is amazing to me really but this is what is in the comments on these channels.  As for the power reserve, I am just reading the comments on Amazon from some of the people that have bought them.  These watches are sold everywhere from Target to Walmart to amazon.  That swiss made on the dial and the difference between the retail price and price they have to pay and the fact that they are huge and gaudy seems to be the big seller.  The Seiko watches in these lower price points look different and they are Seiko’s and not cool to the Invicta people.  At least this is my impression.  Again whoever is doing the marketing for Invicta has hit a hot button.  Some of these people in the threads are churning through these Invictas like crazy and when you add it up are spending thousands of dollars but just in smaller chunks.  Do a bit of a search for top selling watches on Amazon that there is that gold Invicta pro diver pretty high on the list.

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Thanks for the further thoughts Teamhonn! I find your comments on the Sistem51 watches insightful, not something I have delved into very much. Makes me interested to take a closer look if I can get my hands on this range!
      Just to clarify, the Seiko movement Invicta watches don’t actually say Swiss on the dial, but have „Japan Movt“. If they implement a Swiss movement (which they do on some) it usually has „Swiss Movement“.

    • Teamhonn sagt:

      Perth WAtch the system 51 wat was are completely machine made. I think they have some very cool designed but way over priced at 150.00 each and you can’t just use any band you want on them and they are also expensive. too bad at 40.00 or 50.00 they would be great.

  • Cameron. exe sagt:

    so whats the time keeping like, thinking of buying one…
    how often will i have to reset it?

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      The tolerances of movements like the NH35a are generally quoted as being around *-20 to +30* sec/day… with quite a bit of variability between pieces, even in the exact same model. If you’re lucky you’d get a movement that happens to be well regulated and give +/-3 sec/day or so. How often you reset it is very personal… some people won’t tolerate 10 seconds off and may reset it twice a day, others don’t mind it being a couple of minutes off and may only reset it every week or two.
      You could of course also regulate the movement yourself to bring close to optimum performance… I’ve done it for these watches and can get about +2 or 3 sec/day.. See here: https://youtu.be/nZgI-3kgbZg

    • Cameron. exe sagt:

      cheers mate

  • Maggie Bear sagt:

    I’ve seen pro diver with the yellow rotor, is there any differences in terms of movement

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Hi Maggie, yes you’re right there are variations in the rotor colour but the ones I have seen with yellow are on the larger Pro Divers, and there is some variation in movements with open heart, 24hr sub dials, etc. You can check some out on one of my older videos: https://youtu.be/68E9NpLXrJk

  • James Santana sagt:

    Another Great Fascinating Review … Almost Look Like TWINS, Homage or Not … A few years ago while walking thru the base Post Exchange (PX or military store) every few months I’d buy a Pretty watch & I purchased the older non manual winding versions of this Invicta watch (2 tone & gold tone) but shortly thereafter put them on the shelf and stopped wearing them, following the new U.S. Fashion trend of wearing Larger Behemoth Invicta watches … NEVER REALIZING I’D PURCHASED TWO „ROLEX“ HOMAGES (Boy do I feel GREAT ! … my two little 40mm girly watches actually have Possibilities)… just Dusted & Shined them up & they’re working fine & in mint condition. From watching your informative Orient „Curator“ review, two weeks ago I bought the Orient Star Retrograde, a small beautiful Tank of a watch, so now I’m use to wearing the whimpy 40mm Dress size … so my two „oldies but goodies“ Homages have just gotten a New Lease on Life (pretty cool) … Three months ago while in my usual habit of walking the PX,  I saw & purchased the most Beautiful Watch Ever FOR ME (as that was my ONLY watch buying criteria:  LOOKS), super Shiny with a thick Tan leather band & a large glossy Polished Compass bezel, the 46mm Seiko SUN055 GMT Kinetic and I wanted more info on this Super cool looking automatic with a see thru back, & saw my first YouTube watch videos, the Perth WAtch #39 and #44 where you Review the SUN055 … I’ve learned a lot since then, so now I CAN APPRECIATE a comparison of apples and oranges, or comparing an Invicta with a Rolex, as each Timepiece has its own Merits, Functions & Purpose …The Reason I Like Invictas (an American company since 1991 with Swiss roots dating back to the early 1800’s) is that it caters to the Unsophisticated American desire for A GOOD (Not Great) WATCH AT A CHEAP PRICE, & not Horological Masterpieces like Patek, LeCoultre, Lacroix (apples & oranges) which most Americans can’t appreciate & therefore DON’T want because fine watch horology is something most Americans are Not familiar with … a Man has to Start somewhere as we are all not fortunate enough to have been born into a family that KNOWS great watches … Invicta is the brand where Many of us started buying & learning to Appreciate watches (STRANGE but many people DON’T appreciate watches ??? … they tell me they don’t need one, THEY HAVE A CELL PHONE yuch gaag choke), and Invicta is the reason many of us today are Expanding our Collections with Great Quality Timepieces of Excellent Craftsmanship & True Horological Value !  „WE“ your viewers are Fortunate that unlike some Reviewers who only focus their comments on Luxury Brands, or others who can only comment on their own Affordable watches, You on the other hand have the unique Ability & Knowledge to cover and comment on the Entire range, the Courage to discuss & compare the Little with the Great, & the Wisdom to state the Difference !  From A Fortunate Appreciative Viewer, Major Jim, USMC

  • Smokey Bean sagt:

    I just bought one, but amazon says: “ 23k gold-plated stainless steel case with mineral dial window“ So is it fake gold or is it real according to amazon?

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      When I checked Invicta’s official site it didn’t actually state 18k gold, so I suspect it’s just gold tone rather than real gold… But I would be interested if anyone has an reliable source that states otherwise.

  • F Elix sagt:

    I Love All My INVICTA watches!!! 3years and still Ticking along just fine with no problems.
    Who cares about the watch snobs because No one ever notices my Seiko/Bulova/Citizen
    watches, but Everyone Always Comments on My INVICTA watches. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

  • CHAN POH MING sagt:

    it’s simple..u give invicta the price u gave Rolex invicta will give the world of quality

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Haha interesting view, although I don’t think it’s quite like that. Nishikori is a top ten player but say someone suddenly pays him what Federer gets, I suspect he won’t be immediately busting out grand slam wins (if ever)…

    • CHAN POH MING sagt:

      +Perth WAtch are u sure u compare a human being live one to a dead thing mechanical…develop in sports is about hard work + determination…quality in watch is about material + how much u profit u make and the terns comes in as overpricing get my point btw tq for ur idea

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Valid points – the tennis analogy is flawed, but I’d say that though watches may be „dead“ & mechanical they are conceived, design & created by people, and the people behind top companies say getting there is about hard work + determination (among other things). Take a better analogy then: if suddenly tonnes of money were thrown at Toyota, they are not going to immediately put out cars that match Mercedes (if ever). Analogies aside, my point is… if somehow consumers were to pay Rolex prices for Invicta, they will not be putting out watches that match Rolex (if ever)… I think there are other factors at play. Thank you for this interesting discussion!
      (PS. I think „terns“ may be misspelled? What word did you mean?)

    • CHAN POH MING sagt:

      +Perth WAtch you can try give Toyota the money u hire the top brains there too…still come to money..regardless of whatever…money still buy brains + material for all the experiment + research…my point is money to money counts

  • TheBrokenBMW sagt:

    The Pro Diver looks better than the Sub!

  • Akaash Gupta sagt:

    comparison between man and lion…

  • The Bronx Guy sagt:

    Great video, thanks! I have the same Invicta, and it is beautiful.

  • Kim jong Un sagt:

    will the gold last atleast 5 years?

  • Kim jong Un sagt:

    is it quartz?

  • Robert NES816 sagt:

    Can’t go wrong with these Invicta watches! They use good Seiko movements and have good build quality that competes with watches costing allot more.

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Thanks for the feedback Robert – I do think Invicta put out some excellent value-for-money pieces. They do have some quality control issues, and their range has way too many models, but for $80 this is a great piece!

  • Rafid hassan oney sagt:

    Is it durable ? I’m going to buy one.

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      I think it has typical durability for a mechanical steel watch… That means it will scratch with rough use and the movement can possibly be jarred if it’s dropped several feet onto hard floor, etc.

  • Tuning4ever sagt:

    Does the gold colouration of the Invicta resists to the every day use? Or it’s easier to scracht it out?

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      So far the Invicta’s I have with gold tone have fared very well with every day use, and some other viewers have commented that even deeper scratches don’t seem to take away the gold, so it looks like it’s been done pretty well!

  • germanshepherd13 sagt:

    I own over 100 watches, about 40 some are invicta’s. several pro divers. I love the quality of my invicta’s. the fit and finish is very good for the price and never had one not work on me. had them for years, some going back over 10 years. the gold has not worn off on the ones that have gold plating.
    I am NOT a fan boy of Invicta even though I have many and my favorite brand. From what I hear their customer service is a joke and they seem to care more about sales and nothing more.

    I have this particular watch and my brother, the rich guy of the family, has the real thing and he is even impressed with the quality of this pro diver. a lot of people are haters, thats fine but many never even owned on and just parrot what they hear and read on the forums and to those people your opinion is useless.

    • Perth WAtch sagt:

      Thank you very much for that insightful comment, based on experience! I have to agree with many of the comments about the reliability (i.e. lots of the movements are Seiko) and quality _for the price point_. Of course they are not world-beaters but no one expects that (or they would be silly to) for an $80 watch… but they are very good for what we pay. Same story for my family here actually, both these watches belong to my dad, and he got the Invicta because he was impressed with what they put out for such a low asking price.
      A 100 watches, WOW! I’d like to know how you use them… do you keep a handful out on rotation at a time? Do most of them sit in storage? Do you rotate through all regularly? Curious to know! 🙂

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