Why, why Invicta, do you keep making such incredible watches??? Don't you know I have far too many already???
Well, Invicta has done it again, and, even though this model has been out for a while, I only recently came across it, not even here on Amazon, but searching for a yellow colored dial watch -- yes, Invicta has that too, and yes, I wound up getting it -- where I stumbled across a night photo of this model, in full lume, and it was just the coolest looking thing I ever saw!
I didn't even know anyone made full lume watches, so, live and learn some more, but I just thought this was the most unique look, where, instead of just the hands and indices glowing in the dark -- the ENTIRE dial glows! Yup, awesome! The hands and the second hand indicator also glow, a very nice orange, and, for the other markers (like reverse indiglo car gauges), instead of lighted indicators on a dark background, the overall effect is dark indicators highlighted by a lighted background. I've attached a pic, not the greatest in low light obviously, but it shows the lume in action.
The dial lume itself is a gorgeous blue, looks phenomenal!
In daylight, it's a white dial, with orange hands and indices, and of course the steady sweeping second hand.
This series from Invicta, of the Pro Divers, (although the watch itself says "Grand Diver") with automatic movement, is just an insanely wonderful deal, and pieces like this are the reason that, despite having "high end" watches in my collection, and understanding all of what makes a watch worth buying for the materials, movement and craftsmanship, I still wind up also picking up watches from Invicta now and then because of the style and affordability for the given feature set.
Invicta is what started me on a collection of watches, and, many long years later, they still kindle the real passion for watches that I've had since I was a boy. Not that other brands don't, but, for all the negative sentiments set toward Invicta by people touting the superiority of other makes, Invicta really leads the market for what they create at the prices they charge.
In terms of an automatic Pro Diver (It seems a bit confusing, Pro versus Grand, since this series is found in either search, and is called one or the other sometimes, or even listed with both names, as a Pro Diver Grand Diver), I've wanted one ever since getting one for my nephew's graduation gift, and, when I saw this one, and then saw the price, which is now affordable beyond belief, it's almost like it's nuts to pass it up.
No, it's not a sapphire crystal, nor is it a Swiss made piece, but it has a very solid Japanese movement -- the NH35A, a Seiko movement, actually -- which is very accurate and dependable, with just over 40 hours of power reserve, it is water resistant to 100m, it is solidly built from stainless steel, has a unidirectional bezel and looks GREAT!!!
So, what's not to love???
It just continues to amaze me that Invicta gives such great watches to the world at such great prices. Stack this up against any watch that is three, five, ten or even fifty times more expensive, and what on earth are we paying for, besides brand? Yes, sapphire, I know, and a Swiss movement, but, come on, as a first watch, or as a gift to someone, or just to have in your collection, this is just SO WORTH buying, and continues to prove why people love this brand so much. It hasn't stopped me from branching out to other brands also worth buying, but nothing out there stops me from returning to Invicta when I see something like this, that just no one else is producing.
Feels so comfortable on the wrist, is very accurate (I've had it for a few months now) and is one of my favorites in my rotation. I'm not normally a big fan of white faced dials (I think I only have two others I have ever bought with a white face) but for some reason it really, really works on this model. I think it's the offset of the orange, outlined in the same color as the bezel, and then set against the stainless -- looks just so, so good. They even gave us an exhibition case back, to display the movement.
And, all of this for less than a few hundred bucks. Amazing!
So, I hope you'll pardon my enthusiasm, but I just can't help being really happy with this purchase. Obviously, it's a buy that I would highly recommend. Well done, Invicta!
* Well built watch, great movement inside, display case back, date window, comfortable for daily wear, looks GREAT
* Highly water resistant, accurate, unidirectional bezel for timing, 40 hours power reserve
* Outstanding value for the price -- rather unbeatable value, in fact.
* Would definitely recommend to a friend
* Would definitely buy again
While a winder is optional, to keep it running when not on the wrist, if you do opt for one, and are looking for a winder that doesn't take up a lot of space like the more expensive luxury ones, and if you don't mind that it has a cheaper look to it as a winder, the Boxy (from Diplomat) is a winder I've been happy with, as a functional tool that gets the job done. I've reviewed both the single, and dual (stacking) versions. It's the winder you see in the one photo.
Settings for this movement are to set your winder at both directions (CW and CCW) for 900 TPD. The Boxy handles this task flawlessly, and I have the stacking unit, with my other Grand Diver (the yellow faced on I mentioned at the outset) on top, with the lower Boxy also powering the upper one, with their unique single power source design.
Thanks for reading -- hope this has helped!
You don't necessarily have to be a professional diver to appreciate the make and style of Invicta's Pro Diver watches. The aquatic-friendly timepieces feature high water resistance and are ideal for swimming, diving, snorkeling and other water-involved activities.