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Good Watch, but the description is slightly off (as was delivery)
on September 29, 2011
I purchased an INVICTA model 9309 (black dial) from Amazon almost 10 months ago (Dec 2010) and shortly thereafter I also purchased a very similar INVICTA model 9310 (blue dial). The 9309 arrived very quickly in less than 48 hours, but the 9310 took a full 6 days to arrive - supposedly due to Christmas season shipping volumes (the arrival should have been before a few days before Dec 25th, but the actual arrival was after the 25th). Then again, the shipping was "free" as I recall, making it difficult to ask Amazon for my money back on the shipping charges.
The watches themselves are both excellent. Both models show a high level of workmanship using quality materials, and I think they display an excellent standard of "fit'n finish" (to borrow an automotive term). They also exude that weighty sort of metallic density, typical of much more expensive mens' watches. Unlike some purchasers, I have had no problems at all with the gold plating on the bezel or on the band links wearing off. And the mineral crystal has withstood some moderately rough treatment over 10 months of frequent wear, so far without any significant scratches to show for it. Both watches have a quartz-based "Swiss Movement" and these 2 words are printed at the 6:00 mark (in a font size meant for those with very good eyes!).
Even by the high accuracy levels of most quartz-based watch movements, both the INVICTA 9309 and the 9310 seem to have kept truly excellent time over the last 10 months. My informal comparison checks against the time.gov website show deviations (with both watches erring in the fast direction) of not more than 2 seconds per week for the 9310, and maybe 3 seconds per week for the model 9309. The daily time deviations appear to be too small (< 1 sec/day) for doing meaningful "eyeball" measurements over periods of less than one week. Speaking only as a watch novice, this seems to be a very good level of accuracy for $85 watches - really, I would say it's great for any non-scientific watch. Whether the quartz movements are truly Swiss, or just a mix of parts assembled elsewhere using certain Swiss content (as some have claimed) it's clear that someone/somewhere has done a very good job with the parts at hand.
One minor problem with the model 9309 description is that it claims the 9309 features a "sweep second hand" - but this is totally untrue! The second hand moves in very distinct, discrete one second steps, like most quartz watches. There is nothing "sweeping" about it. The description also suggests that all INVICTA Pro Diver watches have either a "Swiss chronograph or 21-jewel automatic movement". I don't think the 9309 has either of these. Some descriptions claim a 43mm case diameter for the 9309, others say 40mm. I think it is 40mm without the crown, and 43mm if counting the crown.
Now I'm interested in trying an Automatic watch...