on August 1, 2009
This is one of the finest watches Invicta has ever produced. It is similar in appearance to the Rolex Submariner but is NOT a copy. It is an even more impressive watch, unless the only thing that impresses you is the Rolex name and the Rolex artificially-inflated price.
Start with the movement: It is powered by Sellita's calibre SW200 automatic movement and, in the case of this watch, has been certified a chronometer by the COSC (the official Swiss certifying body). Sellita produces movements that are identical to ETA movements (the SW200 is the same movement as the ETA calibre 2824). If you think that is a rip-off, thing again - the investment in equipment to produce exact copies of ETA movements (which, because they've been around for decades, have no real patent protection) is considerable; no manufacturer would do this unless they were serious about producing a quality Swiss movement. Instead, think of ETA as the high-priced brand name and Sellita as the value-priced generic; they both perform identically well and most parts are interchangeable. Most important, Swatch Group - which owns ETA - will no longer allow the sale of its movements as ebauches (or kits) to watchmakers outside of the Swatch Group family (Blancpain, Breguet, Omega, Longines, etc) after 2010. That makes Sellita potentially a major player for true Swiss manual and automatic movements to mid- to upper-range manufacturers who do not produce their own movements. And the COSC-certified SW200 proves Sellita is up to the task.
Now the watch itself: If you've ever read Rolex fans refer to being able to tell the real thing from a knock-off by simply holding it, because the quality difference is easily discerned by doing so, get ready to be surprised. Because of its bigger case (a perfect 45mm), the Invicta Reserve Pro Diver appears more substantial in a mano-a-mano comparison. In addition, its components are of the highest quality materials, impeccably finished - just like the watch in your other hand. The result is that you find yourself drawn to the IR Pro Diver because of its superior appearance.
The case is perfectly machined. The bracelet has wider and thicker links than Rolex, yet uses similar screw posts for connecting the links and sizing. Another plus for the Pro Diver is its deployant clasp - a double-butterfly that joins the bracelet with heavy-duty plates that bear the Invicta Reserve logo. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating and a huge "cyclops" magnifier for the date display. Even the face, with its sunray dial, is a thing of beauty and simplicity.
The Submariner is touted as water-resistant to 300 meters; the Pro Diver to 500 meters. Both will pass the most stringent pressure tests. However, I suspect that few wearers of either the Submariner or Pro Diver actually go SCUBA diving, just as very few SUV owners actually take their vehicles off-road. For swimming, snorkeling and even deep-water SCUBA diving, either watch will perform flawlessly.
So, side-by-side, the IR Pro Diver really surpasses its more expensive competitor. Which one to buy? The IR Pro Diver retails for about two grand, considerably less than the Submariner. However, it frequently "streets" for much less, including here at Amazon, for $800-1200. The problem is finding one - it was produced as a strictly limited edition. Your best bet is on eBay or one of the other auction sites from a collector or reseller looking to part with one.
If you can get your hands on an Invicta Reserve Pro Diver, especially the 4463 all-stainless with black dial and bezel or the 4465 with stainless & 18k gold-plated case and bracelet with a blue dial and bezel (even the 4464, which has a brown face and bezel), do it! You'll fall in love with this watch all over again every time you fasten it around your wrist.
on August 10, 2011
I have to concur with the previous review on this watch. Without a doubt it is one of the finest watches Invicta has released to date. It is very hefty and has weight, but not uncomfortable to wear. The Certified Sellita SW200 movement keeps perfect time. I set this watch with the Naval clock when I got it and it gains a second or two a day if that.If I took the time to actually calibrate this watch,it would be nothing short of perfect. Good luck finding one of these rare beauties, they a few and far between. Anyone that owns one is not likely to part with it. The construction and overall look and feel of this watch is something you have experience first hand. As the previous contributor mentioned concerning this watch vs its high end counter parts, I say a huge YES, if you want to pay $4-5 grand for a impressmemore Rolex, by all means do so. I wont waste money on a Submariner, when I can get a watch that is every bit as good for thousands less. These were a very limited run and I may be wrong but came out in 2008, so any that are left out there are being held by owners or serious collectors. Chances are you wont see one anytime soon. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, when I purchased this from Amazon and the seller Mad-Stuff. The man that runs this Amazon store is a real gentleman and very upfront and honest in his business dealings on Amazon.com. I would highly recommend his store to any Amazon shopper. Its a fantastic watch, I cant say much more than that.