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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Diver Watch Value, October 24, 2005
Invicta's 8926 is the dive watch that started it all - the watch that kept Invicta from going out of business - like other Swiss watch making firms did as Oriental made quartz watches flooded the shelves of retailers worldwide in the 1980's! For an overall look rivaling the Rolex Submariner at 1/15 the cost, Invicta provides a $100 automatic diver with stainless steel bracelet unrivaled in quality and performance. Let's take a tour of this diving watch and note the value and style of the timepiece:

Movement

The Citizen Miyota 21 jewel movement rivals Swiss automatic movements for a fraction of the price. If it has any weakness - it is in the small power reserve - losing it's mainspring energy with less than one day off the wrist. IF not worn everyday- it should be put on a programmable watch winder or manually wound. The second hand will not "hack" with this movement. A date (complication) window shows at the 3 o'clock position. It must be manually adjusted every February and other 30 day months.

Case

The 43mm (with crown) 316L brushed stainless steel case wears comfortably on the wrist. The case lugs are modestly curved to accomodate wrists of all sizes. The new model (larger screw down crown)l ooks elegent as it gracefully projects from the case with a scuplted crown protector.

The black dive bezel - unidirectional 120 clicks around - is scalloped like the Omega Seamaster and is a departure from older model 8926's which flaunted a Rolex like "coin edge" bezel. Under pressure from Rolex it was changed by Invicta two years ago. The black enamel bezel is very scratch resistant - the numbers clear and bold.

The Mineral Glass crystal is scratch resistant - but not nearly as much as a more desirable sapphire watch face (imprinted only by diamond) which could triple the cost of the watch. Mineral glass is less prone to chipping or shattering than a sapphire crystal. The display watchback is also mineral glass - displaying the undecorated Miyota automatic movement. Mineral glass backs are less likely to cause skin irritation than a stainless steel backed case.

A date magnifier (Cyclops) at the 3 o'clock position carries on the Submariner theme. The watch hands contrast wonderfully with the Invicta black dial. The LUME off the watch hands and number positions is modest - both in brightness and longevity as compared to more expensive dive watches. A "winged" Invicta symbol decorates the counter - balanced side of the second hand. An elegent "INVICTA" product name is embossed on the left side of the case. The watch is rated as a Professional Diver 200M (660 feet) water resistant.

Bracelet

The comfortable stainess steel pinned link bracelet is worth the price of the watch. Solid end links, rounded flexible brushed steel wrist links set off the polished stainless steel center links - all made to look like the Rolex Oyster bracelet. The bracelet's center links are the only part of the watch prone to scratching. The foldover adjustable double safety clasp uses pins as well. There is no wetsuit deployment clasp as found in more expensive watches.

CONCLUSION

Rated 5 Stars because of value and features, the Invicta 89XX series of Professional Dive Watches has kept the company in the forefront of automatic movement watch manufacturers. No one can touch Invicta in the $100 area Pro-diver price range. Fit, finish, design, value and quality cannot be beat. This IS the leader in its class. Those desiring a Swiss made watch with Sapphire crystal and heftier bracelet should first look at the Invicta 9937 for about threetimes the price.
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2007 7:58:25 PM PDT
Sun3160 says:
Excellent review, except for the part about a sapphire crystal necessarily increasing the price by a large margin. Invicta themselves offer several similarly sized quartz watches with sapphire crystals that are sold here at amazon for less than three twenty dollar bills. Sapphire is merely being reserved in automatic watches for those who are willing to pay a large premium for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 10:05:11 AM PDT
Michael Horn says:
In October 2005 when the review was written - this is what I believed at the time. Invicta and other assemblers reserved synthetic sapphire for it's higher end watches at that time, and the price differential held with other watch sellers in the affordable category.

Today - we also have sapphire coating over mineral glass - perhaps a better solution for scratch resistance and the brittleness of synthetic sapphire.

A good observation on your part - one I have forgotten about. Thank you also for your generous comments!

I invite you to catch the discussions on BDWF.net (bestdamnwatchforum.net) and see what is going on in areas of your watch interest.

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 9:26:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2007 9:30:17 AM PST
citidon says:
" For an overall look rivaling the Rolex Submariner at 1/15 the cost"

I think you have a typo, its actaully 1/51 the cost of a 16610 Rolex submariner as of today. Of course, I wouldn't expect a non-Rolex wearer to know.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2007 12:29:48 PM PST
Michael Horn says:
Typo - and yes I know... :) My James Bond chronograph Omega does me proud. Not a Rolex ... but - close enough for gov't work!

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 2:50:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2008 3:04:43 PM PST
Jim says:
The 8926 is a superb buy. Do note that while the Japanese Miyota movement is a reliable performer, it is not in the same class as the Swiss ETA 2824 by any stretch of the imagination. The ETA movement is notably more accurate, is hacking, has higher grade components and has proven more reliable over the long run. If you should pay the higher price for the Swiss movement and the other emblishments is a personal decision.
http://www.chronometrie.com/eta2824/eta2824.html

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2008 3:33:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2008 3:36:45 PM PST
Michael Horn says:
See my review on the Invicta 9937 ETA2824-2 movement written 18 months ago - agrees with your comment Jim. Note that the ETA 2824-2 movement is almost impossible to get unless you are in the SWATCH group - outside companies have over a 14 month wait and sharply higher prices. The 9937 now uses a Swiss Made 26 jewel Sellita SW200... The Citizen Miyota 8205/8215 is an excellent timekeeper for a value priced automatic - the Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 when regulated is among the finest mass produced timekeepers.

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Posted on May 24, 2008 11:25:01 PM PDT
FloridaMan says:
Nice review.
I believe this is a typo: "Mineral glass is less prone to chipping or shattering than a sapphire crystal". Should be "more prone"
Mineral glass breaks rather easily - as I found out the hard way with commodity diver watches in the past. The Rolex Submariner I have had for nearly a decade now is amazingly scratch free on its sapphire crystal faceplate - despite all the inadvertent abuse...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2008 11:54:32 AM PDT
Michael Horn says:
Thanks for the comment and compliment.

Mineral glass is less BRITTLE than sapphire - but scratches more easily. Most "deep dive" professional dive watches use mineral glass crystals of 6mm or more thickness to handle the pressure and depressurization. Sapphire IS much more scratch resistant in everyday wear. Where on the face the watch crystal is struck is more likely to shatter any crystal than its makeup. ... this is a point of discussion that can be found on the BDWF.net watch forum - of which I am an Admin/Mod

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2009 1:43:49 PM PDT
Can you tell me the difference between the 9937OB and the 9937C? I already have the 8926 and i plan to buy one o this two, can you please tell me if exist any difference between this two watches?, i know that the 9937A have a scalloped bezel, but this two as far as i know have both the coin bezel.
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