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5.0 out of 5 stars New to Mechanical Watches? This Will Get You Started., August 23, 2007
This review is from: Invicta Men's 8926OB "Pro Diver" Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Link Bracelet (Watch)
This the THE watch that put Invicta on the map. Styled after the Rolex Submariner, the 8926 has a very solid feel to it.

Mechanical watches can cost thousands of dollars and need to be serviced every 2-3 years. They have to be either worn daily, stored on a watch winder, or hand-wound lest they stop ticking and have to be re-set. Even with due diligence, premium timepieces have to be manually adjusted every month because they will run a couple of minutes fast or slow. Are you willing to put up with this just to own "a work of art?" That is the big question someone with a casual (or fleeting) interest must ask themselves. But at Invicta's price point, this is a perfect way to find out.

Ironically, mechanical watches are a joy to wear because of their complications. The back case is covered by a mineral crystal, so you can actually see the inner workings. The second hand sweeps around the dial, which I think is more elegant than a quartz movement. The aesthetic quality is the main selling point. We are really talking about men's jewelry here folks. With clocks, cell phones, tv and the like, it is not hard to find out the correct time. So to me, a mechanical watch is worth the idiosyncrasies. Buy the Invicta and wear it for a couple of years. This way, when your are ready to drop $2500 on an Omega, $5000 on the Rolex, or $100,000 on a Patek Philippe, at least you will have an idea of what you have gotten yourself into.
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Initial post: Aug 10, 2009 6:37:17 AM PDT
If you have never owned a mechanical-movement watch, please note that I have owned many "cheap" automatic watches, including a Seiko with their ubiquitous 7s26 movement ( which cost - so help me - U.S.$61.00 ) and these watches have averaged +/- 5-10 seconds per day. Now think about this: What is you level of tolerance? Five seconds per day means that your watch will be a little over one minute off in two weeks. Once you know if fast or slow, you can start the month with your watch set one minute behind or ahead, and at the end of the month, you will still be off by only approximately one minute! Unless you need to time the de-orbit burn of your space shuttle, +/-one minute is probably adequate, if not unnoticeable.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 4:59:33 PM PST
Jason M says:
I couldn't say it much better than this reviewer. This is my third Invicta watch (all are still in fine shape), and I could not be happier - especially considering how inexpensive these watches are to purchase. I wear this watch every day to the office, so it is not subject to water or harsh elements. I end up needing to reset the watch each Monday morning (it has wound down after 2 days of sitting), and the crown is still in fine shape after about a year of unscrewing and tightening down. I have long had my eyes on the watch to which the Invicta 8926 is a clear homage, and it has just about made me forget about spending the several thousand dollars on the original. All I do to maintain the watch is wipe it down with a soft cloth after wearing it each day and will probably have it serviced in another year or two. I would gladly purchase this watch again and may do so to have a spare.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2009 9:09:07 AM PST
Pichan says:
Hi Gerard,
What model Seiko auto did you buy for $61.00? Was it a recent purchase? The cheapest Seiko autos I've seen lately are all well over $100.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 12:14:05 PM PDT
C.Eric S. says:
Seiko's 7s26 movement itself-- the watch's "guts"-- can be found for ~$61.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2011 5:21:59 PM PDT
R. Corbett says:
I dont know is you got your answer about cheap seiko watches ? It is the seiko 5 automatic line search amazon, google, and ebay for seiko 5 I own six of these and they all cost $60-80 shipped a seiko diver watch like the monster series will set you back $160-200 all the seikos i have are bullet proof and a great value for the price of a full tank of gas. Invicta owns the sub $100 automatic dive watch market I have one of those also with the 5053 "pepsi dial"

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Posted on Apr 2, 2012 9:29:27 AM PDT
I have had mechanical (old skool) watches, including a rolex. NOT worth the hassle in my opinion, period. OR the expense, 300 every 3 years for a tuneup. What a joke!
I now have a Breitling aerospace, and have had it for 16 years. a new battery every 3 years and rock solid accuracy.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 3:51:08 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 1:15:27 AM PST
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David R Blane, that's the same reason I have a Breitling Colt Chrono. I think it's great to only set it once every six months or so.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 6:37:34 PM PDT
Dan says:
I have a friend who has the Rolex submariner and has had to replace the crystal stem pole twice. A known weak point on a $7,000 watch. A new Invicta is less than that repair bill. So you may be right in you get what you pay for.
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