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Grand Diver Watchband Problem,
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This review is from: Invicta Men's 3045 "Pro-Diver Collection" Grand Diver Automatic Watch (Watch)
I did some research on these watches and decided that the INVICTA 3045 Grand Diver had the accuracy and water resistance that I wanted. About two months ago I ruined a dress watch that leaked snorkeling at the beach and that isn't going to happen again. This watch is heavy, with a massive frame and only the one stem penetration with the screw in feature should guard against leakage. The only feature that I do not like is the band. The advertisement states it has a "diver's buckle with safety clasp." If it were not for the safety clasp, there is no way that the closure mechanism would stay closed. As it is, I just don't have that secure feeling as if it were a manual release. It is solid, but the finished quality is very poor. There are enough sharp edges on the band and the clasp that I could fillet myself. It just doesn't look finished. The band design is very close to the type used by the Seiko Chronograph and I am looking to have it replaced. Otherwise, the blue face isn't done justice by the photos on the web, it is very brilliant. It is a keeper, but that band is history, diving helmet or not. Update on that band, it finally broke, the little locking tab snapped off and the watch tried to fall off my wrist. Nobody wants to work on this watch, nobody has a replacement and the Invicta people will gladly ship one to me from Europe for 80 bucks+. Of course this will be the same exact band of poor quality with no positive locking device. Be aware! The watch is still decent, gains 5 minutes each week, but is a solid piece of machinery that is still dry after a day or two at the beach.
UPDATE! I have had this for several years now. Still runs a wee bit fast but has never failed me. No repairs and I found a Velcro watchband that works just fine. The only metal band you can put on this is OEM, not cheap and not a high quality bracelet. But I never take this off in the ocean, beaten and scratched it just adds character to a really great timepiece.
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2014 12:47:12 AM PDT
S. Roberts says:
Mine is two years old. One of several Invictas, several divers, and it never has a dead battery - how many dead watches are in your dresser? It's my go to watch with a suit, it's easy to read on a long motorcycle ride, the lume is better than the "full lume face" grand diver that I purchased for late night activities. I wish all of my Invictas were of equal value, fit and finish. Look at the size and weight - and if you feel comfortable with the numbers, I bet you like this watch.
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