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Had 2 of these before, but it's gone downhill - won't glow in the dark more than 5 minutes, and other changes
on June 22, 2017
I've bought two of these two tone blue dial Invicta watches last year as gifts, and I almost kept the last one for myself, even though I have several Omega, Rolex, Victorinox, Luminox, Seiko, and Citizen Diver Watches (and a few micro brands like NTH and Lew & Huey). My previous Invicta compared nicely in appearance with the 2001 Two Tone Blue Rolex Submariner that I sold to help fund the kid's college. I missed the looks and picked up another one for myself (or the next gift), and it arrived today. Unfortunately I immediately requested a refund, due to a few issues that I suspect will be the norm now.
The worst offense was that the luminous markers and hands go dark very soon after exposure to light, and even with an 500 lumen flashlight the dial and hands were totally dark/invisible less than 5 minutes later (in a pitch dark room). This alone was reason enough to return the watch for such terrible lume. I've never seen worse before. In comparison, a $200 Seiko SKX007 or SKX009 has lume that rivals that of a $4k-$10k Omega or Rolex diver (bright and long lasting), with well respected build quality too (although not as dressy as this watch).
However, there are a few other issues that weren't deal breakers like the lume -- This watch has an intrusive appearing "Invicta" engraved on the side of the case, taking away from the beauty of the polished stainless steel case and making it look cheap. And the auto-wind rotor is a bright ugly yellow - the other watches didn't have that color. In fact, some of the photos here still show the stainless rotor from previous iteration.
Lastly, when manually winding the watch with the crown, the Seiko NH35 movement feels more grainy than the same movement in some of my other watches, and the threads in the screw-down crown feel very rough when engaging them. They also didn't send the lid to the white cardboard outer box. On a small budget this watch would be hard to beat on looks alone, and if this watch had the same quality as the ones that I previously bought I'd be happy, but having non-functional lume on this watch was unacceptable.
If you still want a reliable dive watch on a budget, maybe consider a Seiko 5 diver for a little more. Or even better, if you spring for a Seiko SKX007 or SKX009 or Seiko Turtle diver, then you'll get a real ISO 6425 certified dive watch. If you can stretch your budget a little more I'd consider those, unless you specifically need the two tone look and don't need to tell the time in the dark (or on a dive).