Invicta has been around since 1837, and originally came from La Caux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. It was founded by Raphael Picard whose family owned the company until the 1990s when it was sold to an investment company and renamed the Invicta Watch Group which also encompassed S. Coifman, Glycine, and TechnoMarine.
In this article we’re going to do an Invicta Pro Diver watch review and we’ll list both the pros and the cons of this watch.
The headquarters are now in Hollywood Florida and while many of their watches are made in the USA there are some models which are imported.
The Pro Diver is a series of watches that was released around 2010 and it was intended to be classic and stylish while still being functional for any water enthusiast.
These watches all have a minimum depth rating of 100m and they’re built to be durable with qualities like 316-L steel and hardened windows.
It gave the average enthusiast an option to own a functional dive watch which beforehand had been a luxury item. It’s ranked in the top 100 watches on Amazon and in the top 50 mens watches as of the end of 2016.
It’s considered to be incredibly cheap at less than $100, and while it’s since been succeeded by much more impressive dive watches it still remains a good entry level choice that is good quality.
The Pro diver has several features aimed at making it a functional dive watch including a screw down crown, fold over clasp bracelet, and unidirectional bezel.
The design is somewhat polar and you either love it or hate it depending on your style. It’s very similar in style to the Rolex Submariner, so much so that there’s no mistaking the homage.
Invicta Pro Diver Watch Review: Top Features
Dials and Hands
The Pro Diver come in a huge range of colors and styles, both the bands, faces and bezels are changeable depending on the model. The most eye catching (and most like the original Rolex) is the blue and steel design.
There are three hands – seconds, minutes, hours, and a date window at three o’clock. The color of the face and bezel match so that they almost appear as one while the hour markers are luminous thanks to Tritnite as are the hands.
The date window features Arabic numbers in black on a white tile face for keeping track but no month or week day tile. Adjusting it is fairly easy since there is only a single crown.
- 3 Hands
- Date Window
- Tritnite Luminescence
The downside of this design is that it’s not a chronograph, and that would really improve this design. The unidirectional bezel is a tachymeter which is ideal for measuring both average speed and noting your ascent an descent times while diving.
The crown is situated at 3 o’clock and screws down to make the watch properly water resistant at depth. It’s engraved with the center part of the Invicta winged logo and it can be a little fiddly to adjust, though the teeth on it are well milled.
The current model of the Pro Diver has a water resistance up to 200m but it will wear out over time as the gaskets degrade if it is not regularly serviced. If you plan on using it as a dive watch it is essential to do so or it may fail.
The stainless steel case is a large 48mm diameter, larger than the 40mm Submariner it mimics, though the face itself is only 39mm in diameter.
This might be a little large for some, especially since it’s 13mm in depth which makes it bulky.
As all of the edges are tapered it still feels fairly slim because of the automatic movement so it will fit under a shirtsleeve.
The case also says Invicta along the inner edge and has an exhibition caseback so that you can see inside to the movement.
Around the window are the model and manufacturer name as well as the water resistance rating and the words Stainless Steel.
It has a brushed finish on the lugs but is polished elsewhere which is unfortunate as this means it will show any scratch or ding, a frequent problem while diving.
The face features the words Invicta with the applied logo underneath at 12, and Automatic, Professional, 660ft-200m, Water Resistant and Japan movement at 6. It has both applied dashes and circles to mark the hours and a minute shield around the outside.
It’s protected behind a mineral crystal window which is disappointing since it’s not hardened or scratch resistant.
While it would be silly to expect Sapphire crystal at this price range it’s a real let down for someone who does want this for adventuring since it’s quite likely to get scratched up. It is clear however and does do well underwater for visibility too.
The window also has a magnification window with a 1.5x magnifier over the date window which is supposed to be helpful, but it actually distorts the date if you’re not looking at the right angle.
The bezel has a slight knurl to make it easier to grip, especially in water and it lines up pretty flush with the rest of the case, its edge is polished and integrate seamlessly which is does well.
The bracelet for the watch has a matching polished steel center to match the bezel and a brushed edge to match the lugs with a dive clasp closure.
It’s 20mm wide at the bezel and tapers to 18mm at the clasp which is pretty hefty on the wrist.
Each center link is marked Invicta on the reverse which is a thoughtful detail much like the marking on the crown.
The buckle has a double lock to keep it in place and features the Logo engraved in the center.
The biggest downside to the bracelet is that the links gape badly and you can see straight through between them, something that makes it look much cheaper than the Rolex it’s trying to imitate. It does it’s job though and the buckle at least is sturdy.
- Unidirectional Bezel
- Polished Steel Finish
- Large Case
- Mineral Crystal Window with Magnifier
- Steel link Bracelet
The pro diver is propelled by an NH35A SII Japanese Automatic Movement which is often found in more expensive watches like the Grupo Gamma 1-41 and the G Gerliach Orzel.
It’s very similar to the standard Seiko movement but has slightly better accuracy.
It runs at 6 beats per second or 21600 beats per hour and has 21 jewels.
One of the interesting facts about the movement is that it actually winds in both directions meaning you can watch it spin both clockwise and anticlockwise through the exhibition window.
There’s also a hand winding and hacking option which usually isn’t available at watches priced this low.
The hand winding is convenient since you can simply sit and play with it when you’re doing something else if you’re not moving around much.
Its considered to be a decorated movement because the rotor has custom printing of it with a classy script for the Invicta group and some features of the movement.
The only real downside to this movement is that there is no power reserve so if you take the watch off for any length of time it will lose time and stop, though it’s much easier to simply start it again than having to replace a battery.
- Automatic NH35A SII
- 21 Jewels
- No Power Reserve
- Manual Winding option
The manual is available online and the one-year warranty can also be extended up to 4 years for a price. The company doesn’t offer online servicing which is a hassle so you’ll have to contact them by phone.
Invicta is a brand known for their rather robust and flashy designs, the reason that this is a little toned down is the fact that they’re blatantly mimicking the Rolex.
As far as the materials go this is far from being a Rolex quality watch however it’s still a vast improvement for the Chinese junk in this price range and still has a good automatic movement.
The brushing is a little crude but the engraving and finishing is crisp so it’s not just cheap etching which makes it seem slightly better in quality than it actually is. The small details throughout (the engraved links, crown etc) also help with this illusion.
Despite some cosmetic details that have obviously been skipped over it does have a good solid movement at its heart, and since that’s what’s driving the watch at the end of the day it has quality where it counts.
It can’t be said enough that this is neither a luxury watch nor anything more than an everyday workhorse. It will do it’s job and with reasonable style but don’t expect anything more.
- 200m Water Resistant
- Screw Down Crown
- Automatic NH35A SII movement
- Stainless Steel
- Dive Clasp Bracelet
- Date Window
- Submariner Copy
- No Chronograph
- No Power Reserve
- Only Mineral Crystal Window
- No Day/Month
- Submariner Copy
This is the watch that made the Invicta name into a well recognized brand. It’s far from perfect though it is a functional sports watch. The series has slight differentiation between the models which is an ideal way to get customization from a level that would otherwise be very ‘take it or leave it” in their products.
For less than $100 for a dive watch with an automatic movement it’s a stellar entry level choice.
The Invicta Pro Dive watch series may have once been impressive, but apart from that great movement it’s rather poor in comparison to most “good” dive watches that start at only a few dollars more.
There’s good and bad with this series that’s for sure, but for an activity watch it’s not durable enough and for a stylish timepiece it’s not classy enough so it’s tough to say this odd duck is impressive beyond the fancy movement.
We hope that after reading our Invicta Pro Diver watch review, you know exactly whether this watch is for you or not.