Invicta Watches Review Quality At An Affordable Price

Invicta started out in Switzerland producing competitively priced watches that almost anyone could afford.

Their goal was to put Swiss quality watches in the hands of people who normally could not afford it. However, over the years, the company has changed hands, the majority of the production is now overseas and the watches may no longer be as good as they once were?

So, I thought I would do a detailed review of their range of watches and see if they still stand the test of time (no pun intended).

After all, their watches are stylish, solid and look almost the same as a watch worth 10x the price.

The challenge however, is finding your favorite Invicta watch from their extensive range. That is why further down in this review I go over their most popular models and features.

Down But Not Out: Invicta Watches Reinvents Itself

  • Stainless steel case 40mm diameter x 14mm thick, Exhibition case back, Black dial, Luminous hands and hour markers
  • Japanese 24 jewel automatic movement, NH35A Caliber, Assembled in Malaysia, watch weight: 155 grams
  • Stainless steel band, 210mm L x 20mm W, Band is adjustable by adding/removing links, Fold over safety clasp
  • Mineral crystal, Screw-down crown, Uni-directional black stainless steel bezel, 200 meter water resistant: Suitable for professional marine activity and surface water sports. Suitable for diving.
  • Includes gift box, instruction manual and 3 year limited manufacturer warranty; Invicta Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-327-7682 or at Invictawatch.com, “Contact”, for questions (re: Additional links, band replacement, band adjustment, warranty questions, etc.)

Invicta has always stood for “supremely crafted timepieces can be offered for modest sums”, meaning great watches for a decent price! And if you have read this blog before, you know I love a good watch that is not expensive. Which is why I write so much about Seiko as well.

And although they nearly died along with many Swiss watch brands during the Quartz revolution in the 70s, they have since re-established themselves as a leader in the field.

They have won design awards (Red Dot 2013) and are now very much focused on oversized, perfectly fitting watches that stand out from the crowd. Just take a look at the two-tone and gold plated watches below and tell me they look cheap? Yet, you might be surprised to learn both are available for less than 100 bucks!

Invicta Quality, Manufacturing & Warranty

  • Made in USA or Imported
  • Steel and gold tone stainless steel case 40mm diameter x 14mm thick; Exhibition case back; Blue dial; Luminous hands and hour markers
  • NH35A Japanese Automatic movement, 24 jewel; Assembled in Malaysia; Watch weight: 152 grams
  • Steel and gold tone stainless steel band, 205mm L x 20mm W; Band is adjustable by adding/removing links; Fold over safety clasp
  • Mineral crystal; Screw-down crown; Unidirectional stainless steel coin edge bezel with blue top bezel ring; 200 meter water resistant: Suitable for professional marine activity and surface water sports. Suitable for diving.
  • Includes gift box, instruction manual and 3 year limited manufacturer warranty; Invicta Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-327-7682 or at Invictawatch.com, “Contact”, for questions (re: Additional links, band replacement, band adjustment, warranty questions, etc.)

In order to compete, it is no surprise that the majority of Invicta watches are not made in Switzerland. And when you look at the price point of most of them, below one hundred dollars, it’s a no brainer really.

However, Invicta wanted to stay true to their Swiss traditions, so have started releasing some specific Swiss Made models onto the market. They are, in most cases, quartz movements, to help keep the price down, but they are still Swiss Made, which really means something when it comes to quality. And, as someone who has spent quite a lot of time living in Switzerland, I can tell you the Swiss take this very seriously!

So, with quality very much being on the radar of Invicta, how is the warranty.

It is certainly not as amazing as that of a Rolex, but for a cost-effective watch it’s pretty good: 3 year limited Warranty.

This warranty covers most of the expensive parts like the movement, hands and dial. They are complex and difficult to repair, so it is great to see they are covered for such a long time.

The rest of the watch is not covered by the longer warranty, however, I would think that if you receive it and any other part is broken or damaged, you would get a refund or replacement from the seller.

Invicta Quality, Manufacturing & Warranty

  • Gold tone stainless steel case 48mm diameter x 16.8mm thick; Black dial; Luminous hands and hour markers
  • Japanese quartz movement, VD53 Caliber; Assembled in Japan; SR920SW battery included; Watch weight: 190 grams
  • Gold tone stainless steel and black silicone band, 220mm L x 26mm W; Buckle clasp
  • Flame Fusion crystal; Push/pull crown; Uni-directional stainless steel bezel with black top bezel ring; Functional Subdials: 60min, 60sec, 24hr; 100 meter water resistant: Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports. Not suitable for diving.
  • Includes gift box, instruction manual and 3 year limited manufacturer warranty; Invicta Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-327-7682 or at Invictawatch.com, “Contact”, for questions (re: Additional links, band replacement, band adjustment, warranty questions, etc.)

Perhaps their most popular of all, the Pro Diver collection is a great place to start if you are thinking about an Invicta watch.

With a range of colors and movements, this collection is very reminiscent of the Rolex Submariner (which normally retails for many thousands of dollars). However, in this case, you will only be forking out hundreds, and still walking away with a watch worth showing off on your wrist.

The classic diver’s watch version (seen in black & gold/blue below) features a dive timer bezel, lume on the markers to help see the time in low light, a clear and easy to read face and a date at the 3 o’clock position. Many manufacturers make this kind of watch, like the Seiko SKX007 and 009 and the Glycine Combat Sub. So, if you are in the market for one, they are worth checking out as well.

There is also a chronograph version (black / gold shown below) that takes things a little further with a 3 dial chronograph, a two-toned rubber strap and a very unique day/date display on either side of the 6 o’clock position. It differs a bit from the Aviator below, but if you like the Chronograph look, then be sure to have a look at that model as well.

Invicta Aviator Collection - A Unique Statement

  • Stainless steel case 48mm diameter x 12.5mm thick; Blue dial; Luminous hands
  • Japanese quartz movement, VD57 Caliber; Assembled in Japan; SR920SW battery included; Watch weight: 234 grams
  • Stainless steel band, 185mm L x 24mm W; Band is adjustable by adding/removing links; Fold over safety clasp
  • Flame Fusion crystal; Push/pull crown; Stationary stainless steel bezel with rose gold tone top bezel ring; Functional Subdials: 60min, 60sec, 10hr; 100 meter water resistant: Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports. Not suitable for diving.
  • Includes gift box, instruction manual and 3 year limited manufacturer warranty; Invicta Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-327-7682 or at Invictawatch.com, “Contact”, for questions (re: Additional links, band replacement, band adjustment, warranty questions, etc.)

The focus with aviator-style watches is the extra dials and numbers. Historically, these things were used by pilots and the like to measure time-elapsed, speed and other useful information for their jobs. Today, we honestly only use such things as a chronograph (the three dials on many aviators) as stop watches or timers.

However, it is all about the look. So, these watches are less waterproof than the Pro Diver collection (100m vs 200m) but still more than enough for swimming or snorkelling.

There are actually quite a few distinct Aviator styles with Invicta. The first, is the more classic 3 dial chronograph (well, more like 2.5) with two button (2 and 4 o’clock) timer either side of the crown. And on the right side of the face you also get a day window.

These watches are all stainless steel with metal clasps on the strap, a quartz movement (not automatic, so a bit thinner), have a large 48mm face and on most models – a sapphire crystal glass.

Invicta Watches Review Summary

It is not always simple to sum up a brand like Invicta when they have so many watches to review.

Clearly, they have an extensive range of watches to choose from, and if you are out for a quality watch without a huge budget, they are a great option. Their watches use quality materials, movements and crystal, and their designs are modern and follow most of the watch trends you will find online today.

All that is left for you to do is to find your favorite Invicta watch.

Things To Look For In An Invicta Watch

Picking the right Invicta watch is not an easy thing as they have so many models to choose from. But choosing the right watch can be made easier if you break it down in terms of features.

The following are the main things you need to look at to make the right decision.

Watch Style

Before deciding on specific materials and sizes, you should look at the style of the watch. This means breaking it down in terms of

  • Dress Watch (simple dial, no fancy elements)
  • Chronograph (ie. a timer, with sub-dials adding more complexity to the watch)
  • Day/Date (is there a day or day/date window on the watch to help you keep appointments)

Watch Materials

Next, I would take a look at the kinds of materials you want in your watch. Cases can be made of different metals, but in most cases with Invicta they will be stainless steel.

So, instead, you should be looking at what the strap is made of. Is it leather, metal or silicon.

Leather is great for work or dress watches.

Metal is heavier and works better with sweat (leather does not). But is colder on the skin.

Silicon or other plastics are more synthetic feeling, but work well for diving, swimming or spots.

Watch Size

Women obviously have smaller wrists, at least in most situations. So you will want to look for a watch in the 30mm range, or if you have a slightly larger wrist, maybe the low 40s.

Whereas men will want to only go in the 30s for dress watches, and then low 40s for small wrists and higher 40s for larger wrists.

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